Modest growth continues in global air freight markets

The global air freight market continues to enjoy modest growth but the softening of key drivers is weakening the sector, according to the latest data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
IATA, which represents some 290 airlines and 82% of global air traffic, report that global air freight demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), rose 2.0% in September 2018, compared to the same month last year.  This pace of growth was relatively unchanged from the previous month but was less than half the five-year average g

Welsh river port receives £5 million boost

South East Wales’s last remaining commercial river port has received a £5 million boost from entrepreneur Sanjeev Gupta. 
The Bird Port on the River Usk at Newport, which was first opened in 1900, is now part of Gupta’s GFG Alliance, a global group of energy, mining, metals, engineering, logistics and financial services businesses.
Mr Gupta said the revitalised port will become a "vital piece of infrastructure" underpinning new industrial activity, including steelmaking and green energy generation, in the area, 

Geopolitical uncertainty biggest threat to European road transport businesses, according to IRU

Geopolitical uncertainty is the biggest threat to the European road transport sector, according to a new survey from the International Road Transport Union (IRU).  
Withh Brexit negotiations still ongoing, more than half (57%) of European companies see geopolitical uncertainty as the biggest threat facing their businesses, followed by over-regulation (48%), with the implications of the EU Mobility still being felt across the industry, as well as the possibility of a new global recession (54%).
The IRU report, launched in

Highways England needs to do more for logistics sector, new research suggests

Almost half of the UK’s freight, logistics, delivery and coach operators are not satisfied with how Highways England’s roads management meet their business needs, new research suggests.
Latest user research from independent transport watchdog Transport Focus suggests lorry operators are especially unhappy about road surface quality, the management of disruption and the facilities at service areas on these routes.
Key findings from the research:
• One quarter (26% of managers taking part in the survey were dis

Chair of AFSS to stand down

The Chair of the Association of Freight Software Suppliers (AFSS), Gordon Tutt, is to stand down.
Gordon, who is a regular contributor to Freight Industry Times, announced at a recent AFSS meeting that he is planning to stand down as Chair in April 2019.
AFSS, which was formed in 1993, represents many of the leading suppliers of software to the freight and transportation industry.

Distribution space at a premium in Kent

Industrial and distribution continues to be the best performing sector of the  commmercial property market in Kent and Medway, a new reports suggests.
According to the 2018 Kent Property Market Report, produced jointly by Caxtons Chartered Surveyors, Kent County Council and Locate in Kent, prime rents in the county have risen by an average of 4.4% over the past year, twice the long run mean.
The report says that over the past five years, prime rents have increased by an average of 24% and are currently 11% ahead of the their pre-f

Talent in Logistics on the move

Talent In Logistics, the annual awards and conference event, will be hosted at a new venue in 2019.
Formerly held at the Telford International Centre, the event will now take place at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes on 27 June 2019. 
Talent in Logistics’ is aimed at HR, L&D and Operational professionals within the logistics industry and focuses on the recruitment, development, engagement and retention of the 2.2 million+ people working in transport, warehousing and logistics across the UK and Ireland.


No-deal Brexit: Lack of road permits will lead to virtual collapse of trade, FTA warns

Current preparations for a no-deal Brexit scenario will not stop a virtual collapse of trade because of the lack of available permits allowing vehicles to and from mainland Europe, the FTA is warning.
Commenting on the difficulties and challenges for road haulage preparing for Brexit, FTA’s Deputy Chief Executive, James Hookham told the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub Committee: “FTA’s relationship with the Department for Transport has often been one of tension and difficulty; a no-deal Brexit would make trading challenging between the EU and UK, so there’

UK firms trading with EU would welcome remaining in the Customs Union, industry expert suggests

A leading logistics expert has said many British companies trading with the EU will have welcomed reports the UK could remain in the Customs Union for longer than currently agreed.
David Johnson (pictured), Managing Director of Tudor International Freight, based at Horsforth, Leeds, said the present arrangements meant trade with the bloc “could hardly be easier, quicker or cheaper for British businesses.” 
Mr Johnson was reacting to the potential extension of the UK’s transition period.

Brexit: Logistics businesses expected to check the right to work of EU nationals, says FTA

Logistics businesses will be expected to check the right to work of their EU national employees both during the transition period and after Brexit despite there being no system in place to carry out the checks, the Freight Transport Association is warning.
The FTA is concerned by evidence recently given by Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes MP, to the Home Affairs Select Committee looking at Brexit preparations.  
Ms Nokes said: “In the intervening period of any transition period it will be incredibly difficult to different