‘Resilient’ freight business rescues a tough year for DFDS

Despite the dramatic decline in passenger numbers last year, a fourth-quarter surge in freight volumes helped mitigate the decline in Danish ferry operator DFDS’s profitability. 
“Passenger results were wiped out by the pandemic,” chief executive Torben Carlson said, referring to a 93% year-on-year decline in numbers, “but we also saw how resilient our freight business is.” 
Fourth-quarter freight volumes on its North Sea routes were up 16%, and 17% on cross-Channel services, attributed to...


Brexit shambles not fit for (trade) purpose, says customs consultant

Rolling out the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) in time for Brexit was a “technological marvel” – but a trading disaster.  
Chairman of customs consultancy ASM Peter MacSwiney said the viability of the new border control system for coordinating the movement of vehicles epitomised the model of government led by Boris Johnson.  
“Ours is a government with a three-word policy, and that policy has been ‘get Brexit done’, and that’s what Boris did,” Mr MacSwiney told The …

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Fears that post-Brexit regime may lead to trailer shortage and higher rates?

Post-Brexit regulations are generating fears of trailer shortages and surging freight rates that could resemble those seen across ocean container supply chains.
Sources have told The Loadstar EU-based truck drivers are refusing to come to the UK unless there’s a back load, or the importer covers the cost of the empty return leg.
They are citing additional time and heightened bureaucracy, with concerns that as volumes pick up, so too will delays and rates.
“No …

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Brexit? No problem for thrice-prepared Davies Turner customs team

Davies Turner has expanded its customs services operation with the opening of a dedicated customs suite at its regional freight hub in Dartford (pictured above).
The move follows openings at its other UK hubs, including Avonmouth and Manchester, with director Alan Williams telling The Loadstar it will allow the company to address some of the “teething problems” associated with Brexit.
“I think we expected the paperwork from customers to be of a …

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Digital simulation predicts 20-day wait in 70,000-truck queue to Dover

Truckers heading to the port of Dover once post-Brexit volumes recover could find themselves stuck for up to 20 days in 70,000-long truck queue.
That is unless new infrastructure is built, extra staff hired and considerable cargo volumes diverted to other ports, according to new modelling undertaken by Simul8.
It says if truck check-in times increase to 20 minutes at Dover, which would put it in line with non-EU member customs policy, …

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Why the first weeks of Brexit have been a disaster

With so little time to prepare, the UK was plunged into chaos following the conclusion of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on Christmas Eve 2020.
This was despite careful preparation by operators like us, Diamond Logistics, ready for both a no deal and a trade deal exit.
With just one week’s notice of what the new trading conditions would be, it was inevitable that the challenges would be numerous.
Despite organising Economic Operators Registration …

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Samskip’s new Amsterdam-Dublin service another option for Irish exporters

Icelandic multimodal transport operator Samskip is set to launch a box service between the Netherlands and Ireland, giving Irish exporters another option to bypass the troubled UK landbridge.
The new weekly box service between Amsterdam and Dublin launches on 25 January, which “will mean Irish imports can avoid post-Brexit hassles applying to goods received via UK-based distributors, while exports will benefit from greater reach into EU markets in the northern Netherlands, …

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Criticism rains down on DB Schenker, but loss of EU-UK services may spread

DB Schenker is facing further criticism over its decision to temporarily suspend services into the UK.
One source told The Loadstar the Germany-headquartered forwarder’s decision to cut the cord on clients with such little notice was “unbelievable”.
And it asked how a multinational conducting international customs clearance on a global scale had reached this point.
“If this was a company established post-1992 that had only ever operated trucking services through Europe, I could …

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ONE to offer two new direct services from North Europe to the East Mediterranean and Turkey

Ocean Network Express (ONE) is pleased to announce two new direct services from North Europe to the East Med-Levant and Marmara regions. The services, named as North Europe East Mediterranean Express (NEX) and North Europe Turkey Express (NTX), will be the first direct services between the two...


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