Heathrow runway expansion wins majority Parliament vote amid opposition

Today, industry members with a stake in the battle for the expansion of London Heathrow Airport (LHR) have cause to celebrate following news of the U.K.’s House of Commons majority vote on the project, forecasted to cost £14 billion and see completion in 2026. However, the controversy around the decision has not died down. Groups […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 26, 2018

BIFA premiers U.K.-based freight forwarding apprenticeship program

The British International Freight Association (BIFA), representing U.K.-based forwarders, has finalized its international freight forwarding specialist apprenticeship program, which the organization has been developing in partnership with the U.K. government’s Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) for the last 18 months. The apprenticeship is intended to serve as “a route into the industry,” for those interested in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 23, 2018

British forwarding group calls for stricter evaluation of security procedures

With news of cyber-attacks and other security breaches on the rise in the logistics world, the British International Freight Association (BIFA), a trade group representing U.K.-based freight forwarders, warned its members to review cyber-security policies in a statement released yesterday. Robert Keen, director general of the association, said, “BIFA takes advice from various experts on […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 27, 2018

British forwarders demand infrastructure investment following NIC report

Shortly after a report was released today in the United Kingdom, criticizing the slow pace on infrastructure development across the country, the British International Freight Association (BIFA), representing U.K.-based freight forwarders, echoed similar admonishments to Parliament regarding the continuing delays in the third-runway project for Heathrow Airport. In the first “Annual Monitoring Report,” compiled by […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 16, 2018

BIFA shares Parliament’s concerns over U.K.’s post-Brexit customs plan

Aftrer the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report critical of the government’s plans for customs procedures upon completion of the U.K.’s separation from the European Union, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) released a statement saying it agree with the report, adding that more needs to be done to address the uncertainty […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 14, 2017

British forwarders demand ‘action, not words’ as Heathrow congestion worsens

Congestion at the Heathrow Airport’s cargo center has gotten so bad that local police are now turning away vehicles, prompting complaints from U.K.-based forwarders that they are “enduring misery on a daily basis,” according to Robert Keen, the British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) director general. In a letter published today on BIFA’s website, Keen said […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 2, 2017

British logistics companies call for representation at Brexit negotiations

You’ve been broken up with your ex for more than a year. In that time, you realize perhaps you were a bit too hasty in calling it off. Do you pick up the phone and make that call? In post-Brexit U.K. that option grows increasingly attractive as the realities of economic isolation set in. But […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 15, 2017

U.K. aviation, freight groups clash over possible Brexit negotiation delays

A full week after the surprise results of the U.K. general election that denied the Conservative Party a majority in Parliament, more aviation and freight groups are weighing in about possible delays in the negotiations over Great Britain’s planned exit from the European Union, or the “Brexit.” The traditional “Queen’s Speech” that Queen Elizabeth II […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 14, 2017

IATA: New Trade Facilitation Agreement a shot in the arm for global trade

A trade agreement promoting faster, cheaper and easier trade that entered into force this week is “great news for airlines, which deliver about a third of the goods traded across borders by value,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO. The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which passed Wednesday, follows the ratification of the […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 23, 2017