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Scottish Widows Investment Partnership’s Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust has let a 1,400 sq m (15,000 sq ſt) refurbished warehouse to Nippon Express at Glasgow International Airport’s Air Cargo Centre. The Japanese forwarder said it planned to consolidate its Scottish operations at Glasgow and grow its logistics services.

Former DB Schenker director and head of air freight at Panalpina, Steve Williams is joining Allport Cargo Services as managing director - air freight. He brings over 15 years senior executive experience to his new employer.

IAG Cargo has extended its Cargo Connector road collection and delivery service for freight forwarders to Houston and Seattle, following a three week trial at the two US airports. Forwarders in these cities can now opt to have IAG Cargo collect and courier cargo consignments of up to 300kg direct from their premises to the airport, at no additional cost, with freight screening arranged as required.

CEVA Logistics is expanding its aerospace industry operations at Fort Worth Alliance Airport - the world’s first designed purely for cargo and corporate aviation - with 100,000sq ſt of warehouse space adjacent to the runway, allowing aircraſt to taxi directly to the facility for unloading. CEVA already operates a 150,000sq ſt aſter-market distribution centre at the airport.

Delta Air Lines is restructuring its cargo organisation to align it more closely to the passenger business. Cargo sales will become part of the global sales team, and cargo operations will be aligned with airport customer service. The move follows SVP and chief cargo officer Tony Charaf’s decision to retire on 1 August aſter 18 years of service. Under the new structure, vice president of global cargo sales, Ray Curtis, will report to senior VP global sales, Steve Sear, while the cargo operations team under managing director - global cargo operations, Scott Barkley, will report to SVP – airport customer service, Bill Lentsch.

Overseas online deliveries despatched from the UK could double within three years, according to industry research. The UK Delivery Index for June 2014 (reporting May figures) published by IMRG (Interactive Media in Retail Group) and eCommerce and multi- channel delivery technology firm, MetaPack, says that the expected 161 million orders posted cross-border this year may rise to 384 million in 2017 if current trends continue.

LV Shipping’s Heathrow office is offering a weekly Australian consolidation service to Sydney and all other areas of the country. Close out is at 16.00 on Friday for a weekend departure and there are special rates for dense or volumetric cargo. A door-to-door service is available and the service can carry personal effects.

Aer Lingus Cargo has been awarded the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) passport scheme for supply chain service providers to the pharmaceutical and medial sectors. The GDP Passport Code of Practice was drawn up by the Life Sciences industry and the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) in consultation with the Irish Medicines to meet the requirements set out in the EU Good Distribution Practice Guidelines.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has achieved EU RA3 security accreditation, for all EU-bound cargo. It follows an independent audit of Hactl’s premises, staff vetting regime, training, procedures and security measures. The ACC3 regulation is the latest modification to security measures covering incoming cargo and mail from non-EU countries. The original measures were announced by the EU in 2011, and introduced in 2012, following the discovery of explosive devices in air cargo. Although Hong Kong is a Green listed country under ACC3 and theoretically exempt from having to apply for RA3 status, it regarded it as a worthwhile independent check for its security regime.

Our publisher John Saunders once again flew the flag for FBJ at this year’s Glastonbury Festival in July - although thanks to the inclement weather, it was a damp and soggy affair. Our picture shows the FBJ standard fluttering proudly above the crowds in a rare break in the weather - just a few moments before the heavens opened again.

Issue 5 2014 - Freight Business Journal

Greetings from gloomy Glastonbury 13

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