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Multimodal 2019 celebrates twelve years of putting shippers, retailers, wholesalers, importers and exporters in front of exhibitors who offer the latest logistics and supply chain solutions.

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GOVERNMENT MUST GIVE THE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY THE CLEAR INFORMATION IT NEEDS TO PREPARE FOR BREXIT


Port of Dover speaker tells Multimodal delegates Government should focus on avoiding transport congestion instead of planning for it

Birmingham, UK, Friday 21st June 2019 The UK Government must provide the logistics industry with clear and stable information so that it can invest in the right technological solutions to prepare for Brexit, delegates at Multimodal 2019 heard.

The technology can be put in place to ensure a seamless supply chain in a ‘day one no deal’ situation, but companies cannot invest without knowing what the right system needs to be.

“The technology is there as a tool, but this is a cart and horse situation,” said Tim Reardon, Head of EU Exit, The Port of Dover.

“Until we have defined what the process is that the technology needs to deliver, there isn’t much point in developing it.”

Eurotunnel’s Public Affairs Director John Keefe said that with so many players involved in the supply chain, there was an urgent need for Government to refocus and give a clear and stable definition of what the Customs process would be.

“All the energy is going into managing the negative consequences of ‘day one no deal’, very little energy is being put into avoiding those negative consequences,” he said

The Freight Transport Association (FTA)’s Head of Global and European policy, Pauline Bastidon said there was a need for clarity.

“FTA continues to advise its members to use the time they have to prepare for a ‘No deal’ outcome, but many companies are reluctant to invest heavily without certainty that these investments will be required, “ she said.

“This is probably the biggest challenge we have faced in a generation and the implications for logistics are huge.

“Government can do a lot to support the logistics industry as companies prepare themselves.

“FTA is urging the Government to extend the easements granted pre-29th March, provide clear, end-to-end guidance to industry setting out the process and requirements on both sides of the borders and to work with the industry to increase the attractiveness of transit and Customs facilitations.”

Peter MacSwiney, Chairman, ASM, said it was not surprising that people were hesitant to invest in technology without knowing if they were developing the appropriate solution.

“The one thing we have lacked is certainty,” he said

“How many businesses would spend thousands of pounds on a system that might not be right?

“If we knew what we were faced with, we could find solutions to deal with it.

“The technology is there, but we have to develop it and we should think in terms of five years and a minimum of three years to get it working and to train people to use it.”

Shahar Ayash, Managing Director UK and Europe, Tigers said that Brexit offered both a challenge and an opportunity for the industry.

“We know that around 35 percent of the supply chain is taken up by the last mile and so Brexit can be seen as an opportunity for our industry,” he said.

“Tigers has invested in technology as well as warehousing in the UK and in Europe and we are advising customers to split their stock of goods.

“They will avoid congestion, but also, it makes more sense, it will mean a better service for their customers and there is an environmental aspect to this as well.”

Bastidon called on the industry to collaborate to find a solution.

“A lot of people are spending a lot of time preparing, but not talking to other partners in the chain,” she said.

“It is part of the problem; we need to encourage all partners to communicate and work together.”

Luis Gabiola, Director Commercial Operations and Logistics, Port of Bilbao Authority agreed that the relevant Authorities needed to be clear about how new regulations would work.

“This is not a technology problem, but a regulation and processes issue, in terms of what is needed from the different Authorities, how these diverse institutions will communicate and what protocols, or law interpretations will be adapted, as there are significant disagreements at the moment.”

He was speaking as part of a panel debate hosted by Peter Ward, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA), at the Multimodal 2019 exhibition, held in Birmingham this week.

“It was a privilege to moderate this panel and the organisers of Multimodal should be congratulated for assembling such a wealth of knowledge on Brexit and providing the platform for important facts and information to be shared with a large audience that represents the UK’s logistics industry,” said Ward.

“Once again Brexit turned conventional wisdom on its head.

“Usually at forums such as these the dispersal of information provides a level of comfort, but, according to a polling of the ‘standing room only’ audience, the number of delegates feeling unprepared for Brexit doubled during the hour-long discussion.”

Over 9000 supply chain decision makers visited 225 exhibitors over the three-day free-to-attend show.

Next year’s Multimodal takes place from 16th to 18th June 2020 at the NEC Birmingham.

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GOVERNMENT MUST GIVE THE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY THE CLEAR INFORMATION IT NEEDS TO PREPARE FOR BREXIT

 Port of Dover speaker tells Multimodal delegates Government should focus on avoiding transport congestion instead of planning for it

Birmingham, UK, Friday 21st June 2019 The UK Government must provide the logistics industry with clear and stable information so that it can invest in the right technological solutions to prepare for Brexit, delegates at Multimodal 2019 heard.

The technology can be put in place to ensure a seamless supply chain in a ‘day one no deal’ situation, but companies cannot invest without knowing what the right system needs to be.

“The technology is there as a tool, but this is a cart and horse situation,” said Tim Reardon, Head of EU Exit, The Port of Dover.

