Free bitesize training for youngsters

The British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) next event following the relaunch of its Young Forwarder Network (YFN) online will feature some free ‘bitesize’ training run by BIFA trainers, Graeme Wilkinson and Carl Hobbis. Set to take place online on Wednesday July 8th,  the training will be focused around Customs Procedures Codes and will be available exclusively to members of the YFN. Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s training development manager says: “The development

Safeguarding frontline workers

Digital Barriers launches remote fever scanning solution to help safeguard frontline workers Digital Barriers, a provider of edge-intelligent surveillance and security technologies, announced the release of a real-time remote fever scanning solution that adds remote monitoring to this capability. Fever scanning cameras help safeguard frontline workers against potential infection. The addition of Digital Barriers’ government-grade remote monitoring enables this to be carried out without the need for close human contact,

GEODIS air bridge from China to transport masks

GEODIS establishes air bridge from China to transport millions of masks during the Coronavirus epidemic. GEODIS has been commissioned by the French Government to organize the emergency supply of millions of masks from China to France. In order to respond to requests from the national authorities, GEODIS is planning 16 flights over the coming weeks, representing in volume terms approximately 2400 m3 of capacity weekly. If necessary, this schedule could

Import taxes in payments to be deferred

Call for government to include import taxes in payments to be deferred The Institute of Export & International Trade is calling on the government to include import taxes in its COVID-19 measure of deferring the VAT, duty and excise payments that businesses are required to make. In his package of help for business, unveiled this month, Chancellor Rushi Sunak said the government would defer the next quarter of VAT payments

Coronavirus to take £12.6bn out of UK retail

Coronavirus to take £12.6bn out of UK retail The impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) will wipe £12.6bn from retail sales this year, according to preliminary forecasts by GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. This is equivalent to more than Aldi’s total UK sales last year. Patrick O’Brien, UK Retail Research Director at GlobalData, comments: “While the food and grocery market will grow at 7.1% – the fastest rate for decades – this will

FTA: Deliveries in wake of Coronavirus

FTA responds to relaxation of delivery hours in wake of Coronavirus In response to the government’s announcement that it will work with local authorities to extend the hours in which deliveries can be made to ensure shops remain stocked with essential items amid stockpiling concerns, Natalie Chapman, Head of Urban Policy at FTA, comments: “The government’s announcement that it will work with local authorities to extend the hours in which

IOE&IT responds to Government’s negotiating stance for future EU relationship

IOE&IT responds to Government’s negotiating stance for future EU relationship   Marco Forgione, Director General for the Institute of Export & International Trade, responds to the Government’s EU negotiation stance: “The Institute welcomes the Government’s call for financial equivalence and a liberalised market for tariff-free trade of goods. “The commitment to pull out of the talks in June puts pressure on negotiators to focus on reaching an agreement. If that’s not possible then business will have some time

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TT Club and BSI cargo theft report confirms upward trends in 2019

Cargo in transit by road remains the dominant risk Food & beverage cargo increases share of commodity profile Thefts confirmed from unsecure truck parking average 8 per day globally South America ranks highest in median value of cargo per incident in unsecured locations The second annual report on cargo theft worldwide, issued today by leading international transport and logistics insurer, TT Club and global provider of supply chain intelligence, BSI

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J&M Murdoch drives business growth with PODFather

J&M Murdoch, the transportation, waste management and skip hire specialist, is seeing the benefit of implementing PODFather’s delivery tracking and proof of delivery system into the transportation division of its 70-vehicle strong operation. Murdoch’s vehicles run 24 hours a day, 363 days of the year and the team needed a software solution to automate and streamline several business-critical tasks. PODFather was selected as the supplier of choice for Murdoch’s haulage division and


UK economy cannot operate without vital logistics workers post-Brexit

Vital logistics workers must be excluded from the government’s restrictive post-Brexit immigration policy, according FTA, the only business group representing all of the logistics sector. Following the policy announcement today, FTA is calling for government to realise how reliant the industry is on EU workers; the sector is already suffering from a severe labour shortage and the loss of these workers could cause business to come grinding to a halt.