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The BIFA Newsletter 3rd December 2014

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 News 03/12/2014  
US port delays force shippers to look skywards
The recent US west coast port congestion issues have temporarily reversed the long-term modal shift from air to ocean as shippers seek alternative ways to ensure their goods hit the stores in time for the US holiday season, said Drewry in its latest report Container Insight Weekly.
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UK freight forwarding sector welcomes road improvement plans
BIFA, the British International Freight Association (bifa.org) has welcomed the news that the UK government will reveal plans for a GBP15 billion investment in UK road infrastructure improvements.
More details »Lego cargo crime case alerts shippers to be more specific with their carrier contracts
Shippers concerned about cargo crime at truck parking facilities need to give specific instructions in the contract in order for carriers to be liable for any loss, a Danish court has ruled.
More details »Risky Alliances need controls 
The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) sees the forming of alliances as a risky development for a free market for transportation of goods over sea. The global market will be in the hands of four major players. This is not good for the clients of the carriers, the shippers, and the consumers in terms of price and quality of service, if competition authorities do not impose strict conditions on the operation of the alliances.
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Maritime safety, but much still to be done
IMO MSC adopt the amendment to SOLAS.
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Carriers Implement US West Coast Port Congestion Surcharge
Carriers have altered their position on how the congestion surcharge will apply, after it was initially planned to be implemented for import cargo, including cargo already in transit.
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Reinstate TIR orders Russian Government to customs
Russian Government orders Customs and Ministry of Transport to re-establish TIR as soon as possible.
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Dart Charge to launch on 30 November
The way drivers pay the Dartford Crossing charge will change on Sunday 30 November, the Highways Agency confirmed.
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  Industry Information
Information from Customs and BIS 
The latest Customs Information Papers, Notice to Exporters etc. More details »
  BIFA Hallmark Events
BIFA Freight Service Awards Ceremony (22/01/2015)
Venue: The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD (12:00 hrs – 16:00 hrs; Bar closes at17:00 hrs)
Celebrating its 26th year, BIFA’s flagship event has become an established annual fixture on the logistics industry calendar.
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BIFA Regional Annual Dinner – Liverpool 2015 (27/02/2015)
Venue: The Liner at Liverpool Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool. L3 5QB (18:45 hrs for seating at 19:30 hrs )
We are pleased to announce full details and booking information for this prestigious event.
More details »Multimodal 2015 (28/04/2015 – 30/04/2015)
Venue: NEC, Birmingham (10:00 hrs – 18:00 hrs (14:00 hrs on 30th))
Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics for Cargo Owners
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  Regional Events
BIFA Solent – Regional Members’ meeting (09/12/2014)
Venue: Duke of Wellington (08:00 hrs)
BIFA Members and ASM Users can get information on activity with HM Revenue and Customs and other Governmental/regulatory bodies at national level as well as hear about local developments and initiatives.
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Doing Business in Brazil – Tax Exemption on UK Exports (10/12/2014)
Venue: Online Webinar (13:30 – 14:15 hrs)
This webinar will interest British companies already in Brazil or who want to enter the Brazilian market, as well as organizations or individuals who work with exports from the UK.
More details »BIFA Heathrow – Regional Members’ meeting (18/12/2014)
Venue: BIFA, Redfern House (14:00 hrs)
BIFA Members and ASM Users can get information on activity with HM Revenue and Customs and other Governmental/regulatory bodies at national level as well as hear about local developments and initiatives.
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  New Member Applications
BIFA Membership applications this month 
Full lists of companies that have applied for membership of BIFA. More details »
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