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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 5, 2018

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 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 8, 2017

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. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 22, 2017

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

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 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 18, 2017

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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 16, 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

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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 31, 2017

Brexit foreign worker restrictions could scuttle U.K. logistics industry, FTA warns

If Brexit sends foreign workers packing, the U.K.’s freight and logistics sector could grind to a halt, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) warned today. The association is calling for clarification on the Government’s policy paper, released on Monday of this week, regarding the rights of foreign workers in the U.K. after Brexit. “E.U. workers are […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 28, 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

Virgin Cargo reaches 49 weekly connections with new Manchester – JFK service

With the launch late May of a daily flights between Manchester and New York JFK, Virgin Atlantic Cargo now operates seven flights a day, seven times a week between New York and the U.K. In March and April, the airline saw its London Heathrow to Ne... Please login to your Air Cargo World account to […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 6, 2017

Bridges to Breakthroughs: How free trade can survive in a protectionist world

A war on the Korean peninsula would be unthinkable for global supply chains. “If Korea is hit by a missile,” Soo Kyoum Kim, of IDC Research told Bloomberg, “all electronics production will stop.” South Korea’s semiconductor manufacturers supply two-thirds of the world’s electronic memory chips, and it was the country’s indispensability to the global economy […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 5, 2017

Are rising airfreight rates a sign of resurgent global trade?

Airfreight rates ticked back up again in March, up US$0.21 per kilogram, or 6.7 percent over March 2016, as the industry moved out of a seasonal decline in rates that generally follows the holiday surge. Drewry's East West Airfreight Price Index registered an increase of 4 percent, to 87.6 points ($2.84/kg) in March 2017, pulling […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 25, 2017
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