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With well over 100 years of experience in Worldwide Freight Forwarding and Logistics, we offer our customers a solution to handle all of their Import, Export, Crosstrade and Logistical requirements under the one umbrella.

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Industry News from BIFA

  • Top marks for UK freight forwarders

    FSA 2016 Winners

    In the Individual category, the winner of the Young Freight Forwarder Award was Nikki Hall of Embassy Freight.

    This year's Awards luncheon was hosted by former competitive swimmer and television presenter, Sharron Davies MBE.

    BIFA President Sir Peter Bottomley MP again welcomed guests to the 28th BIFA Freight Services Awards luncheon ceremony and, along with Sharron Davies, presented all the finalists with their certificates.

    Robert Keen, BIFA Director General, says: “The BIFA Freight Service awards are not just about rewarding excellence. The luncheon is an excellent networking event, cementing existing relationships between Members and guests, and making new ones.

    “I congratulate every company and individual who took the time and trouble to enter our Freight Service Awards competition 2016. I continue to believe that the very act of entering allows Members to improve their business systems and learn a great deal about themselves.”

    The finalists and winners in the 10 Awards categories were as follows:

    General categories

    The Project Forwarding Award - sponsored by Peter Lole Insurance Brokers

    Winner – Ucargo – Having secured the project, the company found itself in the unusual position of having not one, but thirty five clients as the owner operators of the carnival equipment, all of whom had a vested interest in seeing their equipment handled correctly and returned to them safely. Ucargo demonstrated exceptional supervision and planning with a very hands-on approach throughout this project.

    Finalists – Laser Transport International, OIA Global, Panalpina World Transport

    The Specialist Services Award – sponsored by Forward Computers

    Winner – Priority Freight - The judges felt that Priority Freight demonstrated a high level of skill and specialism in the automotive industry by completing a multi-faceted challenge in an extremely tight timeframe. The team at Priority Freight coordinated a charter aircraft, flight permits and overland transport to destination in extreme weather to deliver on time and prevent a major manufacturing shutdown.

    Finalists – Blackthorne International Transport, Charles Kendall Packing, James Cargo Services

    The Staff Development Award – sponsored by Albacore Systems

    Winner – DSV Road – Demonstrating a commitment to staff from day one the Young DSV programme sees trainees follow a two-year apprenticeship combining on-the-job training with classroom learning and examinations. Trainees are coached on all aspects of the industry as well as the DNA of DSV ensuring true engagement with the DSV brand and reducing attrition.

    Finalists – Customs Clearance, Expeditors International, Uniserve Group

    The Supply Chain Management Award -  sponsored by BoxTop Technologies

    Winner – Unsworth Global Logistics – Unsworth demonstrated a pro-active approach towards identifying bottlenecks in its customer’s supply chain. Its focus on improving efficiency far exceeded the customer’s expectations and consequently provided its customer with substantial cost savings, reduced its carbon footprint and streamlined the delivery process.

    Finalists – Allport Cargo Services, Expeditors International (UK), Ligentia UK

    Individual category

    The Young Freight Forwarder Award - sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo

    Winner – Nikki Hall of Embassy Freight – Nikki joined Embassy Freight on leaving school and has not looked back. Her go-getting personality has enabled her to progress from trainee to Business Development Manager with special focus on the India market which she has visited frequently in order to meet with customers and suppliers.

    Finalists – Simon Arnold of Unity Logistics, Adam Harris of Heritage International Freight, Lee Wells of 512 (Sheffield)

    Modal categories

    The Air Cargo Services Award – sponsored by IAG Cargo

    Winner – The Uniserve Group - The judges felt that Uniserve’s use of the 360ULD was an excellent response to changing logistics sectors and economic pressures. Showing clear evidence of cost savings, customers in the supply chain benefitted in both product integrity and profitability.

    Finalists – 512 (Sheffield), MIQ Logistics, MOL Logistics (UK)

    The European Logistics Award – sponsored by TT Club

    Winner - Delamode – The judges agreed that Delamode had demonstrated the successful implementation of an innovative solution in providing a cost effective parcel delivery service to the Romanian and Baltic state markets. The service solution provided cost saving benefits to the business whilst clearly benefitting the customer base in offering a more efficient delivery service.

    Finalists – Espace Europe, International Forwarding, Uniserve Group

    The Ocean Services Award – sponsored by Port of Antwerp

    Winner - Greenshields Cowie – The company demonstrated an effective use of ocean services from four continents in order to manage the delivery of solar panels and associated equipment to remote areas of Africa in a bid to bring clean energy to health facilities and schools in developing regions. The judges were impressed by the presentation and the “green” spirit of the team at Greenshields Cowie.

    Finalists – 512 (Sheffield), Ucargo

    Specialist categories

    The Cool Award – sponsored by American Airlines Cargo

    Winner - Panalpina – Through its “Pan Cool” product, Panalpina has proven itself to be the global leader in the cool chain sector. Using its own freighter aircraft it is able to offer unique cool chain solutions at a global level. Its continued commitment to innovation and development of the “Pan Cool” product is testimony to its professionalism and ambition.

    Finalists – Metro Shipping, Morgan Cargo

    The Extra Mile Award – sponsored by Descartes

    Winner – MIQ Logistics – MIQ Logistics went the extra mile by providing direct customer support on behalf of their client. An area not traditionally supported by a logistics provider in the B2C supply chain and added valued to their client by securing increased purchases and ensuring customer satisfaction as a result.

