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 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 31, 2019

BIFA now supports extension of ‘Transitional Simplified Procedures’ in no-deal Brexit

With U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempt at a third vote in Parliament over a Brexit deal appeared to be falling apart today, there may be a glimmer of hope for the logistics industry in the face of what looks to be an inevitable “no-deal” Brexit nightmare. The British International Freight Association (BIFA), has apparently […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 25, 2019

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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 19, 2019

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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 19, 2018

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 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • December 4, 2018

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 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 30, 2018

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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 28, 2018

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 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
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