Road

Early peak compounds UK driver shortage

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Haulier shortfall ‘could seriously disrupt pre-Christmas deliveries’, forwarders warn

BREAKING NEWS: France backs down on HGV tax

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Government drops plan following threats of industrial action

French hauliers issue HGV tax ultimatum

‘Large-scale action’ threatened from 17 October if government plans for levy are not withdrawn

Hahn opens road feeder facility near Frankfurt Airport

Hub aims to provide closer link with forwarders and greater connectivity for pan-European distribution

French hauliers threaten roadblocks after tax talks fail

Negotiations over proposed HGV tax break down and road transport associations call on members to ‘take action’

Road freight facing increasing insurance ‘scams’

Operators should do more to protect their companies and drivers, with ‘cash for crash’ incidents up 50%, FTA warns

Paris plans HGV transit tax

Levy set to take effect on 1 January 2015 on ‘périphérique’ ring road and motorways in the region

Container haulage shortages disrupt UK supply chains

Forwarder blames underinvestment, surging demand and a directive from Brussels

Auto market to drive transport and logistics demand

Sector’s spend to rise 6% this year, according to analysis by Ti

Los Angeles and Long Beach trial a drive to speed up trucks

Free-Flow tackles congestion, air quality and security as larger vessels loom

Truck driver jailed for 8 years for killing cyclists

Judge said he had almost certainly fallen asleep at the wheel

UK government announces last chance to trial longer semi-trailers

FTA says initial results of 10-year pilot have been encouraging

Ningbo delays continue as striking truckers return to work

Forwarders report that clearing backlogs is making it hard to find vessel slots

UK and France urged to improve security for Calais trucks

FTA asks governments to provide safe passage for lorry drivers through the French channel port

Truck drivers take brewery giant Anheuser-Busch to court

Employees claiming US$5 million for failure to pay overtime and forbidding rest breaks

Advice and Insight

Death of the tax disc but vehicle excise duty lives on

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Direct debit will be introduced as a way to pay for vehicle tax, although the option will not be available to HGVs paying the Road User Levy

Secure your vehicle, or pay the penalty

“At the Port of Dover alone more than 900 lorry drivers were issued penalties for entering the UK with stowaways on board during 2012 and 2013,” reported the BBC

Call for data to be collated on illegal foreign vehicles

Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire claims the avoidance of such payments is costing the British taxpayer circa £3million per annum in lost revenue

TAPA issues new warehouse and trucking security standards to combat cargo crime

Efforts deepen to achieve supply chain resilience for shippers as thefts become increasingly sophisticated

People

Kuehne + Nagel appoints new head of contract logistics

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Gianfranco Sgro is currently regional COO of a major automotive supplier

IJS Global recruits pharma executive to its healthcare unit

Former head of global logistics and distribution at Shire Pharmaceuticals becomes forwarding and logistics group’s UK Director for Healthcare Service Solutions

Alliance appoints WGS Cape Town as reciprocal agency

UK forwarder says South Africa market ‘needs a shake-up, with complacency rife’

Buffaload Logistics appoints national transport manager

Brian Lafferty joins UK company expected to double in size over next four years

Have Your Say

Drivers can face penalties for illegal immigrants

Anton Balkitis

Concern continues as number of clandestines stowing away in vehicles increases, reports Rothera Dowson solicitors

Business as usual in Scotland says BIFA

Following the decision by Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom, the trade association that represents freight forwarders throughout the UK, says that it is business as usual

The changing face of logistics operators’ liability

Andrew Kemp, general manager (EMEA) for leading freight transport insurer TT Club, examines the varied and complex liabilities that logistics companies are facing in the light of the fast-changing supply chain services that they are offering their customers

Container industry faces several more years of oversupply, warns Maersk’s Andersen

A senior shipping advisor responds to Andersen’s interview