The British International Freight Association (BIFA) – www.bifa.org – is pleased that Robert Windsor, Manager Trade Services, BIFA is presenting the Association’s perspective on the proposed new regulations and the implications of the container weighing proposals on shippers and the container supply chain at the Multimodal 2013 conference and exhibition.
Mr Windsor will join a panel discussion on the second day of the three-day Multimodal event in April to discuss the issues with Gavin Van Marle, Editor, The Loadstar and Chris Welsh, Director of Global and European Policy, FTA. Other panellists are to be confirmed.
Peter Quantrill, BIFA Director General says: “Robert is talking on the afternoon of the Wednesday of Multimodal 2013 and I invite Members and other trade professionals to come along and listen to this vital debate. We’ve noted a report in the Journal of Commerce that the European Shippers Council (ESC) has put forward an alternative solution to the issue of overweight containers to that being considered by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
“The issue is a matter of concern throughout the global supply chain where overweight containers are identified in many quayside accidents and deaths aboard ships and in ports. Carriers and many shippers support IMO efforts to require container weights to be verified before the box is accepted for stowage on ships.
“BIFA is committed to continue working with its Members, as well as others in the maritime supply chain to maintain the positive initiatives already underway to avoid incidents caused by mis-declaration of weight and cargo resulting in claims costs for ship casualties, train derailments, and accidents or injuries on roads and in terminal facilities.”
BIFA will once again be exhibiting at the Multimodal exhibition and conference and is looking forward to meeting existing and prospective Members, as it brings its message to the wider UK freight industry. As the UK’s only event dedicated to embracing the complete spectrum of freight, Multimodal 2013, provides a useful platform for BIFA in a stimulating and interactive environment.
Quantrill adds: “I extend an invitation to any visitors to Multimodal who are involved in freight transport or supply chain management to visit stand 770 in at the exhibition and let us show them what BIFA is all about.
“Freight is very much a personal service – people buy from people as the old salesman’s adage has it – and in making this effort we are flying the flag for our Members by showing the human face of the industry’s leading trade body.”
BIFA will be at stand 770 in Hall 4 at Multimodal 2013, which is being held at the NEC Birmingham from Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th April 2013.