    Finalists – OIA Global, Shippio Car & Motorcycle Shipping, Simarco International

  • Freight is none the wiser on how Brexit will affect its operations following May’s speech

    “Our members across the country over the last few months have been dealing with a lot of uncertainty,” said Robert Keen, director general of BIFA, the representative body for UK freight forwarding companies. “They would have welcomed clarity on the mechanics that will underpin Mrs May’s desire for ‘tariff-free and frictionless trade’.

    “Today, Theresa May has promised to take Britain out of the EU single market and pledged to seek a ‘bold and ambitious’ trade agreement with the bloc. The prime minister said that she wanted ‘an ambitious customs agreement with the EU’ while rejecting the Customs Union because of the common external tariff that prevents Britain from negotiating separate trade deals with third countries.

    “As we said last year, as Brexit unfolds, there will many issues affecting visible trade and the work of our members who facilitate that trade. After today’s speech, BIFA is hoping that the government has a fundamental understanding of all of the possible permutations and challenges in regards to our future trading relationships with Europe and the rest of the world, post membership of the EU.

    “Freight forwarding executives are none the wiser on the actual mechanics of Britain’s future trading relationships and how they might affect the freight forwarding sector. Will Customs reintroduce EU transaction border controls? Will the replacement for CHIEF go ahead and will the new system be able to handle the millions of extra transactions? How will controls on dual use items be managed?

    “Mrs May has made reference to maintaining the common travel arrangements between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, but how will freight be managed between the two countries?

    “What our members need from Government is some answers to those questions. As the old saying goes, the devil is in the details. And after today’s much anticipated speech, much of the real detail is missing.”

  • November air freight demand reflects strong peak season

    Growth in freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), slowed to 4.4% November.

    The uptick in freight growth coincides with an increase in the shipment of silicon materials typically used in high-value consumer electronics shipped by air, and an apparent turnaround in new export orders. A modal shift to air cargo following the collapse of the Hanjin Shipping Company in August may have also contributed. 

    "Air cargo enjoyed a strong peak season in November. And there are encouraging signs that this growth will to continue into 2017, particularly with the shipment of high-value consumer electronics and their component parts. But, the trend in world trade is still stagnant. So it remains critically important for the air cargo industry to continue to improve its value offering by implementing modern customer-centric processes," said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

    November 2016
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    ¹% of industry FTKs in 2015   ²Year-on-year change in load factor   ³Load factor level 

    Regional Performance

    Airlines in all regions except Latin America reported an increase in year-on-year demand in November.

    • Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand in freight volumes grow 6.1% in November 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 and capacity grew by 4.0%. Seasonally-adjusted volumes are now back to the levels reached in 2010 during the post-global financial crisis bounce-back. The increase in demand is captured in the positive outlook from business surveys in the region.

    • North American carriers’ freight volumes expanded 5.6% in November 2016 compared to the same period a year earlier, and capacity increased by 2.6%. Freight traffic across the Atlantic continued to strengthen, increasing by 9.0% in October. This is being driven in part by an increase in westbound import flows from Europe to the US helped by a strong dollar. However US exports continue to suffer from the strength of the US dollar.

    • European airlines posted a 9.0% year-on-year increase in freight demand in November. This was a slight slowdown compared to the 13.3% growth recorded in October, possibly attributable in part to the strike at Lufthansa. Notwithstanding this, the seasonally-adjusted growth trend is strong and corresponds with the sustained increase in export orders in Germany over the last few months and the ongoing weakness in the Euro. Capacity in the region increased by 4.8%.

    • Middle Eastern carriers enjoyed a boost in demand from the strong peak season with freight volumes increasing by 7.8% in November 2016, year-on-year. Seasonally-adjusted growth has slowed, however, mainly due to weak freight volumes between the Middle East and Asia, and the Middle East and Europe. Freight volumes grew by just 4% on these routes in the January-October 2016 period, compared with 8-11% over the same period in 2015. Capacity in the region increased by 5.1% in November.

    • Latin American airlines experienced a demand contraction of 1.3% in November 2016, compared to the same period last year. However in seasonally-adjusted terms growth levels are in-line with where they were at the start of 2016. The region continues to be blighted by weak economic and political conditions, particularly in the largest economy, Brazil. The ‘within South America’ market has been the weakest performer to date with volumes down nearly 20% compared to the same period in 2015. Capacity in the region decreased by 1.6% in November.

    • African carriers’ posted the largest increase in freight demand among the regions in November, 10.9% year-on-year, and the seasonally-adjusted growth remains strong. However, capacity surged by 26.9% on the back of long-haul expansion, particularly by Ethiopian Airlines, and this caused the freight load factor to fall in annual terms for the 19th consecutive month.

    View November freight results (pdf)

  • New global HS standard enters into force

    Developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and adopted in 1983, this is the Sixth Edition of this global standard, used by over 200 countries and Economic or Customs Unions (including the 154 contracting parties to the HS Convention) for classifying goods in international trade.

    The 2017 edition of the HS Nomenclature includes 5,386 six-digit subheadings (compared to 5,205 in the 2012 edition). The majority of the changes in this latest edition were prompted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). These include amendments for fish and fishery products, the objective being to further enhance the coverage of species and product forms which need to be monitored for food security purposes and for better management of resources.

    HS 2017 also features certain classification provisions introduced in order to monitor trade in products such as substances controlled under the Chemical Weapons Convention, hazardous chemicals controlled under the Rotterdam Convention, and persistent organic pollutants controlled under the Stockholm Convention.

    Source: JIFFA