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

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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

Onward Holdings' Route 66 to logistics market

A timely boost for logistics operators has been announced by Onward Holdings Ltd following the launch to market of Phoenix 66, a brand new, high bay state-of-the-art warehouse unit with yard parking for up to 40 commercial vehicles, on the Green Lane Industrial Estate in Featherstone. Expressions of interest have already been received by the property specialist for the facility in the Yorkshire logistics hub even before the construction of

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Logistics sector needs to take 'No-deal' risk seriously

Britain’s logistics businesses and international supply chain managers are being urged to recognise the change of Government policy and accelerate their preparations for a No Deal Brexit by FTA, the business group which represents the sector.  The advice comes after the appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, who has made clear his intention to leave the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019 if a new withdrawal agreement

Stolt Tank Containers invests in depot expansion at Houston, US increasing storage capacity by 40%

Stolt Tank Containers (STC) has recently completed its US$11 million investment at its Houston, Texas depot, increasing storage capacity by 40% to 80,000 square metres. This significant upgrade means the depot now has the capacity to store 3,000 empty and 400 loaded tanks, offering customers a one-stop-shop for loading, storage, heating, cleaning and repairs. The Houston metropolitan area comprises the largest concentration of petrochemical manufacturing in the world as well

Stockpiling goods ahead of no-deal Brexit? UK warehouses are full, warns industry boss

The CEO of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has warned companies that are planning to stockpile goods in UK warehouses in an attempt to mitigate the impact of a no deal Brexit on their supply chain, that UK warehouses are approaching capacity. Speaking on BBC Newsnight on July 2nd, Peter Ward said: “Stockpiling before the potential no-deal Brexit on October 31st may be near impossible. There is little available

UKWA recognises the best of the UK’s logistics industry

Companies and individuals across the logistics sector were rewarded for their outstanding performance and professionalism at the UKWA Awards 2019, which took place in the presence of HRH, the Princess Royal, at London’s Dorchester Hotel on June 27th. UKWA CEO, Peter Ward, commented:  “UKWA’s Annual Lunch and Awards has always been widely regarded as one of the premier occasions in the logistics industry’s calendar, but this year felt extra special.

Logistics can attract and retain talent by learning from other industries Multimodal delegates will hear

HSBC’s Global Head of Resourcing and Onboarding will join a panel of experts sharing insights on how to tackle the labour crisis at the free-to-attend seminars The logistics industry can tackle its labour issues by learning from other industries and refreshing its image, delegates at this year’s Multimodal 2019 will hear. A panel of experts from across different disciplines will share their insights and ideas on how the sector can

Social partners in road transport stand together to demand EU action on safe and comfortable truck parking areas

Transport by road is vital for Europe, carrying around three quarters of inland freight in the EU. However, the truck parking areas where drivers rest are insufficient or in desperate need of an upgrade.  Now employers’ organisations and trade unions in European road transport have joined forces to request action from the EU and its Member States’ to create a denser network of safe and secure truck parking areas (SSTPAs)


Davies Turner says European haulage capacity is less tight than a year ago

In response to recent reports that available road haulage capacity in Europe is at its highest level in a decade, the UK’s leading independent freight forwarding and logistics company says that the findings mirror what it is experiencing with its own comprehensive portfolio of daily overland trailer services. Commenting on the findings of the reports, Philip Stephenson, chairman of the Davies Turner Group says that the company’s own experience agrees