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UK exporting had record-breaking 2019, according to figures

2019 was a record-breaking year for UK exports, according to new figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The UK has now experienced 45 consecutive months of annual export growth on a rolling annual basis. Companies in the UK exported £689 billion worth of goods and services across the globe – up by 5.0% on 2018. Goods exports to non-EU countries grew by 13.6% year on year.

What to expect from Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Following the recent appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister over Jeremy Hunt, many professionals in the trade industry worry about what this means for Brexit. Despite the Conservative party taking a stance in voting in Boris as leader and the expulsion of Theresa May from Downing Street, this outcome has proven just as uncertain as May’s leadership. There are opportunities of open discussions both with the EU and other

Boris must curtail no-deal Brexit rhetoric to reassure retailers

Following the upcoming appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister this afternoon, Thomas Brereton, Retail Analyst for GlobalData, a data and analytics company, offers his view: “The most pressing issue for retailers remains clarification on Brexit, both in terms of timing and the nature of the withdrawal. But numerous retailers – particularly the supermarkets – have expressed concerns over an October deadline, anxious about the potential increased pressure to supply

Logistics Scotland conference to debate of Scotland's economic growth

The latest forecasts by PricewaterhouseCoopers show that Scotland’s economic growth is outpacing the rest of the UK – it is predicted to reach 1.2% in 2019, compared with the 1.1% forecast for the UK as a whole.  But in order for this growth to be delivered, the economy needs its supply chain to remain robust and resilient, despite outside factors which could curb expansion. To provide leaders from across the

British Ports call for new freight strategy alongside Government Industrial Strategy

Welcoming the publication of the Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper today, the British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne called for a long overdue freight strategy to aid industrial growth. Mr Ballantyne also suggested that ports should be prioritised in the White Paper, with greater focus on transport connectivity and planning to stimulate national and regional development. The White Paper aims to improve productivity and growth, support emerging industries by

Ground-breaking start as building work starts on £6million logistics centre

Building work is officially underway on a new £6 million DB Cargo UK Logistics Centre in Wolverhampton, with the first mark in the ground being celebrated with a ceremony attended by council officials, colleagues and customers. The new centre will increase the sites capabilities to handle and store steel coil from 1,380 to 3,325 steel coils, which is 40,000 tonnes of steel. Rail freight operator DB Cargo UK transports the

DB Cargo employee flies the flag for team GB

The UK’s leading rail freight operator is celebrating the news that one of its employees represented Team GB in the Age Group World Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam earlier this month. Dr. Amy Pressland, 32, from York is International HR Projects Manager at DB Cargo UK, but is currently seconded to group partner Euro Cargo Rail SAS based in Paris, France. Amy took part in the four day event in Rotterdam

CML welcomes its first rail freight delivery into the UK from China

CML has announced that it has successfully completed its first ever rail freight delivery from China. With the advantage of being cheaper than air freight and faster than sea, CML made the decision to utilise rail freight following a request to transport heavy weight, high value production parts for a client that was faced with a production line stop, had the goods not arrived within 28 days. The 4,957-mile inaugural journey

Government Brexit plans rejected by Junker

Theresa May’s handling of Brexit has been criticised and the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans rejected, so reports The Evening Standard. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission,  ruled out essential trade talks until “divorce” issues were first been settled, while stating that none of the Brexit papers published by the UK Government in recent weeks have been “satisfactory”. The UK Government is currently contesting demands by the EU for a multi-billion-pound cash

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BIFA calls for clarity on possible post-Brexit Customs arrangement

British International Freight Association (BIFA)calls for clarity on post-Brexit Customs arrangement Commenting on the first of what is likely to be a number of papers issued by the UK Government over the next few days outlining its ambitions for Brexit, the UK trade association that represents freight forwarding and logistics companies says that it is no surprise that the paper is all about possible trade and customs arrangements post-Brexit. British