Significant gaps still remain in ratified trade agreement, logistics groups warn

Business groups in the freight and logistics sector believe there’s still a lot of unresolved issues that need be addressed following the European’s Parliament’s formal ratification of the Trade and Customs Agreement (TCA) on Wednesday.

Sarah Laouadi, European Policy Manager at Logistics UK said while the ratification of the TCA is great news for UK supply chain businesses in the UK, there are still gaps in the agreement. 

DSV Panalpina to acquire Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics business

Two years after the acquisition of Panalpina, DSV Panalpina is once again announcing a large acquisition: Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) for US$4.2 billion (£3 billion).

Global Integrated Logistics is part of Agility, one of the world’s top freight forwarding and contract logistics providers (3PL). In 2020, the company had £2.8 billion in revenue, mainly related to air and sea freight and a workforce of approximately 17,000 employees.

Export body wants PM to chair new post-Brexit trade committee

A ten-point action plan to help the UK maximise a ‘once in a generation’ international trade opportunity, including the creation of a new UK trade committee chaired by the Prime Minister, has been launched by the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT).

Woodland Group launches new rail freight services at iPort Rail

One of the UK’s largest privately owned logistics companies, the Woodland Group, has launched new rail freight connected services at iPort Rail, Doncaster. The service begins this month and moves containers between ports of Felixstowe and Southampton with further services to London Gateway and Immingham to follow. By May more than 140 container movements are expected per month.

The move comes after Woodland Group opened a 195,000 sq ft fulfilment and distribution facility at the 800-acre multimodal logistics hub (pictured above, inset). 

Port of Felixstowe increases deep-water berth capacity

Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has further enhanced its deep-water berth capacity following the successful completion of strengthening and dredging works to Berth 7 on Trinity Terminal.

Berth 7 – one of the Port of Felixstowe's nine container berths - has been dredged from 15.0m to 16.5 metres below Chart Datum and the berth box widened from 55m to 70m.

Phil Smart joins Rail Freight Group as Assistant Policy Manager

Rail Freight Group has appointed Phil Smart as its new Assistant Policy Manager. He will work closely with Director-General Maggie Simpson and play a key role in RFG’s engagement with both regional and national government. He will also help support the group’s members in disseminating complex transport strategy amid a changing and dynamic sector that is increasingly focused on decarbonisation.

Logistics UK welcomes Government decarbonisation targets

Business group Logistics UK, which represents more than 18,000 logistics businesses in the UK, has welcomed the government’s commitment to reducing emissions by 78% by 2035 (compared with 1990 levels), announced earlier this week.

Freight groups back industry call for further rail electrification

Business groups representing the rail freight sector are backing a call from the wider rail industry for further electrification of the rail network. 

Forwarders remain sceptical on freeport concept

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) says the majority of its members are yet to be convinced about the benefits of freeports. 

The business group’s comments follow the recent publication of the International Trade Committee’s (ITC) report on UK freeports which examined the objectives of the freeports policy, the package of measures available within the chosen sites, and the overall implementation of the policy. 

Traffic management measures in Kent stood down

The government has removed traffic management measures in Kent including the Kent Acceess Permit (KAP) and the Operation Brock removable barrier on the M20. 

The KAP, which had been mandatory from January 1 for all HGVs using the Dover Strait crossings from GB to EU, was removed on April 20, while the moveable barrier on the M20 will be removed this Saturday and Sunday (24 & 25 April). The barrier and its contraflow system, which can be redeployed when needed, has been used to keep roads open and traffic moving.