Road Freight

Jan de Rijk wins three-year Virgin road feeder deal

Contract extends Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s European network to more than 50 airports

Box haulage ‘needs efficiency revolution’

UK’s largest container road transport firm, Maritime Transport, hopes to lead a cultural shift in the industry to improve truck productivity

UK box haulier Deben Transport ceases trading

Felixstowe-based firm shut its doors earlier this week, blaming a sustained period of losses

UK-Europe road freight pricing ‘volatile in Q1’

Fuel and currency changes plus new sulphur and toll charges contribute to significant fluctuations for UK customers

Freight’s UK border fears ease

New exit checks have not led to traffic congestion at Dover or Eurotunnel, but gradual implementation means real test lies ahead

New UK HGV speed limits come into force

Increase from 40mph to 50mph on single-carriageway roads in England and Wales will improve road safety, says FTA

Mory Global on brink of being wound-up

More than 2,000 jobs to go at major French parcel delivery operator

Shippers ‘overpaying on haulage’

Many firms’ requirements add unnecessary costs to carriers, claims haulage broker

UK haulage levy generates £44m in first year

Fee ensures all vehicles over 12 tonnes contributing towards use of UK roads, government claims

London confirms plans for world’s first ultra-low emission zone

FTA says five-year lead plan needed to help businesses and freight transport providers prepare

STEF raises profits to €65 million

Leading refrigerated road transport group reduces exposure to flat French market through European expansion

Eastern European trucks vandalised in ‘dumping’ protest

At least 37 lorries and vans targeted in northern France in apparent reaction against alleged unfair competition by low-cost operators

Freight firms fear Dover truck backlogs

FTA calls for coordinated approach over introduction of new UK immigration checks

Freight welcomes driver-shortage measures in UK budget

FTA says government has accepted its role in tackling crisis, but more help needed

Forwarders expecting good road and air freight growth

European agents anticipating further improvements in tonnages in March and April, according to Danske Bank survey

Advice & Insight

Ten tips for reducing your haulage spend

Often unsuspecting shippers have requirements they don’t realise add costs to carriers, says Freightex CEO Tim Phillips

Professional drivers to face tougher drink drive limits

SNP MSP Christian Allard has stated that drivers of HGVs and PCVs in Scotland should face a blood alcohol limit of 30mg per 100ml, in order to reflect the ‘catastrophic damage’ these vehicles can cause in collisions

HGV speed increase on dual carriageways

Olivia Maginn, barrister at Rothera Dowson, discusses the capabilities of modern HGVs

Driving licence counterpart

Plans to no longer issue paper counterpart put on hold

EU ‘cannibalising’ itself with ECA

Low-sulphur rules have some unfortunate and ironic consequences for modal-shift initiatives

Freight People

Norbert Dentressangle appoints new forwarding MD

Loïc Gay to head up the group’s rapidly expanding Air & Sea division

Schiphol appoints new cargo director

Jonas van Stekelenburg to take over from Enno Osinga from August

DGF names new country manager for Papua New Guinea

David Cels rejoins DHL Global Forwarding following seven years as a regional operations director

DHL Global Forwarding names new Singapore MD

Stephen Ly was previously Philippines MD and headed customs brokerage in Asia Pacific and Africa

Geodis Wilson names new EMEA VP

Matthias Hansen has been interim regional VP for the last few months and now replaces Alain Chimene on a permanent basis

Have Your Say

Cross-Channel pricing review: Quarter 1

The UK-mainland Europe haulage market has seen some significant volatility in prices, says Freightex CEO Tim Phillips

Boosting growth through logistics connectivity

CLECAT and FIATA director generals discuss the perils of inefficient logistics which can raise the costs of trading and reduce the potential for global integration

The value of quality is often underestimated

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s risk management director, says container buyers need to consider whether the product meets not just the statutory requirements, but all details of the specification

Ten tips for reducing your haulage spend

Often unsuspecting shippers have requirements they don’t realise add costs to carriers, says Freightex CEO Tim Phillips

The sales performance gap

Smaller freight forwarders will continue to be outgunned by their larger competitors until they learn how to think and act differently, claims Paul Kelly

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