Frank Zapper once commented that the world might not end in fire or ice, but in paperwork. For much of the international logistics sector, January felt exactly like slow death by paperwork, with customs clearances piling up in their software systems, and the freight piling up in the warehouses.
Major supermarket home delivery fleets are still struggling to meet demand despite the government’s desire for most of the population to order groceries online.
Industry associations remain divided over the support the logistics sector requires during the COVID-19 crisis, with the Association of Pallet Networks (APN) demanding a fuel duty derogation and the FTA preferring the Treasury concentrate on alleviating fixed costs.
Clipper Logistics has been sub-contracted by NHS Supply Chain principal partner Unipart to run an entirely separate supply channel for the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) to NHS Trusts and community healthcare partners.
Hauliers have criticised the DfT over the way it allocated European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits after motortansport.co.uk discovered that it issued less than half of the UK’s share.
Lenham-based freight forwarder Abacus International Shipping and leading Hazchem haulier Butlers of Kent have both joined The Pallet Network (TPN) this week to cover postcodes in their fiercely contested south-east region.
Extra enforcement powers lent to the Metropolitan Police by the HSE, which allowed the force to follow up roadside stops with visits to operator sites, are to be revoked.