Police issue warning to lorry drivers

Police in Warwickshire have issued a warning to lorry drivers following a spike in crimes targeting HGVs in the county and across the wider region.

A police spokeman confirmed there were a number of HGV theft 'hotspots' in the county where lorries and their loads had been targeted over the past few months.

A police operation is currently underway to try and tackle the problem.

Police are offering the following advice to lorry drivers:

• When you are out of the vehicle lock your cab and take your keys with you.

CMA CGM becomes first ocean carrier on Freightos

Shipping group CMA CGM has become the first ocean carrier to be listed on digital freight platform Freightos.
 
CMA CGM said the development represents a real change for the industry because for the first time global shipping on key trade lanes functions like passenger travel or ecommerce, where customers can obtain guaranteed prices within seconds.
 
Under the pilot agreement, CMA CGM China-US trade lanes are now available on the Freightos platform, with additional lanes planned in the near future.
 
Mathieu Fried

Customs training and IT grant scheme launched ahead of Brexit

Customs brokers and traders are being urged to apply for grants to support training and IT under a new £8 million government scheme.
 
The one-off investment is designed to support broker training and increase automation to increase capacity in the sector ahead of Brexit in March 2019.
 
HMRC has been working with training provider Knowledge Pool to increase the number of courses available in the short term, as well as the development of new courses.
 
Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, said: “Followi

Brexit: Transport ministers host meeting with business leaders from haulage and logistics sector

Transport ministers and leaders from the freight sector gathered in Downing Street yesterday to discuss the benefits of the Government’s EU Exit Withdrawal Agreement.

Ministers, including the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP and Jesse Norman MP, also provided an update on no-deal Brexit preparations.  

Air freight growth continues in October

Modest growth continued in global air freight markets during October, according to the latest monthly data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
 
IATA reported global demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), rose 3.1% in October 2018, compared to October 2017, up from a 29-month low of 2.5% in September.
 
Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometre

Brexit and food stockpiling: ‘Perfect storm’ approaching, says UKWA

The warehousing and logistics sector is facing a ‘perfect storm’ with supply chain disruption likely “across all sectors” in the light of Brexit, the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) is warning.
 
UKWA said logistics businesses are likely to respond by holding more stock in a bid to mitigate risk of supply shortfall, moving away from the current Just In Time model, but this will not be as straightforward as it sounds.
 
UKWA CEO Peter Ward (pictured above) explained: “There is a well-documented critical lack of fit-for-purpose

Logistics business fined after forklift accident

An agency worker suffered serious injuries to both legs after he was hit and run over by a forklift truck, Cannock Magistrates’ Court heard recently.

Palletways UK buys member Systematic Logistics International

Colchester-based logistics firm Systematic Logistics International (SLi), which was placed into administration on 29 November, has been acquired by European palletised freight network Palletways UK.  

SLi has been part of the Palletways UK network for over 24 years. Barry Byers, Palletways Network Development Director, said: “Over many years, the staff at SLi have played an invaluable role in the success of Palletways in South East England. 

Six logistics firms join forces to create EV Cargo

Private equity firm EmergeVest has created the largest privately-owned logistics business in the UK after merging six separate logistics businesses it has acquired to create a new entity - EV Cargo. 

EV Cargo, a consolidation of Adjuno, Allport Cargo Services, CM Downton, Jigsaw, NFT and Palletforce, will have annual revenues of £850 million.

EV Cargo will four main operating segments: Express, Global Forwarding, Logistics and Technology. Each of the six brands will retain its own identity. 

TRL to carry out study into zero emission HGV technologies

Transport consultant TRL has won a bid to conduct a joint Highways England/DfT study to appraise the viability of zero emissions HGV technologies.
 
The project, which will look at a range of technologies including battery and hydrogen fuel cells as well as ‘in-motion’ road charging techniques, is one of the targets within the Government’s Road to Zero report, to significantly reduce carbon and air quality emissions from long-haul HGV movements by 2040. 
 
According to TRL, two-thirds of total emissions can be attributed to t