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It’s a New World, it’s a New Day…

The new year has arrived and with it ushered in a new era for the UK. The protracted flurry of activity towards the end of last year that led to the free trade agreement with the EU, came more with a whimper than with a bang.

So, it is a new world, it is a new day, but are we feeling good?

My sense is that we have been suffering a national hangover that will take time to clear.

Exporters need help…

…and the government needs to step up, says the Anglo-French and European Road Freight Specialist France Line.

The queues at customs and at Britain’s key ports have been lengthening since the 2nd week of January 2021, with chaos building and its authorities need to do more to resolve deeper issues, says France Line’s Managing Director Marie Boyer from their HQ in Trafford Park. “Cross-channel traffic was relatively light early January, but that was largely a result of depressed demand,

Brexit 2021 – reality and moving forward

Steve Swinburn, General Manager of Harbour International Freight based in Manchester, looks at more issues brought to light in the aftermath of Brexit. “The Government have spent many millions on various TV ads, Radio ads, and Motorway Matrix signs advising UK Business to get ready for change. What it has not mentioned is it has been hard to prepare and adapt for the unknown. Whilst preparing my own customers and clients for the unknown has been challenging and at times quite fraught,

The world is a small place

There is a shortage of available 40’ containers in Asia, and as a result transport costs are rising sharply. There are resultant delays, and this robust export demand has the potential to slow down global economic recovery. Also, China has some of the busiest ports in the world and one of the busiest routes is between China and the USA west coast ports. There are so many questions that arise from this, and many lessons to be learned that it is a challenge to know where to start.

The Irish connection

Harbour International Freight has a tradition of offering specialist trailer services to and from Ireland and the UK. Following continued development over the past decade they now provide a full freight forwarding service via their integrated European Network. They are based in 16 locations throughout the UK and Ireland, and GM Business Connect caught up with Steve Swinburn, UK General Manager at their head office in Eccles:

What services do you offer to/from Ireland or in the Irish market?

How will the potential of WTO trade tariffs affect worldwide shipping?

by Bryn Atherton, Allseas Global Logistics

As trade and commerce continue as normal during the Brexit transition period, many companies who regularly import and export goods with Europe are becoming increasingly concerned about the threat of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. There is plenty of speculation that a free trade agreement between the UK and Europe could yet be achieved. But with discussions still ongoing it’s looking increasingly likely that the UK will revert to WTO trade tariffs from January 2021.

The fog is slowly clearing

The blurry outline of the landscape is emerging. And it has changed, we just don’t yet know exactly how.

When I wrote my last article we were in the very early stages of lockdown, with fear and uncertainty as the prevailing emotions around the world. Since then many parts of the world have come through the first pass of the virus, though some are still in the thick of it. Political strategies have moved from being nationwide to more regional or hyper localised.

Helping independent businesses adapt to new shopping habits

A Manchester haulier is supporting the survival of local businesses by helping firms adapt to selling online. Harbour Freight has assisted independent retailers with setting up a delivery method to reach customers nationwide during the COVID-19 lockdown. The move has enabled local businesses to sell to some of the 89% of UK consumers who have turned to online shopping during the UK lockdown, according to research from Visa, and scale up or down to meet demand. The firm is now ready to support businesses kickstarting operations following the easing of lockdown restrictions and looking for ways to reduce their business costs while accommodating fluctuating sales.

A very unusual birthday for France Line International Transport

They could never have anticipated an anniversary year like this. The Trafford Park-based freight forwarder talks growth, diversification and turning 40 in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak.

When you’ve been a freight forwarder for 40 years, there’s a lot of history in the rear view mirror. And yet, as France Line International Transport Ltd (known as France Line) celebrates its past, its sights are firmly set on the present and future.

Export origins
The independent European freight forwarder was established in May 1980 by four French hauliers who wanted a sales agent in the UK to provide them with backloads into France.

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…

by Tony Goodman MBE.
Well at least we aren’t all worrying about Brexit anymore! The complex situation arising from the Covid-19 global pandemic has caused widespread confusion but has not stopped all trade, and exports are continuing, though they are undoubtedly rapidly slowing. The immediate implication for most businesses is to go into survival mode, changing plans and building contingencies whether their business has been affected or not.

If you have been affected by a slowdown in your business,