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image: UK government Liam Fox Devolved Administrations Brexit unions Government Sets Out Brexit Plan for Trade and the Devolved Administrations
Individuals Sought for Strategic Group and Public Consulted

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
UK – This week International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, set out major new proposals ensuring that MPs, the Devolved Administrations, businesses and the public can influence Britain's post-Brexit trade, moves designed to ensure future agreements create prosperity across the whole of the UK. A new Strategic Trade Advisory Group will also be created, advising DIT ministers and trade negotiators on trade policy and negotiations. The Group will be made up of 14 experts drawn from different groups such as business, civil society and unions, with an interest in Britain's future trading relationships and their impact on the UK, from the workplace to consumer choice and the environment.
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image: UK DB Cargo rail freight renewable energy SSE Business Energy track borne Deutsche BahnRail Freight Carrier Commits to Renewable Energy Off the Track
Sites and Offices to Use Only Environmentally Favourable Sources

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
UK – DB Cargo, the rail freight operator which is a subsidiary of German state owned group Deutsche Bahn, and which claims the title of Britain's biggest track borne cargo company, is to power all its rail sites and offices with 100% renewable electricity courtesy of a three-year agreement with SSE Business Energy. Roger Neary, Head of Sales at DB Cargo UK, explained the company's motivation, saying:
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image: UK TEU container cranes Liebherr DP World Southampton CMA CGM vessel New Giant Electric Container Cranes are Environmentally Friendly
Investment Was Needed to Stay Ahead of Ever Bigger Box Ships

Monday, July 16, 2018
UK – The DP World container terminal at Southampton recently saw the final installation of their latest handling equipment, two giant electric quay cranes manufactured and assembled by Liebherr and readied in time for the arrival of the JeanMermoz, at 20,954 TEU the CMA CGM vessel the largest ever to call at the terminal to date.
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image: UK Seacon Port of London River Thames Vision DP World London Gateway Tilbury logistics exports imports Northfleet Wharf River Thames Sees Another Logistics Development as Ports and Wharves Continue to Grow
London Waterway Revival as Construction Boosts Traffic

Monday, July 16, 2018
UK – Despite all talk of the Northern Powerhouse and areas such a Salford seeing massive regeneration projects, it seem the thirst for property, both commercial and private in London and the South East, continues to drive the revival of the River Thames as it aims to return to primacy as the busiest waterway in the country. The construction of DP World's London Gateway deep water port and logistics project and the development of Tilbury docks are obvious signs that imports and exports are returning to the capital via the river running through its heart.
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image: US logistics multimodal maritime freight plastic pollution shipping subtropical gyreMaritime and Multimodal Logistics Mash Up of the Week
Some Stories from the World of Freight and Beyond

Friday, July 13, 2018
WORLDWIDE – We travel beyond the usual mix of multimodal logistics stories this week which you may have missed and start with a look at a scheme that offers hope for the future in the current debate over plastic pollution in our oceans, something we have often featured and which has an influence beyond the maritime industry alone. The five great subtropical gyres, the whirlpools of junk circulating in the world's oceans, are under attack from organisations which comprehend the potential devastation should we ignore the problem.
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image: UK Stobart staff news boardroom row freight logistics supply chain haulageBoardroom Shenanigans Continue at Iconic Haulage, Logistics and Freight Group
Staff News in the Supply Chain This Week Start with Ongoing Row

Friday, July 13, 2018
UK – In a story which runs and runs, the staff news in freight and logistics this week continues an ongoing tale after the situation at Stobart came to a head at the company’s recent Extraordinary General Meeting, which ultimately saw the re-election of Iain Ferguson as a Director and Chairman, following efforts from a group of shareholders holding in excess of 33% of the stock to install a replacement. Additionally, Richard Laycock decided to step down as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director.
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image: UK Warehousing Freight Forwarding Brexit White Paper logistics UK Warehousing and Freight Forwarding Bosses Comment on Brexit White Paper
How the Industry Reviews That Chequers Meeting

Friday, July 13, 2018
UK – US – EUROPE – As the giant inflatable orange baby proceeds through the capital protesting his policies, it seems the mainstream press wishes to somehow make President Donald Trump's comments on the future of any trade deal between the UK and US as controversial. In the President's interview with the Sun newspaper, he made it clear that the Chequers agreement on terms of Brexit as they stand would prevent a direct deal with his country. Now the views of those representing the home market freight and logistics community on the recent White Paper have been made public after due consideration.
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image: UK RHA road haulage Chris Grayling logistics awards 1944 second World War resupply vital provisions land transport modern awards Logistics Executives Gather for 70 Year Celebration of Road Haulage Group
Organisation Built in Wartime to Ensure Vital Transport Services Operated

Friday, July 13, 2018
UK – A special celebration this week for one of the oldest established institutions of what might be termed the modern logistics era. During the dark days of 1944, as the second World War turned to favour the Allies, so it was decided that land transport services needed to be organised and a team put together to help repair the ravages of war and ensure the resupply of vital provisions throughout the country. From those initial meetings came, four years later, the official inception of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) which met for its annual lunch and awards this week in this, its 70th year.
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image: EUROPE smart glasses Toshiba Ubimax logistics warehouse pick and packNew Smart Glasses Solution Designed to Increase Efficiency for Logistics Warehouse Operators
Product Information Gathered, Recorded and Streamed via a PC

Friday, July 13, 2018
EUROPE – The latest in a line of products designed to speed up and augment supply chain efficiency within a warehouse environment comes with the news that Toshiba has announced the arrival of its latest enhanced 'Assisted Reality' smart glass solution, xPick, a 'pick-by-vision' order picking capability designed to improve workflow efficiencies within the warehousing and logistics sector.
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image: US Long Beach Port of Oakland TEU container handling zero emission hydrogen electric Hyster import export freight cargo volumesWest Coast US Container Ports Report on Freight Volumes and Hydrogen vs Electric Handling Tests
Zero Emissions the Target of Environmental Demo as Import Cargo Booms for Fear of Trade War

Friday, July 13, 2018
US – News in from two of the key North American west coast container ports this week of a very different nature. Whilst import freight volumes hit a record high in Oakland, export cargo is down, something seemingly a result of two different factors. Firstly however, as part of its commitment to transition to zero-emissions operations, the Port of Long Beach (POLB) is to use a $5.3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to deploy hydrogen- and electric-powered cargo-handling equipment at two of its shipping terminals.
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