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Those Who Work In the Box are More Likely to Succeed During Pandemic as They Think Outside of It

A Look at Container Based Pop Up Businesses Fighting for Custom During Lockdown

UK – We have covered the multiple uses to which shipping containers have been put over the years on several occasions. From luxury houses and boutique hotels to aquaria and kids sports facilities, plus of course the famous pop up Pen Tavern which toured the logistics exhibition scene for container group Pentalver.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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Logistics Groups React to Latest UK Government Pronouncements on Transition Through Brexit

EU Border Report - Some Progress Made but Could Do Better

UK – Logistics groups of every hue reacted rapidly to the latest UK government plans for the proposed Border Operating Model that will take effect from the end of the Transition Period. The reaction was largely a metaphorical pat on the head rather than a slap on the back. When a freight trade organisation says it is ' keeping its fingers crossed' that hardly shouts inspired confidence.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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No Change in the World's Top Port and Global Shipping Centres for 2020

Singapore Retains Title for Seventh Consecutive Year

WORLDWIDE – The Baltic Exchange, in collaboration with Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency, has published the 2020 Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index. The index, in its seventh edition, provides an independent ranking of the performance of the world's largest cities that offer port and shipping business services.

Monday, July 13, 2020
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Road Haulage Lobby Joins Criticism of Government Over Brexit Policies

Clarity and Decisive Plans Needed Immediately

UK – Trade Minister Liz Truss is not the only one concerned about the country's preparedness for Brexit. After months of doubts from the likes of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) and the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA), the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has supported the assorted worries of the freight forwarding lobby group, and criticism of tardiness from the trade storage body, to add the argument of the delivery segment to the complainants.

Monday, July 13, 2020
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Trade Secretary Poses by New Aston Martin for Export Whilst Trouble Brewing

Leaked Brexit Letter Overshadows Luxury Vehicle Debut

UK – US – Before she managed to grab the headlines at the weekend when a letter she had written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Cabinet Minister Michael Gove regarding the unsuitability of the country's post Brexit border plans was somehow leaked to the press, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss was in Southampton backing one of the country's most luxurious of exports.

Monday, July 13, 2020
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Latest Appointments and Departures Throughout the Shipping and Transport Industry Sectors

Charities Figure Large in Staff Moves This Week

WORLDWIDE – UK – Global maritime charity Sailors’ Society has announced the appointment of Sara Baade as its new Chief Executive Officer, starting in September. Baade has a strong background in management and strategic policy and brings extensive experience in leading an international welfare charity from her current role as CEO of The Army Families Federation.

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Snippets of Freight and Logistics News You May Have Missed

Smaller Stories from Throughout the Week

UK – Despite Covid-19 throwing a metaphorical spanner in the works when work got underway in February, Mumbai headquartered Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has managed to deploy its state-of-the-art terminal operating system at Tilbury2's RoRo facility using virtual technology to complete the project despite the lockdown.

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Praise for UK Government Summit to Repatriate Seafarers Stranded by the Pandemic

Now We Wait for Action

UK – WORLDWIDE – There was a chorus of support from shipping industry stakeholders for the International Maritime Summit hosted by the UK government yesterday. Representatives from over a dozen countries including Norway, Denmark, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Greece, Philippines and the US attended and agreed to grant enhanced rights as key workers to seafarers.

Friday, July 10, 2020
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Are Shipping Containers Lost at Sea a Major Hazard - or Is the Case Overstated?

All Doubts Might be Easily Eradicated Using Available Technology

WORLDWIDE – For the last decade or so the World Shipping Council (WSC) has taken a keen interest in the number of containers lost at sea, and since 2011 has surveyed its members annually to try and get a grip on the figures. What this has evidenced is that, despite peaks and troughs dependent on the number of serious maritime accidents, the percentage of boxes lost overboard represent a tiny fraction of those carried.

Friday, July 10, 2020
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