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Industry News from BIFA

  • Brexit speculation? No comment says BIFA

    "Is there any worth in speculating on the consequences of Brexit before anything tangible has happened and there is little sign of any clear information emerging from Government on the timetable for exit?"  asks Robert Keen, BIFA Director General.

    "The current torpor is best illustrated by the total lack of communication to have emerged so far from the office of the Secretary of State for exiting the European Union.

    The 'silly season' is a much used term for a period of the year when a lack of hard news sees coverage of stories that are unverifiable at best and trivial at worst.

    Whilst there is nothing trivial about Brexit, none of the copious speculation about whether trade between the EU and UK will increase in complexity, carry new risks; grow or decline, is verifiable at present.

    As Brexit unfolds, there will so many issues affecting visible trade and the work of our members who facilitate that trade. But government seems to be a long way from even getting to the starting line on the Brexit procedure, as well as any fundamental understanding all of the possible permutations and challenges.

    Only last weekend, the national media reported that Britain's exit from the EU could be delayed until late 2019 because the government is too 'chaotic' to start the two-year process, early next year.

    The reports indicate that government does not have the infrastructure for the people they need to hire and that anyone who is hired will not have sufficient experience to know, let alone ask the right questions, when they finally begin bargaining with Europe.

    So we will avoid adding the trade association's voice to what is currently a worthless game of ifs and buts about the potential impact of Brexit on trade.

    Instead we will focus our efforts and comments on getting the UK government to get on with making the big decisions about matters we do know all about and educating those in government, some of whom are currently making rash statements on the hoof.

    We need government to deliver strong, calm and decisive leadership on infrastructure decisions for example, such as the expansion of UK airport capacity.

    Rest assured, when government is ready to fire the starting pistol on Brexit, BIFA will be ready to make the necessary representations on behalf of our members."

  • Highways England launches final consultation on M20 lorry park at Stanford West

    As part of the consultation process Highways England has already held a number of meetings with residents, with a preview event being arranged which is invitation only.

    A series of public exhibitions will then be held on the following dates and locations.

    • 19 August, 1pm-7pm - Sellindge Village Hall, Main Rd, Ashford TN25 6JX
    • 23 August, 2pm-8pm – Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, Folkestone CT20 2DZ
    • 25 August, 2pm-8pm – Postling Village Hall, Hythe CT21 4EU
    • 2 September, 1pm-7pm – Sellindge Village Hall, Main Rd, Ashford TN25 6JX
    • 3 September, 1pm-7pm – Postling Village Hall, Hythe CT21 4EU
    • 10 September, 12pm-6pm – Lympne Village Hall, Aldington Road, Lympne CT21 4HL
    • 12 September, 2pm-8pm - Dover Town Hall, The Maison Dieu, Biggin Street, Dover CT16 1DL
    • 14 September, 2pm-8pm – St Mary’s Church, Bentley Road,  Willesborough TN24 0LB

    The Consultation Document, setting out more detail about the proposals and how to take part in the consultation, can be viewed here.

    Copies of the Consultation Document can also be obtained by the following means:

    Email: m20lorryarea@highwaysengland.co.uk
    Post: M20 Lorry Area, Highways England, Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LZ

    The consultation period will run from 16 August to 11.45pm on 23 September 2016.

    Following the close of this period, Highways England will review and consider all feedback received ahead of publishing a report on the consultation.

  • Governments Must Clamp Down on Rogue Lithium Battery Shippers

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) partnered with leaders of the lithium battery supply chain to demand stricter enforcement of international regulations regarding the transport of lithium batteries.

    In a joint letter to Ministers of Trade, Industry and Transport, and Directors of Civil Aviation in the world’s largest lithium battery manufacturing and export countries, IATA, PRBA, the US Rechargeable Battery Association, RECHARGE, the European Advanced Rechargeable and Lithium Battery Association, the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) have called for lithium battery safety regulations to be enforced at the point of origin including the initial shipper and the battery manufacturer.

    The letter also called for implementation of cooperative enforcement initiatives between jurisdictions to address situations, where lithium batteries manufactured in one state are driven over a border to be flown from another state. The global associations also called for significant fines and custodial sentences to be imposed on those who circumvent the regulations.

    "Safety is aviation’s top priority. Airlines, shippers and manufacturers have worked hard to establish rules that ensure lithium batteries can be carried safely. But the rules are only effective if they are enforced and backed-up by significant penalties. Government authorities must step up and take responsibility for regulating rogue producers and exporters. And flagrant abuses of dangerous goods shipping regulations, which place aircraft and passenger safety at risk, must be criminalized," said Tony Tyler IATA’s Director General and CEO.

    "The actions of a minority threaten to undermine confidence in legitimate battery and product manufacturers. This a matter of deep concern for our members," said George A. Kerchner, Executive Director of PRBA which represents most of the world’s largest manufacturers of lithium ion and lithium metal batteries and manufacturers of products powered by these batteries.

    IATA and the PRBA have repeatedly called upon governments to address the danger posed by the wilful disregard of the international regulations by rogue manufacturers and shippers and to close existing legal loopholes that prevent prosecutions of serial offenders. Lack of enforcement is increasing pressure on airlines and regulators to unilaterally ban all forms of lithium battery shipments from aircraft. This would add to the cost of global supply chains and consumer goods, and encourage those who flout the law to increase mislabelling of batteries, further increasing safety and security risks.

    "A ban on the shipment of lithium ion batteries aboard aircraft would put lives at risk by slowing delivery of life-critical and life–enhancing medical equipment and jeopardize the security of many countries because a large number of military applications are powered by lithium batteries," said Kerchner.

  • Shuttle Traffic for July 2016

    Euro Shuttle Stats - July

    July 2016 saw record-breaking monthly Truck Shuttle traffic for the ninth consecutive month, compared to the corresponding period in previous years. Traffic saw a 9% increase compared to the month of July 2015, with 137,091 vehicles transported. For the period January-July 2016, there has been a 10% increase in traffic compared with the same period of 2015.

    In terms of cars, Passenger Shuttle traffic saw a 7% increase compared to the month of July 2015, with 317,424 vehicles transported – setting a new record for the month of July, and shattering the previous record which was set in July 1998. For the period January-July 2016, there has been a 2% increase in traffic compared with the same period of 2015.

    Source: Eurotunnel