“Until we have defined what the process is that the technology needs to deliver, there isn’t much point in developing it.”

Eurotunnel’s Public Affairs Director John Keefe said that with so many players involved in the supply chain, there was an urgent need for Government to refocus and give a clear and stable definition of what the Customs process would be.

“All the energy is going into managing the negative consequences of ‘day one no deal’, very little energy is being put into avoiding those negative consequences,” he said

The Freight Transport Association (FTA)’s Head of Global and European policy, Pauline Bastidon said there was a need for clarity.

“FTA continues to advise its members to use the time they have to prepare for a ‘No deal’ outcome, but many companies are reluctant to invest heavily without certainty that these investments will be required, “ she said.

“This is probably the biggest challenge we have faced in a generation and the implications for logistics are huge.

“Government can do a lot to support the logistics industry as companies prepare themselves.

“FTA is urging the Government to extend the easements granted pre-29th March, provide clear, end-to-end guidance to industry setting out the process and requirements on both sides of the borders and to work with the industry to increase the attractiveness of transit and Customs facilitations.”

Peter MacSwiney, Chairman, ASM, said it was not surprising that people were hesitant to invest in technology without knowing if they were developing the appropriate solution.

“The one thing we have lacked is certainty,” he said

“How many businesses would spend thousands of pounds on a system that might not be right?

“If we knew what we were faced with, we could find solutions to deal with it.

“The technology is there, but we have to develop it and we should think in terms of five years and a minimum of three years to get it working and to train people to use it.”

Shahar Ayash, Managing Director UK and Europe, Tigers said that Brexit offered both a challenge and an opportunity for the industry.

“We know that around 35 percent of the supply chain is taken up by the last mile and so Brexit can be seen as an opportunity for our industry,” he said.

“Tigers has invested in technology as well as warehousing in the UK and in Europe and we are advising customers to split their stock of goods.

“They will avoid congestion, but also, it makes more sense, it will mean a better service for their customers and there is an environmental aspect to this as well.”

Bastidon called on the industry to collaborate to find a solution.

“A lot of people are spending a lot of time preparing, but not talking to other partners in the chain,” she said.

“It is part of the problem; we need to encourage all partners to communicate and work together.”

Luis Gabiola, Director Commercial Operations and Logistics, Port of Bilbao Authority agreed that the relevant Authorities needed to be clear about how new regulations would work.

“This is not a technology problem, but a regulation and processes issue, in terms of what is needed from the different Authorities, how these diverse institutions will communicate and what protocols, or law interpretations will be adapted, as there are significant disagreements at the moment.”

He was speaking as part of a panel debate hosted by Peter Ward, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA), at the Multimodal 2019 exhibition, held in Birmingham this week.

“It was a privilege to moderate this panel and the organisers of Multimodal should be congratulated for assembling such a wealth of knowledge on Brexit and providing the platform for important facts and information to be shared with a large audience that represents the UK’s logistics industry,” said Ward.

“Once again Brexit turned conventional wisdom on its head.

“Usually at forums such as these the dispersal of information provides a level of comfort, but, according to a polling of the ‘standing room only’ audience, the number of delegates feeling unprepared for Brexit doubled during the hour-long discussion.”

Over 9000 supply chain decision makers visited 225 exhibitors over the three-day free-to-attend show.

Next year’s Multimodal takes place from 16th to 18th June 2020 at the NEC Birmingham.

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About Multimodal

Now in its 12th year, Multimodal is the UK, Ireland, and Northern Europe’s premier freight transport, logistics and supply chain management event.  Shippers and cargo owners attend to improve their businesses by finding ways of moving their products more efficiently, and by meeting new suppliers.

Multimodal 2018 was attended by over 9,200 supply chain decision makers and more than 300 exhibitors. The free-to-attend event showcased the latest logistics and supply chain solutions covering all aspects of logistics from equipment suppliers, ports, hauliers, shipping lines, 3PLs and forwarders.

In 2019, Multimodal will include the latest technological innovations to enter the industry, including AI and Blockchain.  It will feature a series of topical seminars including patterns of global trade, disruptive technologies, the impact of Brexit, trends and opportunities in modal shift, and lots more. The event also hosts a Shippers’ Village, providing freight buyers with a private space to meet logistics suppliers.

On the final day of Multimodal 2019, we will be supporting young talent within the industry by launching a new initiative to address tomorrow’s leaders by focusing on apprenticeships, training, upskilling, education, and recruitment specific to the sector.​

The FTA Multimodal Awards evening takes place on the first evening of Multimodal, at the VOX Conference Centre at Resorts World Birmingham at the NEC, attended by some 650 guests. The awards recognise excellence in air, road, rail, maritime, and freight forwarding services, and are voted for by the thousands of readers of the Multimodal newsletter, as well as FTA members, and exhibitors at Multimodal.

Multimodal 2019 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 18th to 20th June 2019.

For more information, visit www.multimodal.org.uk

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