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Freight association calls on new government to deliver on election promises

British International Freight Association says that members of his trade association will be looking for the newly-elected government to deliver on its promises in regards to Brexit,

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Commenting on the results of yesterday election in the UK, Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association says that members of his trade association will be looking for the newly-elected government to deliver on its promises in regards to Brexit, the withdrawal agreement with the EU, and any future trade deal.

“For the last three years, freight forwarding and logistics companies have done all they can to prepare for Brexit in the face of huge uncertainties.

“The mantra of the new government has been ‘Get Brexit Done’ but that will only have any real meaning for BIFA members if the actual details of our future relationship with the EU are clear.

“That means providing them with assurances that they won’t face another no deal cliff-edge next year, nor a messy and disorderly exit from the EU.

“As the people who facilitate a significant proportion of the UK’s visible trade with the EU (and the rest of the world) they are looking for the government to avoid a no-deal exit from the EU and deliver a smooth transition giving companies time to prepare.

“They are also looking for the new government to push ahead with improvements to transport infrastructure, including the thorny issue of the expansion of capacity at Heathrow.

“In regards to a future trade agreement with the EU, I would urge the new government to seek and commit to a workable adjustment period once the details are revealed about the changes our members might face in the movement of freight across borders. Now is not the time for arbitrary negotiating deadlines.”

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China’s trade with Bulgaria up 5.1 pct in 2019

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China’s trade with Bulgaria grew by 5.1 percent year on year in 2019 to 2.72 billion U.S. dollars, said an official with the Ministry of Commerce.

Since the establishment of the China-Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation mechanism in 2012, China and Bulgaria have made positive progress in cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture, infrastructure and other fields, said Yu Jianhua, vice commerce minister and deputy China international trade representative, at the China-Bulgaria Business Forum.

So far, China’s investment in the country has amounted to 740 million U.S. dollars.

China is willing to work with Bulgaria to tap the huge potential of the Belt and Road and advance bilateral economic and trade cooperation to a higher level, Yu said.

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Guangdong’s trade with Belt & Road countries up 4.7 pct in 2019

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South China’s Guangdong Province witnessed a 4.7-percent increase in its trade with Belt and Road countries in 2019.

According to the government report delivered at the annual provincial legislative session, the China-Europe freight trains departing from Guangdong saw their annual cargo volume increase by 31.2 percent year on year in 2019.

The province also had five new friendship cities, and its friendship city network covered major countries along the Belt and Road by the end of last year.

According to the report, the province will continue to support its enterprises in participating in infrastructure projects and energy development in Belt and Road countries, and develop more businesses and transport modes for the China-Europe freight trains in 2020.

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Whistl to offer semi tracked import service from 220 countries

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Whistl and One World Express have joined forces to offer eCommerce importers into the UK a tracked postal service, Insight, from 220 countries worldwide.

Under the agreement, eCommerce importers will be able to print one label for an individual item in the country of origin and track it through the various transit stages, including customs clearance. When Whistl receive the item in the UK it will be processed in the network and handed to Royal Mail for delivery to the end consumer.

Established in 1998, the then One World Express Group (OWE) started as a UK-based cross-border express carrier. Today, it has become a data-driven IT platform currently managing 10.000+ tariffs on behalf of its clients to destinations worldwide. In 2016 OWE started to extend its integration library, integrating with marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Lazada and also various eCommerce platforms such as Magento, allowing its customers to manage orders from all their sales channels using a one-stop-solution through their technology platform “Smarttrack”.

Nick Wells, CEO Whistl, said:
“With the unprecedented expansion of the eCommerce industry globally and the rise of imports into the UK, consumers are looking for greater transparency on the delivery journey from country of origin to their home. Whistl is delighted that we will be working with One World Express to enable eCommerce importers from 220 countries to semi track every item they import into the UK before handover to Royal Mail via Insight.”

Atul Bhakta, CEO One World Express Group, said:
“By collaborating with the leading delivery management company in the UK, global customers who are importing into the UK, now have access to the experts who understand the importance of the customer experience from origin to handover to the consumer. We look forward to building our Insight relationship together.”

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