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Potter Logistics has extended track space at its Selby rail terminal to take the longest trains now operating to and from UK ports, up to 610 metres. GB Railfreight, on behalf of MSC will extend its daily train from Felixstowe to Selby later in 2014. The company is responding to customer demand for more 40ſt container services.

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The FreightArranger online booking service is now offering routes between London Gateway and Manchester, Daventry and Leeds. The system already provides trains between Purfleet and Daventry, and from Southampton. FreightArranger will organise for goods to be taken from London Gateway, transported by train to either of the three cities, and then taken by road to destination - or customers can use their own road transport.

Rotterdam-based container specialist Unit45 has designed and built a 45ſt combined diesel-electric refrigerated container that can be used for journeys up to 10,000km by rail - suitable for the 20-day haul from Europe to China and vice versa. An advanced track and trace system controls and records the temperature throughout the entire journey, including the positioning of the container, as well as any door openings, with real time alerts.

Steve Porter Transport’s Portsmouth depot has won a delivery and collection contract for the south coast for Geodis Calberson. It will also include trunking to Geodis’ UK hub in High Wycombe. Steve Porter Transport has five facilities in Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight and operates a consolidation and daily groupage service between Southampton, and the Isle of Wight.

The International Road Transport Union, the Economic Cooperation Organization and Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce held three TIR awareness workshops in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. It follows the country’s decision to sign the TIR convention.

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The World Trade Organisation is to set up a fund to help developing and least developed countries implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement agreed under the Doha Round negotiations last December. The Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility will give developing countries technical assistance to implement the agreement and to ensure coherence and transparency.


Freight Transport Association Ireland says that it has received many complaints from its members about the country’s new Eircode postcode system to be rolled out in 2015. They say that it appears to be optimised for the delivery of postal mail, but

Issue 6 2014 - Freight Business Journal

13 Irish postcodes baffle freight industry

is inadequate for location or navigation. If Eircode is to be Ireland’s national postcode, FTAI wants reassurances that it is fit for purpose as it is likely to be with us for at least fifty years, said general manager, Neil McDonnell. He told FBJ that the

database on which Eircode is based is the An Post (Irish Post Office) Geodirectory. However, unlike the UK’s post code, it “recognises” postal addresses only and is not decodable into a delivery sequence and it has no recognition of a street-level or locale. Moreover, it has very

large postal districts with an average 15,000 addresses, but up to 80,000 in some cases, compared with 20-50 in UK. Satnav companies are

meanwhile going their own way in Ireland and FTA fears a proliferation of codes designed for different purposes.

Chief inspector of borders and immigration, John Vine is to resign at the end of the year. He has been in the post for six years during which he set up an independent inspectorate and extended his original term of office twice at the request of the Home Secretary. Announcing his resignation early would give enough time to appoint a successor and ensure a smooth transition, he said.

Russia placed an immediate ban on a wide range of food imports from EU, US, Australia, Canada and Norway on 7 August, including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy products. Moscow added that it was in talks with Belarus and Kazakhstan to prevent western foodstuffs reaching Russia from there. Russia’s move was in response to EU sanctions its support for rebels in Ukraine. The European Commission said the ban was “clearly politically motivated.”

Smaller firms are not taking full advantage of export opportunities, according to a survey commissioned by UPS across seven countries. European SME Exporting Insights said that the lack of exports outside the EU suggested that businesses need help to explore markets further afield. Concerns over goods being lost or damaged and a lack of information about how to manage export regulations and procedures all dampened enthusiasm for exporting, the survey added.

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