HMRC begins roll-out of new Customs Declaration Service

This year will see a number of important changes which will impact on all those companies moving goods into, out and through the UK. System developers and AFSS have been actively engaged in discussions with HMRC on the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) for more than two years and many AFSS members are now engaged in the first-stage testing of CDS.

Are we heading for a breakdown in regulation?

Previously I said that the next 12 months would be critical in terms of local regulation. We have concerns about London, and now other cities, setting their own standards for heavy goods vehicles and their operation. We are witnessing an acceleration in the breakdown of cohesive national and international regulation, and this is already having a practical impact on business.
So far the impact on UK productivity and competitiveness has been negligible. But we cannot be complacent and if unaddressed, the potential problems will be significant.

Rising to a trillion pound challenge

Across road, rail, ports and air, the freight sector is a vital and dynamic part of the UK economy. The sector produces £1 trillion in annual turnover contributing £124 billion in Gross Value Added to the UK economy. It is also a major employer with over 2.5 million employees, around eight per cnt of the total UK workforce.
The freight sector is vital for the simple reason that without it, the rest of the economy would grind to a halt.

Wanted: A champion for freight in London

An estimated half a million kilometres are ridden by cyclists in London every day. Over the course of a year, and given current growth rates, that is heading for 500 million kilometres a year.
Commercial vehicles (trucks and vans) account for about five billion kilometres a year, that’s 10 times as much. Yet the Mayor of London has a dedicated Cycling Commissioner who is devoted to promoting the needs of cyclists and cycling as a vital part of London life.

Entering the ‘Belt and Road’ era

The forces shaping global port infrastructure are the same forces shaping all of our lives. Economic trends, geopolitical imperatives, demographic shifts, technological innovation and the natural environment; what is true for our ports is also true for the world around us. 
Some of the most interesting and impactful changes in the ports world aren’t taking place in the West, but in emerging markets, particularly in Africa and Asia. This reflects the reorientation of global trade towards the east and of course, China’s Belt and Road initiative.

Time for a change?

The clocks changed (again!) at 2:00am on the 29th October, 2017. This clock change or 'daylight saving' has been part of our way of life for more than 100 years. Every spring, the clocks 'spring' forward and summer hours officially begin. In the autumn, they 'fall' back to their regular schedule. But why does daylight saving time exist?
It was first proposed in 1895, as a way to allow outdoor workers, such as those involved in farming, to continue to work later into the year.

Container shipping industry: Time for a different approach

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) is the world’s leading shippers’ organisation, representing shippers’ interests in the main UN and international organisations that set the rules and regulations relating to international transport services.

Pallet weights: Legislation needed to prevent worker injuries

Over the past 20 years, the logistics industry has been transformed, largely as a result of the explosion in e-commerce. With orders increasingly going directly to consumers, some transport operators are being tempted to keep pallet weights high, consignments cheap, and the risks unchecked.
As the problem becomes more widespread, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been looking at reducing the maximum pallet weight in a bid to curb the number of injuries sustained by drivers. But are guidelines alone enough?

Seven reasons to have qualified LGV and Lift Truck Instructors in-house

Many businesses question whether to outsource the training of LGV drivers and material handling equipment (MHE) operators, or have instructors in-house. In this article I want to explain some of the benefits of in-house instructors.

Repeatedly, we have seen in-house instructors boost the safety and efficiency of an operation, and provide a good return on investment. However, some employers remain unconvinced that training in-house instructors will add the benefit needed to cover the cost of training them.

So, what are the benefits?

GDPR – how air cargo operators can ensure a safe landing in May 2018

The air freight industry is already one of the most heavily regulated sectors and will become even more so once the EU General Data Protection Regulation takes effect next May.

If air cargo operators avoid making the mistake of thinking that the GDPR does not apply to them, because it relates only to personal data, and plan ahead they can ensure a safe landing for themselves in May 2018.