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WTO reports on global trade developments in 2018

Mon. 8 Apr 2019
On 2 April, WTO announced that world trade will continue to face strong headwinds in 2019 and 2020 after growing more slowly than expected in 2018. WTO economists expect merchandise trade volume growth to fall to 2.6% in 2019 — down from 3.0% in 2018. Trade growth could then rebound to 3.0% in 2020, however, this would depend on easing of trade tensions.

Visa free travel after Brexit: Council and European Parliament reach agreement

Thu. 4 Apr 2019
The Council and the European Parliament have agreed that, following Brexit, UK citizens coming to the Schengen area for a short stay (90 days in any 180 days) should be granted visa free travel.

Air Freight Demand Continues Downward Trajectory in February 2019

Thu. 4 Apr 2019
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased 4.7% in February 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was the fourth consecutive month of negative year-on-year growth and the worst performance in the last three years.

Drewry predicts increased M&A activity in container sector

Wed. 3 Apr 2019
Drewry says that container shipping lines that are financially vulnerable could be forced into mergers and acquisitions due to the extra costs associated with the new low-sulphur fuel law. It queries how that might affect competition on key trades.

Heathrow reveals shortlist sites for logistics hubs in the running to deliver expansion project

Mon. 1 Apr 2019
Heathrow has today announced the names and locations of the 18 shortlisted sites that remain in the running to help deliver the expanded airport signalling the project has reached a new and significant milestone on its path to delivery.

Latest EU Exit Information 29 March 2019

Fri. 29 Mar 2019
HMRC yesterday circulated a summary of the UK’s preparedness for Brexit in the event of a “No Deal” scenario which we have been requested to distribute to Members. In particular please note that information as to where to find information on an ongoing basis.

Ongoing evaluation of Consortia BER

Wed. 27 Mar 2019
On 20 March, the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) held its annual Maritime Day at the Port of Rotterdam, where the ongoing evaluation of the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (BER) was among the major topics discussed.

New ITF report: Data for evaluating Consortia BER

Wed. 27 Mar 2019
The International Transport Forum (ITF) published a new report entitled “Container Shipping in Europe: Data for the Evaluation of the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (BER).”

Transitional Simplified Procedures - TSP

Mon. 25 Mar 2019
HMRC has today set out an extension of Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) which includes:

Updated HMRC Ro-Ro Information Pack

Mon. 25 Mar 2019
The Government’s priority is still to leave the EU with a deal that works for citizens and businesses, as laid out in The Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration. As a responsible Government, planning is underway for all scenarios, including a no-deal scenario.

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