Government rebuffs FTA offer of help to find Ireland trade solution

One of the UK’s biggest logistics industry groups has offered to help the Government find a workable solution that will keep trade moving in Ireland, but to date, that offer has not been accepted.

Responding to the new Brexit plans announced by Boris Johnson earlier this week, James Hookham, Deputy CEO of FTA, said: “While a deal is preferable to the potential disruption which a no-deal Brexit would bring, FTA will continue to advise government on how the logistics industry can Keep Britain trading, whatever the potential solution.

Freight and logistics sector gives lukewarm response to new Brexit proposals

The Government’s new blueprint for Brexit has received a lukewarm response from the freight and logistics sector.  

Under the new plans, outlined by Boris Johnson on Wednesday, Northern Ireland would stay in the single market for goods but leave the customs union. This would lead to two different customs territories and the introduction of new customs checks.  

DHL unveils £2 billion digitalisation investment

Deutsche Post DHL Group is stepping up the digital transformation of its business with a €2 billion spend on digitalisation. 

The investment forms part of DHL’s new five-year strategy for growth, and is expected to lead to annual benefits of €1.5 billion by 2025. 

The DHL Group is made up of five divisions - Post & Parcel Germany (P&P), Express, Global Forwarding, Freight (DGFF), Supply Chain and eCommerce Solutions. The Group has 550,000 employees with operations in more than 220 countries and territories around the world. 

Customs checks would be bad for business in Northern Ireland, says RHA

Customs posts on either side of the Irish border would harm the economy, hauliers have warned.

It follows reports the Government proposes to set up customs clearance zones to check goods and paperwork. According to Irish broadcaster RTE,  a "string of customs posts perhaps five to 10 miles away from the frontier" has been suggested.

Businesses on both sides of the border currently benefit from free access and customs formalities would simply lead to delays and increased costs, says the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

Forwarders give cautious welcome to Government’s road infrastructure plans

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has given a cautious welcome to the news that the Government has confirmed a commitment made by the previous administration to invest more than £25 billion in England’s road transport infrastructure.

The Government has pledged more than £100 million in a 'first wave' of  investment for four schemes, which have been approved for construction. These include the Preston western distributor scheme, which will provide a new dual carriageway to reduce congestion in the city, and the 3.5km Stubbington bypass.

Biffa hit with £600k bill for illegal waste exports

One of the UK’s largest waste management companies - Biffa Waste Services Ltd - has been ordered to pay a total of £599,912 for breaching waste export regulations.

Biffa was found guilty of sending contaminated household waste, described as waste paper, to China between May and June 2015. Although marked as waste paper, the contents of the containers included soiled nappies, food packaging, items of clothing, bags of faeces, wood, tin cans, plastic bottles and electric cables.

Thousands of dangerous lorries and trailers taken off the road

More than 23,000 dangerous lorries, trailers and Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) were taken off the road or repaired between April and June 2019, new DVSA data reveals. 

The figure represents 11.8% of the tests taken. The data shows there was a total of 198,381 annual tests for these types of vehicle, including (failure rate):

• 111,911 HGVs (13.3%)

• 19,374 PSVs (11.8%)

• 67,096 trailers (9.4%)

CCA gathering hears calls for industry to share data and knowledge

Delegates attending the Cool Chain Association's (CCA) Pharma and Biosciences Conference heard that cool chain partners are changing their mindsets to join shippers and start-ups shaping the supply chain of the future.

During the recent two-day event in Paris updates and information about smart data applications, unmanned aircraft, and supplier management solutions were shared with industry leaders from across the cool supply chain.

BITA and FLTA announce merger plans

Two of the the leading industry groups in the materials handling sector - the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) - are in talks to explore plans for a potential merger. 

Announcing the move at IMHX 2019 following a meeting of the boards of both organisations, James Clark, Secretary General of BITA, said: “Although we are still at the discussion stage, both associations are keen to ensure complete transparency,”

Port operator sentenced after worker seriously injured during loading operation

A Liverpool port operating company has been sentenced after a worker was struck by a load falling from two fork lift trucks (FLTs) at the Port of Liverpool in Seaforth.