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Freight ‘stowaway’ risks evolving but continue during COVID crisis

Mon. 8 Jun 2020
The pandemic has changed the dynamics of migrant smuggling along with freight markets, but as restrictions on movement begin to ease, migration activity and its costs to logistics operators could escalate, warns international freight insurer TT Club.

HSE Stakeholder Bulletin: 4 Jun 2020

Fri. 5 Jun 2020
Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Stakeholder Bulletin.

Opponents rally at news that EC consortia BER could be re-evaluated next year

Fri. 5 Jun 2020
Opponents of the EC’s recent decision to allow the liner shipping industry to continue to enjoy its exemption from antitrust consortia regulation until 2024, will not have to wait long to again voice their opposition.

Virtual Bake Off gets Young Forwarder Network off to a tasty relaunch

Thu. 4 Jun 2020
Katie-Louise Thompson-Friend (pictured), customer service coordinator, at the Woodland Group, beat off strong competition to win a virtual Bake Off, which was organised by the British International Freight Association (BIFA), to relaunch its Young Forwarder Network online.

Potential to extend payment period for Customs/Import VAT Duty due in 15 Jun

Thu. 4 Jun 2020
Duty Deferment Account holders who are experiencing severe financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 measures in place, and who are unable to make payment of deferred customs duties and import VAT due on 15 June, can contact HMRC for approval to an arrangement for extended period for making full or partial payment without having their guarantee called upon or their account suspended.

Air Cargo Capacity Crunch: Demand Plummets but Capacity Disappears Even Faster

Wed. 3 Jun 2020
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in April showing that demand dropped 27.7% compared to the same period in 2019 - the sharpest fall ever recorded. Still, there was insufficient capacity to meet demand as a result of the loss of belly cargo operations on passenger aircraft.

TAPA warns of a significant spike in cargo thefts as criminals get back to 'business as usual'

Wed. 3 Jun 2020
Manufacturers and logistics service providers must be prepared to protect their supply chains from a projected significant spike in cargo thefts as coronavirus lockdowns begin to be lifted across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has warned.

Will the digital revolution kill off forwarders?

Tue. 2 Jun 2020
Digital disruptors will no more kill-off today’s forwarding sector than the advent of European rail did in the 1800s, according to director general of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), Robert Keen.

BIFA member survey regarding the leaving the EU Transition Period

Tue. 2 Jun 2020
The UK entered a Transition Period at the end January 2020 which lasts until the 31st December this year, however both signatories can seek an extension, of either one or two years, but this has to be agreed by the 30th June.

Update to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan

Mon. 1 Jun 2020
On Friday (29 May 2020) the Chancellor announced changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as the furlough scheme.

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