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January 2017
Tuesday 21st February 2017

IIFA Members are invited to attend a free seminar focusing on BREXIT. Taking place in the Clouds Rooftop Suite of the Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport at 14:00 on Tuesday 21st February 2017, the following Speakers have been confirmed so far:
Steve Parker - President of CLECAT (European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services)

John McGrane - Director General, British-Irish Chamber of Commerce
Representatives from the Finance/ Taxation section regarding tax implications arising from potential BREXIT scenarios
Further information will be sent to IIFA Members in the coming days. Pre-booking is essential as places are limited. Please contact Seamus Kavanagh through 01 845 5411 or e-mail through to info@iifa.ie to reserve a seat.
For directions to the venue, please see the below link:

aceAce Express Freight Secure 'Logistics Company of the Year' Award
at IEA Export Industry Awards

Simon Mc Keever, CEO of Irish Exporters Association, Eamon Galavan, Senior business Developer Ace Express Freight, Helen Farrell, Marketing Manager Ace Express Freight, Mark Tracey, Commercial Director Ace Express Freight and Paschal McCarthy, President, Irish Exporters Association.

On Friday, 25th November, the cream of the Irish export industry descended upon the Dublin Convention Centre to attend the annual Irish Exporter Industry awards. Organised by the Irish Exporters Association (IEA), the 'Oscars' of the export industry, which are now in their 16th year, welcomed over 500 industry professionals to celebrate the remarkable achievements of companies' working in the export industry.

In association with platinum sponsors Etihad Airways, KPMG, Kuehne + Nagel and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, the 11 award categories recognised emerging exporters, established indigenous exporters of manufactured goods and services, successful multinational exporters and key service companies to the export industry.

In the 'Logistics Company of the Year' category, indigenous Irish Logistics Company Ace Express Freight, beat off stiff competition from other shortlisted companies: Kuehne + Nagel, Geodis, McArdle Skeath and Network International Cargo, to scoop the acclaimed accolade, which was presented to Commercial Director Mark Tracey on the night.

This award recognised the outstanding achievement of a company in supporting the growth of Irish exports in the area of logistics and supply chain management. Speaking on behalf of the judging panel on the night, IEA President Paschal McCarthy said " Ace Express Freight were deserved winners of this award as they have demonstrated over 27 years that they can deliver world class service to a wide range of Irish export companies, both emerging
start-ups and large established exporters. The judges were particularly impressed with their key strategic alliances, their good corporate citizenship, proactivity in the management of their immediate environment and
investment in the training and development of their entire staff, ensuring consistency of performance and conformance across all areas".
Ace Express Freight, who have been operating as a successful Irish-owned family business for 27 years, currently employ 122 staff with offices in Ireland and the UK. The company are the only freight company in Ireland to have also won the prestigious Deloitte Best Managed Company award for 8 consecutive years. In forging strategic alliances with key global logistics companies including Heppner & Essers, and as sole Irish partner to logistics giant Hellmann Worldwide, the company has earned a solid reputation within the industry, as a reliable, customer-centric and flexible logistics solutions provider. It prides itself on counting some of Ireland's largest and most successful exporters among its clients, including the newly crowned Overall Exporter of the Year 2016, The Chanelle Group and previous export award winners' Combilift and Athlone Extrusions.

postlogisticsPost Logistics launches An Post into Freight Business

From Nenagh to Nice, Finding out how An Post's new freight service Post Logistics can help his business is John O'Brien (centre) MD of Nenagh based Turf Peat Incense Company. He is seen here with Liam O'Sullivan, An Post's Director of Mails Operations (right) and Hugh Corcoran who will run the new service. John's company manufactures a range of turf and peat incense products including a thatched cottage turf burner seen here at centre photo,

An Post is leveraging its national network and fleet expertise to target new business opportunities in freight forwarding. Post Logistics is a high-quality, dependable, standardised freight-forwarding and groupage service for SMEs exporting to the UK and Europe. An Post's new service for exporters is based on reliability, simplicity, speed and value and it is linked to global logistics operator DB Schenker.

An Post has an unrivalled national network, experienced, trusted staff, a top-quality fleet and a proven track record in world-class letter and parcel collection, processing and delivery.  A trusted and respected brand, the Company handles two and a half million items every day and will harness this breadth of experience in this latest freight-forwarding venture.

Using the existing An Post fleet and network services, Post Logistics will transport pallet freight from SME customers nationwide to a central Dublin depot from where it will be shipped onwards by global freight carriers DB Schenker.

