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Nations sign simpler trade deal

Let’s hear it from the UK freight industry...

With ships the size of four football pitches docking in UK ports, why doesn’t the freight industry have a higher profile in the media? That was the question posed by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty when she presented the BIFA Freight Services Awards winners and finalists with their prizes at the association’s annual luncheon. “Tell us more about your industry,” she urged attendees at the event in London on 22 January. Meanwhile, there was no shortage of enthusiasm from within the industry, said BIFA chief, Robert Keen.

The director general, commented: “In a neat twist to celebrate the 26th staging of the Awards, it was fitting that 26 different BIFA Member companies were in contention for these Awards, plus our Young Freight Forwarder finalists. Last year, BIFA celebrated the Silver Jubilee of its Awards competition. I am pleased that this year the Awards exceeded that benchmark event in terms of excitement and quality of finalists.”

For full details of winners and finalists, see p.5

Freight set to surge – but the price will be pollution

A new report by a United Nations body is predicting a quadrupling in the amount of international freight by the middle of the century – but the industry would also become one of the biggest targets for environmentalists. In its Transport Outlook 2015, the International Transport Forum – part of the UN’s Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – says that shiſting global trade patterns will lead to a massive surge in international transport volumes by 2050, which will be multiplied 4.3 times compared with present day levels. The price that may have to be paid, however, is a near tripling in

CO2 from freight transport which, as a result, will replace passenger movements as the main source of emissions from surface transport.

The report suggests that the rise in emissions could be mitigated

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by making better use of freight facilities and improving vehicle utilisation, most of which are underutilised, developing more multimodal connects and enlarging ports to cope with larger containerships. It predicts that the North Pacific will emerge as the clear leader as

the world’s busiest trading corridor, growing at twice the rate of the North Atlantic. There will also be a quadrupling of volumes on the Indian Ocean corridor, while intra-African and intra-Asian volumes will surge by 715% and 400% respectively, most of it carried by road. And while much is made of the effect of ‘near shoring’ – the siting

of production facilities in regions like Turkey or North Africa to serve European consumers – ITF predicts that, far from decreasing, average transport distance across all modes will increase by 12%.

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