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FTA Logistics Awards 2017 Shortlist Announced

30 of the UK’s leading freight and logistics businesses are celebrating today after being shortlisted for the 2017 FTA Logistics Awards. ...more

European Business needs a Seamless Customs Transition to avoid a Heavy Blow from Brexit

Brexit Transitional Period must be agreed as soon as possible to protect EU and UK competitiveness and ensure a frictionless customs and trade ...more

Floating freight to greater profits: Freight by Water 2017

The UK has more than 4,000 miles of inland waterways, stretching from the North West through the manufacturing heartlands of the Midlands down to ...more

Rush to open Mersey Gateway Bridge has left businesses at sea, says FTA

Plans to open the Mersey Gateway Bridge with just two working days’ notice show a complete disregard for local businesses, says the Freight ...more

Platooning leads the line-up at FTA Fleet Engineer Conference 2017

The opportunities and challenges of truck platooning will be among the hot topics up for discussion at the Freight Transport Association Fleet ...more

FTA Transport Manager off to a flying start

The Freight Transport Association’s Transport Manager autumn conference series has got off to a flying start with four successful events having ...more

Time for a rest? FTA calls on drivers to share experiences

Following yesterday’s announcement (11 October 2017) in Westminster Hall that HGV drivers are to be fined by DVSA if they take their full weekly ...more

FTA issues checklist for no-deal Brexit to Keep Britain Trading

Prime Minister Theresa May and her government might think they are ready to walk out of the EU talks but the UK logistics sector is urging ...more

Supply chain warnings are sense not scaremongering, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association is today (9 October) urging British and EU negotiators who are meeting in Brussels to heed the warnings from ...more

Logistics given key role in shaping Welsh economy post Brexit

With the UK’s exit from the European Union now less than 18 months away, the role of an efficient logistics sector in delivering a healthy Welsh ...more

Let fireworks light up the sky, not the roads, urges FTA

Sparklers and Catherine wheels may provide “oohs” and “aahs” at Bonfire and other parties during the winter months, and can now be purchased in ...more

FTA renews call for London Freight Commissioner

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is renewing its call for a Freight Commissioner for London, to ensure the city can keep trading ...more

Set financial standing rates in pounds not euros after Brexit, says FTA

The logistics industry has been spared a further rise in the amount of financial standing required for operators to continue trading next January ...more

FTA to highlight benefits of rail freight in Scottish workshops

The benefits of using rail freight will be highlighted by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) at two rail freight commodity workshops being ...more

Finally the logistics message on Brexit is being heard, says FTA

As the latest round of Brexit negotiations enter their second day in Brussels today (26 September 2017), the Freight Transport Association (FTA) ...more

Longer semi-trailers work: time to make the flexibility permanent, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association says a report released today (21 September 2017) by the Department for Transport (DfT) shows that longer ...more

Use of technology will make our roads safer, says logistics industry

The Mayor of London’s announcement today (22 September 2017), of the latest version of his safety proposals for HGVs – the Direct Vision Standard ...more

Use 3p Fuel Duty Cut to Give Cost-Free Boost to Economy, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), one of the UK’s largest trade associations, is calling on the Chancellor Philip Hammond MP to revitalize ...more

Samworth Brothers Scoops Double Honours at FTA Driver of the Year 2017

Drivers from Samworth Brothers Supply Chain are holding a double celebration this week, after winning two major transport awards. ...more

Winner of FTA Driver of the Year 18 tonne competition announced

The winner of the Freight Transport Association Driver of the Year 18 tonne competition, sponsored by Bridgestone, has been announced. ...more

Winner of FTA Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2017 announced

The winner of the fourth annual FTA Van Excellence Driver of the Year competition, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, has been announced. ...more

FTA celebrates supply chain leadership and excellence with new awards

The Freight Transport Association has launched the FTA Logistics Awards to celebrate supply chain leadership and excellence, and recognise ...more

Finalists getting ready to compete for title of FTA Driver of the Year 2017

Final preparations are being made for the Freight Transport Association Driver of the Year 2017 competition, hosted at Mercedes-Benz’ Wentworth ...more

Christmas under threat from Home Office proposals to reduce EU workers in logistics sector

Proposals set out in a leaked Home Office document this week would end the free movement of labour immediately after Brexit and prevent all but ...more

