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Issue 6 2014 - Freight Business Journal ground on common user site

London Gateway officially kicked off the construction of its Common User Facility (CUF) on 15 July. The 386,000sq ſt multipurpose specialist cargo handling centre will offer shared warehousing and transportation, materials handling equipment and labour with 24/7 cross-docking, storage, distribution and multi-user ‘pay-as-you-go’ value added logistics services. DP World London Gateway

CEO, Simon Moore, said: “The CUF will be a highly attractive proposition for SMEs that do not need a large standalone dedicated

distribution centre of their own. However, it will also be valuable for larger businesses looking for supplementary capacity or an ‘incubator opportunity’ where they can build up volumes from an initial small start.” Construction is due to be

completed around March 2015, with operations starting around April. Earlier, developer Prologis

announced that it would build a speculative 316,000 sq ſt distribution centre at London Gateway.

Sunday no longer a day of rest in Southampton

DP World Southampton opened all day on Sundays from 24 August to give cargo owners an extra day to collect cargo in the run-up to Christmas. The container port now opens its gates from 07.00 on Sundays (instead of 19.00) to encourage customers to pick up cargo seven days a week. Head of operations, Steve McCrindle, said: “Traditionally

there has not been the demand for weekend

opening, but

with the peak session upon us we will see an increase in volume and by extending our opening hours we can reduce the pressure on everyone in the supply chain. We are a 24 hour operation. We service the ships 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so there is no reason why we can’t service our landside customers too.”

St Albans rail terminal clears planning hurdle

Developer Helioslough has gained planning permission to build a controversial rail freight terminal on the site of

the former Radlett Airfield. Planning Minister Nick Boles on behalf of Communities and Local Government Secretary

Eric Pickles told St Albans MP Anne Main in a letter on 14 July that an appeal by Helioslough to build on the Green Belt land

had been successful. However,

site owner

Hertfordshire county council still needs to decide whether or not to sell the land to the developer. The announcement was

welcomed by manager of pressure group Freight on Rail, Philippa Edmunds, who said: “Radlett has become a test case because of its location in the South East where there is a lack of alternative sites with good road and rail connections. Developers

should now

have the confidence to build a network of strategic intermodal terminals, which make road/rail transhipment financially viable, as long as the Government’s National Networks National Policy Statement makes the need for strategic rail freight interchanges clear.”

Registration is now open for Transport Security Expo 2014 at Olympia National, London on 2-3 December. The event brings together international experts and offers a wide range of educational experiences as well as showcasing the leading technologies and products.

Russell Group’s Carntyne Transport subsidiary has opened three new HM Revenue and Customs-approved new cask storage facilities totalling over 100,000sq ſt in the past 18 months. The new warehouses are in Leith (55,000 sq ſt), Paisley (30,000 sq ſt) and Hillington (25,000 sq ſt). Each site is HMRC approved and is dedicated to the storage of bulk whisky. The sites offer storage in the form of specialist cask racking, palletised and traditional dunnage.

Birmingham-based International Forwarding Limited celebrated its 25th anniversary in the business this July. In just a quarter of a century International Forwarding Limited has grown from just three members of staff and a single vehicle to a turnover of over £8 million, a staff of over 50 and offices in Birmingham, London and Dover. The Palletways network member now handles over 200,000 consignments each year and has invested heavily in IT upgrades over the past year.

London Gateway breaks


News Roundup Forwarding & Logistics

Forwarder Allseas Global Logistics has been purchased by managing director Darren Wright in a management buyout supported by Barclays Corporate Banking in Manchester. The out-of-gauge specialist will also return to the North West where it was founded, transferring its head office from Nottingham to Rochdale.

The United Kingdom Warehousing Association has appointed Tony Mohan as its new chairman. He takes over from John Maguire, who had held the role since 2011. Tony Mohan joined Bibby Distribution in 1988 and has held various positions within the business, from operational roles through to business development.

Time-critical specialist Priority Freight has set its cross-trade logistics service as a stand-alone department at

its London

Heathrow office. It is headed by Tom Outhwaite and offers a service coordinating all third country freight and customs clearance activities, including temperature controlled, oversized goods and hazardous cargo, from one location.

Young forwarder finalists TT Club has revealed the four regional finalists in FIATA’s Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award. They are:

Africa/Middle East: Miss Fortunate Nompumelelo Mboweni, South Africa

Americas: Mr Douglas Whitlock, Canada

Asia-Pacific: Mr Saiful Ridhwan Bin Zulkifli, Singapore Europe: Mr Christian Hensen, Germany

The finalists will travel to Istanbul, Turkey for the FIATA World Congress, on 13-18 October where the overall winner will be announced.

Freight forwarder Agility has appointed David Richards as regional director, fairs and events Europe in addition to his current position as MD of Agility Fairs & Events UK. Based in Birmingham, Richards is a member of the Agility Global Fairs & Events management board.

French-owned forwarding and logistics company Norbert Dentressangle is to buy Des Moines, Indiana-based transport and logistics firm Jacobson from private equity firm Oak Hill Capital for $750 million, subject to regulatory approvals. Founded in 1968 Jacobson is described as one of the largest value-added warehousing 3PL providers in North America.

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