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elcome to the 'Airports & sea ports' edition of FORWARDER magazine.
The freight industry's month in review from the Editor
News and press releases from the world of freight
Articles from the last 12 months relating to this month's focus
Air ports & sea ports: the capital of innovation
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his month’s edition is ripe with news of innovation and
forward momentum when it comes to ports around
the globe. It was a struggle to narrow down the list of
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n issue 38 you can expect to see us delving into the most recent
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industry updates out there. Despite the uncertainty of what
lies ahead over the next couple of months, FORWARDER
always aims to provide the readers with the most up-to-date and
researched freight news available. Our 'Eco 2020' section holds key discussion topics at the moment – from reports of electric vehicles
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oll up, roll up! Gather round and witness the latest and greatest in freight forwarding technology! It’s doubtful that this is the exact call Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen used when seeking investment for his ‘forwarder of the future’ from SoftBank’s Vision Fund, but whatever he has said, it’s certainly resulted in an incredible spectacle.
I’m sure that almost every one of our readers will have seen the news this month of Flexport’s latest round of funding: a modest $1 billion USD, in fact. But for those who haven’t, the startup acts as a digital shipping broker, allowing unrivalled tracking and comparison for businesses across the globe. After the latest round of capital, Flexport is valued at $3.2 billion USD making them the world’s 11th largest freight forwarder – not to be sniffed at, considering the company is just six years old. The company already boasts an impressive portfolio of 10,000 clients, with the aim of annihilating inefficiencies in the logistics industry. Flexport’s main angle is supporting direct-to-consumer
Closer to home, Freightabase is celebrating its own milestone of
e-commerce, to enable business scaling without having to implement
six months in operation, with over 21k unique monthly users on
additional logistics infrastructure into their models. Moving goods
the comparison site. Freightabase connects users of its service to
quickly and to as many locations across the globe as possible makes
specialist freight providers, moving away from the traditional price-
this company a no-brainer for many smaller e-commerce companies,
comparison model. Bespoke quotes are given based on the items
and could start to see a more even playing field when it comes to
being shipped, with carriers on the website catering to their own
independent retailers vs. established giants such as Amazon.
expertise, and a focus on quality service rather than cheap prices. The startup has also launched a new Quick Quote app as it expands its
The time is right for platforms like this to gain more traction. There have been calls to move towards digitalisation for years, and it feels as though there is finally significant progress being made. Flexport is far from the only digital platform to see rapid growth, with Uber Freight’s hiring reportedly up 165% since their new head, Lior Ron, took over. It’s been rumoured that the Uber spin-off company is aiming to expand internationally from their current U.S operations region.
reach globally, with carriers in more than 200 countries and rising.
Stepping back from the virtual world and into the real one, trade
Of course, this month is also a big one back home in the UK: the
talks between China and the U.S. are on the up, as President Donald
Brexit deadline is upon us. News has leaked that a number of trade
trump pushes back proposed increases to import tariffs for a
deals look to be impossible to secure before the March 29th deadline,
second time. The increase on Chinese goods was set to go ahead on
including with Japan. It’s a huge blow, not just to the economy itself,
1 March, rising from 10% to 25% in what would have been a huge blow.
but to the logistics industry’s confidence in the future of trade. If MPs
However, talks between Trump and President Xi Jinping have taken
reject Theresa May’s latest Brexit draft agreement, it sees another
an upward turn and resulted in Trump delaying the tariff increases.
vote on a No-Deal exit by March 13 at the very latest. There are still conflicting predictions as to what a No-Deal Brexit would mean, ranging from huge gridlocks on UK roads to increased fluidity in trade between the UK and the world. And when all of the ‘experts’ have opposing opinions on the matter, it’s hard to know who to trust. If we take things off-road, there is some much-needed good news where our nation’s ports are concerned. There has been some planned simplification of customs declarations, and HMRC is waiving safety and security declarations for British imports to try and ease a potential pile-up. However, much of the new customs paperwork is
The trade war has been ongoing for almost a year, and the first
still going to be new, not only for importers and exporters, but also to
penalties on Chinese imports were implemented in August 2018.
customs officials themselves. The Financial Times reported that there
China’s stock market suffered in 2018 as shares dropped by 25% in a
remain ‘too few’ customs clearance agents and freight forwarders
devastating blow to the region’s economy. The manufacturing sector
to ease trade flow, compounded by the issue of new legislation,
has been a significant casualty, as January 2019 saw the market hit
and so the simplification process may not stretch far enough amid
its lowest level in almost three years.
quarrels over whose cargo is most important. The EU27 states have not necessarily looked to make things easy, with no reciprocation of
The quashing impact of this trade war could be clearly seen in the
customs simplification processes at the time of writing. It remains to
market surge seen following the news: Shanghai saw an incredible
be seen just how severe any trade bottlenecks will be as we march
increase of more than 5% in the moments after Donald Trump
towards the deadline.
announced the delay in hiking tariffs, and the rest of the Asian market followed suit. Investors have ramped up their buying, and currency markets have also seen extended gains in the wake of the news. It’s
Sarah O'Connell, Senior Editor, FORWARDER magazine
hoped that the economy will continue to rebound and we will see a much more prosperous 2019 for Chinese stocks – although this is not guaranteed until talks have been finalised. A number of market experts believe these talks should be complete in the early days of March, despite suspicions that things could get worse before they get better. FORWARDER magazine
INDUSTRY NEWS 14 FEBRUARY 2019
UK LOGISTICS & INDUSTRIAL TAKE-UP HITS
TEN-YEAR HIGH T he UK logistics market had a record-breaking year in 2018
Precautionary stockpiling ahead of Brexit has been well
with annual take-up reaching 35.9 million sq ft, the highest
documented in the media but overall has had limited impact on the
level since 2008.
market so far, with only a few deals understood to be motivated by the need to hold additional stock in the UK. The coming weeks will
Research from Cushman & Wakefield has revealed that in the fourth
reveal if stockpiling is just temporary or could become a permanent
quarter of 2018 take-up reached 11.1 million sq ft, the strongest Q4
feature of the market. Assuming a smooth transition after Brexit day,
on record in over a decade. Whilst 2018 saw fewer deals, take-up
enquiries tracked by Cushman & Wakefield point to a slower start
was boosted by above-average deal size (191,000 sq ft). E-commerce
to the year, with an expected rebound on the cards thereafter.
accounted for 26% of annual take-up with Amazon taking 5.3million sq ft
Bruno Berretta, UK Logistics & Industrial Research & Insight,
of space in the quarter. Across the UK take-up reached record or near-
Cushman & Wakefield
record highs in the South East/East (7.4m sq ft), East Midlands (6.9m sq ft), North West (5.7m sq ft), North East (6m sq ft). The largest deal was
The report also warns that regardless of the outcome of Brexit,
Amazon’s letting of 1.99m sq ft at Integra 61 in Durham.
labour availability is likely to become an increasingly critical factor in site selection, with four-fifths (81%) of manufacturing companies
Speculative development also saw the lowest void periods since
recently surveyed by the British Chamber of Commerce struggling
Cushman & Wakefield began tracking it across the UK in 2009,
to hire the right staff in 2018.
reaching on average nine months for new spec-built space. According to the report, 42 schemes of 50,000 sq ft and above are scheduled
This report reinforces the underlying strength of the logistics
to complete this year, totalling 6.9m sq ft – 17% above the five-year
sector, which is fuelled by the growth and changing demands of
average, with more on the starting blocks
the e-commerce sector. Greater inventory diversity and reduced delivery times are impacting on logistics networks, generating
Prime rents for larger units rose by 3.3% during 2018, below the
demand for new warehouses, which is also impacting on the
five-year annual average of 4.6%, with London registering the highest
growth of the average warehouse size transacted in 2018. Land
annual rate of growth (5.7%). The Investment market remained
shortages in some locations may impact on take-up levels, but
resilient with volumes in Q4 totalling £1.6 billion, taking annual
there is no current evidence to suggest that the overall market
2018 turnover to £6.7 billion. Foreign investors remained active,
trend will change in the near future.
accounting for a third of all purchases across the year, with US
buyers, led by Blackstone, being the most acquisitive foreign investor.
Partner, Cushman & Wakefield’s Logistics & Industrial
he leading supplier of IT solutions, support and connectivity
and it will reflect adversely in the cost and specification of their
to the freight industry warns that shippers and freight
systems during 2019. There are some simple ways forward here; all
forwarders need to act during the first half of this year to
companies regardless of their size or their offerings should get their
ensure that their IT systems are ready for the end of extended support
new systems installed and working by the end of Q2 2019 at the
for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Operating systems.
very latest to avoid the industry-wide rush and any price increases. Working with a technology partner who knows the industry and the
the end of Windows 7 support has been creeping towards us
specific requirements of the customer to deliver the new solution
for a very long time now. Windows 7 has been a loyal servant to
will certainly help. Also, there’s the Brexit grant scheme that’s now
many Albacore customers and to businesses worldwide since its
gaining momentum which can provide funding for new equipment. I
launch in 2009, but it’s now time to move things forward. What
think the key thing that decision makers need to have in their minds
we know from preparing customers for the end of Windows
when signing off on IT improvements are the improved productivity
XP support back in 2014 is that the global manufacturers of the
and efficiency benefits to their employees, who are of course the
hardware components and systems already know that the end of
most expensive resource in any business.
Windows 7 support is coming and that demand for their products
Cliff Atkinson Director, Albacore
will increase at the end of 2019. New Windows 10 ready hardware will bring advances in storage and CPU technology. Updated server technology, in particular the growth of virtual machines, allow for more cost-effective deployment of server hardware, and more modular IT systems, as well as opening the door to cost-effective disaster recovery solutions. Intel, the largest global player in CPU and chipset technologies, continues to report stock shortages of CPUs due to problems with delivering sufficient volumes of their latest CPU parts. This adds to the pressures on PC manufacturers
NEW DECADE WILL BRING NEW I.T. CHALLENGES 1 FEBRUARY 2019
SAYS ALBACORE FORWARDER magazine
ACCOUNTANCY PROFESSIONALS URGED TO SHARE BEST PRACTICE 14 FEBRUARY 2019
IN SUPPORT OF UK GOVERNMENT ‘FLAG IT UP' CAMPAIGN
ccountancy professionals are being encouraged to share
Money laundering could be seen by some as a victimless crime
best practice in order to eliminate money laundering in
but that perception betrays the human misery which hides behind
response to the UK Government's ‘Flag It Up' Campaign.
illegal financial transactions. It is essential that all members of the
David Redfern, managing director of DSR Tax Claims Ltd, called
accountancy sector play their part in eradicating the ways in which
upon those within the financial services sector to share anti-money
the criminal economy aims to launder its proceeds.
laundering resources and methodology in order to ensure that the
David Redfern, MD, DSE Tax Claims
sector is not complicit in illegal financial activity costing the UK economy billions each year.
The ‘Flag It Up' campaign urges accountancy professionals to report any suspicious activity to the NCA, using a Suspicious Activity Report
The National Crime Agency (NCA) estimates that the scale of
(SAR). Redfern gave further guidance on what might be classed as
money laundering within the UK is as high as hundreds of billions of
suspicious activity, stating,
pounds each year, with the illegal funds fuelling further societal ills
have unanswered questions regarding the source of your client's income
such as modern slavery, human trafficking, fraud, corruption, drugs
and funds, or there may be financial transfers without any apparent
and terrorism. The ‘Flag It Up' campaign is aimed at professionals
business relationship underpinning them. Maybe your client has made a
within the accountancy, legal and property services, saying that the
request of you that is out of character, or wants you to make financial
authority of these professions can give an air of legitimacy to criminal
arrangements on their behalf that just don't make commercial sense -
activity. Redfern warned professionals within the accountancy sector
you don't have to have solid proof of illegal activity, you just need to
that they played a vital role in protecting the UK economy by
have a sense of misgiving or mistrust that something is not quite right
reporting any suspicions they might have regarding money laundering.
about your client's financial activities. However, that suspicion might be
As an accountancy professional, you might
the last jigsaw piece of the puzzle required by the NCA.
He added that although the very nature of suspicion could be hard to
He stated that ensuring that anti-money laundering
define, it was crucial to both the industry, and to the UK economy
measures were added to standard terms and
as a whole, that suspicions were flagged up appropriately.
conditions would strengthen the significance of the message to potential clients.
Redfern added that he wanted to see the accountancy sector share best practice in order to eliminate money laundering within the financial services sector. He stated that,
by sharing best practice
accountancy firms can not only protect the economy from the
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effects of money laundering, but can help to create an industry which
serving clients nationwide. DSR Tax Claims are tax
is a no-go area for criminal activity. This would not only protect the
preparation experts who specialise in identifying
UK economy but would also protect each and every member within
potential allowable expenses for tax rebates for
it. Accidental involvement in money laundering is no protection
clients. Their specialist team can help employed
against prosecution and even minor infractions can lead to the loss
and self-employed subcontractors with all relevant
of licences and fines. By keeping money laundering out of the sector
paperwork to ensure their claim is handled in an
altogether, it safeguards us all.
accurate and efficient manner.
