UK forwarders welcome expanded apprenticeship scheme

Forwarder association BIFA has welcomed news that the UK government is expanding access to an apprenticeship service to small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs). Robert Keen, Director General of the trade association, explained that 90% of BIFA corporate members are SMEs that do not qualify as levy-payers and have had restricted access to the apprenticeship service to date. Keen says: “The news that the Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFSA) is

Talent in Logistics reveals line-up for Develop Conference

Talent in Logistics has released the agenda for its Develop Conference this month which is designed to support instructors, trainers, professional training providers and internal training teams who are responsible for developing people in logistics and transport operations. The conference takes place at Hotel Football in Manchester on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 and is set to fill a void by providing an outlet to collaborate, share expertise and work together

U-Freight is ready for 100 percent air cargo security screening from Hong Kong

With the phased implementation of 100 percent air cargo security screening having now started, the U-Freight Group says that it is well placed to assist shippers having become one of the first freight forwarders to have one of its logistics hubs in Hong Kong certified by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) as a Regulated Air Cargo Screening Facility (RACSF). The enhancement of international standards on air cargo security

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UK Ratifies e-CMR Protocol

The UK ratifies the e-CMR protocol, allowing national and international transports from and to the United Kingdom to be done with digital consignment notes. Signing the e-CMR protocol has been on the agenda in the UK for quite some time. After a successful international pilot project with the e-CMR platform TransFollow, the West Yorkshire based carrier Brian Yeardley Continental under the supervision of the UK Ministry of Transport and several

Reducing Logistics Emissions

FTA launches 2019 Logistics Emissions Review

FTA has launched its 2019 Logistics Emissions Review, which includes the latest results of the Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme (LERS), a voluntary group which seeks to improve the environmental performance of the logistics industry. During the past year, LERS members achieved an impressive 4% reduction in their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and decreased their average kg of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per vehicle km to 0.72, from 0.75 in 2017

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AEB launches Risk Assessment software to keep global trade risks under control

Convenient software solution identifies compliance risks before they can impact business Easy online access for all departments across the business to report risks as they arise AEB, a provider of global trade and logistics software, has launched its new global trade software to protect businesses from global trade violations. “Risk Assessment” provides easy online access for all teams across a company where global trade risks potentially arise – from procurement

FTA helps to demystify brake test reports

Commercial vehicle operators are struggling to decipher their brake test reports, according to FTA, the voice of the logistics sector. To help operators understand the complex documents, FTA has recently launched an online guide titled Brake test report. FTA’s Head of Engineering and Vehicle Standards Policy, Phil Lloyd stated: “Transport managers without an engineering background should understand that even though a report says ‘PASS’, there may still be issues that

Black Friday operations

Exclusive comment on Black Friday operations from Sian Hopwood, SVP B2B Operations at BluJay Solutions: “The immense volume of deliveries passing through the logistics network over this period creates an extreme peak season for all supply chain stakeholders. Faced with stratospheric customer expectations, businesses could struggle with the demand for superfast delivery or even fail to deliver at all. “Supply chains can survive Black Friday; moreover, they could benefit from it.

BCC Quarterly International Trade Outlook for Q3: Manufacturing exporters report stark drop in sales and orders

The Quarterly International Trade Outlook for Q3 2019, released by British Chambers of Commerce and DHL today, reveals that indicators for exporting manufacturers in Q3 2019 have undergone large declines, with several key indicators for orders and cashflow now in negative territory. The percentage balance of exporting manufacturers reporting an increase in export orders fell to –1%, down from +9 in the previous quarter. The balance of those reporting increased

Seven reasons why Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal may never take effect

An international logistics expert has outlined seven key reasons why Britain’s EU traders should not regard the eventual implementation of Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans as inevitable. Adam Johnson, director of Leeds-based Tudor International Freight, said the revised withdrawal deal the Prime Minister agreed with the EU last month proposed Britain left both the bloc’s Single Market and Customs Union at the end of the envisaged post-Brexit transition period, currently set