Friday, June 16, 2017

Weekly Round Up of Freight and Logistics News From Around the Globe

A Selection of Stories of Interest to Those in the Shipping Industry
Shipping News Feature
UK – With Brexit negotiations about to enter full flow, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) aims to beef-up its training services by looking to appoint an additional trainer in Customs and Freight Procedures and has issued a statement calling on the British government to make a start on critical infrastructure projects. BIFA's Director General Robert Keen says customs procedures will be at the heart of the Brexit negotiations and BIFA is expecting an upsurge in inquiries on the subject as well as demand for training on the matter.

"That's why we have taken to decision to strengthen our training team by appointing an additional trainer in Customs and Freight Procedures. We are seeking a customs expert with deep knowledge of procedures and thorough understanding of any changes in legislation, so if any of your readers think they might fit the bill, I encourage them to get in touch."

Commenting ahead of news about whether there will be a Queen’s Speech and start of Brexit negotiations next Monday, the BIFA boss continued:

“The huge issues concerning international trade surrounding the Brexit negotiations have not changed, but we still feel that it is still too soon to be making speculative statements with so many unknowns. What we can state with certainty is that in their manifesto, the Conservatives pledged to invest £40 billion in transport infrastructure improvements, and expand Heathrow. Those are not Brexit-dependant matters and would be very useful for the BIFA members who manage the movement of goods within domestic and international supply chains.

“So my advice is stop the procrastinating and make sure that the Queen’s Speech, whenever it is delivered, includes details about both the transport infrastructure improvements, and the expansion of UK aviation capacity.”

UK – The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has announced new reciprocal membership arrangements with the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA). With immediate effect, UKWA members are entitled to membership of FLTA’s Safe User Group at a discounted rate, giving UKWA members access to a wide range of resources and specialist advice to ensure companies and employees operating fork lift trucks do so within legal parameters and best practice guidelines.

UK – Environmental and engineering services consultancy RSK today announced that it has acquired KMGP Limited, known as KMG Partnership. KMG Partnership provides industrial architecture and structural engineering design services, together with some civil engineering services. The company’s specialty is distribution warehousing in the food industry, which accounts for approximately 60% of revenue.

The acquisition marks RSK’s latest expansion. Last month, RSK acquired Acies Civil and Structural Ltd, a property and construction consultancy working throughout the UK and worldwide. RSK has acquired 12 environmental and analysis firms across Europe and the Middle East in the past decade and has seen impressive growth during that time that has helped to create a £100-million-turnover business.

NETHERLANDS – DSV recently acquired an additional 140,000 m2 of land adjacent to its facilities in Venlo, Netherlands. The lot is to be developed with a further 83,000 m2 of warehouse. Peter van der Maas, Managing Director DSV Solutions Netherlands said:

“In 2019, we will complete the construction, which will bring the total managed surface of logistics operations in Venlo to 210.000 m2 not including the DSV Road cross-docking terminal located 2 kilometres south. We are expanding due to a strong growth in demand for logistics services in the region, notably fuelled by increased ecommerce activities”.

The new facility will feature a high level of automation, specifically geared towards handling of small orders that are typical for ecommerce.

EUROPE – Jaguar Land Rover has appointed Kuehne + Nagel to manage three warehouses in France, Spain and Italy serving Continental Europe. The new contract also includes transport management control tower function and customer contact centres for 400 Jaguar Land Rover retailers for the region. Dominic Edmonds, Senior Vice President Contract Logistics Western Europe for Kuehne + Nagel said:

“This new business is of very high importance to Kuehne + Nagel, both from a regional and global perspective as it enables us to partner with Jaguar Land Rover and to enlarge our footprint in one of our core focus services Spare Parts Logistics. We are truly looking forward to supporting Jaguar Land Rover in this supply chain transformation. We understand Jaguar Land Rover's selection of Kuehne + Nagel as a demonstration of confidence in delivery of a dependable, personalized and highly professional technical solution together with a comprehensive implementation and transition plan.”

BRAZIL – National Geographic’s largest environmental preservation initiative is on its way to the remote Ascension Island, with help from GAC Brazil in Recife. The team behind the Pristine Seas project is on expedition to the island, in partnership with the Ascension Island Conservation Department, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

The crew are on board the National Geographic's vessel, the RSS James Clark Ross, which arrived at Recife from Montevideo in Uruguay. Once at the port, GAC’s team took care of a crew change and arranged for the scientists joining the ship for exhibition to embark. They also handled the delivery and loading of important research equipment, including a full range of remote-sensing equipment. Operations at the port were coordinated by Elberland Silva, GAC’s Ship Operator at Recife, who says:

“It is exciting to play even a small part in the important work of the National Geographic Society and the British Antarctic Survey. This was a great opportunity to start a long-term relationship with them both.”

The RSS James Clark Ross has now begun its 1,200 nautical mile passage to the island where the team will prepare for deep ocean work and make new discoveries of the seafloor at Ascension.

US – XPO Logistics has announced that it has been selected by Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. as global lead logistics provider under a multi-year contract. Nu Skin is a $2.2 billion provider of premium-quality beauty and wellness solutions to markets in Asia, the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Pacific.

In collaboration with Nu Skin, XPO is developing an integrated, global supply chain logistics solution that utilizes proprietary technology for end-to-end management of product flows. Ashfaque Chowdhury, XPO Logistics president, supply chain¬–Americas and Asia Pacific, said:

“We’re excited to work with Nu Skin as the architects of their supply chain logistics transformation. Our team is engineering a technology-rich infrastructure that will be highly efficient on a global scale. This partnership will benefit Nu Skin’s distributors, sales associates, retailers and end-customers.”

In the first operational phase, XPO will establish a control tower and distribution centre in Singapore, and assume responsibility for transportation management and satellite warehouses throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific, with expansion into other regions projected to follow.