HAULAGE FIRMS NEED TO REVIEW THEIR APPROACH TO
FINANCE IN THE RUN-UP TO BREXIT, WARNS SALHAN ACCOUNTANTS
ward-winning accountancy firm and haulage specialists,
are likely to have their work and finances affected if a no deal Brexit
Salhan Accountants, is encouraging businesses in the
occurs, so while there is still time left it makes sense to review your
sector to conduct a thorough review of their financial
current finances and see what steps can be taken to ensure a minimal
pinch points ahead of the UKâ€™s departure from the EU.
impact on your turnover and profit post-Brexit. Dr Anjulika Salhan,
With the prospect of a no deal Brexit growing, Salhan Accountants
Director, Birmingham & Droitwich Salhan Accountants
is worried that some hauliers and logistics firms may be too exposed in certain areas, such as cash flow or debt, which could lead them
The firm said it was genuinely concerned about how some businesses
into financial distress
might cope and feels that some companies in the sector could be one of the hardest hits if Brexit takes a turn for the worst.
The firm, which is a member of the Road Haulage Association, says there are a number of tools at businesses disposal to help them
Once businesses have assessed their position and taken a closer
evaluate their current position and plan ahead, including detailed
look at their cost analysis, they may find that there are certain parts
management accounts and the implementation of the latest online
of their company that could be run more efficiently or, with the help
of a tax planner, they could reduce their liabilities.
Everyone is very much doom and gloom about Brexit, and the
Even if Brexit isnâ€™t disastrous, this type of information could
majority of businesses hope it will all go ahead without complications,
prove really useful to businesses who conduct this research now
but it certainly pays to be prepared. Some businesses may find that after
and provide them with a competitive edge over those who are just
the 29 March they enjoy an increased workload as customs brokers
sitting and waiting for things to change.
seek additional capacity to get goods into and out of the continent efficiently, while others may see a decline in trade or additional costs associated with complicated border arrangements. Even those who do not operate on the continent and work further down the supply chain
mperial Logistics International continues to strengthen its senior
Imperial Logistics International is composed of many very strong
management team with the appointment of Juergen Mues to
operators with unparalleled capabilities and track records in their
the post of Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective from 15
own fields; but few of these currently exploit their potential across
all available geographies. In order to realise Imperial Logisticsâ€™ ambitious growth plans, we need to take these highly-successful
Reporting to CEO Hakan Bicil, Mues will assume overall responsibility
businesses, and create a framework that will support their expansion
for all operational aspects of the business, which employs some
into new locations. The creation of this new COO position is a key
9000 staff at 170 locations in 20 countries throughout Europe, South
component in facilitating this lateral growth of our businesses.
America and China.
Hakan Bicil, CEO, Imperial Logistics International
Mues joins Imperial Logistics from SBB (Swiss Railways) Cargo, where
he spent 13 of his total of 30 years in logistics, in a variety of senior
of Juergen Mues, who brings with him a wealth of experience, and
posts - most recently as its Head of Production, and an Executive
an enthusiasm for innovation and the use of latest technology. He
Board member. Prior to that, he was Director of Logistics and
adds significantly to our senior management complement, and I am
Informatics at Roche Consumer Health, and Supply Chain Manager
confident he will help us to take Imperial Logistics International
at SANOFI, based in Paris and Cologne. He holds degrees from the
to the next level.
We are very fortunate in securing the services
University of St. Gallen and Cologne University of Applied Sciences. I am extremely happy to take up this new role within Imperial The appointment of Mues as COO at Imperial Logistics International
Logistics International; the company enjoys an excellent market position
is part of a rationalization of the business, which is currently
and reputation, and has tremendous further potential supported by
geographically diversified and comprises many subsidiaries that are
a great team of people. Logistics is my passion. I am excited to join
highly-specialised: for example, in hazardous materials warehousing,
the Imperial Logistics team, and have this opportunity to devote my
automotive logistics, chemicals road transportation and inland
experience, skills and full energy to its future success and growth.
waterways barge operations.
Juergen Mues, Chief Operating Officer (as of 15/03/19)
MUES TAKES NEW C.O.O. ROLE
5 FEBRUARY 2019
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EXMAR SHIP MANAGEMENT OPTS FOR LUMINULTRA 18 FEBRUARY 2019
TO VERIFY QUALITY OF ONBOARD DRINKING WATER
elgium-headquartered EXMAR Ship Management has
The QGA test kit has been in constant use over the past four years
selected the LuminUltra Quench-Gone Aqueous (QGA)
aboard EXMAR Offshore Services’ 450 POB barge Nunce and the
test kit to monitor the quality of the drinking water
300 POB Wariboko. The LPG FSO NKOSSA II will be equipped
produced onboard the LPG FSO NKOSSA II.
with the kit later this month and the company is considering its use aboard LNG and LPG vessels.
The decision follows the success of the QGA solution in analysing the quality of the water produced by reverse osmosis aboard accommodation barges operating offshore West Africa.
We are delighted that EXMAR Offshore Services has selected the LuminUltra QGA water test kit for additional use in its fleet. Regular potable water testing is vital to prevent any risk of infection
Paul-Philippe Halleux, who is a Technical Superintendent from EXMAR Ship Management’s Offshore Services division, commented: We cannot emphasise enough the importance of testing the
from water-borne pathogens, thereby ensuring the well-being of seafarers, offshore workers and guests on board. Pat Whalen, President & CEO, LuminUltra Technologies
quality of our drinking water on a regular basis. We produce drinking water through reverse osmosis and with some of our
Using a single analysis based on the measurement of Adenosine
accommodation barges operating offshore Africa we do not have
Tr i p h o s p h at e (AT P), Q u e n c h - G o n e A q u e o u s (Q G A)
the time to wait for onshore laboratories to test the samples.
provides a rapid and interference-free determination of total
As a shipmanager, we are responsible for health and safety of all
microbiological concentration in any filterable water sample
the people onboard our vessels. Even though regulations require
with a wide detection range.
bacterial testing only twice a year, we prefer to carry out water quality tests every week. For us the best way of assessing whether
Designed for low-solids, low-biomass concentration applications, the
water is safe is to use LuminUltra’s portable test kit onboard.
speed and portability of the QGA kit enables tests from many points
The results are available within minutes, so we know immediately
in a water generation system to detect elevated microbial growth
if the water is fit for human consumption.
levels in real-time. Results are available in under five minutes.
Drinking water standards are heavily regulated by the World health Organisation, and in 2006, the Maritime Labour Convention introduced guidelines [Standard A3.2] aimed at maintaining the quality
LuminUltra is a global leader in microbial monitoring
of drinking water onboard ships. In the case of accommodation barges,
solutions that deliver real-time feedback on microbiological
SOLAS recommends that drinking water is tested for bacteria just
content. Founded in 2003, the Canada-based company serves
twice a year, although other tests are more frequent. Shoreside,
customers in the industrial, municipal, maritime and oil and
water samples are routinely analysed to determine the type and
gas sectors via sales network partners operating around
concentration of microbes present. Rapid bacteriological water analysis
the world. Its rapid microbiological test kits, equipment and
gives us access to critical data, making it possible to identify trends
analytical software solutions are used in the drinking water,
and proactively address concerns. In the past years, LuminUltra have
wastewater, ballast water and manufacturing industries.
developed three monitoring kits for the marine industry. LuminUltra
InstantLabs, a LuminUltra company, is a global molecular
has already developed three monitoring kits for the marine industry.
diagnostics company focused on building next-generation
Now, using the same equipment, operators are able to check ballast
DNA-based analysis tools and services for industry.
water, drinking water and fuel quality in minutes. Anna Whittaker, Regional Sales Manager â€“ Europe, LuminUltra Technologies FORWARDER magazine
INDUSTRY NEWS 4 FEBRUARY 2019
FREIGHT APPRENTICESHIP MICROSITE T he British International Freight Association (BIFA),
The microsite includes case studies containing an array of tips all
the trade association for UK freight forwarding and
of which come from the experiences of BIFA members and their
logistics companies, has launched a dedicated website –
apprentices. With the aim of creating a support network, there
apprentices.bifa.org – that will focus on helping both employers and
are a range of materials for employers including information about
potential recruits to better understand apprenticeship opportunities
funding and hiring.
in the freight forwarding industry.
Advice for apprentices includes highlighting a myriad of career Having been actively involved in the creation of the
pathways as well as information about the International Freight
apprenticeship, BIFA has committed to promote the availability
Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship scheme. It aims to help those
of the new apprenticeship and encourage employers and potential
seeking apprenticeships in freight forwarding and be a resource to
entrants to consider this apprenticeship as a route into the
industry. After meeting with various employers, BIFA wanted to provide a support system that means its members have the
One of the big attractions of choosing a career in
accessible resources to enable them to confidently reach out and
freight forwarding is the different pathways that your career could
engage with local communities. The website aims to be a basis of
take you. On the microsite, visitors can read a range of case studies
materials to support them in doing so.
from established BIFA members which demonstrate some of those
Carl Hobbis, Training Development Manager, BIFA
fascinating career paths. They can also see top tips from existing apprentices as to why an apprenticeship should be considered.
The development of the microsite follows last year’s introduction of the International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship,
It follows BIFA’s recent addition of an apprentice category into the trade
providing more opportunities for young people in the industry.
association’s annual Freight Service Awards competition, which was created to encourage and reward high standards and professionalism and represent the ultimate recognition of special achievement.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at bifa.org
In 2018, freight apprenticeships came to the fore, and there has
BIFA wants its members to be ahead of the curve in thinking about
already been significant interest from both employers and candidates.
their early talent planning and there is no better way than during
If you need guidance to cut through all of the red-tape, the website
National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) which runs from 4-8 March.
provides a range of assets that can be used for attending careers or local community days, clarity on funding benefits and practical tips
Too many companies leave their recruitment planning until the
that can create a better chance of hiring the best talent.
summer – but the ‘early talent’ that are potential candidates have
Robert Keen, Director General, BIFA
already made their career choices,
...& A NETWORKING GROUP Y 19 FEBRUARY 2019
oung Forwarders Network (YFN), aimed at supporting
members develop their knowledge and professional skills, but in a more
individuals that have recently joined the sector, will launch
social environment. Initially, we will start with regional groups at London
on 6 March during National Apprenticeship Week (NAW
Heathrow; as well as in the North West; the Midlands; Anglia and the South
2019) which will run from March 4 to 8, 2019 in which BIFA has been
East – with more regions to follow. The events will give YFN members
encouraging its members to participate.
the opportunity to network with their peers and learn from industry professionals, at the same time, boosting their continuous professional
The timing of the National Apprenticeship Week could not be better
development. Each networking group will have a chairperson and vice-
and we intend to be actively involved through the networking group.
chairperson, and we will create a local organising committee, governed by at
Throughout the week we will be taking to Twitter social media to share
least two regional employers, as well as a BIFA representative. So far, every
useful tips and advice with both employers and employees who are
employer I’ve asked to get involved has been very supportive and extremely
interested in learning more about apprenticeships in the industry,
positive about its concept, the more that get involved the better.
Carl Hobbis, Training Development Manager, BIFA BIFA says that all apprentices participating in the International Freight The theme for NAW2019 is ‘Blaze a Trail’. Showcasing the benefits
Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship scheme will automatically be
of apprenticeships to local communities, employers, individuals and
invited to join – everyone is welcome. Membership of the YFN will
count towards the 20 percent off-the-job learning that apprentices must complete and membership is free. The YFN has been created to help
The idea of the YFN is to create several regional networking groups, run by young forwarders and designed to help early talent and young BIFA
improve the promotion of the sector, make it more attractive to younger people and provide forums for them to learn, according to BIFA. FORWARDER magazine
KERRY LOGISTICS FORMS MEATLAB WITH SUTHERLAND 12 FEBRUARY 2019
TO ESTABLISH HONG KONG’S FIRST ONE-STOP MEAT-PROCESSING PLANT
erry Logistics Network Limited (‘Kerry Logistics’; Stock
Sutherland has been our valued customer for decades. We are
Code 0636.HK), today announced the establishment of
very excited to take our partnership to another level. This strategic
MeatLab, a new joint venture with Sutherland Company
collaboration is part of our long-term development strategy to
Limited (‘Sutherland’), one of the leading luxury meat purveyors in Hong
deepen our cold chain business, from upstream meat processing,
Kong and Macau. The strategic partnership will allow Kerry Logistics to
to F&B trading to logistics and final delivery to end-users. MeatLab
combine its cold chain logistics expertise with Sutherland’s professional
strives to be a regional pioneer in bringing revolutionary changes
know-how in the meat industry to establish Hong Kong’s first world-
to the industry in terms of its scale, standard, and automation.
class semi-automated meat processing plant, as well as to further
extend its F&B logistics and trading business upstream the supply chain.
Deputy Managing Director – Integrated Logistics, Kerry Logistics
MeatLab is one of its kind in Hong Kong in terms of scale and extent
Our vision is to be the prevailing voice in raising industry standards
of automation, featuring semi-automated production lines in a
so as to give better life and value back to the community whilst
30,000-sq ft facility with meat processing capacity of 1,500 tonnes
remaining competitively priced. It brings a great sense of fulfillment
per month, which amalgamates the meat processing operation under
to both companies as MeatLab was born out of our common dream
one roof to enhance cost-efficiency and maximise economies of
and vision. This collaborative endeavour will result in a raised
scale. With the use of skin packaging and modified atmosphere
consciousness, impacting the attitudes towards meat quality, food
packaging (MAP) technology, it is able to extend the shelf life of meat
safety, and efficiency, as well as challenging the meat industry and its
products and preserve peak freshness. On course to be accredited
supply chain towards the next level betterment.
with ISO22000, HACCP, British Retail Consortium (BRC), organic,
Romeo Alfonso, Managing Director, Sutherland
and HALAL certifications, MeatLab is set up in compliance with the global traceability standard to ensure optimal food safety and quality
MeatLab is committed to providing Hong Kong consumers with safe,
assurance across the product spectrum.
reliable, high-quality meat. MeatLab will officially open on 18 February.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at kerrylogistics.com
erry Logistics Network Limited (‘Kerry Logistics’; Stock
key market for Kerry Logistics. Professional teams provide end-to-
Code 0636.HK) has announced the appointment of Oliver
end logistics solutions for automotive, fast moving consumer goods
Loch as Managing Director for its entity in Germany. Loch
(FMCG), industrial goods, and high-tech industries. Kerry Logistics’
has taken up his new position on 1 February 2019 and is based
service portfolio encompasses a full suite of International Freight
at the Kerry Logistics (Germany) headquarters in Raunheim, by
Forwarding services and integrated supply chain solutions leveraged
Frankfurt. He will be responsible for driving the strategic business
by a strong Asian network.
development of Kerry Logistics’ second largest country organisation in Europe, focusing on growing the International Freight Forwarding (IFF) business and integrated supply chain solutions.
