IATA: Demand growth slows in May, as protectionist policies loom

May reports from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and WorldACD show that the 2017 heyday of double-digit growth rates in the global air freight market are officially returning to normal levels. The organization said freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) increased by a moderate 4.2 percent, year-over-year, for the month of May. The figure is an […]

SEKO to open London facility to handle U.K.-E.U. e-commerce

U.S.-based SEKO Logistics released news of its plan to open a 22,000-square-foot facility in London, catering to its cross-border e-commerce clients moving product through the hub. This will be the ninth facility the 3PL will operate in the U.K., citing the region as is the third-largest e-commerce market in the world, and SEKO’s largest market […]

LHR expansion plans move forward, Brexit tensions stew

After much anticipation, progress has finally been made in the London Heathrow Airport (LHR) expansion saga. On Tuesday, the Cabinet of the United Kingdom signed off on plans to move forward with the proposal to add a third runway to the airport, but the proposal now awaits being voted on by the members of parliament […]

DHL CEO Appel says ‘Protectionism is the wrong path’

Deutsche Post-DHL Group CEO Frank Appel joined industry leaders in denouncing the economic policy of protectionism in a speech delivered at the company’s annual general meeting this week, calling it “the wrong path, no matter where it is or what form it takes.” Many industry members – including CEO of Alibaba, Jack Ma, and the […]

GSA hosts economics meeting, supports E.U.’s free-trade stance

International trade group Global Shippers’ Alliance (GSA) met on Mar. 26 and 27 in Hong Kong to discuss the implications of proposed U.S. tariffs and increasingly strained trade relations that industry players in Asia, North America, the U.K. and the European Union may face in the near future. The European shippers’ group pledged its support […]

Transitional period of Brexit fallout set at 20 months

This week, the European Union (E.U.) and the U.K. government made another small step toward tackling the implications of Brexit for companies operating throughout the supply chain by agreeing on a specific amount of time to have a “transitional period” so all parties can get used to the new rules. The previously proposed transitional period […]

Going Dutch: How Schiphol is solving cross-border e-commerce issues

Last December, clandestine teams of Chinese executives began showing up at airports across Europe, probing the facilities that they visited for strengths and weaknesses. They tracked shipments, timed customs delays, rated services and mapped out logistics infrastructure. While these cloak-and-dagger movements may seem to be wrapped in political intrigue, of a sort, this isn’t the […]

BIFA approves of Brexit negotiation progress

After the European Commission and the United Kingdom released a joint report this morning highlighting progress on the U.K.’s “Brexit” from the European Union, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) announced its optimism that “discussions on transitional arrangements and our future trading relationship with the E.U. can now commence,” now that “phase one” of the […]

BIFA urges investment in freight, logistics ahead of Brexit

To strengthen freight’s operating environment ahead of Brexit, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) called for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, to do more for the United Kingdom’s freight and logistics sector in today’s new budget. “In his autumn statement this time last year, Mr. Hammond announced plans that financial support for U.K. […]

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 […]

MAG: Airfreight is vital for post-Brexit Britain

United Kingdom-based Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which owns and operates London Stansted, Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports, highlighted the importance of airfreight as a major focus of the U.K. government’s new aviation strategy after the country leaves the European Union. MAG is calling for the government to make investments in road and rail infrastructure […]

UK traders say blockchain can ameliorate impending customs congestion

David Davis, who holds the title of Brexit Secretary, said today that a new customs system will be in place by 2019. UK traders have pointed out that blockchain could automate and systematize the administrative burdens of customs oversite generated by the impending customs regime. Adoption of blockchain technology in the logistics industry has been […]

Tigers “virtual warehouse” circumvents Brexit disruption

A Hong Kong logistics company aims to circumvent Brexit related disruption by storing client’s wares in “virtual warehouses” that “may be physically located between the EU and the UK.” To this end, Tigers Global Logistics has become an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) in the United Kingdom (UK), and has opened its seventh U.K. office, in […]
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