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UK budget is all spin and noise if borrowing and spending plans are not delivered, says UK freight association head

Wed. 11 Mar 2020
Robert Keen, speaking as Director General on behalf of the trade association that represents the UK's freight forwarding companies and logistics service providers says his members will be waiting to see whether all the borrowing and spending that has been outlined in today's UK Budget actually happens.

'Coronavirus impact subsiding rapidly' as China shipping revives

Wed. 11 Mar 2020
While Europe and North America begin to grapple with the alarming spread of coronavirus cases, shipping activity in China appears to be picking up, according to new data from liner consultancy SeaIntelligence.

TRACES NT users – completion of box I.28 to avoid delays to consignments

Wed. 11 Mar 2020
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have been notified that BCPs are receiving some CHED-As with box I.28 – ‘Transporter’ not completed.

Corona Virus Outbreak in Italy - Update

Tue. 10 Mar 2020
In the evening of 9 Mar 2020, the Italian Prime Minister signed a new Decree, in force as of today (10 Mar 2020) until 3 Apr 2020, extending the so-called red zone to the whole Italian territory.

IRU forecasts 'alarming jump' in driver shortage in Europe

Tue. 10 Mar 2020
Concrete actions and proposed solutions put forward by trade body include ‘lowering and harmonising the minimum age to become a professional driver and the creation and funding of more and better safe and secure truck parking areas’.

BIFA's Young Forwarder Network celebrates 1st birthday

Tue. 10 Mar 2020
The British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) Young Forwarder Network (YFN) is celebrating a very successful first year of operations.

2020 Global container shipping outlook

Mon. 9 Mar 2020
Container lines are facing growing pressure to standardise surcharges, which have become ever more complicated with the introduction of IMO 2020, the IMO’s 0.5% sulphur cap on fuel content effective January 2020, a report entitled “2020 Global Container Shipping Outlook” by Alix Partners found.

Air Cargo Demand Down 3.3% in January 2020

Thu. 5 Mar 2020
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in cargo tonne kilometers (*CTKs), decreased by 3.3% in January 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.

Record numbers of blanked sailings lead to severe container equipment imbalance

Thu. 5 Mar 2020
The container shipping industry is facing up to acute shortages of boxes at ports in Europe and North America, a situation that could worsen in the coming weeks.

EU - UK Future Relations Negotiations date 03/03/2020

Tue. 3 Mar 2020
Further information about the UK/EU negotiating positions.

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