Palletways the latest operator to suspend its UK-EU road services

Post-Brexit paperwork problems continue to plague the haulage sector, with Palletways following DPD and DB Schenker in suspending UK services.
Europe’s largest network for collating and distributing palletised goods informed customers at the weekend it would not accept consignments for the EU via its portal until 25 January.
The suspension follows similar moves announced by DPD and DB Schenker over the past fortnight, both citing paperwork problems, with the short notice to …

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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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Philosopher Morten Albæk joins advisory board of SGL Transgroup

Fast-growing Scandinavian freight service provider SGL Transgroup has taken the novel step of appointing a professional philosopher to its advisory board.
The company, which has ambitious rapid growth targets, has already appointed ex-Panalpina chief Bruno Sidler to the board,  and yesterday, the group announced that Morten Albæk (pictured above), founder and CEO of Voluntās, one of the fastest-growing Nordic consultancies, will become advisor to CEO Allan Melgaard and executive chairman Tom …

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On the wires: Recessionary bites – where is that M&A?

Here’s a quick and dirty recap of where we are going, if anywhere, with logistics M&A and what the lessons are from previous cycles – fasten your seatbelt as financial engineering rather than coveted operational soundness takes over.
Let’s take it from a rather interesting post – titled: “Lessons from growth outperformers in logistics” – was this month pushed out by McKinsey & Company, essentially asking which transport and logistics operators are …

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Post-Brexit slowdown a ‘window of opportunity’ for UK forwarders

Assailed from one side by the uncertainties and wild volatility of the pandemic, and on the other by a poorly planned and even more poorly managed Brexit process, UK forwarders have many reasons to feel miserable right now.
However, a pre-Christmas cargo surge coupled with a reluctance to send shipments in the immediate aftermath of the UK’s exit from the EU, has provided the industry with short, but critical period to …

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Riding the rebound, Canada’s port of Hamilton positions itself for cargo growth

Canada’s port of Hamilton is preparing for rising cargo traffic with the development of an intermodal satellite hub.
A strong rebound in the second half of last year lifted the annual cargo volume at the port to the level of 2019, reversing an earlier sharp drop in throughput.
“Around June, we were 30% down and it’s been quite a recovery. December volumes were up over 40%,” said Ian Hamilton, president and VEO …

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DB Schenker appoints Niklas Wilmking as its Asia Pacific CEO

DB Schenker has named Niklas Wilmking (pictured above) as its new chief executive for the Asia Pacific region.
Dr Wilmking was most recently executive vice president of global airfreight at DB Schenker’s head office, responsible for network flight operations, procurement, revenue management and digitalisation.
He joined Schenker in 2002, and has held various operational and corporate leadership positions in Europe and Asia, including leading corporate strategic transformation projects and...

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Scottish shellfish lorries in Brexit protest park-up at Downing Street

Traffic is plaguing Whitehall after “dozens” of (mostly) Scottish shellfish lorries parked up outside Downing Street in protest at the post-Brexit challenges faced by UK fishing, The Scotsman reports. Last week, numerous fisheries announced they would be suspending services to the EU, as they struggled to get to grips with new customs formalities – a problem not being helped by weak guidance from UK authorities. Signs plastered over the lorries …

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Supply chain radar: DB Schenker contra mundum – the original sin

The new state aid train has not yet left the station. And whether or not it will, or when, is a massive sticking point for debt-laden Deutsche Bahn, Europe’s largest railway operator and owner of 3PL DB Schenker.
Whose latest sins are in check, all things considered.
No big fuss?
As supply chain pressure built in late Q2 ’20, DB Schenker swiftly turned confrontational, deeply annoying from the outset, one of its chief …

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