Freight Industry Times, Issue 69

From the Editor

The latest edition includes articles and comment from a number of authoritative voices from across the supply chain sector, plus articles and reviews from all strands of the industry - air, road, rail, sea and multimodalism.

From the Editor

The General Election result has called into question the government’s aim of delivering a ‘frictionless’ trade deal for British business outside of the Customs Union.

Other options will need to be considered where Brexit can be delivered while reducing the impact on British exporters and importers. In the latest issue of Freight Industry Times, Kevin Richardson, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, suggests all companies in the supply chain should prepare to become an Authorised Economic Operator, an internationally recognised quality mark that would help “ensure the UK operates frictionless borders post Brexit”.

Another ramification of Brexit is how we address the skills shortages facing the industry. Our FIT FOR THE FUTURE campaign, which aims to do exactly this, continues to go from strength to strength. We highlight Think Logistics in this issue, an industry-led initiative to educate 16-19 year-olds on the many career opportunities that are available in the logistics industry.

Brexit aside, we focus on road safety and some of key issues currently affecting the haulage sector including the potential impact of recent changes to the personal injury discount rate; the factors that can influence our driving and what could be held as contributing to an incident or accident as well as examining how Big Data could help reduce HGV accidents.

As well as rounding up the latest news affecting the road, rail, air and maritime sectors, we feature comment and analysis from our regular contributors, including Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association; David Wells, Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association; Peter Ward, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association; Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager; and Maggie Simpson, Executive Director of Rail Freight Group.

Enjoy the read!