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www.bifa.org OBITUARIES


office of Air Wingate. Eric later joined Vulcan Freight Services as a director. After a 10-year post with the


Milne Eric Gordon June 1930–April 2020


Milne was known in the Industry as Eric and was a stalwart of the Institute of Freight Forwarders. His first job was in the city of


London with W. Wingate and Johnston. After a break in 1948 for National Service, he transferred to London Heathrow Airport as manager of the newly established


WACO Air Cargo Agents Network, Eric was part of the project team to create the first computerised entry processing system LACES (London Airport Cargo Inventory System). He also helped with the set-up of the CASS-IATA Airline accounting settlement system for the UK in conjunction with Roger Blacklock of BIFA. Eric was a true gentleman and a


pioneer in the early days of Heathrow. He was well respected and liked by all that knew him.


Chris Serkis 1941–2020


Chris Serkis was a feature of the Gatwick freight forwarding


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Brexit transition survey indicates concerns


community for over 40 years until he retired from G.E.M.S. Ltd in 2009. He had previously worked at LEP


International and was a regular attendee at the Gatwick BIFA meetings where he demonstrated his passion for the industry and Gatwick. His contributions are remembered as being lively and humorous.


Plastic Packaging Tax to incentivise recycling


In the 2018 budget, the government announced key decisions on the design of the Plastic Packaging Tax ahead of its commencement in April 2022. The tax will apply to plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled plastic content and will be charged at £200 per tonne. The tax will be paid by


businesses that manufacture or import plastic packaging in the UK, including imported filled packaging.


A de minimis threshold of 10 tonnes will prevent excessive administrative burdens being placed on the smallest businesses.


Background The tax, first announced by the government in 2018, is designed to incentivise the use of recycled plastic in packaging. The tax will be administered by


HM Revenue & Customs and will be charged on plastic packaging that


has been manufactured in, or imported into, the UK and contains less than 30% recycled plastic. The Plastic Packaging Tax will


help tackle the problem of plastic waste by providing a clear economic incentive for businesses to use recycled material in the production of plastic packaging. In combination with wider government policies, the tax will provide the necessary incentives to transform the way that UK deals with waste.


We recently asked Members about their preparedness for the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021. The majority of respondents believe that an extension to the transition period is desirable if no trade deal is agreed by 31 December, 2020. Interestingly, a two-year period was the preferred option of many. Clear concern was particularly


expressed regarding recruiting staff and especially training them. Understandably, BIFA Members seem comfortable with the core customs procedures. Prior to the survey we thought


from ad-hoc feedback that BIFA Members were concerned that the 11-month transition would not leave enough time to prepare for a potential no deal. Since the survey results


were collated and publicised, the UK government has reiterated its position regarding no extension to the transition period and released further information relating to border checks and declarations post- December 2020.


By sea – Hague Visby rules (2 SDR): £2.20per kg £734.98 per package


By road – CMR (8.33 SDR): £9.18 per kg


By air –Montreal Convention (22 SDR): £24.25 per kg


July 2020


By air –Warsaw Convention (17 SDR): £18.74 per kg


BIFA STC: (2 SDR): £2.20 per kg


(The SDR rate on 15 June 2020, according to the IMF website, was 1.10247)


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