Liam O'Sullivan, Director of Mails at An Post, explains that given An Post's level of expertise and network infrastructure, the provision of freight services is a natural extension of existing business.
''Our existing national network, logistics capacity and customer service is world-class and it is fully supported by the latest technology. Mails distribution is mainly an evening, overnight and early morning business so during the day we can devote our capacity to servicing the freight forwarding needs of Irish SMEs."

''Having examined the potential market and worked closely with prospective customers, we know that Post Logistics has what it takes to make a difference in this market, based on our unique network infrastructure. We asked the market what they needed and then worked to match what we could offer so it was really the customer who shaped Post Logistics.''

"An Post Do More" is our slogan and we mean it. This ambition has seen us unveil a number of new practical and affordable service options for customers this year.  Hot on the heels of our Addresspal and home DeliveryBox products, we are pushing into new areas of business.'

''We are, after all, a commercial business not just a service,'' he says. ''We need to utilise our people, our assets and our network to find new customers and new business. The landscape we operate in is changing rapidly and we have to adapt and grow''. It's a great position to be in where we can utilise our existing skills and network to generate new business.''

 CLECATMore EU transport budget for the benefit of Europe

clecat new logo

30 European transport associations, representing infrastructure managers, operators, local authorities, users and equipment suppliers in the maritime, inland waterways, railways, road, cycling, aviation and intermodal sectors, call on the European Parliament and the Council to approve the initial Commission proposal for the review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework. The proposal foresees an increase of EUR 1.4 billion for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget. The current proposal would contribute to enhancing the role of transport as an enabler of economic growth and job creation, which at the moment employs directly and indirectly 20 million people (10% of total EU employment).

Nonetheless, the transport sector warns that this cannot be considered sufficient to complete the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T). The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is the financial lifeline of the TEN-T network. From a CEF total budget of 31 billion euros (2.8% of the overall MFF), only EUR 2 billion are left to co-fund transport projects of high European added-value until 2020. Due to an insufficient EU budget for transport and a significant reduction in national public investments, a large number of high-quality projects in the transport sector had to be, and will continue to be, rejected.

European citizens and customers require safer, ever more secure, reliable, efficient, green, multimodal and smart mobility but also better connectivity between nodes and modes of transport. This can be made possible by modernising the transport sector and completing the TEN-T network. The TEN-T completion will create 10 million additional jobs and lead to 1.8% GDP growth by 2030 . The Commission and the Member States estimate that the development of the TEN-T network during the period 2014-2020 would require about 500 billion EUR of investments. These huge investment requirements in the transport sector should be taken into account by the current review of the MFF and by the future EU budget 2021-2027, in view of the review of the TEN-T Core Network implementation by 31st December 2023.

We, providers and users of transport services and infrastructures, representing the public and private spheres of the sector, are ready to actively address these challenges but this requires a predictable and stable regulatory framework for investment and funding. Many high-quality projects are already benefiting from co-funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) calls and from financial blending programmes, but many other projects that are essential for the completion of TEN-T are lacking financial support.

Completing the TEN-T network will provide Europe with a smart, overarching and climate-friendly infrastructure plan. We, the representatives of the transport sector, are fully committed to making that plan a reality and we call on the necessary means to achieve it. There is not a moment to lose if we want to preserve and boost the competitiveness of European economy.

The leaflet drafted by the 30 associations, compiling the different means necessary to achieve a plan for the completion of the TEN-T network, is available by clicking here.

silkroadThe New Silk Road: China Launches Beijing-London Freight Train

China began 2017 by initiating a rail-freight service to Britain as part of President Xi Jinping's efforts to strengthen trade ties with Europe. China Railway already runs services between China and other European cities, including Madrid and Hamburg.
The train will take about two weeks to cover the 12,000 mile journey and is carrying a cargo of clothes, bags and other household items. The proliferation of routes linking China and Europe is part of a strategy launched in 2013 aimed at boosting infrastructure links with Europe along the former Silk Road trading routes. While the train can carry about 200 containers, versus 20,000 on a large cargo vessel, the trip takes about half as long as a 30-day sailing between East Asia and northern Europe. 
London will become the 15th European city to join what the Chinese government calls the New Silk Route. The service will pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany Belgium and France before arriving at Barking Rail Freight Terminal in East London, which is directly connected to the High Speed 1 rail line to the European mainland.
Because of the different railway gauges involved, a single train cannot travel the whole route and the containers need to be reloaded at various points.

