The Global Shipper Forum’s annual report has highlighted key industry issues, which include the challenges of new container weighing rules, formulating plans for reducing maritime emissions and extending influence over key UN agencies.
Recent calls to end shipping surcharges have been backed by the British International Freight Association. Robert Keen, director general for BIFA, has supported the Global Shipper Forum’s ambition to remove the surcharges within five years.
Chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, Richard Burnett, has expressed his concern for drivers in Calais after further attacks from migrants. A member of the RHA had a boulder thrown at his car at the port, days after a night of violence at the jungle camp in Calais during which a truck driver was threatened with a chainsaw.
Shippers are being exploited by some shipping lines, forwarders and terminal operators according to the Global Shipper Forum, who say that shippers are being charged excessive fees for the processing of mandatory container weight verification requirements. The regulations had been introduced for safety reasons but are now being abused through surcharges, claims the GSF.
The Global Freight Awards, which is designed to recognise and reward the best talent and achievements of the year for the freight and logistics industry, has announced its shortlist for 2016. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the prestigious ceremony will take place on 3 November.