We are pleased to welcome Oliver to the Kerry Logistics family. With over two decades in the logistics industry, he has gained indepth knowledge both on operational level as well as in business
With more than 20 years of experience in the transport and logistics
development. This wealth of experience will be a great asset to
sector, Oliver Loch has worked for well-known global logistics
continuously drive service enhancements.
companies where he held key management positions. Loch joins
Kerry Logistics from Rhenus Freight Logistics Air & Ocean where
Managing Director – Global Freight Forwarding, Kerry Logistics
he was International Key Account Manager Europe. Oliver Loch said,
I am thrilled to join the Kerry Logistics Germany
team. A leading logistics service provider in Asia, Kerry Logistics has continuously expanded its footprint in Europe over the past years. In Germany, we aim to contribute to this trend by growing our organisation sustainably and continue to strengthen long-term customer relations. Kerry Logistics (Germany) employs over 170 logistics experts at five strategic locations in Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich. As the economic powerhouse of Europe, Germany is a
...& APPOINTS OLIVER LOCH AS MD
5 FEBRUARY 2019
OF KERRY LOGISTICS (GERMANY) FORWARDER magazine
GAC NAMED TOP STEAMER AGENT
18 FEBRUARY 2019
AT KRISHNAPATNAM PORT
he Office of the Additional Commissioner of Customs has named GAC India the Top Steamer Agent at the Krishnapatnam Port for the financial year 2018-2019.
ABOUT GAC GROUP
GAC is a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services. Emphasising world-class performance, a
This recognises the company's outstanding performance as a
long-term approach, innovation, ethics and a strong human
ship agent, as well as the fact that it handled the most port calls
touch, GAC delivers a flexible and value-adding portfolio
throughout the period. From April 2018 to January 2019 alone, the
to help customers achieve their strategic goals. Established
number of port and coastal calls handled by GAC India increased
since 1956, the privately-owned group employs over 9,000
82% and 3,000% respectively year-on-year.
people in more than 300 offices worldwide.
The award was received by GAC Krishnapatnam's Assistant Manager, Shipping Services, Nagaraja Sekhar, who says the company has benefitted from a rise in transshipment activities at the port: The demand for agency services has increased as a result of the growth in transshipment volumes and the demand for coal. We act as port agents for an increasing number of coastal vessels carrying thermal coal to Krishnapatnam. GAC made its first foray into the Indian Subcontinent in 1983. Today, GAC India is a leading provider of shipping and logistics services throughout the country with 26 offices along the eastern and western coastlines.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at gac.com
AC’s Group-wide initiative to raise awareness of
The direct result was that we succeeded in giving our staff
threats to cyber security has earned it recognition
greater awareness and we lowered the risk for our company. This
in the CIO 100 Awards for 2019.
project has a high business value that mitigates risk and protects our customers’ data.
Hosted by Tahawultech.com and Computer News Middle
Martin Wallgren, CIO, GAC
East magazine, the fifth annual awards honoured the top 100 C-level IT leaders from across the region, including GAC’s CIO Martin Wallgren. The Group was selected for the mandatory worldwide Cyber Security Awareness course conducted through the GAC Corporate Academy last year. It tackled the threat and impact of cyber crime on the shipping and logistics industries, and outlined smart technical solutions and practices to stay ahead of the criminals. A series of short movies under the slogan ‘Think Before You Click’ created an easy-to-follow and engaging programme covering scam emails, social engineering, smart and secure passwords, identity and personal information theft, the risks of social media, and more. More than 4,000 GAC employees worldwide were invited to take the course and after just six weeks, 94% had completed it and provided positive feedback.
...& HONOURED IN CIO 100 AWARDS 7 FEBRUARY 2019
PORT OF HAMBURG SETS RECORD 18 FEBRUARY 2019
FOR SEAPORT-HINTERLAND RAIL
andling 135.1 million tons of seaborne cargoes (down one
In container transport with China, along with the ocean-going vessel
percent), Germany’s largest universal port can report
as the main carrier, a distinct increase is occurring in transport by
a respectable result for 2018. Hamburg successfully
rail. China again remained the Port of Hamburg’s largest trading
asserted itself in a difficult environment, achieving a distinct advance
partner in 2018. One in three of all containers handled in the port
on railborne seaport-hinterland transport. In 2018, this category
are for, or from, China.
accounted for totals of 46.8 million tonnes – up 2.7 percent – and 2.44 million TEU – up 4.7 percent. More than 60,000 cargo trains
Complementing the excellent seaborne services, more than 235
with around 1.6 million freight cars were handled during 2018 on
connections by rail are now offered from Hamburg along the New
the Port Railway network alone. This topped the record total set in
2016 and extended Hamburg’s position as Europe’s leading rail port.
China, compared to other locations in Europe Hamburg is the main
Having handled around 4.8 million TEU for or from
hub for China freight by a wide margin. The positive figures for the Port Railway are a success that we achieved together with our partners last year. We can be justly
Hamburg is the central freight handling hub for transport along
proud of this performance.
both the maritime and overland Silk Road.
Jens Meier, CEO, Hamburg Port Authority
strengthening and expanding our location in terms of transport
We shall be further
geography for the benefit of our worldwide port customers. To a large extent this strong position is based on the large number, exceeding 100, of liner services linking Hamburg with the great
HHM’s Joint CEO sees tremendous growth potential in logistically
majority of the 1,000 seaports worldwide.
linking the countries of the Baltic region with the Silk Road. No centre anywhere else in Europe offers this variety of direct sea and
Right at the outset of the new year, the Port of Hamburg is off
rail services with China, emphasises Mattern.
The short distances
to a flying start as it accepts four new liner services. With weekly
between the high-sea and hinterland services by all carriers make
sailings from Hamburg, these four Transatlantic container services
Hamburg especially attractive as a hub for China trade. “A dense
also link ports on the US East Coast plus others in Mexico. With the
network of around 2,000 container train connections, excellent
transfer of these, ‘THE Alliance’ liner services additional throughput
autobahn infrastructure, a host of possibilities for transport by
volume of the order of up to 500,000 TEU is arriving on the Elbe.
truck and inland waterway craft, as well as an airport with an air
Axel Mattern, Joint CEO, Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM)
freight centre, justify Hamburg’s claims as a leading logistics hub.
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HANDLING 46.8 MILLION TONS IN 2018, THE PORT OF HAMBURG ACHIEVED A RECORD FIGURE FOR RAILBORNE FREIGHT TRANSPORT AT 135.1 MILLION TONS, TOTAL SEABORNE CARGO THROUGHPUT WAS STABLE, WITH A SLIGHT DOWNTURN IN BULK CARGOES AND HANDLING OF LOADED CONTAINERS STEADY CONVENTIONAL GENERAL CARGO HANDLING INCREASED Works on upgrading the fairway have already started,” says Michael
Once the Elbe has been deepened, large containerships and bulk
Westhagemann, Minister of Economics & Transport. “We shall be
carriers will be able to bring around 18,000 tons more cargo to
implementing the project as swiftly as possible and hope that no delays
Hamburg, likewise being able to sail with increased quantities. The
will arise. On 9 March I shall be travelling to Asia to personally brief
port and its handling terminals are already clearing mega-carriers
our port customers and to showcase the location. I shall naturally
with slot capacities of over 21,000 TEU and, looking to the future,
also be visiting our clients in Europe. I want to express my thanks that
are preparing to clear arrivals and departures by even larger vessels.
shipping companies have remained loyal to us for decades. But I also
The order book for the new generation of the Mega Carrier is full.
want to tell them just what Hamburg has to offer with its port.
We are raring to go with carrying out all necessary preparations, so that even the 23,000-TEU vessels can make it safely into the Port
Ingo Egloff, Axel Mattern’s Executive Board colleague, also points
says Jens Meier.
out that commencement of construction work as part of the fairway adjustment on the Lower and Outer Elbe represents a positive signal
The Port of Hamburg, which is also Germany’s largest integral
for shipping companies and shippers in Germany and internationally.
industrial area, will harness technological progress to expand its
He is delighted that major shipping company alliances are already
existing know-how in the logistics field, while keeping in view the
announcing that after the deepening and widening of the Elbe, they
aims of climate policy. The port and Northern Germany as a logistics
will be making Hamburg their first discharge and last loading port in
region are positioning themselves as an attractive location with
Northern Europe for their container services.
superb prospects for the future.
Adjustment of the fairway will not just simplify calls in Hamburg
As a broadly based universal port, the Port of Hamburg provides
for shipowners, but will also permit handling of larger volumes.
more than 156,000 jobs in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. The
Extra draft and an improved situation for passing on the Elbe will
port is also a significant industrial location and, in generating added
also facilitate better use of transport capacity on their ships,
value of 21.8 billion euros, is also of immense importance for the
entire German national economy. For 2019, the Port of Hamburg’s marketing organisation reckons with the distinct growth of between three and four percent in container transport, and a stable outcome for bulk cargo handling. FORWARDER magazine
RELAUNCH AT DP WORLD LONDON GATEWAY 5 FEBRUARY 2019
P World London Gateway port has officially opened
DP World London Gateway is enabling global trade and working
its newly refurbished seafarers’ centre. The ceremonial
to create a better future for everyone. Shipping services, and the men
ribbon was cut by Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon
and women that operate these services at sea, are at the very heart of
and East Thurrock.
this global trade; without their work, we would not have the expanse of goods that we enjoy in the UK, from bananas and avocados to flat
DP World London Gateway has recently invested £10,000 in the
screen TVs! Having served in the Merchant Navy, I well understand
facilities as part of a joint project with Queen Victoria’s Seamen’s
what life is like on a vessel. It can be a lonely and isolating experience,
Rest (QVSR), who manage the centre on behalf of DP World
with arduous work and long periods at sea without contact with
family and friends. It is therefore only fitting that DP World London Gateway provide a comfortable and well-equipped seafarers’ centre,
The centre, which is located just a stone’s throw from the port,
where sailors can enjoy much deserved respite.
has benefited from redecoration and upgraded facilities to create a
Colin Hitchcock, Harbour Master, DP World London Gateway
more ‘homely’ environment for sailors to enjoy some respite away from their ship.
Good welfare facilities in a port can help break down some of those feelings of isolation and loneliness that seafarers may
Amenities include free Wi-Fi, television, pool table, comfortable
experience. The new facilities at DP World London Gateway offer
seating and a vending machine to re-stock essentials such as phone
an opportunity to rest and relax away from the ship. Seafarers can
cards and toiletries.
communicate with family and friends via the free Wi-Fi network, play pool or watch some sport on television. The centre is comfortable and has a London theme which allows ‘selfies’ to be taken against a River Thames backdrop; providing a taste of the city for those that don’t have time to visit! Alexander Campbell, Chief Executive, QVSR
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at dpworld.com
I was delighted to open the newly refurbished and expanded Seafarer’s Centre at London Gateway. Queen Victoria’s Seamen’s Rest (QVSR), who operate the centre provide a vital and much
Sailors that are docking for longer periods can make use of a free shuttle ABOUT bus, also DP funded WORLD by DP LONDON World London GATEWAY Gateway, to the seafarers’ DP World centre London at the Gateway port of Tilbury is the that UK’salso most hasintegrated a pool table,
needed service to seamen from around the world who find
football logistics pitch,facility, basketball a state-of-the-art court and bar among deep-sea its facilities. port located
themselves on unfamiliar shores. I want to thank both QVSR and
on the same site as one of Europe’s largest sites for the
DP World London Gateway for the care they provide to those who
development of ancillary logistics services, including
keep goods flowing in to our country, as well as those who help our
distribution centres and warehouses.
exports reach every corner of the world. Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock
The semi-automated port terminal opened in November 2013 and currently comprises three deep-water berths, all
capable of handling the world’s largest container ships, and the UK’s longest rail terminal; capable of connecting the UK
QVSR provides accommodation for seafarers, both active
to national and international rail hubs. The port is connecting
and retired, ex-servicemen and other adults in need of
shippers with emerging and mature markets all over the globe
accommodation. In addition, QVSR is committed to providing
and is highly efficient, reliable and safe – enabling supply chains
first class support to seafarers visiting the port of London;
to operate faster, with greater visibility and more certainty.
its Seafarers’ centres at DP World London Gateway and
The Logistics Park and its team of supply chain experts can
Tilbury offer a warm welcome, welfare support and a ‘home
offer bespoke, flexible and sustainable logistics solutions.
Being located on the same site as the port ensures UK importers and exporters can capitalise on the seamless link between Britain’s most sophisticated deep-sea terminal and distribution and logistics facilities.