The Chinese government is keen to boost its economy in the face of slowing export and economic growth.

 AwardsIIFA supports 2017 Irish Logistics & Transport Awards

We are delighted to announce that the Irish International Freight Association has become a supporter of The 2017 Irish Logistics & Transport Awards.
Now in its seventh year, the Irish Logistics & Transport Awards has become an annual highlight for our industry, a key opportunity to celebrate the excellent work of those operating in the Freight, Logistics and Transport industry in Ireland.
There are over 20 categories this year, and they are all free to enter. Take a look at the list here. There are categories representing all corners of the Freight, Transport and Logistics sectors in Ireland with Awards for specialised areas also.
The closing date for entries is January 17, 2017. The awards gala will take place on March 30, 2017 at The Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin.
The Organisers of these Awards tell us that previous entrants report back that entering these awards proved to be an excellent way of benchmarking their work against industry peers.
The Irish Logistics & Transport Awards are offering a free consultation to all IIFA members who wish to enter, just contact Aifric on 01 685 4317 or email aifric@iltawards.ie, mention this email and the fact that you are an IIFA member.

 FIATAIATA FIATA AIR Cargo Program Governance Manager nominated


Joana Isabel Duarte Nunes Coelho, a Portuguese citizen and current "Presidente Executiva" of APAT, Portugal's FIATA Association member, has been nominated by FIATA to become the Governance Manager of the IATA FIATA Air Cargo Programme (IFACP) - previously highlighted in the July 2016 IIFA Newsletter -  

The IATA FIATA Governance Board (IFGB) will appoint the Governance Manager, who will work as Secretary of the IFGB, coordinate meetings, prepare the agendas generally ensure compliance with IFGB Terms of Reference. The Governance Manager will also have accountability as to industry projects and initiatives as agreed and assigned by the IFGB and will manage the Regional Joint Council meetings.

Mr Rudi Sagel, Chairman of AFI, the Airfreight Institute of FIATA, said: "I am delighted that Joana accepted the nomination knowing this is demanding work. She is young, qualified and full of good intentions, I am happy with her background and I wish her all possible success in her endeavour. AFI will help her achieve complete success. FIATA's Presidency has backed this nomination and I am sure IFACP delegates will help her in achieving the objectives of partnership, mutual benefits and performance of today's forwarder - airline relationship.

 samskipSamskip, Smurfit Kappa and BCTN Roermond join forces

World leading producer of paper-based packaging Smurfit Kappa, multimodal network operator Samskip and BCTN Roermond (BCTN) are proud to announce that they have set up a cost effective, sustainable transport solution to take cargo off the road.

Samskip handles most of the paper-based cargoes that are shipped in containers within Europe to Smurfit Kappa's cardboard factory in Roermond in the Netherlands. Following a substantial increase in demand, together with BCTN, the three parties sought a more sustainable solution to cope with the increased volumes for the last mile delivery from Rotterdam to Roermond.
Taking the cargo flows off the road and onto 'blue road' inland waterway services will guarantee available capacity, and will save Smurfit Kappa carbon emissions of 45 kg CO2 (carbon dioxide equivalent) per load.

In addition, Samskip will be able to offer higher payloads (up to 26.7 tonnes) to other customers with cargo into the Cologne, Bonn and Koblenz areas as the BCTN terminal is situated between Samskip's Duisburg and Mannheim depots.

The first loads were unloaded in Roermond at the beginning of December, and 60 containers a week are expected to be shipped by inland waterway between Rotterdam and Roermond.
"Smurfit Kappa Recycling is excited about the partnership with Samskip and BCTN, which enables us to make big steps forward in striving to make logistics as sustainable as possible", says Leon Graff, Managing Director Smurfit Kappa Recycling Benelux.

According to Esther Sliepen, Manager Sales & Marketing for BCTN, this cooperation is exactly what BCTN strives for; "Green and Blue are our colours, representing respect for nature and sailing the inland waters. We are happy that well-established companies like Smurfit Kappa and Samskip share this vision and that we could realize this modal shift together."

"Samskip is looking forward to a fruitful partnership, taking cargo off the road as part of our sustainability strategy", says Paul Wielaard, Samskip Trade Manager - West Coast Norway.

