Freight association to advise UK Government on Brexit

On Wednesday 30 March UK Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 to begin negotiations for Britain’s exit from the European Union. The British International Freight Association (BIFA) – the trade body representing the UK’s freight forwarding companies – responded with a statement noting that speculation on the outcome of the move cannot yet be made, and the Association will aid the government in traversing the path ahead for trade.
“In the run up to the UK’s eventual exit we will be working with Government to try and ensure that the movement of the UK’s visible import and export trade does not become overburdened by over complicated trade procedures,” said Robert Keen, Director General, BIFA.
“Clearly there are significant areas of concern for our members, which are responsible for much of the physical movement of that trade, over the eventual outcome, including the physical infrastructure, trade arrangements and Customs practices that will be reviewed as part of the Brexit negotiations,” he added.
“I have already gone on the record to warn about the huge number of pundits offering solutions when nobody really knows what is likely to happen in reality.
“BIFA’s focus now will be presenting the views of our members to the various government departments that we deal with, as well as working with organisations such as the Confederation of British Industry and International Chamber of Commerce to make sure that all parties negotiating the post-Brexit landscape are fully aware of the potential challenges for which they will need to find solutions.”

Siemens to construct super efficient air cargo centre at London’s Heathrow Airport

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has been commissioned to install an air cargo centre at the international London Heathrow Airport.
International Airlines Group (IAG) issued the contract for IAG’s subsidiary British Airways.
Siemens is equipping a complete new cargo terminal, allowing the airline to profit from a substantial expansion of the existing air cargo capacities and an optimisation of complex cargo processes. The centre will contain with a’ fast-track facility’ – capable of processing particularly urgent air cargo in only 45 minutes.
“With our many years of experience and our in-depth knowledge of air cargo logistics, we will be able to help IAG strengthen their competitive position,” said Michael Reichle, CEO, Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics.
“We are proud to have held our ground for years as a major player in the highly contested air cargo business,” added Sarah Coulson, Head of Strategy and Business Development, IAG Cargo.” Premium solutions such as the ability to process air cargo at short notice will help us to successfully keep ahead of the competition.”
In order to enable fast cargo handling, Siemens has developed a streamlined operational concept which avoids long distances and supports optimal use of the area with a surface measuring just 11,30sqm. Siemens will install a sophisticated system consisting of four elevating transfer vehicles (ETVs) and four transfer vehicles (TVs). The scope of delivery also includes three truck docks for loading and unloading, and four conveyor lines for build-up and breakdown. The air cargo centre with a throughput of 135,000 tons per year will have over 110 positions for unit load devices (ULDs). Siemens will also deliver 54 special cold storage and deep-freeze rooms for perishable goods.

Amazon takes 1 in 5 warehouses leases in UK in 2016

Amazon leased seven million square feet of warehouse space in the UK in 2016, 19 per cent of the region’s total letting for the year until mid December. Real estate consultancy Gerald Eve’s Prime Logistics report analyses the UK’s 50,000+ sq ft warehouse market. Amazon’s dominance was particularly pronounced, it found, during Q3 2016, when Amazon took 3.4 million sq ft of new space, a quarter of the 13.8 million sq ft of total lettings.
“For one company to be responsible for a fifth of all lettings is remarkable – all the more so given Q3 saw the highest-ever quarterly take-up, putting 2016 on course to be the strongest year for the industrial occupier market we have recorded,” said Richard Ludlow, partner at Gerald Eve. “Despite the uncertainty created by the Brexit vote in June, occupier demand for warehouse space remains strong, and it is online retailers such as Amazon that are underpinning this interest. The strength of this demand highlights just how robust the sector’s future prospects are.”

First China-UK freight rail service arrives in London

A little over two weeks, and 12,000km, after leaving Yiwu in eastern China, the first China-UK rail cargo service has arrived at its destination, Barking’s Eurohub freight terminal in London.
The service has been operated by transport operator Inter-Rail Group, and DB Cargo was responsible for the last leg of the journey, from Duisburg to London.
According to Yiwu Timex Industrial Investments, which is running the service with China’s state-run railways, the prices for the service are half that of air cargo, and more environmentally friendly, and travel by rail reduces transport time by two weeks, compared with shipping.


The silk road trading road is not yet reborn, though, since this journey is just a test trip run as part of China President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) trade policy.
The People’s Republic of China’s Government is promoting rail cargo is being promoted as a means to reduce air pollution, moving away from the more polluting air transport.
Following British Prime Minister Theresa May’s comments earlier in the week on the UK’s path towards Brexit and her intentions to strengthen trade with India and China, the China-UK route could prove to be a useful tool.
 
Image via DB Cargo.

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