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THE POTENTIAL OF INLAND NAVIGATION & RIVER-SEA-SHIPPING FEBRUARY 2018
MUST BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF
nland navigation could have a crucial role in the sustainable, multi-
The Conference in Berlin is organized jointly by project EMMA
modal transport system in the Baltic Sea Region. Perspectives for
and the Chamber Union Elbe/Oder, providing representatives of
inland navigation and river-sea-shipping markets are discussed
politics, industry and inland navigation a great possibility to exchange
at the Nordic Embassies in the heart of Berlin on Wednesday the
knowledge and experiences during the conference.
21st of February. The keynote speeches focus on inland navigation and the importance
Increasing the modal share of inland navigation within the European
for a sustainable transport system in the Baltic Sea Region and
transport system would help to handle the expected growth in
Europe. The event will be opened by Per Thรถresson, Ambassador of
transport volumes in a sustainable way. Using environmentally
the Swedish Embassy in Berlin. Among the keynote speakers is Kurt
friendly inland shipping for freight transport is a means to save
Bodewig, European Coordinator for Baltic-Adriatic Core Network
transport costs, reduce emissions and decongest roads. Even though
Corridor TEN-T and Mandate Innovative Financing Instruments
the potential of inland waterway transport is high, it currently has
at DG MOVE. In moderated panel discussions, the status quo,
only 6 % share of freight volume in the European Union.
challenges and opportunities of inland navigation and river-seashipping will be debated. The discussions will focus for instance on
International cooperation is necessary to improve inland waterways,
development of infrastructure and technical solutions to overcome
since international and inter-modal transport chains have lots of
challenges for inland shipping in the region, the modernisation of
potential for development. The Interreg Project EMMA has joined forces
existing fleet, and the new propulsion system technology which can
from Germany, Poland, Sweden, Lithuania and Finland to enhance inland
contribute to greening of the fleet. Furthermore, funding support
navigation in the Baltic Sea region. EMMA is funded by the Interreg Baltic
instruments for inland navigation will also be touched upon.
Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 and is a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in the Policy Area Transport.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at wfs.aero
ir Europa, Spain’s second largest airline, has chosen
The relationship with WFS represents a powerful opportunity for Air
Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) as its cargo handling
Europa to significantly expand our services in Europe. WFS has clearly
partner at nine major airports across Europe.
demonstrated its ability to apply its considerable resources and expertise not only in Madrid but also in other major European Airports. We’re
Commencing this month, the three-year contract gives WFS
excited to partner with WFS as we focus our combined energies on
responsibility for handling the airline’s cargo volumes in Amsterdam,
serving our large range of customers with leading airfreight solutions.
Brussels, Frankfurt, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Paris
Jordi Pique, General Manager, Air Europa Cargo
Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, and Milan Malpensa, as well as at Air Europa’s Madrid hub.
Air Europa is a very important customer of WFS in Madrid, so this contract to extend our partnership across the airline’s network
WFS will handle cargo onboard more than 38,000 flights a year
in Europe reflects their confident in the service, safety and security
from the nine airports, with Air Europa’s volumes in Madrid alone
we provide, and emphasises the strength of the WFS network. Air
exceeding 50,000 tonnes per annum. All of the airline’s flights from
Europa has a successful and growing cargo business and we are
Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK –
confident we can deliver the high quality of service at each of these
operated by Boeing 737-800, Airbus A330-200 and Embraer 195
airports to further enhance its reputation with customers and lead
passenger aircraft – fly directly to Madrid, from where its network
to more growth opportunities for the airline.
connects to some 60 cities globally.
Dan Parker, SVP Commercial Cargo – EMEAA, WFS In Italy, Air Europa will be handled in WFS’ brand new cargo terminal in Milan, which opened this summer.
AIR EUROPA EXTENDS ITS CARGO HANDLING PARTNERSHIP DECEMBER 2018
WITH WFS TO 9 AIRPORTS IN EUROPE FORWARDER magazine
AIR PORTS & SEA PORTS
MONAHANS TRANSPORT BRINGS THE KRONE BOX LINER MAY 2018
TO SOUTHAMPTON PORT
onahans Transport, the specialist container logistics
Our operation requires high quality, versatile equipment which can
operator has taken delivery of two Box Liner container
be used for a range of different sized containers. These sliding bogie
carriers from Krone which, reports the company, are
trailers can handle single 20’, 30’, 40’ and 45’ containers, two 20’ boxes
the first to operate from Southampton Port.
at once or any standard sized tank. Furthermore, the quick-release twistlocks and compact controls make operation fast and easy – just
Joining Monahan’s vehicle fleet of 26 Euro 6 tractors and accompanying
what our drivers require for a busy pick-up and drop operation.
container carriers, the new sliding- bogie skeletal trailers are
Mo Hashem, Director, Monahans Transport
manufactured by Krone in Europe and designed in Germany with close involvement from the UK sales team to ensure compatibility
Based in Fawley near Southampton, Monahans Transport provides
with the UK and Irish market.
a logistics service for shipping lines and freight-forwarders, which mainly involves collection from Southampton Port for delivery to
The Box Liner combines features which have been tried and
RDCs and some retail outlets throughout the UK.
tested over several decades with the latest (KTL) paint application technology and is designed for loading flexibility, hard work and a
Good maintenance is also guaranteed using Monahan’s own dedicated
long working life.
service provider. We are a fast-growing container logistics operation and already in under three years we have expanded rapidly with a reputation for providing modern, reliable and hard-working transport equipment. In this respect, the Krone Box Liner perfectly matches the expectations of our customers in the container transport sector.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at abports.co.uk
BP South Wales has purchased a 190,000 sq ft former engineering works on a 10 acre site adjacent to the East Gate at its Port of Newport.
The sale of the site, known locally as the Neptune Works, is believed to be the largest industrial property sale in South Wales so far this year. The purchase of the Neptune Works will allow the port owner and operator to expand its offering to customers interested in port-centric manufacturing. It will also serve to increase storage capacity for current customers who export and import via the Port of Newport. The Neptune Works lies adjacent to the northernmost part of
ABP has invested significantly in Newport over the past few years,
the port and its acquisition makes perfect sense â€“ either to enhance
in schemes including new warehousing facilities, open storage areas,
access to the port, enable us to expand by adding good quality
and additional rail sidings.
storage accommodation or by letting it to a third party. For instance, its size, height of access, cranes and yard space make it potentially
The Neptune Engineering Works was established early in the
attractive to accommodate plant and engineering works for some
20th century and soon after became Braithwaite & Co., Neptune
of the major infrastructure projects under way in South Wales and
Works. The works specialised in structural steelwork and
across the South West, such as Hinkley Point C.
continued to do so as part of the Rowecord Group. It was more
Rhys Morgan, Head of Property, ABP South Wales
recently used by AIC Steel.
ABP SOUTH WALES PURCHASES SITE SEPTEMBER 2018
TO ACCOMMODATE GROWTH AT NEWPORT DOCKS FORWARDER magazine
AIR PORTS & SEA PORTS
REAL-WORLD TESTING & SCALING PHASE FOR
MARITIME BLOCKCHAIN LAB’S FUELS ASSURANCE PLATFORM ANNOUNCED IN PREPARATION FOR COMMERCIALISATION
aritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), a partnership set up between
A prototype digital system, providing fuel assurance for ship owners
Lloyd’s Register Foundation and BLOC to explore the
and suppliers, was developed earlier this year together with a
use of blockchain for the assurance and safety of critical
consortium including the International Bunker Industry Association
infrastructure and drive new business models for the global maritime
(IBIA), LR’s FOBAS team, Bostomar, Heidmar, BIMCO, Goodfuels
industry, announced today that its first demonstrator project, a fuel
and Precious Shipping. The demonstrator phase of the project was
provenance register for the maritime sector that aims to provide trusted
funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.
information about fuel origin, journey and characteristics, is set to enter a phase of further development as a key step towards commercialisation.
The successful development of a marine fuels quality tracing and compliance prototype involved testing in a simulated environment
The next phase will involve the further development and scaling of
with the consortium in September this year. The demonstrator
the solution, capturing fuel deliveries and associated verified data
closed with the prototype being used for the manual capture of
into the system. It is intended that this will be undertaken by a
the world’s first end to end fuel transaction on a blockchain in the
consortium formed of ship owners or operators, fuel suppliers, port
Port of Rotterdam. The solution also won the team the prestigious
authorities and a fuel testing body and MBL is inviting interest from
MIT SOLVE competition, in the category of coastal communities.
stakeholders within these groups to join and co-sponsor this next phase of work. It is expected to begin January 2019.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at un-bloc.com
Commenting on this next significant milestone for MBL and this
verify and validate transactions across the fuels supply chain.
solution, Deanna MacDonald, CEO of BLOC said: MBL’s platform provides a chain of custody on quality and quantity The recently concluded MEPC73 showed us that there are still
documentation points for interested stakeholders within the supply
burning questions about the availability of compliant fuels post-2020
chain, which in turn will provide a decision support system around
– and the current epidemic of bad bunker, as it’s been called by
Intertanko and others, shows that building traceability and trust in the marine fuels supply chain is one of the most vital issues
This is achieved by using Hyperledger Fabric blockchain technology.
facing shipping right now. Our demonstrator phase has shown us
This technology creates an immutable chain of custody of quality
that dealing with marine fuels’ quality and quantity assurance is
analysis documentation and specification of fuels from the various
an industry wide issue, and that the industry is looking to work
actors transacting and transferring the fuels throughout the supply
together to solve this issue. We’ve built something that for the first
chain. The analysis results of the fuel supply are then associated or
time, will allow stakeholders across the global shipping industry to
linked to the specific transaction offering this fuel. FORWARDER magazine
AIR PORTS & SEA PORTS
PD PORTS BECOME FIRST UK PORT OPERATOR TO COMMIT TO
PREVENTING PLASTIC PELLETS FROM LEAKING INTO THE SEA T eesport has become the first UK port to actively minimise
Plastics have a crucial role in our economy but it is vital they are
the risk of plastic pellets from leaking into the environment,
produced and transported in a responsible fashion. I hope other
as its operator PD Ports signs up to the Operation Clean
UK ports will now follow Teesport’s lead – both our own and future
Sweep® (OCS) initiative. The project, run in the UK by the British
generations will have reason to thank them if they do.
Plastics Federation (BPF), introduces measures to keep plastic ‘nurdles’ safely away from rivers and seas.
Operation Clean Sweep® is already implemented across the UK in over 250 sites, which up until now have largely been plastics
Simon Clarke, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland,
manufacturing plants. However, the recent announcement
announced the landmark agreement, while presenting the OCS
represents an important shift, incorporating other companies who
certificate to PD Ports at a BPF reception at the House of Commons
handle these materials along the supply chain – ensuring plastics are
on Monday 10th September. Mr Clarke states:
handled responsibly during transportation.
Today’s news is a major step forward in the fight against plastic
With headquarters in Middlesbrough, PD Ports has several
pollution, and will delight the hundreds of my constituents who take
operations across the UK at key ports including Teesport. One
part in regular beach cleans at Saltburn and along our local rivers
of the major shipping and logistics hubs in the North of the UK,
and streams. The British Plastics Federation is doing wonderful work
Teesport handles over 500,000 teu a year.
tackling this scourge, and PD Ports deserve great credit for engaging swiftly and decisively as the first UK port to sign up to Operation Clean Sweep.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at pdports.co.uk
As a port, we already have a number of initiatives in place to work with river users to reduce plastic making its way into our environment and our work with the British Plastics Federation
OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP®
...aims to ensure that plastic pellets, flakes and powders that
reinforces our commitment. Plastics are clearly important for a
pass through manufacturing facilities in the UK are handled
number of purposes, but it’s important that we all take responsibility
with the care they deserve. By signing up to Operation Clean
for how they are managed and disposed of, so as to not be detrimental
Sweep®, companies make a commitment to adhere to best
to the planet.
practice and implement systems to prevent plastic pellet
Jerry Hopkinson, COO & Vice-Chairman, PD Ports
loss, to play their part to protect and preserve the aquatic environment. www.operationcleansweep.co.uk
The British Plastics Federation is proud that PD Ports is the first UK port to sign up to Operation Clean Sweep. We highly value Simon Clarke MP’s involvement in helping to achieve this important landmark. Many manufacturers and logistics operators are putting
THE BRITISH PLASTICS FEDERATION
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) is the UK trade
their weight behind Operation Clean Sweep and we urge other
association for the plastics industry – representing the whole
organisations that handle plastic raw materials to follow the fine
supply chain including polymer producers, distributors,
example set by PD Ports.
additives suppliers, machinery manufacturers, processors
Philip Law, Director General, BPF
and recyclers. For more information, BPF logos and images please contact email@example.com.
AIR PORTS & SEA PORTS
P&O FERRYMASTERS OPENS ITS
FIRST WAREHOUSE FACILITY IN THE UK BY FERRY BERTHS AT LIVERPOOL PORT
&O FERRYMASTERS today announces that it has further
We manage more than 800 trailer movements a week into and
expanded its supply chain network by opening an 800
out of the United Kingdom and our unique value proposition is being
square metre warehouse at Liverpool Port to support its
able to offer our customers – who come from all sectors including
customers with cross-docking operations and feed its connection
retail, fast moving consumer goods, automotive, and horticulture – a
with P&O Ferries’ Liverpool-Dublin sailings.
seamless, reliable and punctual service between Ireland, Britain and continental Europe.
