• Damaging, disruptive hard Brexit warning from UK freight sector The logistics industry is now ramping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit after Theresa May’ s Government rejected calls to rule out exiting the EU without a deal on March 29, during Tuesday’s vote in the House of Commons. Robert Keen, director general of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), told his members to prepare […] Fwd News 0 Comments 2 months ago
  • Uncertainty for shipping and airfreight in wake of US-Iran sanctions threat Air and ocean freight services to and from Iran have been thrown into doubt after US President Donald Trump announced he would re-impose sanctions against Tehran after he pulled the US out of Iran’s nuclear deal with Western countries. A raft of container lines including Maersk, CMA CGM, Evergreen Marine and Pacific International Lines had […] Fwd News 0 Comments May 17, 2018
  • European Shippers’ Council cautions EU against airline protectionism A leading figure at the European Shippers’ Council has urged the European Union (EU) against implementing any measures in the airline industry that could be deemed “protectionist” and unfairly favouring EU carriers. The comments, made by Rogier Spoel, policy manager at the Air Transport Council, an arm of the European Shippers’ Council, were issued in […] Fwd News 0 Comments July 13, 2017
  • Safety and infrastructure concerns as LHV use grows The controversy over the use of new longer and heavier vehicles (LHVs) is becoming a political hot potato as Germany is considering allowing these mega-trucks to make cross-border journeys although such trips are banned under EU legislation. LHVs are 25.25 metres long and weigh up to 60 tonnes – heavier than a fully loaded Boeing […] Fwd News 0 Comments March 15, 2017
  • EU Customs Union exit warning for the UK The British government has been warned of a dramatic fall in GDP should the country leave the EU Customs Union as part of Brexit. Studies by the UK Treasury, think tank NIESR (National Institute of Economic and Social Research), Centre for Economic Performance, and the London School of Economics predict a 4.5% fall in GDP […] Fwd News 0 Comments November 2, 2016
  • Brexit sparks export surge Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum which took place in June this year. The economic and trading impact of the decision to split from the UK’s largest trading partner is causing a great deal of uncertainty across the business world. We asked Andy Berkshire, Director of Sales UK, Toll Global Forwarding, […] Fwd News 0 Comments September 14, 2016
  • Brexit to impact supply chain and trade When the UK finally leaves the EU, there will be a need to establish new trading arrangements with the Union. Alternative options being considered include membership of the European Economic Area, or favoured nation status, bi-lateral agreements and World Trade Organisation rules, according to Phil Gibbs, Executive Director of Customer Success, LLamasoft. The UK would […] Fwd News 0 Comments July 7, 2016
  • Auf wiedersehen London A trumped up, little rocky outcrop in the North Atlantic has decided it no longer wants to remain within the European Union, a decision that overnight jettisons Britain – and more specifically London – from the maritime map. London, for centuries, has claimed to be the centre of world shipping – a cluster that boasts […] Sam Chambers 0 Comments July 7, 2016
  • UK forwarders warned of Customs crackdown on VAT fraud The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has sent a stark warning to its members to be vigilant of VAT fraud following the recent introduction of the Union Customs Code across the European Union. BIFA, representing 1500 forwarders, warns that United Kingdom customs is placing an “ever-increasing emphasis on compliance.” The main issue facing EU treasuries […] Fwd News 0 Comments May 11, 2016