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Issue 6 2012 Uniserve acquires management consultancy

Uniserve, the UK’s largest privately owned international freight and logistics company, has acquired finance and management consultancy business, Portall Solutions. The company promised to “redefine supply chain management services and to raise current standards of industry capability” with its new Global Trade Management (GTM) concept. Uniserve says the Portall product

will go beyond traditional freight forwarding competencies, and give a degree of flexibility designed to tackle today’s economic conditions and to exploit opportunities; existing supply chain solutions only reflect past conditions.

Uniserve MD Iain Liddell said

world class supply chains operated by blue chip companies had to be constantly updated to remain so. “Uniserve strives to update supply chain management structures by asking these crucial questions: is an existing supply chain designed for current trading conditions and for those of the foreseeable future; given limited growth in UK and EU markets, how can supply chain design facilitate those growth opportunities that do exist; how can opportunities to increase efficiency, not previously identified, be unlocked and what can be done to identify changing trends in rates and other performance metrics?”


Bigger ship for P&O’s Tilbury-Zeebrugge service

P&O Ferries is to upgrade its Tilbury–Zeebrugge freight service with a new vessel, the 163 trailer- capacity Wilhelmine chartered from Cobelfret. The ship can also carry 12 drivers and will replace the 145 trailer capacity Norqueen from early January. Wilhelmine

is a new build,

completed earlier this year, and will help to reduce fuel costs, says P&O. P&O has progressively upgraded the service to ten sailings a week in each direction since introducing the route in 2007.

Transit talks – progress at last

Talks between the freight industry and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on future controls for goods moving to Enhanced Remote Transit Sheds (ERTS) are starting to make progress,

reports Peter

MacSwiney, chairman of industry soſtware company ASM and a key participant in the discussion. Since the last sub group meeting

finished without agreement in August, the participants have now agreed that there needs to be an “auditable mechanism” to establish when goods are ‘entered’ and ‘discharged’ from the transit system. The aim now is to reach a clear understanding regarding when

goods are moved from transit sheds to ERTS. MacSwiney states: “The issues

were mostly around interpretation but now we have identified a potential way forward that involves establishing an unambiguous solution. However, it’s important to ensure that any proposed solution does not add an unacceptable level of administrative burden or slow the movement of goods through the UK.”

The current ‘flexible’ rules,

formulated many years ago, were never ‘formalised’, yet show little evidence of widespread tax and duty evasion. The implementation

of any new solution must also recognise that the EU is heading towards new legislation due to come into force during 2013. MacSwiney continues: “To

progress to the next step, ASM will

formulate a questionnaire

which we will send to all ERTS operators on the ASM database. The questionnaire will outline the proposed solution, ask ERTS operators for their opinion and if they can foresee any issues. Once we have the survey results we will share those with HMRC and we hope that will enable us to progress to implementing an agreed solution.”

TPC and Logos offer door to door machinery service

Paisley-based freight specialists, TPC Global, and machinery movement experts, Logos Logistics have set up a joint venture. It will bring together the latter’s’ capability in machinery packing and installation and TPC Global’s expertise in the multimodal movement of

large, heavy and

sensitive equipment by land, sea and air. The result will be a complete, bespoke machinery movement solution for the growing number

of customers that need to move awkward or complex machinery from A to B, locally or worldwide. Executive chairman of TPC Global,

Grant Stupart said: “Both organisations bring a wealth of knowledge, skill and resources to the table, which will enable us to provide a one-stop-shop for companies looking for experts in complex machinery removal.” “Every move is individual and has its own complexities, added

John Summers, operations director of Logos Logistics. “Our team is used to developing bespoke solutions and overseeing the complete project, although our desire is to be involved and assist our clients from door-to-door. Our partnership with TPC Global now means that we have absolute control over every element of the project including freight within the UK as well as globally.”

Rochdale’s Trans Swiſt gets ERTS

Rochdale-based freight services and warehousing company Trans Swiſt has gained an ERTS badge, enabling it to expand its import activities. The company, whose activities include a warehousing arm, can now store goods under bond, in addition to its existing export-related services.

The company provides a range

of freight servicing functions for other freight forwarders and groupage operators in the North West. It can consolidate and deconsolidate export and import containers

for other operators,

as well as providing association haulage services using its fleet of

ten trailers, eight trucks and vans. Trans Swiſt also hopes to provide a similar service for road operators in future. It can also offer warehousing

and truck parking space at its Castleton premises, formerly a Woolworths depot, just off the M62.

DFDS adds new ship to Dover-Dunkerque

DFDS has chartered the former SeaFrance ferry Moliere for its Dover-Dunkerque cross-Channel service. She will be deployed from 4 November under her new name Dieppe Seaways, mainly to provide additional freight capacity of over 1900 lane metres. The ferry will operate alongside the two large passenger and freight sister ships, the Dover Seaways and the

Dunkerque Seaways, which are already in service on the route. At the same time, DFDS will

move the third sister ferry, the Delft Seaways, from Dover- Dunkerque to the Dover-Calais route operated in partnership with LD Lines, where she will replace the Deal Seaways, which will be returned to her owners. Senior vice president

and head of DFDS’ Channel ferry

business, Carsten Jensen, said: “Our Dover-Calais route will be greatly enhanced by Delft Seaways. Her speed and large capacity will enable us to deliver the very high capacity and frequency that our customers need. Furthermore, the high quality of the ship’s facilities will enable us to provide our passenger and freight drivers with a great travel experience.”

Ferrymasters signs forwarder alliance

P&O Ferrymasters has signed a strategic alliance with independent forwarder

Horizon International

Cargo to link their respective pan- European and inter-continental capabilities. P&O Ferrymasters - owned

by DP World - offers tailor-made logistics services in Europe including overland and short sea operations from 25 offices in 12 countries in the steel, building products, chemicals, paper, packaging, automotive and consumer goods industries while Horizon specialises in intercontinental freight forwarding in in high-tech cargo such as consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals and machinery equipment. Horizon’s network includes Heathrow, Snodland in Kent, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Nitra (Slovakia), Chicago,

Los Angeles, Miami, Salt Lake City, Tokyo and sister company offices throughout China. P&O Ferrymasters commercial

director Phillip Jones explained: “The relationship is in direct response to customers increasingly looking to a single service provider to offer a full spectrum of integrated supply chain and logistics services, both across Europe and worldwide.”

Horizon managing director

Mark Talbot adds: “The relationship substantially strengthens our service portfolio within Europe. Likewise it gives P&O Ferrymasters a dedicated platform for global coverage as their customers increasingly look beyond Europe.” He added that the partners had already attracted numerous enquiries and handled their first co-ordinated move.

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