The warehouse - which will be open 24 hours a day and comprise eight loading bays supporting trailer and container operations -
P&O Ferrymasters is a leading pan-European provider of logistics
will give the logistics company an increased capacity to handle the
solutions. The company serves 20 strategic locations in 12 countries
projected uplift in daily full and part-load shipments across the Irish
across the continent, operating integrated road, rail and sea links
Sea. It will also support daily groupage and cross-docking operations,
via a fleet of 4,000 trailers and containers. P&O Ferrymasters
where loads from more than one customer are consolidated.
also owns a rail terminal in the Romanian city of Oradea, which facilitates the onward movement of goods to Britain from Asian
Following feedback from our customer base, we are introducing
countries via the Silk Road.
a cross-docking facility at Liverpool Port which will enable all customers to benefit from our portside location, streamline their
The company is a division of P&O Ferries, which sails on eight major
logistical requirements and ultimately reduce their costs. Industry-
routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of
leading IT systems such as load and cost optimisation and track and
Ireland, Holland and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels which
trace visibility will further enhance the customer experience.
carry 8.4 million passengers and 2.3 million freight units annually.
Andy Apsley, General Manager Ireland, P&O Ferrymasters
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at pdports.co.uk
eesport has been awarded Terminal Operator of the Year by Finnish shipping and logistics group Containerships. This is only the third time they have recognised a terminal
and PD Ports’ Teesport follows on from awards to St.Petersburg and Klaipeda in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Containerships and PD Ports have been working together for more than 40 years and this latest award recognises their commitment to service levels and productivity at Teesport. Michael Povey, Vessel Operations Manager for Containerships in
Frans Calje, Chief Executive Officer of PD Ports welcomed the award
the North East, states the high service levels at Teesport played a
significant part in the award.
always an honour and especially when it comes from one that we have
Being recognised by one of your customers is
maintained a special working relationship for more than 40 years. It In 2017, our volume throughput increased by 10% and this was
is testament to our team and their commitment to Teesport that the
supported by improved service levels from Teesport. Continued
award takes into account the volume growth at the port, our increased
investment over the last seven years by PD Ports at Teesport has
efficiencies and services levels, productivity and investment. More
provided significant growth for the Port and our €200m investment
than £1billion of investment has been attracted and secured both by
for an LNG door to door supply chain to make us the most eco-
PD Ports and third parties over the last 10 years to underpin growth
friendly transport solution provider continues to move forward.
and development. As part of this investment, PD Ports upgraded the
Last year saw the installation of Teesport’s third ship to shore crane
port capacity with a new ship-to-shore crane, co-financed by the
which was perfect timing as this coincided with the implementation
European Union's Connecting Europe Facility, that offers customers
of our new nine-vessel sailing schedule which makes our presence at
faster and more efficient operations. We see Containerships as a
Teesport a rewarding one for both Containerships and PD Ports.
valued customer and they have faith in Teesport and our commitment to be a reliable and productive partner for them. PD Ports is only the third Terminal Operator to receive this award in competition with 10 other ports visited by Containerships. FEBRUARY 2018
CONTAINERSHIPS RECOGNISES PD PORTS’ TEESPORT AS
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I was delighted to appear in the FORWARDER magazine ‘Move it Like’ showcase earlier this
year. The opportunity to speak candidly about the success of our company, my influence on that, and
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AIR PORTS & SEA PORTS
ew York, New Jersey, Vancouver, Singapore, Hamburg:
The challenges of the energy transition and digitisation can only
cities spanning the globe, and some of the world’s
be met if we also focus on the [sic] social transition. By working
most-connected cities at that. Unsurprisingly, they
together and sharing knowledge and experience in this area with
all have a number of other qualities in common, aside from
other international port authorities in the Human Port Capital
excellent transport links and a future-proof outlook...
initiative, we are creating a new generation of port employees. Ultimately, it's the people who make the difference.
One of those common initiatives is Human Port Capital. Alongside
Allard Castelein President & CEO, Port of Rotterdam
the sea ports within all of the aforementioned cities, the ports of Los Angeles, Busan, Barcelona, Riga, Le Havre, Livorno and
It is not just the port operators who are involved in the initiative:
Rotterdam have joined forces to launch the initiative, along with
their efforts will be complemented by those of educational
the Human Capital Ports Action programme.
institutions and other relevant city authorities worldwide.
The programme itself is one of social innovation, rather than a
Essentially, it is a drive to keep up employment levels and
new venture into technical upgrades or legislation agreements that
productivity. A focus on education and skill sharing means
is more often seen. ‘Human Capital’ refers to the measure of a
that international powerhouses are all operating on the same
worker’s skillset based on a number of factors such as knowledge,
wavelength. Greater efficiency, higher job satisfaction and a
habits, social and personality attributes: it is a measure of economic
dynamic economy all result from the implementation of globally
value. As part of the Human Capital Ports Action programme, ports
will collaborate on complex HR issues and social transition with the aim of
creating a new generation of port employees.
It is important to stress that this initiative is not designed to replace other sustainability and digitalisation goals, but rather
But why is a focus on social innovation so important?
to complement these efforts with an equally developing and improving socio-economic state. The Port of Rotterdam, for
As times progress and technology’s complexity accelerates, it is
example, has launched this programme alongside their already
imperative that employees across the world are able to keep up. As
ongoing work on CO2 management, with over 40 projects at
Human Port Capital puts it,
Strong hands alone are not enough;
various stages working towards its sustainability goals. With
Technology is only as good as the
more than 385,000 people working in and for Rotterdam’s port
people working with it, and it is an essential factor that workers can
and industrial area, optimisation of people’s working habits and a
access this technology and utilise it to their advantage.
rise in economic output would make an incredible difference.
smart heads are also needed.
...THE CAPITAL OF INNOVATION At its most accessible level, Human Capital should be assessed
outcomes of such investment will have an impact not only within
by every business. Companies around the world can begin by
a company itself, but on the wider-reaching economy.
being more accountable for the development of their staff, and implement lifelong learning as a core business value. Investing in staff, training and developing employees and focusing on the
Sarah O'Connell, Senior Editor, FORWARDER magazine
PERFECT STORM ...SAFETY IN AUSTRALIAN FREIGHT
looding and drought are seldom more extreme than in
There can be no doubt that there will need to be a multi-faceted
Australia. The last couple of months have been illustrative
approach to upgrading the country’s operations, not least
of the extremes in climate that are experienced in this
because each vertical has its own challenges. Australia’s National
part of the world and the effect it has on the freight industry.
Transport Commission (NTC) is looking into telematics as one
Rising temperatures have seen tarmac melt on roads and metal
possible solution, for road freight safety in particular.
warp and expand, with subsequent downpours resulting in widespread, devastating floods. It’s no surprise that there has
Telematics is a combination of communications and technology in
been significant disruption to life across the country.
transport and will allow vehicles to communicate with one another and their ‘base’ in order to improve safety and efficiency. If a driver
One disastrous result of extreme weather has been the closure
gets into trouble in hot weather, for example, a telematics solution
of a key railway in the state of Queensland after flooding. The
such as a remote monitoring system could allow their base to
route acts as a major artery enabling the movement of freight to
track the vehicle’s position in real time. There could be alerts if a
businesses in the region, so the ripple effect has been profound.
truck deviates from its planned route, if it doesn’t move in a certain
With the economic impact of route and business closures, delays,
amount of time – or conversely, if a driver has been going for too
lost business and infrastructure damage, the figures soon mount
long without a break. It all begins to add up to a safer, more secure
up when it comes to calculating losses – although it is expected
supply chain. The benefits are clear: safety, boosted productivity
that investigations will take weeks to complete.
and increased compliance across the board, not to mention the precision afforded to both drivers and the fleet manager.
And it’s not just rail freight which is vulnerable to the weather: heat rejection is becoming a real issue for heavy-duty trucks
Similar systems could be used for sea freight. Ports and channels
as the mercury rises to almost 50 C in some parts of the
are affected by extremes in weather: flooding and storms cause
country. Heat rejection, or waste heat, is produced as part of a
disruption and damage to infrastructure. A weather-based routing
machine’s operational process, but once engines reach a certain
system, for example, would help to divert cargo ships away from
temperature they struggle to run or shut down completely.
potential poor-weather hot spots – so to speak. If it’s predicted
The extreme heat is making the transportation of temperature-
that there will be impassable weather next week, software could
controlled cargo increasingly difficult, not to mention placing
be used to assess vacancy spots in cargo shipments happening
strain on long-haul drivers themselves.
this week, so that freight may be transported in advance either
by road, rail or sea, and arrive as or before it was originally due. How can the logistics industry begin to tackle the vulnerabilities in the system? How can they protect the health and livelihood of
It's crystal clear that investment in increased safety is going to
employees up and down the country? When the country’s climate
lead to a happier, more productive workforce overall, and will
isn’t inclined to steer away from being so volatile any time soon,
be sure to minimise business losses.
something needs to change so that industry doesn’t grind to a halt in difficult conditions, or at least so that people are protected.
Sarah O'Connell, Senior Editor, FORWARDER magazine
ustralia’s National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy
At the last count in 2017, 14.1% of the Australian population
is an initiative that was launched by the government
live in rural locations, and there has been significant pressure
in May 2018. The aim of the strategy is to make it
to ensure that these communities are better provided with
easier, quicker and cheaper to move goods and to increase the
access to the freight industry. One of the outcomes of the
competitiveness of Australian business.
National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy focus groups was to take further consideration of first-mile and last-mile issues,
A large part of the essential freight framework is the Inland
for this very reason. It certainly is a key point when Australia’s
Rail project. Historic progress has been made as the Inland
agricultural sector is worth an estimated $60 billion and would
Rail project has now been worked on in earnest: construction
benefit hugely from enhanced rural connections.
began in December 2018, with the first trains expected to operate in 2024 or 2025. This behemoth venture is the largest
Another of the topics which was revisited during these focus
infrastructure project in Australia and will comprise 1,700km of
groups was that of safety. There have been three freight-train
freight rail infrastructure upon completion. The project has had
derailments in as many months, which is of particular concern.
$9.3 billion of funds dedicated to it but is predicted to be well
One of Australian coal haulier Pacific National’s trains derailed
worth the investment, with an economy boost of $16 billion.
in January 2019 near the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. Although on this occasion there were no injuries, the incident
The Inland Rail venture is itself divided into 13 separate and distinct
was significant, with Pacific National adding that the last six
projects, each of which was assessed and analysed for its economic
wagons of the train had derailed.
benefits. The project should create an estimated 16,000 jobs – 700 of those ongoing upon the project’s conclusion. One of the most
The regulator is currently on site assessing the situation with
significant benefits is the lightening of road freight and congestion,
the removal of the wagons and repairs to the track expected
creating additional capacity for Sydney’s road and rail infrastructure
to commence after assessments have been completed,
in particular. Another key benefit of the project will be to better
the company said.
connect cities and farms to markets, enabling further development of vital industry such as agriculture, manufacturing and mining.
In November, BHP Group forced a train off the track after it ran away without its driver en route to the Northwestern iron ore
The design of this project couldn’t be produced by government
export hub of Port Hedland.
alone, so there were a number of focus groups held in December 2018 which resulted in tweaks being made to the programme, its
The following month, around 30 wagons in an empty iron ore
implementation and a breakdown of how industry would support
train derailed around 700 km (438 miles) east of Perth after poor
weather eroded part of the track.
...ON THE RIGHT TRACK Australiaâ€™s rail safety regulator said each derailing incident
The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
involved unique circumstances and cautioned against trying to
has cited in the Freight and Supply Chain Strategyâ€™s supporting
The rate of freight train derailments in Australia
documents that rail safety will be enhanced through the
in recent years has remained steady at between 0.4 and 0.5
implementation of digital train-management systems.
derailments per million freight train kilometres,
The systems are expected to upgrade the capabilities of the rail
of the National Rail Safety Regulator told Reuters in an email.
industry as a whole, alongside making it safer and more reliable.
It said it was working with the industry to drive the figure lower.
It is also hoped that consolidating loads will also improve safety, as it lowers congestion across the system. Sarah O'Connell, Senior Editor, FORWARDER magazine
IS A CLEAN AIR ZONE
ir quality in our cities is officially improving; in fact,
coaches, taxis, lorries and vans, as well as some private cars
nitrogen dioxide emissions fell by almost 70% between
registered outside the area. It would not apply to private cars
1970 and 2015 in the UK*. But there is still work to be
registered in GreaterÂ Manchester, as Andy Burnham explained
done. Currently, the government is implementing a variety of air
during the proposal launch,
80 per cent of these cars are already
quality schemes across the UK, including an Ultra Low Emission
compliant and we believe that restrictions on the remaining 20 per
Zone (ULEZ) in London and Clean Air Zones (CAZ) in several
cent would be neither progressive nor proportionate.
cities, in a bid to drive further improvements. Greater Manchester is one of the cities mandated by the government to introduce a
According to FTA, the business organisation representing the logistics
CAZ; Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, recently
sector, the Mayorâ€™s proposed CAZ would significantly increase running
announced his plans to push forward with proposals for a Zone.
costs for local businesses, while failing to provide the most effective long-term solution to improving air quality. While the logistics sector
The Mayorâ€™s proposal for a CAZ would impose a charge on any
is fully committed to reducing vehicle emissions wherever possible,
commercial vehicle entering the city which does not meet the
and acknowledges the role the industry must play in improving the
highest environmental standards. This would apply to buses,
air quality of our cities, it is essential that any air quality scheme for
...TRULY THE BEST SCHEME FOR MANCHESTER?
