8 The Freight British Association

Issue 2 2019 - Freight Business Journal

and membership is free. Speaking at the launch of

International is

launching a BIFA Young Forwarders Network (YFN) to support people who have recently joined the sector. Training development

manager Carl Hobbis, said BIFA aimed to create several regional networking groups, run by young forwarders and designed to help early talent and young BIFA members develop their knowledge and professional skills, but in a

more social environment. He explained: “Initially,

we will start with regional groups at London Heathrow; as well as in the North West; the Midlands; Anglia and the South East – with more regions to follow. The events will give YFN members the opportunity to network with their peers and learn from industry professionals, at the same time, boosting

their continuous

professional development.” Hobbis added:

“So far,

Roll up, roll up to the Multimodal 2019 show

Registration is open for Multimodal 2019 show for the logistics and transport industry. Maritime Transport, Ocean

Network Express (ONE), Associated British Ports, and the Swain Group are among the exhibitors who will be hosting stands at the event which takes places at the NEC Birmingham from 18-20 June. Other

organisations attending include the

British International Freight Association, the Freight Transport Association and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. The United Kingdom

Warehousing Association, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, will be hosting a pavilion housing its member organisations. This year’s education

programme will feature seminars and workshops on

every employer I’ve asked to get involved has been very supportive and extremely positive about its concept, the more that

get involved the

better.” All apprentices participating

in the International Freight Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship scheme will automatically be invited to join. Membership of


YFN will count towards the 20% off-the-job learning that apprentices must complete

the Heathrow YFN on 6 March, Hobbis said that the network would be a platform to get more people involved in BIFA activity. Each region would have employer governors but the chair and vice-chair would be recruited from the ranks of the young forwarders themselves. “We want young people to run it, and make it relevant to them,” he told the gathering. In fact, the chair and vice-

chair roles have already largely been filled. Just one position remained unfilled at the time of writing, in East Anglia.

News Roundup

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has officially launched its Center for Excellence for Perishable Logistics (CEIV), equivalent to its existing CEIV scheme for pharmaceuticals. Piloted in Hong Kong by the airport authority, Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals, it will assure shippers that certified companies are operating to the highest quality standards, said IATA chief executive, Alexandre de Juniac.

FedEx has appointed Colleran as its new president and chief executive. A 30-year veteran of the company, he is currently executive vice president and chief sales officer.

Virgin Atlantic will add new daily flights between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv on 25 September. The Airbus A330-300 will offer 20 tonnes of capacity on each flight.

AirBridgeCargo Airlines has added Dhaka in Bangladesh to its international network based on its Moscow hub. It will offer twice- weekly frequencies operated in conjunction with its Shanghai service.

Holiday and cargo airline TUI has handed all its freight activity to ECS Group under a Total Cargo Management (TCM) contract. TUI includes five airlines, owns 150 mostly 787 aircraſt and serves over 300 destinations in 75 countries through three main hubs in Florida, the Caribbean/Dominican Republic and Mexico (Cancún). Specialist services include pets, mail, e-commerce and perishables. ECS Group has set up a new department dedicated solely to managing the business.

new technology as innovation and disruptor, Brexit opportunities and the labour crisis. The show’s third day will focus on recruiting, retaining

and engaging new talent in the industry. The FTA Multimodal Awards

and gala dinner will be hosted by snooker legend, Steve Davis.

Xpediator freight forwarding subsidiary

Regional Express

has signed a 10 - year lease for a new 19,289 sq. ſt warehouse three miles from the port of

Southampton. Acquired in November

2017, Regional Express, is an international B2B freight forwarding

and Europa buys Menzies assets

Europa Worldwide Group has acquired some of the trade and assets of fulfilment and warehouse management service, Menzies Response for an undisclosed sum. It has purchased Menzies’

warehouse in Rushden Northamptonshire and its contact centre in Ashford, Kent from Menzies Distribution, to strengthen its Europa Warehouse division, which already has facilities in Dartford, Birmingham and Northampton. Europa Warehouse will take over the existing customer base

and 90 employees, with business continuing as normal. Europa Worldwide Group has

meanwhile invested £2 million in reconfiguring its main ‘1Hub’ in Dartford to prepare for Brexit. The work focuses on the

European Road transit hub including a staged expansion of the racking and an extension of the transit zone, creating 75% more racked transit space. The development was already

part of the long-term strategy to expand the site, but with Brexit fast approaching, the work has been advanced.


courier company and an Amazon Global Selling Solution Provider. It operates in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia and

specialises in road, sea and air freight management and ecommerce fulfilment services for Amazon sellers and other e-tailers. The new warehouse offers

racking for pallet storage, a mezzanine floor for fulfilment storage and an Access warehouse system.

Delta Dachser goes for growth in the North

Dachser UK is to build a £14.4 million, 5,175sq m logistics centre in Rochdale to replace its existing facility. Located on the Kingsway Business Park by M62 junction 21, it will have 49 dock loading doors and an additional four level access doors. There will be an internal area of nearly 7,000 square metres, including office space. Business has grown fivefold

since the acquisition of JA Leach Transport in 2010, which formed Dachser’s existing northern base. Dachser UK managing director, Mark Rollinson said: “Our

significant investment is evidence of Dachser’s commitment to the UK market and our optimistic view on the future of both import and export trade with the rest of Europe. With this new facility we will satisfy the demands of our customers’ global integrated supply chains as well as a sustained increase in UK exports delivered through Dachser’s extensive European distribution network.” Rochdale branch manager Gary

Atkinson added: “Our location in the North of England is evolving into an important hub.”

Budapest Airport will host The International Air Cargo (TIACA) executive summit and annual general meeting on 20-22 November. It brings together decision makers from across the globe for panel discussions, keynote speeches, and round table debates. The airport will host an opening ceremony for its new dedicated freight centre, BUD Cargo City, during the event. Nominations for TIACA’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have made a difference to the global air cargo community, are now open. For more information on this, or to register for the summit, contact Rachael Negron at email, or call +1 786-265-7011.

Flexport senior vice president and global head of airfreight, Neel Shah has joined the board of the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA). He previously served on the TIACA Board from 2011 to 2012, and brings almost 20 years of experience in the aviation and transport industry.

IAG Cargo has opened a new pharmaceutical centre in Madrid. With two dedicated temperature-controlled chambers totaling over 900sq m, the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certified facility will allow IAG Cargo to increase volumes through its Madrid hub, primarily serving the growing Latin American pharmaceuticals market.

Rhenus Air & Ocean has gained CEIV Pharma certification for its Amsterdam Airport Schiphol branch. It sets quality standards for the life sciences and healthcare sector through uniform processes and a compliant supply chain for pharmaceutical products.

Handling company WFS is to start building a new pharma facility at Copenhagen Airport in April. The new 1,500sq m building will provide end-to-end handling in a temperature-controlled environment for 2-8°C pharma. WFS expects construction to be completed in time for the new building to undergo IATA CEIV Pharma pre-assessment in July. WFS is also upgrading the existing temperature control areas in its current facility in Copenhagen for pharma products requiring a 15-25°C temperature range.

BIFA is urging its members to respond to the government’s aviation policy consultation on its long-term aviation policy to 2050. The consultation period will last until 11 April. The full text of the consultation document ‘Aviation 2050 – the future of UK aviation’ is at:

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