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Current news are those articles from the last 3 months. Archive news are those articles more than 3 months old. To see articles with a specific tag simply click the tag in the panel on the left.

Port of Felixstowe handles 1 million TEU by rail

Wed. 13 Dec 2017
Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has become the first port in the UK to handle over 1 million TEU by rail in a single year.

ICAO backs new rules on Lithium Batteries

Mon. 11 Dec 2017
ICAO has backed IATA proposals to segregate shipments containing lithium batteries and those containing class-one dangerous goods in ULDs and cargo compartments. The proposals will come into voluntary force from the start of 2018, with ICAO implementing mandatory regulations the following year.

VAT on e-commerce: New rules adopted

Mon. 11 Dec 2017
On 5 December 2017, the Council adopted new rules making it easier for online businesses to comply with VAT obligations. Part of the EU's 'digital single market' strategy, the proposals are aimed at facilitating the collection of VAT when consumers buy goods and services online.

Iata predicts next cargo record year

Mon. 11 Dec 2017
At this week's media briefing in Geneva, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) forecasted global industry net profit to rise to USD 38.4 billion in 2018, an improvement from the expected USD 34.5 billion net profit in 2017 (revised from a USD 31.4 billion forecast in June).

Port Health Update - Import Costs 2018

Mon. 11 Dec 2017
Fees for Checking POAO Imports 2018.

BIFA welcomes news of progress in Brexit negotiations

Fri. 8 Dec 2017
Commenting on the European Commission’s announcement this morning that it has recommended to the European Council to conclude that sufficient progress has been made in the first phase of the negotiations with the UK, Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association said:

Students witness 3D innovation at Panalpina

Mon. 4 Dec 2017
BIFA is grateful to Panalpina World Transport, who for the second year running, kindly hosted a group of logistics students from the HLA - Die Flensburger Wirtschaftsschule – a vocational college in northern Germany, giving them a fascinating insight to their company and an innovative vision for the future.

Port Health Updates

Mon. 4 Dec 2017
Recent updates issued by Suffolk Coastal Port Health.

Air freight up 5.9% in October; signals strong start to Q4

Mon. 4 Dec 2017
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 5.9% in October 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. This was a slowdown from the 9.2% annual growth recorded in September 2017 but still exceeded the average annual growth rate of 3.2% over the past decade.

Commitment and ongoing funding for rail freight in Rail Strategy welcomed by transport campaigners

Mon. 4 Dec 2017
Responding to the publication of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Rail Strategy published today, Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, Campaign for Better Transport said:


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