Issue 4 2021 - Freight Business Journal

in other ways, adds Fuhljahn. Demand for

The wrong article appeared beneath the headline, ‘Bumpy ride but Cuxport stays on the road’ on page 19 of FBJ 2 2021. The correct article is below – apologies for any confusion caused. Inevitably, Cuxport has seen

reduced volumes throughout the lockdowns in the UK and other markets, says head of business development


logistics for the German gateway, Oliver Fuhljahn. Plant closures as well as shortages of components have both affected traffic, he said. But he added: “Once

lockdowns stopped, the supply chain worked well and recovered pretty soon and developed back to normal without any difficulty.” Automobile traffic has tended to come in waves during the

past few years, because of the different potential Brexit dates. But increases were


followed by a decrease in volumes in the periods aſter the expected Brexit dates – “just like the current situation where we have seen a tremendous increase of volumes until the end of 2020. January was quite relaxed and the stock situation

on the continent was not really busy,” Fuhljahn explains. A recovery is expected,

but dwell times in the ports in the UK and Europe are much longer and this can cause tight situations. And with lockdowns in various markets, this situation is expected to continue in the coming weeks. The car market is changing

finished vehicle

logistics is decreasing because of many factors “and it seems to us that the change in mobility thinking and the reduction of


mobility caused by Covid will have an impact on how this industry will further develop. Cuxport gained additional business on the one hand and

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News Roundup Forwarding & Logistics

Benelux specialist Twente Express has been acquired by NTG Ebrex UK in a share purchase agreement. Twente is a long-standing partner of NTG Ebrex with daily departures that mirror those of NTG Ebrex’ current setup between the UK and Germany, and both are based in the West Midlands. Twente Express will relocate to NTG Ebrex’s main UK logistics site in Aldridge.

Kuehne+Nagel has completed acquisition of Asian forwarder Apex International Corporation, following regulatory approvals. Apex is one of Asia’s leading freight forwarders, especially on the transpacific and intra-Asia trade routes, generating turnover of CHF 2.2 billion (£1.73bn) and had the seventh global air freight forwarding volume in 2020. Apex’s management team will continue to run the company, supported by KN group.

Multimodal 2021 celebrates 14 years of placing shippers, retailers, wholesalers, importers and exporters in front of exhibitors who offer the latest logistics and supply chain solutions

9029 Attendees in 2019

BIFA has welcomed increased government incentive payments for companies that hire new apprentices. Employers will now receive £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who join their organisation from 1 April


had a logistics spend of over £10M p/a

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Woodland Ireland has gained AEO accreditation from Irish Revenue and Customs. It establishes the forwarder as a customs intermediary acting on behalf of companies exporting and importing to and from the country.

East and central European specialist forwarder Xpediator says its turnover was up 3.7% in the twelve months ended 31 December 2020, to £221.2m. It said it reflected a generally resilient performance during the Covid-19 impacted months coupled with a strong performance in the last quarter of 2020. Adjusted profit before tax was up 38.5% helped by cost reductions in March 2020, alongside some core markets that benefited from Covid-19 related changes. In its outlook for 2021, the company added that managing transportation post Brexit was more complex than anticipated with customers requiring additional support which is profitable for the group.

to 30 September 2021. Having been actively involved

in the creation of an International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship, BIFA is committed to promoting its availability.

Glasgow-based forwarding and logistics company Bullet Express has become a shareholder member in the Fortec pallet network. Fortec began offering shareholder memberships to its members when it was acquired by Pall-Ex Group in August 2020. Bullet Express became a shareholder member of the Pall-Ex network when the opportunity arose in late 2019 and now has stakes in both networks. The company recently opened a new warehouse which increased its overall space by 25%, giving it a capacity of 26,000 pallets.

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Thames Valley insurance firm Macbeth has purchased Buckinghamshire-based freight and logistics insurer Peter Lole. The Reading-based firm will increase its team to 45, including Peter Lole’s Tracey Meaney who remains as a director.

Crane Worldwide Logistics has appointed John O’Connor as executive vice president, strategic development. He brings 28 years of experience in the logistics industry to Crane which offers supply chain solutions at 120 locations across 30 countries and with particular expertise in trade compliance, foreign trade zones and strategic consultative services.

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Digital freight forwarder Zencargo has raised £30m in new finance. It will use it to increase its team from 150 to 350 people over the next two years and expand into the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and the US. Zencargo has now raised a total of £42m, and is targeting revenues of £100m for this year, and over £200m for 2022.

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