Hauliers urged to complete Driver CPC training as deadline looms

Time is running out for hauliers to make sure their drivers have completed their periodic Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) with less than 12 months until the second phase deadline on September 9 2019. 
 
HGV drivers are legally required to complete 35 hours training over a five-year period to remain legally compliant.

Fuel suppliers must change supply models to survive

Physical fuel suppliers need to fundamentally transform the traditional models of supply in order to survive, a leading maritime consultancy is warning.
 
Adrian Tolson (pictured), a senior partner at consultants 20|20 Marine Energy, said fuel suppliers need to transform their business models in line with future marine energy requirements, the convergence of shipping’s sulphur and GHG emissions challenges, and advancements in technology.
 
Tolson said: “Physical suppliers need to break out from the traditional model of solely delivering hu

Maersk introduces new guidelines on stowing dangerous goods

Maersk has issued new guidelines on dangerous goods stowage following a review of regulations and practices in the wake of the fire aboard Maersk Honam earlier this year, where five crew members lost their lives.
 
The company said it has now evaluated more than 3,000 hazardous materials in order to further understand and improve dangerous cargo stowage and has developed a new set of principles called Risk Based Dangerous Goods Stowage (RDBGS) which have been presented to the International Maritime Organization as well as the Danish Maritime Authorities.

Hauliers urge Chancellor to cut fuel duty by 15p a litre

The Road Haulage Association is calling on the Chancellor Philip Hammond to cut fuel duty by 15p a litre in the upcoming Budget on 29 October.
 
Launching its Budget submission, the RHA said an ‘essential user rebate’ of 15 pence per litre would make UK businesses more competitive. 
 
RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said the reduction would ease inflationary pressure, and points to research which demonstrates that a cut in duty would lead to more growth and create jobs. 
 
He said: “A rebate for hauli

Traders: Prepare for no-deal now

A logistics industry expert has set out urgent practical steps businesses trading with the EU should take to minimise problems they could face after a no-deal Brexit.
 
David Johnson (pictured above), managing director of Leeds-based Tudor International Freight, said with less than 200 days until the UK leaves the EU, affected importers and exporters broadly needed to bring their processes and documentation for trading with the bloc into line with those applying to nations elsewhere now.
 
He said: “The possibility of no withdrawal agreeme

New immigration rules will increase shift to “less regulated” commercial vans, RHA warns

 
The Road Haulage Association has warned that the Cabinet’s proposal to impose new immigration rules on EU nationals would hit the haulage sector hard, forcing suppliers to use “less regulated” commercial vans.
 
RHA said adopting the skills-based system recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee would fail to meet the needs of UK businesses after Brexit.
 
RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said it’s another bitter blow for the sector and points to the Government’s continuing failure to address the skills shortage.

DFDS places order for new freight ferry

Danish shipping and logistics group DFDS has ordered an additional freight ferry (ro-ro) from the Chinese Jinling Shipyard.
 
The new ferry is similar to five previously ordered freight ferries and designed to carry 6,700 lane metres of freight equivalent to around 450 trailers.
 
DFDS said the new ferries will help increase its operational efficiency in the route networks in northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

HMRC begins launch of new Customs Declaration Service

The government has announced it has successfully implemented the first software release for its new Customs Declaration Service (CDS).
 
The new CDS will replace the existing Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system over three phases between August 2018 and early 2019.

Dara O'Briain to host 2018 FTA Logistics Awards

Dara O'Briain, one of the best-known faces on British and Irish TV, is set to host the 2018 FTA Logistics Awards.
 
The host of tv shows including Mock the Week, Star Gazing Live and Robot Wars, O'Briain will be bringing his unique sense of humour to the evening for an exclusive performance, as well as presenting the 2018 awards.  
 
The awards, which will be held at London's Royal Lancaster Hotel on 13 December 2018, celebrate the companies and individuals which have demonstrated industry leadership and excelle

Leeds City Council's clear air plans lack credibility, RHA claims

Leeds City Council’s clean air plans lack credibility, the Road Haulage Association has claimed.
 
RHA's Chief Executive Richard Burnett said the council has used inaccurate and out-of-date information in its air quality consultation.