Road Freight

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

UK driver crisis intensifies

FTA survey finds 60% of firms expecting shortages this quarter

Freight sector united in call for haulage grants

UK transport industry leaders ‘send clear message’ to government on urgent and ‘unprecedented’ need for driver training support

Haulage industry leaders meet UK government today over driver shortages

Freight transport representatives call for two-year funding to address ‘highly damaging’ skills gap

France imposes minimum wage on foreign truck drivers

New French law passed last night will affect those on international routes to, from, and within country from end of this year

UK driver crisis highlighted by information demand

FTA summit aiming to tackle haulier shortages attracts 600 delegates and a waiting list for places

Germany suspends minimum wage imposition on international hauliers in transit

But requirement will still apply to foreign drivers operating to and from country or engaged in cabotage

TNT launches daily Istanbul road service

New links from Sofia, including to Pristina, expand overland connections in southeast Europe

Vancouver defends truck licence reforms

Disgruntled truckers protest over exclusion of 600 drivers from Canada’s largest port

Severe snow hits transport in US northeast

Ports closed, flights cancelled, with many roads also out of action

Advice & Insight

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

Driver CPC examined

DVSA has issued 80 fixed penalties to HGV drivers at the roadside for failure to provide evidence of having completed their Driver CPC training, since the law came into force

Driver shortages are no surprise

Robert Jervis, director of freight and logistics exhibition Multimodal, says the profession has lost much of the appeal it once had

Freight People

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

DGF appoints New Zealand country manager

Michael Dhu takes on new role for DHL Global Forwarding

Geodis India appoints new national sales manager

Martijn Tasma takes responsibility for sales and market development of group’s freight forwarding and logistics business in the country

Hansa Heavy Lift appoints new EMEA head

Addition of Maximilian Harmstorf marks end of HHL’s restructuring to a regional system

Have Your Say

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

Building for the future

Vital logistics infrastructure projects will only go ahead if local residents get a share of the benefits, argues Multimodal’s Rob Jervis

Fuel surcharges – a level playing field?

The price of jet fuel and crude are closely linked, and jet fuel costs have also dropped sharply, falling by 45% between Jul-14 and Jan-15. However, fuel surcharges have hardly moved, says Andy Cliff, managing director of Straightforward Consultancy Ltd

Can the cloud solve your freight forwarding challenges?

Gerry Daalhuisen, from transport software specialist Kewill, outlines some of the issues and potential benefits

Eight surprising customs rules

From exporting edible insects to baby formula, FedEx managing director of Global Trade Services, Harald Schoenfelder, reveals some little-known customs rules that could easily catch cargo shippers off guard