Greater Manchester is developed with the needs of local businesses
Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having
in mind. A CAZ would cause operating costs for small businesses to
an impact on more than seven million people employed in
soar, unfairly penalising the hard-working companies and individuals
the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new
that keep Greater Manchester’s economy thriving, while ignoring
technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the
other contributors to emissions levels across the city.
way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. A champion
CAZs are not the only method available to drive air quality
and challenger, FTA speaks to Government with one voice on
improvements: Nottingham City Council successfully presented
behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail,
its case to DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and
sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services
Rural Affairs) that other solutions can deliver a better outcome
such as retailers and manufacturers.
in a quicker time frame, without damaging the local economy. FTA is calling upon Greater Manchester to follow suit, and
Malcolm Bingham, Head of Policy for North of England, FTA
carefully evaluate whether a CAZ truly is the best option for the businesses which keep the city’s vibrant economy buoyant.
* National Statistics (2016) Emissions of air pollutants in the UK
t’s forgiveable, if short-sighted, for much of the country – and
there needs to be a significant improvement in local infrastructure.
possibly more of Europe and the world – to consider London and
In 2018, Transport for the North authored a report which outlined
its surrounding areas to be the beating heart of UK industry. Those
a case for investment in the region, as well as a vision for its future.
involved in the shipping of cargo, however – the physical movement of those goods which contribute to our economy – know that there are
Part of this report cited forecasts based on the 'Great Britain
some overlooked towns and cities which act as arteries for the flow of
Freight Model.' The model is used to predict and analyse freight
our country’s lifeblood: Dover, Felixstowe, Holyhead, among others.
flow as it currently stands and under future conditions. In all
A less-overlooked but often underestimated region is Greater
predicted outcomes listed in the report, every single mode of
Manchester and the surrounding area.
freight transportation is set to increase significantly in both volume and distance travelled by 2050.
Manchester is often described as the 'gateway to the North', an epithet which is supported by the Invest in Manchester
The M62 corridor is already at peak capacity (both consumer
campaign. The thriving city is also at the heart of the Northern
and industrial) so there is significant momentum to try to move
Powerhouse. This is the collective name for the region comprising
things onto the railway. The trans-Pennine route is one which
Greater Manchester and the surrounding cities and towns with
is seeing significant investment. It will run from Mersey, through
a total population of 15 million people. It is a hub for innovation,
Manchester, to Yorkshire and Humber. Rail freight alone is worth
supported by the region’s excellent education establishments and
£1.7 billion to the UK economy and is one of the cleanest forms of
manufacturing hotspots. Over 2,000 international businesses have
freight transportation. Compound this with our busy roads and
a major presence here. A combination of industry and education
it makes complete sense to further develop the infrastructure
results in money being available for development in the area, as well
to support more freight trains.
as ample opportunity to found and support new working initiatives. Developing the rail network is seen as an essential move forward Transport for the North is based in Manchester and is England’s
towards empowering the North and supporting the growth of
first sub-national transport body, comprising a partnership of
the local economy, rates of employment and the development
transport authorities, delivery partners and local enterprise
of innovation. Manchester is already home to the World
partnerships, all working in tandem. As the name suggests, the
Freight Terminal – the largest in the UK outside of London –
partnership aims to deliver comprehensive transport plans –
and remains the preferred distribution hub for international
both commercial and otherwise – for the north of England: from
powerhouses such as Adidas, L’Oréal, Kellogg’s and Procter
waterways to air and sea ports to passenger trains.
& Gamble. This significant work to improve the Manchester region’s freight connections will have an incredible impact on
A huge part of Transport for the North’s drive is to support the freight and logistics industry and its peripheral sectors in order to enhance the potential for economic growth. For this to happen,
business’ intelligence, development, growth and support. Sarah O'Connell, Senior Editor, FORWARDER magazine
...WHATâ€™S HAPPENING IN THE NORTHERN POWERHOUSE...
ew Zealand has a population of over 4.6 million and a global ranking of 23 for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita at current exchange rates. Its economy was
worth about £140 billion in 2016. For many years earnings were mainly from farm products, such as wool and dairy goods. Today these are combined with new developments like tourism, film production, and winemaking. New Zealand depends heavily on international trade, especially with Australia, China, the United States and Japan. Economic free-market reforms from the 1980s have removed many barriers to foreign investment. Strong cultural ties with the UK have created a shared trust – a great platform to start doing business. Benefits for the UK–New Zealand export include... •• Similar legal and financial systems to the UK
Strengths of the New Zealand market include... •• Geographic position allows for easy access to Pacific Island market
•• Excellent test market for niche and high-value products and services
•• Opposite time zones allow for 24 hour working
•• English speaking
•• Strong intellectual property (IP) and regulatory systems
•• Small but developed market
•• Low corruption levels Challenges doing business in New Zealand:
•• Stable political system •• Ranks first of 189 economies for ease of doing business
Doing business in New Zealand is very similar to doing business in the UK. If your product or service is successful in the UK, there’s a good
EXPORT TO NEW ZEALAND chance you’ll be successful in New Zealand. At present there are no major challenges to UK companies.
ISSUES & REGULATIONS 54
UK & NEW ZEALAND TRADE
TAX & CUSTOMS
The UK is New Zealand’s fifth largest 2-way trading partner.
Goods and services tax
It is the fifth largest market for total exports from New
Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tax on most goods and
Zealand and the ninth largest source market. Imports of
services in New Zealand. The current GST rate is 15%.
goods and services from the UK were worth over £1.1 billion in 2015.
New Zealand’s top 5 imports from the UK are...
The company tax rate is 28%. For more information visit
•• Vehicles •• Machinery and mechanical parts •• Electrical machinery and goods
Inland Revenue. Customs All goods imported into New Zealand for business or
•• Print products, such as books
commercial purposes are liable for Customs duty, GST and
•• Pharmaceutical products
other applicable fees. Indicative rates can be found in the Working Tariff Document of New Zealand. The Customs NZ website explains how the charges are calculated.
All legislation relating to the conduct of business and
You must have a valid passport to enter New Zealand. You
the operation of companies is enacted by New Zealand’s
can enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to six months
parliament and administered by government agencies.
on arrival without a visa. Anyone wishing to work in New
You can see all legislation on the Parliamentary Counsel
Zealand requires a work visa.
Office website. For advice on legal issues, the New Zealand Law Society provides details of local lawyers. Standards and technical regulations All products sold in New Zealand must be safe. There are two key laws that deal with product safety: •• The Consumer Guarantees Act, which gives minimum standards of quality for goods and services •• The Fair Trading Act, which promotes product safety Importers must ensure products meet the minimum standards for the products to be allowed to enter the country. Intellectual property (IP) The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) is the government agency responsible for granting and registering intellectual property. Copyright protection automatically applies in New Zealand from the date of creation. Patents and trademarks only provide protection within New Zealand.
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he transportation and logistics markets are growing, not
I am a huge advocate of the digitalisation of our supply chain,
only in size, but also in complexity. The intricacies and
and of the introduction of technology where it makes lives and
inner workings of our industry are further compounded
jobs easier. But it seems easy for business owners to get carried
over time by the acceleration of e-commerce, shifts in trade and
away with launching a new app or introducing VR training or
wearables in their workplace, without considering the usability of these products.
Long story short: any new additions into our crowded pipeline need to make our lives easier.
Automation software feels like an excellent option if we’re considering next steps. There is a multitude of automation
New tech must be necessary. This means, if it isn’t making
programmes, platforms and databases available that cater for
your work more efficient or growing productivity, it should
logistics businesses in all parts of the supply chain. Automating
be increasing workforce accountability. There’s no room for
processes saves time, minimises the risk of error, improves
‘innovation for innovation’s sake.’
accuracy and productivity, and has even been shown to increase employee satisfaction, by removing the mundane, repetitive
According to a PwC survey conducted in 2018, 68% of transport
tasks from the working day – inventory checking in warehouses
& logistics CEOs expect that changes in core technologies or
is a great example of this. Even getting a little more complex
service provisions will be disruptive to their business. Another
and thinking about pick-and-pack robotics in warehouses – an
study lists more than half of CEOs citing artificial intelligence
excellent example of purposeful technology.
(A.I.) as the next technology they’re planning to implement. Optimise the services you already provide. Shave time off What these studies didn’t demonstrate was the exact products
your operations and ask your employees whether there’s
which would do this – it’s all very well saying A.I. is the next
anything they want. It may begin as something as everyday as
big thing, but unless you can demonstrate a specific product or
an IT software upgrade which would make the biggest impact,
process, it’s all just hot air.
or new hardware which can shorten processes. If there’s a choice between introducing wearable technology such as
There’s certainly big talk: artificial intelligence and machine learning
gloves which can scan barcodes, or upgrading your current IT
are often cited as ‘the next big thing’ alongside blockchain. But
software so that accounts navigation becomes more efficient,
if you follow up with questions about specifics, such as 'how will
I’d say it’s a no brainer.
companies will train their workforce to understand and utilise these technologies?', 'how might they manage the skills gap?', 'how
Change is good. Purposeful change is better.
long will this investment take to become profitable?' and 'how it might futureproof a workforce’s jobs without making them feel alienated?', then the answers soon become a little more vague.
Sarah O’Connell, Senior Editor, FORWARDER magazine
PURPOSEFUL CHANGE IN YOUR BUSINESS
HOW THE TECH?
& HOW WE CAN REDUCE ITS IMPACT
ast fashion. You’ll undoubtedly have heard all about it in the news or on TV. Maybe you’ve been made aware of the scale of it simply through the constant bombardment of fashion
advertising on our newsfeeds, billboards, ad reels and the like. The term ‘fast fashion’ refers to the rapid-cycle consumption of clothing with trends changing all the time, meaning cheaply manufactured clothing, sold at rock-bottom prices and in vast quantities. Ultimately, there’s a strong link between personal expression and fashion, and it’s unlikely that our ever image-conscious western culture is going to shift away from this behaviour any time soon. What cannot be ignored, however, is that fashion is one of the most polluting, wasteful industries on the planet. So how do we redress the balance? What is the real issue? Fashion is a USD $2.4 trillion industry according to a report by Mckinsey in 2018. In the UK, less than 1% of all clothing is recycled. Instead, more than a million tonnes of textiles are thrown away every year. That’s a lot of clothes. It’s incredibly damaging to the environment: 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide are produced annually by the industry, and an impossible-to-imagine 79 billion cubic metres of water is used every year – that’s 2% of the entire planet’s fresh water and 10% of every global industry’s total water usage combined. This number is set to double by 2030.
To put this into perspective, the amount of water it takes to make one
What else is being done?
cotton T-shirt is 2,700 litres. If you were to drink two litres of water a
day, this is the amount of water you would drink in around three-anda-half years. It's even worse news for jeans, which can take as many as
Levi Strauss have recently manufactured 100,000 pairs of jeans using
11,000 litres for a pair, in some brands. This is without counting the
100% recycled water, and adidas have been producing trainers made
amount of water which is spoiled through the shedding of microplastics
from recycled ocean plastic for a few years now. Stella McCartney
and fibres when you wash your clothes. These microplastics are
and her eponymous brand have been active campaigners for a
incredibly difficult to filter out of the system and cause our water
sustainable and eco-friendly supply chain, promoting the idea of a
supplies to become toxic, often ending up in our oceans where they
circular economy that benefits everyone.
don’t ever degrade, causing untold damage to wildlife. A report produced by the UK government’s Environmental Audit It’s not just water that’s the problem. Last year it was reported
Committee this month has also recommended a number of initiatives
that Burberry burned almost USD $40 million of unsold products
to try to combat the trend. One of those initiatives is to implement
in order to protect their exclusivity. For an industry which is one
a penny-per-garment fee for textiles producers whose products
of the word’s most polluting, to pump additional carbon into the
are sold in the UK, which would be redirected to power a textile-
atmosphere is a practice that can’t be afforded.
As if this weren’t enough, there’s also the issue of labour standards
UK-based organisation WRAP has created a consumer campaign as
across the industry. It’s barely deemed ‘news’ anymore (instead
part of their Sustainable Clothing Action Plan. The Love Your Clothes
viewed as a fact of life) that the supply chain is tainted with indentured
campaign aims to educate consumers on the value of their clothes,
servitude, prison work, child labour and other abuses. It should not
as well as how to handle clothes that are no longer wanted.
be ignored. To treat these issues with complacency or as ‘out of our control’ whilst buying tainted products is ultimately funding and
There’s a long way to go. But there’s something that everyone
endorsing these practices.
can do to contribute, to educate and to place pressure on the companies responsible.
What can I do? The first point of action is simply to buy less. Investing in higherquality clothing made of natural materials is a great first step to
Sarah O’Connell, Senior Editor, FORWARDER magazine
a simplified wardrobe, and one fewer funder of the fast-fashion business. You could also look at recycling clothes at 'end of life' by giving them away to friends or donating to charity shops, rather than landfill. For the more 'crafty', repairing clothing or repurposing it (cardigan lampshade, anyone?) is a great option. You can end up with something completely unique and potentially a fun project for you or your kids to work on. FORWARDER magazine
iesel prices in the UK are amongst the highest in the
racking up the most fuel expenses. With this intelligence, they
world, and three out of five of the 50 most expensive
can also more effectively plan how driversâ€™ days are scheduled.
countries in the world to buy diesel are in the EU.
