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With well over 100 years of experience in Worldwide Freight Forwarding and Logistics, we offer our customers a solution to handle all of their Import, Export, Crosstrade and Logistical requirements under the one umbrella.

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Industry News from BIFA

  • Changes to PDD and Organic pre-notification documents

    To aid admin processes, from the 5th May 2016, there are new fields on the PDD and organic pre-notification.

    Change to the Plastic Declaration Document To improve finance processes for Plastic Declaration Documents submitted through PHILIS online you are now required to confirm details of the company who is paying for the checks.

    The new Section 13 of the online PDD Charges for the Consignment is a mandatory field. This field should be completed with details of the company who is accepting the charge.

    The details entered into this section will not appear on the printed PDD Document. The printed document will continue to show the Competent Authority Declaration which is completed by Port Health.

    Change to the Organic Pre-notification Document If you import organic products that are Regulated by Port Health you will need to start using the new pre-notification form to submit details of your consignment. The new form asks you to confirm details of the company paying the charges as well as details of who the certificate should be returned to.

  • Forwarders support UK Transport Committee's criticism on UK aviation dithering

    Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), said: “The 1,500 companies within BIFA share the Transport Committee’s belief that the delay risks damaging UK economic growth by deterring investors uncertain about the future of Britain’s communications.

    "BIFA agrees with the Transport Committee that the UK must stop ‘dithering’, make a decision and set out a timetable for completing the project.

    “We have already stated that last December’s announcement to delay a decision on the matter, was about political expediency, not environmental matters.

    “Like the Transport Committee, we accept that the package of measures to mitigate environmental impacts needs careful consideration and further work. We do not accept that all of this needs to be done before a decision is taken on location. In fact a decision on location would give more focus and impetus to this work.

    “As the Transport Committee states, the detailed and evidence-based work of the Airports Commission on environmental issues provides an ideal starting point for any further work on environmental issues to be undertaken in parallel with the other pre-construction work.

    “The absence of a decision on location creates uncertainty, which is exacerbated by the lack of clarity the Government has created about exactly when a decision will be taken.

    “Five months on, the UK's freight forwarding community, which is the engine of Britain's international trade, is still waiting for the Government to stop playing political football with the issue of aviation capacity and make a decision”.

  • MCA publishes latest list of FAQs on SOLAS

    On 22 March, a meeting was held between Trade and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to discuss the implementation of the SOLAS amendment on 1 July.

    The following link takes you to the updated list of FAQs issued by the MCA.

    The MCA will begin issuing ‘Method 2’ approvals by the next financial year (beginning 6 April 2016). The fee for the processing of the application is £94.00, which must be paid in advance of the Approval Document being issued. Applicants have the option of paying by credit card or bank transfer, and should quote their application number when making payment.

    A credit card form to complete and submit with your application and a PDF document containing the bank details to which payment should be made can be found by following the below link.

    Traders who have not yet applied for ‘Method 2’ approval may apply now and, provided the completed application and associated payment is received prior to 15 June, will be processed before 1 July. Applications and/or payments received after 15 June are not guaranteed to be processed before to 1 July.

  • Weak March air freight volumes point to another difficult year

    The weak results reflect subdued growth in world trade, exaggerated by the comparison to a particularly strong start to 2015 when air freight volumes were boosted by the effects of the US West Coast seaports strike. The most significant fall in demand was reported by carriers in Asia-Pacific and North America.  Combined they account for around 60% of global freight traffic and reported declines of 5.2%, and 1.8%, respectively.

    "It is shaping up to be another tough year for air cargo. February 2016 world trade volumes were only 0.4% higher than at the end of 2014. And the expectations of purchasing managers gives little optimism for an early uptick. The combination of fierce competition, capacity increases and stagnant demand makes this a very difficult environment in which to generate profits," said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

    March 2016
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    (1) % of industry FTKs in 2015; (2) Year-on-year change in load factor; (3) Load factor level

    Regional Analysis in Detail   

    • African airlines witnessed a 3.1% drop in demand in March 2016 compared to the same period last year. A more modest decline of 1.6% was seen in year-on-year Q1 performance. Notably, on the back of long-haul expansion, the AFTKs for African airlines surged by 22.6% year-on-year over the first quarter of 2016. This is more than double the pace of any other region in recent months.

    • Asia-Pacific carriers saw a 5.2% drop in demand in March 2016 compared to the same month last year. The decline is exaggerated by the effects of last year’s US seaport disruption which fueled strong demand for the region’s carriers. Nonetheless, demand is weak with export volumes from emerging Asian economies having contracted in annual terms for 11 of the past 12 months.

    • European airlines saw demand for air cargo grow by a modest 1.3% in March 2016, compared to the same period in 2015, while capacity increased by 7.9%. Weak cargo demand is a continuing story for European carriers for whom cargo volumes stand at just 1% above early 2008 levels.

    • Latin American carriers saw demand decrease by 5.9% in March 2016 versus March 2015. Volumes are now almost 15% lower that their seasonally-adjusted peak in late-2014. The hardest hit routes are those within South America, reflecting the region’s challenging economic environment, particularly in Brazil.

    • Middle Eastern carriers reported a 2.4% increase in demand over March last year—the slowest since July 2009. This reflects both a slowdown in network expansion by the region’s main carriers over the past six months and weak trading conditions.

    • North American airlines saw demand fall by 1.8% in March 2016 versus March 2015, partially due to the rollover effect of the US port strike in 2015 which gave air freight in the region a boost. Additionally, the region’s carriers are negatively impacted by the drop in global trade while the strong US dollar is keeping exports under pressure.

    View March air freight results (pdf)