Freight Industry Times has launched FIT FOR THE FUTURE - a new campaign to help attract more young people to the sector.

SMEs up for £20k funding in Open to Export’s hat trick of competitions

Open to Export - the government funded digital route to boost the UK’s SME exports - is spearheading three competitions to boost the international trade aspirations of SMEs.   

A total of 26 businesses have been shortlisted in the trio of high-profile Action Plan Showcase Competitions. 

Former trade minister appointed President of the Institute of Export & International Trade

Former Minister of State for Trade and Investment Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint has been appointed as President of the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT). 

As trade minister from 2011 to 2013, Lord Green’s remit encompassed promoting UK industry overseas as government spokesman in the Lords for both the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Lord Green was Chairman of HSBC Holdings from 2006 until 2010.

Heathrow: Government must act to build public confidence on air quality

Heathrow has renewed its calls on the Government to ensure independent regulation of the airport’s expansion air quality plans to guarantee Heathrow meets its commitments to the public.

It follows the publication of the Government’s draft National Policy Statement last week which outlines the legal requirements the airport will need to meet to gain development consent.

Air cargo markets end 2016 on a high

The air cargo market almost doubled in 2016, according to the latest data for global air freight markets released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The data showed that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) grew by 3.8% in 2016 compared to 2015, almost double the industry’s average growth rate of 2% over the last five years.

All regions, with the exception of Latin America, experienced positive freight growth in 2016, the IATA data suggests, and carriers in Europe accounted for almost half of the total annual increase in demand.

Q&A with Hilary Devey, Managing Director of Pall-Ex

Pall-Ex, the palletised freight network founded by acclaimed entrepreneur Hilary Devey CBE, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Since shifting 117 pallets in one night in November 1996, Pall-Ex has grown to a network that distributes more than 10,000 pallets every night, with partnerships established across Europe in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Romania, France and the Benelux region. 

GBRf secures biomass haulage contract

GB Railfreight (GBRf), the third largest rail freight operator in the UK, has signed a rail haulage contract with Lynemouth Power Ltd (LPL) to build 50 new purpose-built high-capacity biomass hopper wagons.

The contract is part of a 10-year investment project for Lynemouth Power Station, which is currently in the process of converting from coal burn generation to biomass.

GBRf plans to run 27 trains per week between Port of Tyne and Lynemouth Power Station, delivering more than 37,000 tonnes of biomass fuel per week.

Heathrow expansion: Support rising among MPs

A new ComRes poll of 130 MPs suggests 74 per cent of MPs now back the third runway - a rise of seven percentage points since the last poll in August.

The government announced its backing for the project in October and according to this latest survey, 80 per cent of Conservative MPs said they would vote for a third runway at Heathrow, up from 71 per cent in August.

Meanwhile, 75 per cent of Labour MPs declared they would back a vote on a third Heathrow runway, suggesting a Parliamentary endorsement of the project if a vote were held today.

PEMA joins European ports and shipping industry alliance

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) has joined forces with 20 other organisations from across Europe to promote the interests of the ports and shipping sector in the context

Globalia launches freight forwarder network

The freight forwarding sector’s latest network, the Globalia Logistics Network, has been launched. The network began operations with 52 member companies in 74 cities across 56 countries.