The British Ports Association: “The UK is definitely leaving the EU’s Customs Union and Single Market which means major changes for cross border trade”

Barcelona, January 14, 2021.- Merchandise trade between the UK and the EU will change significantly from the next few months. Public Administrations and private carriers’ employers haven´t yet calculated the true impact of Brexit. But, without a doubt, carriers and supply chains with the UK will undergo a change in processes, taxes, routes, etc., the British Ports Association anticipates this in the following information that we have read in “Transport Distribution Europe”:

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Amazon is buying 11 used Boeing 767-300 jets from Delta and WestJet, the first time it has bought rather than leased

Barcelona, January 10, 2021.- Amazon has decided to buy planes, rather than rent them, taking advantage of the economic crisis of COVID-19 for airlines. Amazon continues its career to be one more logistics operator, along with traditional brands such as Fedex and UPS, as we already reported here four years ago.

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Gartner: IT RoadMap for #Cibersecurity

Barcelona, January 4, 2021.- A world in full digital transformation of companies and homes needs competitive, demanding and efficient cybersecurity protocols. The Gartner Technology Consultant certifies this with this analysis and the following keys: “Faced with a range of obstacles, from slowing budget growth to dissatisfied boards, business and security leaders are being challenged to change the way they approach cybersecurity and risk.For decades an imaginary line has separated cybersecurity from “the business”. Most board members and senior executives were not well versed in cybersecurity, nor understood the impact it had on the business, meanwhile many security leaders approached security as a purely technical challenge dictated by technology and regulation. However, following years of near-limitless budgets and unsatisfactory results, the time has come for both security and business leaders to recognize that they have been asking the wrong questions and taking the wrong approach”.

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Lockdown of Thousands of Truckers in Dover: Heroes, resilience

Barcelona, December 24, 2020.- The news agency Reuters has published the following information about the thousands of trucks trapped in Dover, on the border between France and the UK.

Reuters: Stanislaw Olbrich, a 55-year-old truck driver stranded 24 miles north of Dover after much of the world shut borders to Britain, just wants to get home for Christmas with his wife and three children in southern Poland.

Many countries, including the rest of Europe, closed their borders to Britain after Prime Minister Boris Johnson effectively cancelled Christmas for millions because of an infectious new coronavirus strain.

For Olbrich, the border closures are a frustrating illustration of just how disruptive COVID-19 has become to normal life.

As Britain heads towards a Brexit cliff edge on Dec. 31, Olbrich also suspects politics may be at play.

“I take freight to Britain and I can’t go back home because of (the) stupid virus. But I don’t know if it is the virus – I think it’s politics,” Olbrich told Reuters at Ashford International Truckstop around 24 miles (39 km) north of Dover.

“It’s very difficult for me because I am away. My chances of going home for Christmas are going down. It’s stupid and I am nervous and unhappy about that.”

Olbrich has been trucking since 2004, working two weeks on and two weeks off, bringing freight to Britain and then returning with a load to Poland.

The novel coronavirus, which emerged in Wuhan, China last year, has killed nearly 1.7 million people, destroyed swathes of the global economy and upended normal life – including Ramadan, Diwali and Christmas – across the world.

A plethora of vaccines had offered hope that 2021 could be different, but Johnson on Saturday convened a press conference to warn about a virulent new strain of the virus.

France promptly closed its border to UK traffic, forcing ferries and the Channel Tunnel to stop services. While freight can still enter the United Kingdom, drivers are unlikely to risk getting trapped until the border reopens. 

The freight industry estimates that of the truck drivers operating in Britain, around 80% are employed by EU-owned businesses. Many drivers were delivering to British companies that are stockpiling goods before the end of the year.

Surrounded by about 200 other stranded trucks in Ashford, Olbrich said his boss told him about the closed border late on Sunday after a break.

He might not get back home to Bielsko-Biala, southern Poland, for Christmas with his family.

“They need me to come for Christmas – it is a very special holiday in Poland. For Polish people it is very hard to be away at Christmas,” Olbrich said.