Xpediator buys Nidd Transport

East and Central European specialist Xpediator has acquired Ripon, North Yorkshire-based international groupage freight forwarder

and operator, Nidd

Transport for £4.6 million. Established by Tony White in

1984, Nidd specialises in deliveries to mainland Europe by road with particular focus on France, Spain, Portugal and Germany. It also operates a UK distribution platform, particularly in the North of England, and is a founder member of the Palletforce network. It employs 65

people and uses a mixture of its own fl eet of 45 vehicles and trailers and subcontracted vehicles. Xpediator said Nidd’s focus on

western Europe complemented its own focus on central and eastern Europe. Earlier in October, Xpediator

appointed current joint interim chief executive and chief fi nancial offi cer Robert Ross as chief executive, following the decision by former chief executive Stephen Blyth to step down due to health issues.

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Central and Eastern Europe freight specialist Xpediator has appointed current joint interim chief executive and chief financial officer Robert Ross as chief executive of the Group. It follows the decision by former chief executive Stephen Blyth to step down due to health issues. A search will commence shortly for a new chief financial officer.

P&O Ferrymasters has launched a new track and trace service for its containers, saying it is the first major logistics business in Europe to introduce the technology. The service will give customers real-time updates on the precise location of their goods as they are transported by rail, road and sea and is expected to be extended to more than half of the company’s 4,000-strong fleet of 45 foot containers by the end of the year. Roll out is expected to be complete by the end of 2021.

Rhenus Group has launched a full vehicle logistics department in the UK to meet the needs of its automotive customers. To date, Rhenus UK has largely supported the automotive sector with the transportation of vehicle parts and sub-assembly projects, with the support of

its automotive competence

centres across Europe. With the introduction of full vehicle logistics, it has increased its capabilities to work on additional specialist automotive movements, from transporting one-of-a- kind prototypes through to managing full customs clearance for individual vehicle shipments across the globe.

Logistics UK’s (formerly FTA)’s annual Scottish conference will be held virtually on 3 December. The Logistics Scotland one- day event will include presentations on all modes of transport and will focus on the key issues affecting the industry, including future workforce challenges, environmental sustainability, EU- Exit, and modal shifts for goods between road and rail. Ben MacPherson MSP, the Minister for Public Finance and Migration, will be providing an update from Scottish Government. Tickets are now available at, priced at £155+ VAT for Logistics UK members or £195+ VAT for non-members.

CEVA Logistics is opening a new office in Almaty, Kazakhstan which will also be the regional focus for customers in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. It will offer a full range of multi-modal services including air, ocean and road solutions. Kazakhstan is an important staging point between China and Europe and its well-developed railway network as well as delivery from China to Turkey. Almaty also serves as an air gateway to a number of other Central Asian markets and CEVA Logistics will also open an office at the airport.

DP World and Dubai Customs are to explore opportunities to develop trade links between Israel and the United Arab Emirates aſt er signing a series of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with their Israeli counterparts. The UAE government, along

Issue 7 2020 - Freight Business Journal

Dubai to explore Israel freight links

with Bahrain’s, have recognised Israel, ending a decades-long boycott of the country. In a ceremony that would

have been unthinkable even a few years ago, DP World group chairman and chief executive HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem

signed MoUs with DoverTower, a company owned by Shlomi Fogel, the co-owner of Israel Shipyards and Port of Eilat. DP World will assess the

development of Israeli ports and free zones and the potential establishment of a direct shipping route between Eilat and Jebel Ali. Dubai Customs will promote and facilitate trade between private entities in the two countries through customs best practice and seamless, innovative processes.


Drydocks World will also explore business opportunities with Israel Shipyards. The two companies will also

establish a joint venture that will participate in the tender for privatisation of the Port of Haifa. Later, DP World said it had

signed a further MoU with Israel’s Bank Leumi to work together to enhance trade and logistics in Israel and promote the fl ow of trade between Israel and the wider region.

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