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Issue 5 2014 - Freight Business Journal Winning women revealed

The winners of the Women in Logistics award were revealed at a ceremony in Warwickshire on 27 June by judges Professor Richard Wilding and Ruth Waring, and in the company of special guest Mrs Beverley Bell, the UK’s first female Traffic Commissioner. Leader of the Year:

Nicky McGroarty of Telefonica UK. Rising Star of the Year:

Victoria Burrows of Royal Mail Diversity Champion of the Year:

Tracey Clifford of Wincanton. Company of the Year: DHL Supply Chain.

On receiving her award, Nicky

McGroarty said: “Telefonica is committed to equality and diversity in the workplace so it’s an honour to receive this recognition for my role as head of supply chain. I continue to encourage other women in the logistics sector to be ambitious because the career opportunities for both women and men are fantastic. “I hope my story can inspire

others to move into logistics; supply chain is integral to any organisation as it’s all about

delivering a great customer experience which is so important.” Meanwhile, BIFA said that its

annual Freight Service Awards competition is now open for entries -

UK forwarders (probably) do not need China registration

Confusion reigns over the Chinese Ministry of Transport’s NVOCC registration

requirements, says

BIFA. The forwarders’ association has had several enquiries from members after a shipping line said that it would not be able to accept bookings directly from UK-based freight forwarders unless they are registered as an NVOCC with the Shanghai Shipping Exchange (SSE) for NVO movements from China. BIFA says that it has held

“extensive and very sensible discussions” with the carrier in question, and it

is clear that it

had major concerns about the legislation and its liabilities, should it inadvertently carry freight from a non-registered NVOCC. But BIFA has consulted a leading London- based solicitor and other trade associations and has concluded that UK freight forwarders who negotiate rates and make bookings with carriers’ UK offices do not need to register with the SSE if they use SSE-registered Chinese NVOCCs to complete the house bill of lading. Rates for shipping goods

negotiated in the UK are accepted under bills of lading raised in China

and it is NVOCCs in China accepting the rates and the subsequent contract that need to be registered. While the rates may have been negotiated in the UK, the contract is arranged in China. The only exception would be UK-based forwarders that


their own house bills of lading, who would have to register with the SSE, BIFA believes. Overseas forwarders entering

into a contract with carriers for goods being shipped in China must show their Chinese agent as affiliate on rates agreement with

the line and Chinese agents must be registered as an NVOCC through the Ministry of Transport. BIFA understands that filing rates when agreed outside China may be by either the carrier or the Chinese- registered NVOCC. Other carriers

and trade

associations have also interpreted the rules in the same way and require only the registration details of the Chinese NVOCC. But a court ruling on this matter or

clearer information directly from the SSE would be needed to completely clarify the situation, says BIFA.

Samskip streamlines and reorganises

Shortsea and intermodal carrier Samskip has reorganised itself to

simplify and streamline

its operations and business. Under the changes, announced by chairman of the board of Samskip Holding, Ólafur Ólafsson, the shipping and multimodal systems of Samskip Hf (North Atlantic business) and Samskip Multimodal

will be combined under a single Samskip brand. All Samskip dry and reefer

forwarding activities will be combined under a new name, Samskip Logistics, including FrigoCare. In recent years, the forwarding businesses have been developed under both the Samskip and Samskip Icepak Logistics brands and operated through the various country organisations under the Samskip brand.



The Planning Inspectorate has given development consent for the third phase of the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT). The project includes a new rail link from the existing DIRFT terminal to a new interchange, together with new transhipment sidings, container storage, truck reception area and parking and up to 731,000sq m of rail served storage. The announcement was welcomed by both the Rail Freight Group and Freight on Rail. The latter said the development would add capacity for up to 32 freight trains in and out each day and over 500,000 containers a year. The Freight Transport Association’s director of global and European policy, Chris Welsh, added: “Any development of terminals such as the plans at Daventry that will improve and expand capacity have to be good news for the industry.”

Manchester based forwarder FFG is now offering a groupage and full load rail container service covering Slovakia, Hungary, Southern Poland and North West Romania, following the success of its rail container operations for the tile trade from the Czech Republic, in cooperation with Czech Partner, AGL. By the end of the year, FFG expects to extend its rail operation with Romania providing direct services for containers from terminals at Curtici and Ploiesti. This will speed up container imports into FFG’s Purfleet terminal.

UPS is offering a full container load rail service from China to Europe. It is available from Chengdu to Lodz, Poland, and from Zhengzhou to Hamburg, Germany. UPS says the service is up to 50% faster than ocean freight and 70% cheaper than air, with UPS providing end-to-end visibility and tracking.

Allport Cargo Services has launched a rail/road service from Turkey to the UK via Germany in conjunction with its partner, Ulusoy. The forwarder says it is typically 10% cheaper than conventional road services, and is just as fast,at 6.5 days between Cerkezkoy and Cologne. The service can carry conventional cargo, refrigerated goods and hanging garments and operates fixed day departures between Istanbul and Cologne, where ACS’ dedicated shuttle fleet move the inter-modal trailers and containers to and from the UK, in under 12 hours.

Train operator GB Railfreight has welcomed the opening of the new North Doncaster Chord on 26 June. MD, John Smith, said the 3.2km piece of track would improve connections for freight trains to and from the Humber ports and increase capacity on the East Coast Main Line.

International development charity Transaid is expanding its Professional Driver Training Project to Uganda, aſter the programme successfully increased standards of commercial driver training methods in Zambia and Tanzania. Transaid will be working with the ‘Safe Way, Right Way’ Partnership and Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency to implement the scheme.

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