The Cabotage Roadblock

The Cabotage Roadblock

European hauliers currently move 85% of the volume of goods that come into the UK.  You might therefore think that the EU would be very happy with the UK’s suggestion that cabotage arrangements be kept in place.  You would, however, be wrong.  Here is a quick guide to...

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Is going global right for you?

Is going global right for you?

When the internet first came along, many business experts became very excited about the fact that it opened the door to smaller businesses to compete on a global basis in the same way as bigger companies had been doing for years.  Some companies grabbed this new...

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The Freight Industry Counts Down to Brexit

The Freight Industry Counts Down to Brexit

At present, the UK government’s position is that Brexit will go ahead as planned regardless of the outcome of negotiations.  This means that the freight industry has to assume that it needs to be prepared to exit the EU on 31st December.  Here are some of the concerns...

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What does the future hold for the haulage industry?

What does the future hold for the haulage industry?

With COVID19 now fading away, hopefully never to return, (although that is definitely not guaranteed), the UK can now start finding its way to a new normal.  Of course, it has Brexit to negotiate first.  This seems a good moment to think about what the future might...

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Freight trends for 2020 – What’s left of it!

Freight trends for 2020 – What’s left of it!

For many businesses, the effective new year is in April, when taxes close and people really start to emerge from winter hibernation. However, this year April was more lockdown than business growth, but as we emerge more and more, now seems like an appropriate time to...

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Preparing for post-Brexit border checks

Preparing for post-Brexit border checks

With Brexit less than six months away, the haulage industry now faces a race to prepare for what it brings.  What’s more, it has to make its preparations while still dealing with COVID19 and facing the possibility of a second wave of the virus.  Here are some thoughts...

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Do all roads lead to recession?

Do all roads lead to recession?

The global lockdowns may have saved lives, but there can be little doubt that this has come at the expense of livelihoods.  There is nothing can be done to change the past, so it makes sense to focus on finding a path into the future.  This needs to balance keeping...

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The Camel Trophy

The Camel Trophy

When they said everyday was a school day they were not kidding. Since joining the team at the International Logistics Centre I have had so many opportunities to learn about historical events from around the globe. This latest shipment was by no means any different....

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McLaren MP4-22 Mercedes

McLaren MP4-22 Mercedes

  When we were asked by one of our key customers based in Shanghai to assist in the shipment of a McLaren MP4-22 Mercedes Formula 1 ® we could not wait to get involved. The MP4 – 22 is the 2007 model as driven by Lewis Hamilton was loaded into our specially...

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Can the UK export its way towards growth?

Can the UK export its way towards growth?

News headlines are full of the damage the Coronavirus is doing to the UK.  Headlines talking about infection rates, the R rate and the recovery rate sit alongside headlines about the suffering experienced by small businesses and the damage to the UK’s economy.  This...

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Current challenges in shipping

Current challenges in shipping

The good news is that, for all the challenges brought by the Coronavirus, the global haulage industry has been holding up impressively well.  It does, however, have to be said that there are still issues which need to be addressed urgently if the haulage industry is...

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Trade Freight in history with Ford v Ferrari

Trade Freight in history with Ford v Ferrari

Let us take a trip back to 1963, when Ford Motor Company’s Vice President Lee Iacocca convinced Henry Ford II to offer to purchase the cash-strapped Ferrari. The main purpose for this purchase would be to boost their car sales by entering the 24 Hours of Le Mans....

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Why the supply chain is so important

Why the supply chain is so important

Even though we’re less than half-way through it, 2020 looks like it’s going to go down as one of the most eventful years in human history.  While the COVID19 pandemic will undoubtedly be followed by an analysis of what could have been done better, now may be a good...

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Haulage workers must be allowed to keep on going

Haulage workers must be allowed to keep on going

The last global pandemic was the Spanish Flu crisis of 1918. This is well out of living memory for most of the population, including everyone in government. It was also a time when the world was very different from today. This means that there is a limit to how much...

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Letting drivers spend a penny could save lives

Letting drivers spend a penny could save lives

The haulage industry has long been under scrutiny for its approach to health and safety. To be fair, this is understandable. HGVs, literally by definition, are heavy, which means that they can cause serious damage if they become involved in accidents (as in killing...

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Tradefreight and the Coronavirus

Tradefreight and the Coronavirus

The Coronavirus pandemic has led to travel restrictions being imposed across the globe including the EU. At present, these restrictions exclude freight traffic which can, in principle, travel as normal, in practice, however, it is likely to be subject to long delays...

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