Port of Felixstowe Tops 100 million TEU

Port of Felixstowe Tops 100 million TEU

14.12.2021 | Shipping

Port of Felixstowe TOPS 100m TEU

Landmark moment for the UK’s busiest container port. 

Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has passed the 100 million TEU mark since it handled its first container in the 1960s.

The 100th million TEU was loaded at Berth 8, the port’s newest facility and one of four berths at the UK’S largest container port capable of handling the world’s largest container ships.

Commenting at a ceremony to mark the occasion, UK Maritime Minister Robert Courts MP said:

“The tens of thousands of maritime workers who keep our critical goods and supplies moving are the backbone of our freight sector and kept this country’s supplies moving throughout the pandemic.

“Congratulations to the Port of Felixstowe on the 100 millionth TEU being loaded, which is a landmark moment for the UK’s busiest container port.”

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe, said:

“The Port of Felixstowe has been setting the benchmark for UK container ports since we handled the first Sealand containers in what was then the Dock Basin in 1966. We followed that with the first operational container terminal the following year and have been leading the way ever since.”

Clemence Cheng, Managing Director, Hutchison Ports Europe, added:

“Looking to the future, we are committed to continual investment, upgrading existing facilities, building new infrastructure and constantly improving systems, equipment and the way we work to deliver the level of service our customers require.

“As the number of ultra-large container ships increases, we are continuing to invest in the facilities they require. Berth 7 has been deepened to 16.5 metres, and next year we will increase Berth 6 to the same depth and future-proof Berths 8&9 by increasing them to 18 metres, further enhancing our ability to work the largest container ships afloat.

“At the same time, we will be driving forward our agenda to ensure we do this whilst cutting our environmental impact and working towards net-zero emissions.”

The work to deepen berths complements work being undertaken by Harwich Haven Authority to deepen the port’s main navigation channel from 14.5 metres to 16.0 metres. The additional depth in the harbour and seaward approaches will provide unrivalled deep-water access for the growing numbers of super-sized vessels that serve UK trade.

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DIT boosts removal of trade barriers to unlock markets for UK firms

DIT boosts removal of trade barriers to unlock markets for UK firms

1.12.2021 | Shipping

DIT boosts removal of trade barriers to unlock markets for UK firms

217 trade barriers across 74 countries were removed over the 20-21 financial year.

The United Kingdom has broken down hundreds of trade barriers around the world in the year to April, opening up new opportunities for British businesses, according to new data.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has published statistics showing a total of 217 trade barriers across 74 countries were removed over the 20-21 financial year, representing an increase of almost 20% in the previous 12 months.

Trade barriers are regulatory, legislative and administrative measures imposed by other countries that restrict the flow of goods and services. Getting rid of them makes it easier for businesses to trade around the world as we build back better and boost exports.

As well as securing new trade agreements, DIT is using its expertise to remove individual barriers wherever British businesses face them and in sectors that matter most to our economy, supporting SMEs and securing access to new and exciting markets.

Some of the barriers addressed over this period include:

• Working with the Jordanian government to open up British food exports worth £32 million, by changing labelling rules that will help our producers to increase sales to a country that imports £2.5bn worth of food annually
• Unlocking access to finance in Hong Kong to enable UK education providers to build new schools there from early next year
• Cooperating with Indian counterparts to enable more investment in India’s £4bn insurance market- 74% foreign ownership now allowed, up from 49% – a sector in which the UK has world-class strengths
• In Colombia, helping British asset managers enter a green investment market worth £835m per year
• In Bulgaria, supporting UK businesses to access products to develop cutting-edge technology that will extend the life of vaccines, helping overcome logistical and distribution challenges from the pandemic.

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:

“As an independent trading nation – the UK is opening up brand new opportunities in major economies around the world. Each and every one of these 217 trade wins is fantastic news for our UK businesses who sell their products abroad – and we will continue to open doors for the many more that will export more in future.

Minister for International Trade Ranil Jayawardena said:

“In the last year, we have been tearing down even more trading barriers than the year before – 20% more, in spite of Covid-19 – which is proof that Global Britain is delivering for our dedicated exporters, supporting local jobs and boosting the economy.

“This is just the beginning. We want businesses in every corner of the country to tell us about the barriers they want us to tackle next, so they can focus on what they do best – making world-class products and selling them to the world.”

As part of this continuing work, more recent successes have seen poultry exports allowed into Japan following a series of complex negotiations. Industry estimates predict this will boost the sector by up to £65 million over five years, which is in addition to the 99% tariff-free trade secured when the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) came into force in October 2020.

Pork can also now be exported to Mexico for the first time which means a potential increase in sales of £50 million over the first five years of trade.

Businesses facing market access issues can also report barriers online using our first-class digital system and find out information on barriers that are relevant to them. This includes the recently launched Export Support Service to make it easier for British businesses to find help with practical questions about exporting to Europe.

Maersk partnership to fuel “world’s first” carbon-neutral container ship

Maersk partnership to fuel “world’s first” carbon-neutral container ship

24.8.2021 | Shipping

Maersk partnership to fuel "world's first" carbon-neutral container ship

Green fuel plans for shipping giant.

