Freight & logistics
We attended and spoke at the Multimodal
logistics exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham this week and it was great to see a number of BPA members attending and exhibiting.
This was the first time the expo has been held since 2019 as last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic and there was definitely a buzz around the venue. It was a particularly lively Multimodal Awards Dinner
on the first night as during guest speaker and ex footballer Kevin Keegan’s headline appearance a fire alarm meant the 800 attendees and staff had to temporarily exit the venue down five flights of stairs and assemble outside in the pouring rain!
This didn’t dampen the evening though as the Awards ceremony was eventually facilitated by the former England Manager. The BPA
sponsored and presented the Port Operator of the Year Award
, which, following a public vote was won by DP World UK
, who we offer our congratulations and best wishes to. Also a special mention to DP World’s UK Commercial Director, Aart Hille Ris Lambers
, who was named Multimodal 2021 Personality of the Year. Well done Aart!
Separately as the government began consulting on one of the measures to help mitigate the current HGV driver shortages
around cabotage rules, yesterday the DfT convened a meeting with deep sea logistics operators
which was chaired by the UK Maritime Minister Robert Courts MP.
This was a useful update on the situation on the container sector and also included some basic asks from industry. There was also some discussion about how long the global issues will last affecting the Lo-Lo sector will last and domestic storage pressures, which now looks like it could be late next year or even well into 2023 before the sector is back to “normal”.
Finally underling the national issue, this week the Office for National Statistics published data which showed that the number of people employed as HGV drivers
in the UK has fallen by 53,000 in four years
. Read the BPA’s summary here