Brexit logistics: Preparing for the unexpected

With just over a month to go before the U.K. is set to leave the European Union – colloquially referred to as "Brexit" – uncertainty continues to reign, much as it did in June 2016 when the U.K. voted to leave the E.U. Plan or no plan, will the break occur on Oct. 31 or […]

BIFA slams ‘inconsistent’ development of new UK Customs system 

Yesterday, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) expressed its concern over the new “Customs Declaration System” (CDS) that will replace the existing “Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight” (CHIEF) system used for processing customs declarations in the United Kingdom. BIFA said it is concerned that the progress with the development of the new system has […]

BIFA echoes warning that UK, EU are unprepared for no-deal Brexit

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has warned of the likely negative impact of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without an exit deal in place – a so-called no-deal Brexit – since the possibility emerged. The trade association this week released a statement in support of a Confederation of British Industry finding that few companies […]

BIFA to launch networking group for young forwarders in U.K.

In an effort to encourage more young professionals to join the freight forwarding profession in the United Kingdom, the British International Freight Association (BIFA), said it will create a new networking group, the BIFA Young Forwarders Network (YFN), on March 6 to represent people who have recently joined the industry. Initially, the goal for YFN […]

BIFA welcomes funding for increased U.K. customs training

British forwarders have been on edge for months as the coming Brexit deal creates more uncertainty in the European cargo business every day. But regardless of how the separation of the United Kingdom from the European Union works out, one area of the business that many agree needs strengthening is customs brokerage, which is the […]

British logistics, aviation industries’ worry deepens over anticipated Brexit chaos

As the March 29, 2019, deadline for Brexit draws nearer, aviation industry organizations, such the British International Forwarders Association (BIFA), and the European Regions Airlines Association (ERA) are fiercely advocating for an agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union to be made. ERA said the potential consequences of a failure to reach an […]

U.K. releases new budget plans, BIFA reacts with concern

The United Kingdom made another baby step forward in its preparations for Brexit yesterday, as British Finance Minister Philip Hammond delivered what is said to be the U.K.’s final budget before its membership with the European Union is severed next spring. Reaction from British International Forwarders Association (BIFA), however, was mixed. The plan proposes changes […]

Promising young BIFA forwarders feted at Virgin Atlantic

Who says young people aren’t interested in the forwarding business? Earlier today, the three finalists of the British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) “Young Freight Forwarder of the Year” contest were given a tour of Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s U.K. facility during Familiarization Day at the British carrier. In the event, sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo since […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
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