This helps reduce the number of miles covered each day to
For fleets operating in the UK and across Europe, fuel can
make cost savings and increase energy efficiency.
constitute a large portion of overheads, whilst the unforgiving profit margins in the transport industry mean consuming less fuel
Monitoring driver behaviour
can have a significant impact on a businessâ€™ bottom line.
Making efforts to minimise fuel consumption a step further, fleet management software can help managers monitor how
Fuel efficiency should be the top of the agenda for fleet owners
drivers are impacting fuel consumption and overall efficiency. For
aiming to reduce operational overheads and drive overall business
example, fleet-management software can help make it simple to
profitability. With so many aspects of fuel efficiency dependent on
spot undesirable driving habits such as speeding, idling and other
driver behaviour and vehicle maintenance, the simple answer to
actions that can waste fuel and resources.
lowering fuel costs lies with spreading awareness. With the right practices embedded into daily operations, as well as the right tools
Not only can speeding put the driver and other vehicles at risk,
to monitor areas where fuel efficiency can be improved, reducing
it can also reduce fuel efficiency and increases costs. Fleet-
fuel consumption can be as easy as a Sunday drive.
management tools can help business owners see which drivers speed on the job and can coach them to improve their behaviour.
Cutting down on excess fuel consumption
It can also identify which drivers leave their engine on whilst
Getting to grips with data and analytics can be a simple way to
loading, waiting for jobs, or being generally neglectful with their
help drive improvements in this area. Technologies such as fleet
vehicle. By having a clear picture of how drivers are performing,
tracking can help identify problem areas. By running a simple
managers can reward their best performers for sticking to their
report, fleet managers or business owners can gain a clear
key performance indicators (KPIs) and helping the business to
picture of how their vehicles are utilised and which vehicles are
run more efficiently.
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Staying on top of vehicle maintenance
Making the most of the fleet
Vehicles that receive regular maintenance usually run more
Near-real-time data is particularly effective to help drivers find
efficiently and waste less fuel. By using a fleet management
the best and quickest routes to cut down on wasted fuel. Fleet
system, businesses can stay on top of vehicle health and receive
managers can also plot which driver is closest to the job to
pre-emptive maintenance alerts. These systems can track key
optimise operations across the entire fleet at any one time.
indicators such as engine on-time and mileage, depending on the
By driving energy efficiency gains in this area, managers can
type of service a vehicle may need. Once a vehicle hits a point
also improve customer service by providing a more accurate
where maintenance may need to be checked, an automatic email
'estimated time of arrival' to customers.
can be issued, or an alert can come up in the reporting suite. Making the fleet more energy efficient can be easier than it By taking extra care of the fleet, vehicles can run more efficiently
sounds. By making very small changes to cut down on fuel
and have a smaller environmental footprint. It can also decrease
wastage, optimise routes and change driver behaviour, businesses
the likelihood that vehicles will need to be taken off the road
can quickly see the results. By increasing energy efficiency, other
for unscheduled repairs â€“ helping to reduce the risk of an LCV
key business priorities can also start to improve, from customer
malfunctioning out on a job as well as boosting safety.
satisfaction to driver safety and cost savings. Derek Bryan, Vice President EMEA, Verizon Connect
lastic is designed to last. Fortunate for our shelves, but
recycled and re-used. Due to the lack of recycled produce, this
unfortunate for our oceans. It is reported that 5.25
has slowed down the Chinese economy and plastic shipping rates.
trillion plastic pieces have travelled into our oceans,
FORWARDER spoke to freight forwarder Transocean, specialists
and an additional 8 million tonnes is added to this number year
of recyclable cargo, who agreed that there has been a noticeable
on year. Due to the durable material most packaging is made
decline in plastic waste transportation. Ultimately, less plastic is
out of, plastic remains in our oceans for decades until it actually
being recycled, so there’s less demand for the shipment of it.
breaks down. The multiple-mile clusters of plastic that swamp our oceans are affecting the freight industry’s biggest form of
This slowdown of recycled goods is potentially a knock-on affect
cargo transportation: shipping. How is the supply chain coping?
from the new quality standards that have recently been implemented.
What are the problems that lie ahead, and what does the future
Standards of recycling have become much stricter. For example,
of our blue horizons look like?
materials such as cardboard will only be accepted by China if the contamination rates fall below 0.5%, as opposed to the previous 1.5%
According to government statistics, the UK uses 13 billion
rate. This means that cardboard could be rejected and sent back via
plastic water bottles every year, yet only 7.5 billion of those are
container ships to where it came from, should it still have staples or
successfully recycled. Furthermore, the UK throws away 2.5
dirt. These regulations have been tightened with the aim to recycle
billion coffee cups every year, and yet again, less than 1 in 400
more efficiently and effectively, thus making the environment much
of the 2.5bn are actually recycled. We’re living in a throw-away
more sustainable, however there still remains a chance these new
culture: in the bin goes our empty plastic bottle, but so does
recycling rules are forming more problems than it solves. For example,
our consideration of where it will end up. Intrigued as to where
recycling companies could be finding themselves with more frequent
it does end up? Sadly, in our oceans and landfills.
rejections, and should recycling rules become 'too strict', consumers could form a negative view on recycling, not bothering at all.
As you can imagine, this creates an abundance of problems for the ocean freight industry, such as creating obstacles, delays and
Countries including the US and the UK rely on cardboard and waste
even potential hazards or damages to engine propellers. According
recycling, exporting millions of tonnes of products to China. Some
to the International Maritime Organisation, these problems are
or all of this produce could be rejected, so along with the above
becoming more serious for overseas shippers, especially if the
issues, this could be problematic for the freight forwarding industry,
amount of waste in our waters is on the increase. Scientists
shipping waste back and forth to importers and exporters. This is
anticipate that by 2050, there will be more plastic waste in our
called ‘reverse logistics’, which also applies to e-commerce.
oceans than fish. Should these predictions come true, it could affect freight, disturbing ships and vessels’ route accessibility.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. The good news is that the Government has enforced a strategy to encourage
Another area of freight that is being affected is the slowdown of waste
efficient recycling, aiming to
that is being imported. Let’s revisit the aforementioned government
minimising waste, promoting resource efficiency and moving
statistic: 13 billion plastic water bottles are used, yet 7.5 billion are
towards a circular economy in England.
reserve material resources by
The newly implemented plastic-hacking method is set to eliminate
Our strategy focuses on known problems with effective
all type of waste that is avoidable (including public waste) by 2050.
solutions that, among other benefits, will reduce our reliance on single-use plastics, cut confusion over household recycling,
There is a prioritisation on waste crime, seeing as it cost the English
tackle the problems of packaging and end the economic,
economy around £600 million in 2016 alone. In order to create
environmental and moral scandal that is food waste. Nations
cleaner and safer oceans, these government’s actions consist of:
such as China are no longer prepared to accept lower quality waste materials; nor indeed should this nation be offshoring its
•• Preserving stock of material resources by minimising waste, promoting resource efficiency and moving towards
waste for others to deal with. Michael Gove, Secretary of Food & Rural Affairs
a circular economy •• Minimising the damage caused to our natural environment by reducing and managing waste safely and carefully •• Dealing with waste crime
With the promise of a waste-free 2050, there is still a long way to go to improve ocean quality. Whether it’s environmental, freight-related or health concerns, plastic waste seeping into our oceans is having an impact the economy, worldwide. Is this plastic problem getting caught up in your freight business? Get in touch at email@example.com to share your thoughts. Rachel Jefferies, Editor, FORWARDER magazine
IS IT A BOAT? IS IT A BUOY?
NO, IT'S ANOTHER BOTTLE! FORWARDER magazine
recent study from AAA claims that electric vehicles (EVs) lose significant range in below-freezing temperatures, revealing that Tesla vehicles lost 41% of range in study
findings. The drop is caused when the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system is used to heat the interior of the vehicle, which ultimately consumes significant energy that could be used on the car’s mileage. However, despite AAA’s research, Tesla have claimed that the data from their own vehicles is not 'anywhere near' what AAA report suggests. AAA’s research explains that
in order to facilitate the development
current capability, long cycling life and low production costs are essential. To meet these requirements, Li-ion batteries are This therefore means that
driving range of any EV is determined by two factors, the capacity of its fully-charged battery pack and the efficiency of its electric powertrain. With most EVs, one kWh of electrical energy from the battery pack will provide between two to four miles of driving range. The EPA publishes range estimates for all EVs, but real world results can, and do, vary based on several factors, [which are] battery temperature, interior temperature, driving habits and operating conditions.
in a 12 percent decrease in combined driving range and a 9
percent decrease in combined equivalent fuel economy (when compared to testing conducted at 23.8°C (75°F)).
On average, an ambient temperature of 95°F resulted in a 4 percent decrease in combined driving range and a 5 percent
decrease in combined equivalent fuel economy (when compared to testing conducted at 23.8°C (75°F)).
and uptake of EVs, traction batteries with high specific energy, high
currently utilized within EVs.
On average, an ambient temperature of -6.6°C (20°F) resulted
All of these factors are influenced by extreme weather
conditions, particularly snow. The study conducted by AAA took various vehicle brands into consideration, including Nissan, Chevrolet, Volkswagen and BMW. AAA’s overall key findings were...
HVAC use results in significant reductions in driving range and equivalent fuel economy. On average, HVAC use at 20°F resulted in a 41 percent decrease in combined driving range and a 39 percent decrease
in combined equivalent fuel economy (when compared to testing conducted at 23.8°C (75°F)).
On average, an ambient temperature of 35°C (95°F) resulted in a 17 percent decrease in combined driving range and an
18 percent decrease in combined equivalent fuel economy (when compared to testing conducted at 23.8°C (75°F)).
Depending on ambient temperature, HVAC use results in a significant monetary cost increase.
Despite these results, a spokesperson for Tesla told FORWARDER: Based on real-world data from our fleet, which includes millions
In isolation, hot and cold ambient temperatures resulted in
of long trips taken by real Model S customers, we know with
modest reductions of driving range and equivalent fuel economy.
certainty that, even when using heating and air conditioning, the
Driving range and equivalent fuel economy reductions slightly differ
average Model S customer doesn’t experience anywhere near that
due to the temperature dependency of both the recharge allocation
decrease in range at 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and the decrease in
factor (RAF) and battery discharge capacity.
range at 95 degrees Fahrenheit is roughly 1%.
Furthermore, Tesla notes that AAA’s tests were based on a complete discharge of the battery from full to empty, which does not fully represent real-world or everyday usage of a vehicle. Telsa voices that distances of 50 miles or more are categorised as 'long trips' in everyday use of the vehicle. Recent claims that EV batteries’ range shrink in the cold, Telsa say is a misreport. This statement around EV batteries suggests that the range loss Tesla vehicles experience in extremely cold temperatures is due to the impact of the temperature on the battery. Tesla disputes this claim, explaining that the primary reason for shorter range is the impact of the cold on overall energy usage (i.e. MPG and MPGe). This affects gas-powered cars in addition to EVs. Tesla spoke with high confidence in their vehicles, stating that
NEW AAA STUDY CLAIMS
ELECTRIC VEHICLES LOSE SIGNIFICANT ENERGY IN COLDER CONDITIONS
their electric vehicles are designed to be both inherently more efficient and minimal in terms of energy wastage in comparison to traditional cars, meaning that the vehicle is built to handle features that consume energy (such as HVAC systems). Despite AAA’s findings, Tesla explained that various impacting factors of colder or below-freezing temperatures may have an effect on both internal-combustion vehicles and across electric vehicles in general. For example, in cold conditions, the rubber in tyre compounds dissipates more energy, subsequently increasing aerodynamic drag due to the higher density of cold air, meaning more energy is used. Additionally, oil in a car’s gearbox becomes thicker in colder temperatures, which affects the vehicle’s performance. Whilst these factors are relevant to IC vehicles, gasoline engines in fact dispose around 75% of the energy in their fuel during everyday driving, altering the significance of energy waste. According to Tesla, electric motors typically throw away less than 15% of the battery’s energy during everyday driving. Rachel Jefferies, Editor, FORWARDER magazine
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reightabase is an online digital platform for sourcing specialist
At Freightabase we understand that consumersâ€™ needs are changing,
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and with constant time constraints freight buyers need to make
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educated decisions quickly. The idea of a shipping manager being able
forwarders and parcel carriers.
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The ‘Quick Quote’ is designed to assist busy cargo owners who may not have the time to do an advanced search. Simply complete a very simple form and our customer services team will do the rest for you. The service is available on desktop and mobile and the app is being released soon.
The ‘Directory’ is recommended if you are looking for a carrier by name or in a specific location. You can also select carriers by key words, e.g. ‘perishables’ or ‘project cargo’. The Directory also lists service suppliers to the industry, e.g. marine insurance or mergers & aquisitions.
The ‘Loading List’ is a more advanced search where users can find carriers that specialise in a specific trade lane or shipping route. You can select mode of transport, collection and delivery point. This will then produce a list of specialist carriers to consider for your shipment.
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GT Couriers offer a service that is tailored to their
Chandler Freight’s 150+ years of freight and logistics
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Founded in 2000, Chandler Freight is proud to hold over 150
worldwide – whatever your requirements, GT
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of vehicles, so you can expect a flexible service similar
complicated process when dealing with more than one mode
to a premium door-to-door service.
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Established in 2000, GT Couriers (Gibbins Turner) has been
solution – a complete service to transport your goods hassle-
offering a service of unrivalled, dedicated same day delivery
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which has grown from the East Midlands to Europe over the
and widespread organisational links with overseas partners,
course of almost two decades. The combination of GT’s road
Chandler Freight guarantees fast and expert handling of all
and air freight industry knowledge and customer demand
your consignments with close attention to detail.
