There is no respite from Brexit. It continues to dominate the headlines and the thoughts of businesses in general, but more specifically, the transport and logistics sectors, and with very good reason, especially for those earning their living in Northern Ireland.
We simply cannot put it any better than Martin Reid from the Road Haulage Association, when he writes for this issue of Export & Freight: “It is vital that all the parties across the UK and Irish political sphere listen to the transport and logistics sector. Ours is the 5th biggest employer in the UK and absolutely vital to the coffers of UK plc, so politicians of all political colours and from all sides of the debate must listen to the concerns of their haulier constituents or we face a future where one of the biggest industries in the UK let alone Northern Ireland is under resourced, under prepared and difficult to do business with.” Yes, that says it all.
On to other matters now, and the driver shortage hasn’t gone away, you know! Interestingly, women might hold the key! More women are being encouraged to consider a career in the transport and logistics industry; currently only around 20% of the workforce is female, so it is good to know that recently, Women in Logistics (WiL) was incorporated into the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) to create a wider platform to extend its reach. You can read more in this edition.
Also in this issue, we take a look back at what was a very interesting Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, despite the absence of most of the major truck manufacturers, and we also hear from two individuals who are at the forefront of our industry as we come ‘face to face’ with Dave Cussans, who returned to MAN as Head of Own Retail in September past, and Andy Barrett , Chairman and Managing Director of Ford of Britain.
Special features focus on Finance and Asset Insurance in the transport sector, while on the test drive front we report on the new Iveco Stralis XP, Iveco’s Daily Blue Power, and Ford’s Transit Custom. We also hear from DAF who give us a glimpse into tomorrow’s world of transport.
In shipping, Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port, unveils a major 25-year growth plan as it forecasts a continued growth in trade following Brexit. The Masterplan document, which covers 2018-2043, aims to build on the port’s position as the second largest port in Northern Irela
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