Freight Industry Times, Issue 80

From the Editor

The latest edition includes articles and comment from a number of authoritative voices from across the supply chain sector, plus articles and reviews from all strands of the industry - air, road, rail, sea and multimodalism.

From the Editor

Despite all of the chaos and the uncertainty, the freight and logistics sector has always prided itself on being a robust and resilient sector. This has been clearly demonstrated in the challenging circumstances of Covid-19 and the ongoing Brexit uncertainty. 

The UK’s ports - which handle 95% of our international trade – have managed to stay open throughout the pandemic and remain busy. One of those privileged with a ringside seat for the sector is Tim Morris, UKMPG’s Chief Executive. Writing exclusively in the latest issue of Freight Industry Times, Tim gives readers a ports perspective on keeping the UK supplied through the pandemic.

Other highlights include:

Brexit readiness: the freight software developer’s view

HMRC’s ability to have systems in place does not automatically mean that software developers and the industry in general are going to have enough time to test and implement these new systems before the end of the year. Steve Bartlett, Chairman of the Association of Freight Software Suppliers says software developers are now having to prioritise on what can and cannot be achieved before January 1.

A force for good

The vital role of the cold chain for our nation’s greener future is not only crucial for the revival of temperature-controlled haulage when the Covid disruption is over, but also for the fulfilment of our industry’s great potential over the next decade and beyond, argues Shane Brennan, Chief Executive, Cold Chain Federation.

Rethinking road safety 

Covid-19 is affecting the haulage industry in so many ways, says Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association. From new business plans to furlough, from borrowing to downsizing, from investment to cost cutting. But there’s one development by stealth that RHA finds very disturbing. The Government calls it ‘reallocation’ of road space which forms part of their ‘build back greener’ ambition. It sounds innocent enough but dig a little deeper and it’s anything but, he says.

Towards Net Zero

The Government’s long-heralded Transport Decarbonisation Plan is expected to be published by the end of this year and will set out in detail how the Government expects the Net Zero transition to shape up sector by sector. Brian Robinson, Commercial Vehicle Working Group Manager and Neil Wallis, Head of Communications at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership outline the latest trends and technologies for decarbonising the freight sector.

As well as all the latest news affecting the road, rail, maritime and logistics sectors, we have analysis and comment from our regular contributors, which includes Elizabeth De Jong, Director of UK Policy, Logistics UK; Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association; Peter Ward, Chief Executive of United Kingdom Warehousing Association; and Maggie Simpson, Director General, Rail Freight Group. 

Enjoy the read!