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

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 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 22, 2018

U.K. logistics group FTA acquires TrainingTeam to spread dangerous goods knowledge

U.K.-based logistics advocacy organization Freight Transport Association (FTA) has acquired TrainingTeam, a provider of dangerous goods and security training, with a focus on air cargo security and the movement of dangerous goods by air, road and sea. Given FTA’s already substantial presence in compliance training for the transport industry, the acquisition is expected to enhance […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 2, 2018

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

British traders say Brexit talks must move faster to prevent disaster

Britain’s economy faces a “disaster,” unless Prime Minister Theresa May’s administration picks up the pace of Brexit negotiations, said Britain’s largest transport trade association, the Freight Transport Association (FTA). “The clock is ticking and we urgently need agreement on the first phase of negotiations so we can move on to crucial issues such as trade, […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 17, 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

UK transport industry calls for reconsideration of Brexit

U.K. voters woke this morning to what many are calling a vote of no confidence in British Prime Minister Theresa May and her Brexit agenda. On the campaign trail, May called this a “Brexit election,” and promised tough negotiations with Europe. Ultimately, that plan backfired and her party lost its majority. With voters now clearly […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 9, 2017

British aviation groups generally applaud Heathrow decision

While the political questions about today’s vote on Heathrow’s third runway expansion is far from settled, most airfreight groups around Great Britain are applauding the decision – at least cautiously – as a victory for U.K. air cargo and world trade. “The decision to increase capacity at Heathrow is the right choice for the U.K. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 25, 2016

Expand Heathrow or lose business, FTA warns, as decision looms

Great Britain will lose airfreight and other related business to the European Union if it fails to remain “connected with its world markets through a global hub,” the U.K. freight advocacy group Freight Transport Association (FTA) warned. Translation: Make a choice between expanding Heathrow or Gatwick, post-haste. “In a post-Brexit world, Britain cannot rely on […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 19, 2016