Export & Freight May-June 2017

Politicians certainly don’t make life easy for us in the transport and logistics sectors, but even so, we can take a pat on the back for keeping our heads down and carrying on with the business of the day. And in between times, we can let our voices be heard, which is what has been happening.

Good to see that a number of trades bodies, together with representatives of the Freight Transport Association, have been to Stormont to call on politicians to get a devolved government up and running again in Northern Ireland.

Without being too political, everyone in business will surely agree with the sentiments expressed in a joint statement after that Stormont visit: “Together
our organisations represent hundreds of thousands of people across all religions, backgrounds and sectors. We unequivocally state that the best way forward for everyone in Northern Ireland is through a local power-sharing government which is built upon a desire to maintain our peace process, demonstrate respect to all communities and
deliver compromise where needed. “

Of course, we know there’s a General Election on the horizon, and some things will have to take a back seat until the dust settles, but let us hope that after June 8th we will see some serious business being done up on the hill.

That said, life in the real world goes on, and there’s certainly been plenty happening in our industry. The recent CV Show in Birmingham served to underline just how exciting and promising the future looks, General Elections and Brexit or not. And wasn’t it good to see some of our major truck manufacturers making a welcome return to the event?

Also in this issue, we report on DAF’s new CF and XF trucks which are being hailed in some quarters as ‘a driver’s dream.’ And we have news on MAN’s foray into the van sector with the launch of their TGE range, plus all the very latest from the world of shipping.
Meanwhile, with the annual Export & Freight Transport & Logistics Awards moving to Belfast’s premier venue – the Waterfront Hall – there’s a high demand for places at what promises to be another night to remember, so early booking is essential. You’ll find all you need to know on the following pages.

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