Maersk has identified its partners to produce green fuel for its first vessel to operate on carbon-neutral methanol: REintegrate, a subsidiary of the Danish renewable energy company European Energy.

REintegrate and European Energy will establish a new Danish facility to produce the approx. 10.000 tonnes of carbon-neutral e-methanol Maersk needs to power its vessel.

Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands, A.P. Moller – Maersk said: “This type of partnership could become a blueprint for how to scale green fuel production through collaboration with partners across the industry ecosystem, and it will provide us with valuable experiences as we are progressing on our journey to decarbonise our customers’ supply chains.”

The world’s first methanol feeder will be 172 metres long, and it is expected to join the Maersk fleet in mid-2023.

It will sail in the network of Sealand Europe, a Maersk subsidiary, on the Baltic shipping route between Northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia.

The methanol facility will use renewable energy and biogenic CO2 to produce e-methanol.

One in four small exporters halt EU Sales

One in four small exporters halt EU Sales

6.4.2021 | Shipping

One in four small exporters halt EU sales

Latest research shows those selling into the EU are suffering more as a result of new paperwork than importers. 

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has published new research on the international trade environment facing small firms.

• Fresh FSB research shows those selling into the bloc are suffering more as a result of new paperwork than importers.
• Vast majority of those doing business in Europe hit by shipment delays or loss of goods.
• More than half seek expert help to manage new admin.

A new FSB survey of more than 1,400 small firms finds that one in five (23%) exporters have temporarily halted sales to European Union (EU) customers and a further 4% have already decided to stop selling into the bloc permanently after new trading rules took affect at the start of this year.

The first full quarter of post-transition trading ended on Wednesday 31st March. The day also marks two years since the original Brexit date that firms were told to prepare for in 2019.

One in ten (11%) exporters are considering halting sales to Europe permanently, according to the fresh analysis. The same proportion has established, or are considering establishing, a presence within an EU country to ease their exporting processes. A similar number (9%) are thinking about securing or are already using, warehousing space in the EU or Northern Ireland (NI) for the same purpose.

Small importers are also hard hit by new paperwork, though fewer than one in five have temporarily suspended purchases from the EU (17%), and a smaller proportion are using EU or NI warehousing space (6%).

The majority (70%) of importers and/or exporters have suffered shipment delays when moving goods around the EU in recent weeks. One in three (32%) have lost goods in transit, and an even greater proportion (34%) have had goods held indefinitely at EU border crossings. Of those that have experienced delays, a third (36%) have suffered hold-ups that lasted more than two weeks.

More than half (55%) of importers and/or exporters have sought professional advice to help them with new paperwork pertaining to EU business activity, often to assist management of customs declarations, rules of origin paperwork and altered value-added tax (VAT) obligations.

Following the findings, FSB is urging the Government to:

• Increase the threshold at which tariffs and taxes for imports and exports kick-in to £1,000.
• Closely monitor the roll-out of the SME Brexit Support Fund, ensuring small businesses are aware that they can apply for funding to access a range of trading advice, training and technology, and not exclusively that relating to customs and intermediaries.
• Strike ambitious new free trade agreements (FTA), which include dedicated small business chapters, with fast-growing economies around the world, including the US.

FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said: “At a moment when small firms are doing all we can to return to growth and get our economy firing on all cylinders again, those that do business internationally are being hit with some incredibly demanding, unfamiliar paperwork.

“Three months on from the end of the transition period, what we hoped would prove to be teething problems are in danger of becoming permanent, systemic ones. While larger firms have the resources and bandwidth to overcome them regardless, smaller traders are struggling and considering whether exports are worth the effort anymore.

“Our exporters tend to be among our most innovative and profitable small businesses, so it’s troubling to see them bearing the brunt of changes. The SME Brexit Support Fund marks a much-needed intervention, and we’d encourage all those struggling to manage new requirements to apply, and for the Government to dedicate further resources if the fund is exhausted, rather than turning down applications.

“Unless more is done to ease the admin burden on those that do business overseas, and increase access to markets outside the EU, it will weigh heavy on our efforts to recover from the most severe downturn on record.”

Source: Federation of Small Businesses – survey released 29 March 2021.

Pallet network growth for Lombard Shipping

Pallet network growth for Lombard Shipping

04.11.2020 | Shipping

Pallet network growth for Lombard Shipping

 

The last few years have seen Lombard Shippping’s pallet division grow significantly and 2020 has further built on that success. 

 

This year has seen the Ipswich pallet network business increase by 60%. During lockdown the team really pulled together, working in shifts to enable distancing and separation between team members, while delivering on the increased demand for their services. The department has gone from strength to strength and now handles in excess of 2,500 pallets a week.

This growth has led to a substantial recruitment drive seeing seven new HGV drivers and two forklift drivers added to the team. The increase in work has additionally led to three new office roles (with one currently being recruited for). Harley Wenman has also been promoted to the role of pallet network manager, overseeing all pallet operations into the different networks, ensuring efficiency across the teams.

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