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Staring into the void

Mon. 5 Nov 2018
Void sailings have helped carriers prop up ship utilisation in low demand months, but their efficacy in raising rates is less certain.

Not a lot for freight forwarders in yesterday’s UK Budget, says UK trade association

Tue. 30 Oct 2018
The trade association for UK freight forwarding companies and logistics service providers says that whilst it welcomes some of the announcements in yesterday's UK Budget, it feels that the issues covered are all overshadowed by the ongoing uncertainty over the shape that the UK’s exit from the EU is going to take.

FFF2018 'Customs, Trade and Skills - what's the deal?'

Tue. 30 Oct 2018
More than 120 persons have to date registered for the Freight Forwarders Forum which will take place in only 2 weeks from now.

NAO report on the UK Border: Preparedness for EU exit

Fri. 26 Oct 2018
On the 24th October, the NAO has published its report on The UK Border: Preparedness for EU exit. The report found that there are risks to UK border operations if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement on 29 March 2019. Even with a withdrawal agreement, significant challenges lie ahead to ensure the UK border is fully functioning.

European Commission consultation on Consortia Block Exemption Regulation

Fri. 26 Oct 2018
Via our membership of CLECAT, an organisation that represents the interests of the logistics and customs brokerage industry to the EU institutions, BIFA has been monitoring the revision of the shipping lines current block exemption which is due for review.

Partnership pack: preparing for a ‘no deal’ EU Exit

Wed. 24 Oct 2018
HMRC have informed us that the content of this pack will be updated every two weeks.

26 freight forwarders make BIFA's freight service awards shortlist

Wed. 24 Oct 2018
26 freight forwarding companies have been shortlisted as finalists for the nine service-related categories of this year's BIFA Freight Service Awards, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Boeing expects air cargo traffic to double in the next 20 years

Tue. 23 Oct 2018
Goods transported by air, including perishables, electronics and pharmaceutical products "are some of the fastest-growing trade flows around the world," Boeing said in its report. The jet manufacturer projects more than 1,100 standard-body and 500 medium wide-body passenger airplanes will be converted into freighters to handle increasing cargo volumes.

UK Logistics Confidence Index

Fri. 19 Oct 2018
Barclays and Moore Stephens, in conjunction with specialist sector research agency Analytiqa, have undertaken the latest in our series of surveys to assess confidence and expectations in the UK logistics sector.

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