Export & Freight Aug-Sept 22

Welcome to our latest bumper issue of Export & Freight; with the annual July break well behind us we have been stepping up preparations for the return of our Annual Transport & Logistics Awards taking place in September. If you haven’t entered yet, you need to do so soon – you’ll find all the necessary details in this edition.

There’s been a lot happening in the industry since our last issue, not least breaking news that DFDS has entered into an agreement to acquire Dublin-based Lucey Transport Logistics Ltd following DFDS’ opening of a freight ferry route between Rosslare and Dunkirk in the beginning of 2021. We have the latest.

We also report on Henderson Foodservice’s decision to spend £1.9m to bring 18 new fuel-efficient Renault Trucks delivery vehicles on to the road; it is a significant investment as the company continues its post-pandemic recovery.

That recovery, too, from the pandemic is reflected at Belfast Harbour which has reported that a return to more normal trading conditions in 2021 helped it record an increase in both turnover and profits, and at Dublin Port things are also looking more positive, as you will read in our annual Port Review.

But it is not all plain sailing; keeping businesses on the road continues to come under pressure, with calls on the Chancellor from Logistics UK to take decisive action to protect the supply chain and prevent price rises with the immediate introduction of a 6p per litre reduction in fuel duty. Whether that falls on deaf ears or not only time will tell, but with a new Prime Minister coming into office in September, we can hope for some positive news.

This year, too, has seen significant developments in Goods Vehicle Operator licensing, not least with the extension of the licensing requirements from vehicles over 3.5t to now include vehicles over 2.5t when used internationally for hire and reward. We hear the latest on this from the Transport Regulation Unit’s David Mullan.

In other news, we have a comprehensive pictorial look back at Export & Freight’s Master Golf event, put a spotlight on the trailer market and get behind the wheel of a Mercedes Benz Actros, plus all our usual regular columns and features.

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