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 businessonthemoveSupply Chain Board Game going Global

Following the success of its national launch just a couple of years ago, the creators of an innovative supply chain board game have already attracted the backing of leading global supply chain operators such as CHEP, DHL, DP World, FedEx, MSC, the TT Club, Unipart, Worldwide Chain Stores and XPO Logistics to create a new Global edition of their popular board game.
Most of the initial UK version of Business on the Move have been distributed free-of-charge into UK schools and colleges nominated by the participating corporate sponsors. Over forty per cent of sales of the remaining games have gone overseas with Business on the Move now being played across five continents!

It's this international demand that has inspired the game's creators, Andy Page and Pat Smedley, to devise a Global edition.

"With the UK version of the game being a resounding success, we would now like to take Business on the Move to the next level with the development of the 'Global' edition which will feature international trade between global companies from across the world. Our vision is that by 2021, over 200,000 people will have played Business on the Move," commented Pat.
To make this vision a reality, organisations that are involved in global supply chains are being sought to actively feature in a new Global edition of Business on the Move for release during 2017.

Kathryn Wightman-Beaven, Director, Global Sustainability, DP World explained:
"We see this as a fantastic opportunity to support and promote the importance of the global supply chain to the future workforce. Business on the Move is a great way to excite and inspire young people about career opportunities in the logistics and supply chain sector, as well as business as a whole. We're delighted to be involved!"

Business on the Move has been designed to teach young people of all ages about the importance and complexity of global supply chains. The educational benefits and versatility of the game have been endorsed widely with Business on the Move, not only having been played by thousands of young people in schools, but also in nearly 80 Higher Education institutions across the world including the Universities of Huddersfield, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Southampton and Wolverhampton as well as much further afield from the University of Turku in Finland to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Canada. In addition, localised versions of the game are being developed in regions as far afield as Liverpool, Humber, Teesside and Kenya.
With more than 60% of the funding already committed, the remaining sponsorship opportunities will especially appeal to major product brands and global retailers interested in featuring as themselves in the game.

"Integrating global brands into the game delivers the realism that engages young people and provides novel product placement opportunities," explained Pat.
You will be able to see the prototype of the new Global edition on stand 7080A at Multimodal 2017, original and ongoing sponsors of Business on the Move.

About Business on the Move

Business on the Move has been developed by the Very Enterprising Community Interest Company, a social enterprise.  The directors are former teachers who also have over 20 years experience of business education games and managing business education partnerships. Their vision is that Business on the Move inspires and excites young people in education and training across the UK and beyond. Schools and trainers can also access learning activities, co-written with sponsors and ideal follow-up after playing the game.  Hence Business on the Move is much more than a game; it is a platform for young people to learn about business through logistics and global supply chains.

 dfdsDFDS takes Over Sweden-Italy Road Service

DFDS is further expanding its transport activities between Sweden and Italy through the acquisition of the Swedish company Italcargo.

DFDS is further expanding its transport activities between Sweden and Italy through the acquisition of the Swedish company Italcargo, which offers full and part-load transport services between Sweden and Italy for a broad range of cargoes.

The Italcargo operation will complement the existing DFDS rail based activity as, in addition to the standard full and part load services, Italcargo offers express transit times with double-manned trucks for premium cargo,  which fits extremely well with our strategy of offering more premium services. The acquisition will increase our presence in the market between Italy and  Sweden and enable us to offer our customers a broader range of services, " says Niklas Andersson, VP of DFDS Logistics, Scandinavia.

Five skilled and experienced colleagues working in Italcargo's head office in Lilla Edet north of Gothenburg will continue to use their expertise in DFDS. "Our new colleagues are very knowledgeable and very respected among customers, and our team in Gothenburg are already well acquainted with their new colleagues. It is a pleasure for me to welcome them to DFDS," says Niklas.

Italcargo was founded by Harri Salminen in 1998. DFDS acquired all his shares in the company, which has an annual turnover of about SEK 65 million.

Italcargo works in partnership with an Italian company, ensuring efficient distribution throughout Italy and we look forward to continuing that relationship

limitsofliabilityLimits of Liability (Cargo Claims)

By Sea - Hague Visby Rules
SDR 2 per kilo or 
SDR 666.67 per package

By Road - CMR
SDR 8.33 per kilo

By Air - Warsaw/Montreal
SDR 19 per kilo

IIFA Standard Trading Conditions 
SDR 2 per kilo 

The SDR rate on 10/01/2017 
according to the
International Monetary Fund
was 1 SDR = 1.273760 Euro
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