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UniExpress were established over 30 years ago,
We provide urgent same day collections & deliveries,
starting out as a small, independent company,
and can collect within the hour anywhere in the UK.
growing into one of the UKâ€™s leading businesses
7 days a week. Environmentally friendly, our aim is to
within its sector. Clients are guaranteed that in this
be carbon neutral.
turbulent market, a quality and loyal service will be given, whether it is now or in the future.
We are an urgent courier and transport service who adopt a greener approach to business, trading since 2005. Specialists
UniExpress take great pride in offering a personalised service,
in the delivery of time-sensitive, fragile, abnormal, heavy,
from start to finish for all clients. The expertise of 50+ staff
high-value and difficult to handle loads, we are able to collect
members will assist you throughout the process, and are
within the hour, 24 hours a day and 7 seven days a week. We
dedicated to handling your shipping requirements. Furthermore,
genuinely care about the impact of our transport operation
clients will be given a key contact that you can be in touch with
on the environment so please read the environmental section
at any time to discuss your shipments. This will then be backed
of our website to check out all the projects we are involved
up by a member of the field sales team covering the whole of
with to help reduce our carbon footprint. There isnâ€™t a more
the UK, who will be happy to come and discuss our services
secure method of transporting your goods, than by using
or any future projects that you may have at your convenience.
one of our dedicated delivery vehicles. From collection to delivery, your consignment will be cared for by one of our
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Freight Mergers are specialists in selling owner-managed freight forwarding businesses. For most company owners, selling their freight forwarding business is the most important financial transaction of their life. To meet the challenge of getting a fair price for a business, we have developed a proactive approach to selling a business that connects buyers with sellers with the best synergy. We have over ten years of experience in the freight forwarding sector and, due to our niche-specialist approach, can put you in touch with the best sellers for your business.
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UK DISTRIBUTION, UK PHARMA EURO FORWARDING STORAGE/DISTRIBUT'N & PALLET COMPANY OPPORTUNITY
Ref. 55146FM | South West, UK
Ref. 1512FM | Home Counties – N. London, UK
Key business features
Key business features
•• Regional leader in UK distribution, European freight forwarding and member of an established pallet network
•• Long-standing business with over three decades of experience
•• A well-established business for over 25 years is available for acquisition due to the planned retirement of its owner
•• Specialists in providing forwarding and storage services to the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector
•• A number of blue-chip clients trade with the company
•• Office and warehouse facility (15,000ft2) providing flexible, temperature-monitored storage, in-transit storage and short term
•• Secure warehouse storage and custom export packing solution
•• Supported by the membership of a UK distribution network
•• 15 vehicles
•• Fantastic customer spread with largest accounting for 21.5% of revenue, the remaining top 5 each between 5 and 7%
•• 10 operational/management staff, 18 drivers
•• Owners willing to undertake a hand-over period •• 24/7 365-day high-dependency drug distribution service to all UK hospitals
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INT'L FORWARDER & WAREHOUSING /PICK & PACK BUS.
PERISHABLE GOODS FORWARDER
Ref. 07633FM | East Midlands, UK
Ref. 1502FM | South East, UK
Key business features
Key business features
•• Air and ocean forwarder with value-added logistics and
•• Company trading 14+ years
fulfilment services provided to key clients, trading for 20 years
•• Temperature-controlled handling and customs clearances
•• Largest key client accounting for 22.5% of revenue
•• Handle in excess of 50 million kg of air freight per annum
•• Domestic distribution
•• 60,000 ft2 temperature-controlled facility that has been approved as a Bonded Warehouse by HMCE
•• Exceptional and knowledgeable team, highly competent in all aspects of logistics and transportation, with manager and succession plan in situ •• Quality client relationships with in-depth understanding of continuous requirements
•• Can provide customer visibility throughout the entire supply chain via implemented IT system •• UK & EU transportation and value-added services •• Portfolio of large blue-chip clients •• Accredited by the British retail consortium, BIFA and IATA
DAVID ROBERTS, M&A CONSULTANT, FREIGHT MERGERS
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FOR SALE FRENCH FREIGHT FORWARDER
GERMAN FREIGHT FORWARDER
Ref. 898FM | France
Ref. 763FM | Germany
Key business features
Key business features
•• Established in 2004
•• International air & ocean freight forwarder
•• Privately owned
•• Privately owned – one shareholder
•• International air & ocean: 70%
•• 3 offices across Germany
•• Logistics & road freight: 30%
•• 19 staff
•• 46 staff (2 locations)
•• 50% air freight, 50% sea freight | 70% export, 30% import
•• Clearly defined 2nd-tier management structure
•• Sectors: events logistics and general cargo
•• Export: 66% (China, India, S.E Asia) | Import: 33%
•• Export to China, South America, North America
•• Sectors: aerospace, events, AOG, general cargo
•• Import from China
•• Turnover €16m
•• Turnover €7.0m
•• EBITDA €1.0m
•• PBT €1.0m
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SOUTHERN & SOUTH AMERICAN N.V.O.C.C. & FORWARDER
Ref. 290FM | Germany
Ref. 448FM | South East USA & South America
Key business features
Key business features
•• Established in 1980
A licensed, national customs broker, freight forwarder and NVOCC
•• Privately owned
•• Established 20 years ago
•• 2 offices across Europe, 44 staff combined
•• Privately owned – looking to continue under new ownership
•• 90% sea freight – Asia, EU, Far East | 10% air freight
•• 20 staff across 3 locations
•• Imports: FAK Cargo, consumer, textiles, industrial
•• Sector: focus on moving large mining, construction and oil/gas machinery, also moving general freight
•• Exports: Automotive, chemicals, industrials
•• 60% ocean | 30% road | 8% air | 2% rail
•• Owner would look at retaining a minority stake in the business
•• Turnover $10m
•• Turnover €20m | PBT €200k •• No debt
DAVID ROBERTS, M&A CONSULTANT, FREIGHT MERGERS
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MULTIMODAL FREIGHT FORWARDER
Ref. 2232FM | London Heathrow (LHR) Key business features
Import 17% Export 48% OCEAN
•• Company trading 10+ years •• Six full-time members of staff including two Directors •• IATA and BIFA accredited •• Diverse spread of clients, top 15 represent 78% of T/O •• Global network of partners offering multimodal solutions •• Moved 683,218 kg of air freight in 2017 ••157 LCL and 175 FCL shipments in 2017
Import 18% Export 8% ROAD
Import 3% Export 1% UK DOMESTIC
T/O: £1.3m Adj. PBT: £200k
2018 ••Turnover: £1.30m
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•• Gross profit: £410k •• Adj. Profit Before Tax: £200k 2017 ••Turnover: £1.43m •• Gross profit: £454k
SELLER OF THE MONTH •• Adj. Profit Before Tax: £220k
Ref. 4356FM | UK, US & Germany Overview •• My client offers global freight forwarding, customs brokerage and supply chain management providing air, ocean & road services alongside value-added services •• Having grown organically over a period of 45 years, they are now generating annual consolidated revenue of €300+ million •• Originally established in Europe, they now have a worldwide presence with 20 offices and 1,000+ employees whilst still remaining privately owned ••The primary markets for my client are China, U.K, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and the U.S. •• With consistent profits and a capital fund, my client is in a strong position with the ability and capacity to acquire privately owned companies
Investment remit •• Focus on international freight (air and ocean), with limited trucking or domestic operations •• Companies located in UK, U.S and Germany ••Turnover of the business to be a minimum of €5.0m, preferably €10m - €50m •• Privately owned companies •• 5+ staff •• Gross operating margin: Expected to be in region of 15 to 30% •• Company must control business rather than large amounts of agent-routed cargo
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•• £110K GP new business so far this year and more within pipeline •• Business to bring: 80% road, 10% air & 10% sea •• Mode experience: 50% sea, 25% air & 25% road •• Trade routes: Far East, USA, Eastern & Western Europe •• Salary: £45,000
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•• 10 years’ experience within the industry •• Multi-modal (air, sea & road) •• Directly in charge of 5+ employees •• Operations, sales & business development experience
UK Multimodal Managing Director available for relocation UK wide. Ideally looking for another senior executive level role within an international forwarder of any size. Previous experience primarily with large multinationals. •• Air, Ocean, Road, Rail, 3PL experience •• Managed over 450 employees across multiple UK offices •• Led and overseen merges between companies •• Experienced in aerospace, oil & gas, healthcare and chemical •• Over 30 years of international experience
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EUROPEAN ROAD FREIGHT OPERATOR ESSEX, UK – £25,000 email@example.com | +44 (0)1454 275 932
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SALES EXECUTIVE, GOVERNMENT, DEFENSE & FMS WASHINGTON DC, USA
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email@example.com | +1 646 915 1495
AIR & OCEAN SALES EXECUTIVE SFO, CA
AIR & OCEAN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER MIAMI, FL
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•• Achieved $450K+ GP in 2017 •• Territory: National •• 75% new business - 25% existing •• 50% air & 50% ocean – 65% import & 35% export •• Trade routes – Asia, Europe & Latin America •• Verticals: general cargo including high-tech, solar, medical, machines, packaging, temperature controlled, •• Salary: $95K
•• Handles medium – large Project accounts •• Close to $1m GP – 2018 YTD •• Main lanes are Middle East, Africa & S. Asia •• 70% Air, 20% Ocean, 10% Trucking •• Handles accounts nationwide •• No non-compete
email@example.com | +1 404 592 6315
•• GP for 2017 was around $710,000 •• Territory – Florida with a focus on Miami •• 30% air & 70% ocean – 60% export & 40% import •• Domestic trucking (brokerage LTL & FTL), warehouse & distribution •• Trade routes: Latin America, Asia & Europe •• Salary: $85K
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OCEAN IMPORT OPERATOR SOUTHAMPTON, UK – £23,000–£28,000
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•• All ocean import documentation from A-Z •• Will be dealing with customs entries •• Ocean import experience needed
start to finish •• Receive bookings from clients and issue booking confirmation •• Manage load factors to ensure optimum loading •• Create export customs entries
CUSTOMS CLERK SOUTHAMPTON, UK – £18,000 ROAD FREIGHT OPERATOR LEEDS, UK – £23,000–£26,000 firstname.lastname@example.org | +44 (0)1454 628 785
•• Keeping customers advised and updated at all stages •• Can complete all documents from A-Z •• Experienced in Groupage, LTL, FTL
MULTIMODAL OPERATOR BIRMINGHAM, UK – £neg. email@example.com | +44 (0)1454 628 797
firstname.lastname@example.org | +44 (0)1454 275 934
•• Will be completing customs entries for ocean imports
•• Will be assisting operations team •• Experience of processing customs entries required
OCEAN FREIGHT BDM SOUTHAMPTON, UK – £40,000 + CAR email@example.com | +44 (0)1454 275 951
•• Covering Solent area •• Selling FCL & LCL freight services •• Global forwarder
VACANCIES CUSTOMS CLEARANCE CLERK HEATHROW, UK – £22,000–£30,000
GENERAL MANAGER, UK & EUROPE HEATHROW, UK – PACKAGE UP TO £90,000
firstname.lastname@example.org | +44 (0)1454 275 934
email@example.com | +44 (0)1454 275 951
•• Completing a high standard of air/sea import customs entries •• Working accurately in fast-paced environment •• 3 or more years’ experience with customs entries
•• Air, ocean & road freight •• Managing around 30 employees •• Strong people management required •• Commercially focused
IMPORT OPERATOR HEATHROW, UK – £27,000–£31,000 firstname.lastname@example.org | +44 (0)1454 275 934
•• Working full import process from start to finish •• Over 2 years’ experience required •• Will be working in a fast-paced rates and bookings department
PRICING SPECIALIST BIRMINGHAM, UK – £26,000–£30,000 email@example.com | +44 (0)1454 628 797
OCEAN EXPORT OPERATOR BIRMINGHAM, UK – £neg. firstname.lastname@example.org | +44 (0)1454 628 797
AIR FREIGHT SPECIALIST (4 ON, 4 OFF) HEATHROW, UK – £28,000–£32,000 email@example.com | +44 (0)1454 275 934
OCEAN EXPORT TEAM LEADER BIRMINGHAM, UK – £neg.
•• Dealing with exports, AOG, entries, cutting AWBs and
firstname.lastname@example.org | +44 (0)1454 628 797
completing data entry •• Strong experience in exports •• 3 years+ experience required
AIR & OCEAN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER KENT, UK – £40,000 + CAR + COMMISSION email@example.com | +44 (0)1454 275 951
OCEAN IMPORT OPERATOR BIRMINGHAM, UK – £neg. firstname.lastname@example.org | +44 (0)1454 628 797
•• Mid-sized forwarder •• Covering Dartford, Essex & Solent •• Selling air & ocean services
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FULLY MULTIMODAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER MANCHESTER, UK – £40K–£50K + CAR + BONUS email@example.com | +44 (0)1454 628 787
•• Building and maintaining a customer network and hunting for new business (air, ocean, road & rail)
•• Client development •• Maintaining existing relationships •• Presenting monthly and quarterly performance figures to the board and sales team members
MULTIMODAL INSIDE SALES NORTH MANCHESTER, UK – £20K–£30K + BONUS firstname.lastname@example.org | +44 (0)1454 628 787
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AIR IMPORTS OPERATOR LIVERPOOL, UK – £23,000–£26,000 email@example.com | +44 (0)1454 628 785
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