Emissions only part of the Scottish air quality issue, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association has urged government to appreciate the steps which the sector has taken in improving vehicle emissions in the ...more

National strike a threat to supply chain continuity

The Freight Transport Association has today warned its members, and members of the public, to expect possible disruption to cross-Channel traffic ...more

DfT’s way forward for HGVs not rubbish, says FTA

The government’s announcement of a £20 million feasibility study into the options for creation of next generation HGV fuels from rubbish has been ...more

Calling all freight drivers! Vacancies still concern for freight industry

The freight and logistics sector is still suffering a shortage of skilled drivers, according to the Freight Transport Association's July ...more

Truck platooning: the next step for sustainable road transport, says FTA

Truck platooning could save cost, congestion and carbon says the Freight Transport Association, members of which operate more than 200,000 trucks ...more

Record entries for FTA Driver of the Year

Freight drivers know that their jobs are some of the most skilled, and complicated, in the UK. ...more

Imperative that logistics must be at the Brexit table, says FTA

The government’s paper on trade and customs arrangements post-Brexit, published today (15 August 2017) is a “step in the right direction”, ...more

Plan ahead to cope with urban charges and lorry bans across the UK

Cities across the UK will start levying prohibitively high charges on older HGVs and vans, for air quality reasons, between early 2019 and the ...more

Welsh ports key to Brexit success, says FTA

Welsh ports are key to the future success of Britain’s trading relationships post-Brexit, says the Freight Transport Association, which ...more

Uncertainty over Clean Air Zones could cripple local businesses

Clarity is urgently needed to identify which vehicles will be affected in each of the Clean Air Zones, the Freight Transport Association has said ...more

Entry deadline approaches in search for Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2017

With entries closing at the end of this week (28 July) in the search for the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence Driver of the Year ...more

Last call for entries to FTA Driver of the Year 2017 competition

Entries close this Friday (28 July) for the Freight Transport Association’s second annual Driver of the Year competition, sponsored by ...more

FTA pleased new aviation strategy consultation acknowledges importance of air freight

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) – the UK’s biggest transport trade body – says the Government’s newly-announced consultation on aviation ...more

Logistics industry must be involved in Brexit trade deal negotiations, says FTA

The country’s biggest transport trade body says it is crucial that Britain walks away from EU Brexit negotiations with a trade deal – and the ...more

Severn toll charges to end – a victory for FTA

Today’s Government announcement that toll charges on the Severn crossings will be scrapped at the end of next year has been hailed a victory for ...more

Fox’s call for a deal is welcome Brexit news, says FTA

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox’s acknowledgement that the country “does not want a no deal” situation from the Brexit negotiations has ...more

Freight must be part of Brexit conversations, says FTA

As the Prime Minister meets business leaders at Downing Street today to discuss the potential economic impact of Brexit, the country’s largest ...more

Fully updated truck drivers’ handbook now available from FTA

The increasing number of vehicles on the road and regulations that need to be observed make life more and more difficult for the professional ...more

Ask the traffic commissioners at FTA Transport Manager conferences

Senior Traffic Commissioner Richard Turfitt says the Freight Transport Association’s Transport Manager conferences sponsored by Iveco are an ...more

FTA says Brexit talks must make rapid progress to prevent disaster

As the second round of Brexit talks get underway today (17 July), the Freight Transport Association (FTA) – Britain’s biggest transport trade ...more

FTA members make strides in improving emissions performance

With emissions standards front and centre of the air quality debate, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has today (13 July 2017) shared the ...more

Customs Declaration Service not fit for Brexit purposes, says FTA

Responding to the publication of the National Audit Office (NAO)’s report on the progress of the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) programme, the ...more

FTA says report balances workers’ rights with need for flexibility, but falls short of defining self-employment

The UK’s biggest transport trade body, the Freight Transport Association (FTA), has welcomed the recommendations in Matthew Taylor’s report on ...more

Logistics sector can prove Barnier wrong, says FTA

As David Davis meets with leading British businesses today (Fri) to discuss the trading implications of Brexit, the country’s leading membership ...more

FTA says M6 toll announcement is good news for freight

This morning’s announcement by M6 toll operator Midland Expressway that goods vehicles are exempt from a planned price increase when using the ...more

FTA Transport Manager conferences celebrate success with bigger venues

The Freight Transport Association’s Transport Manager conference series sponsored by Iveco returns this September to new bigger venues following ...more

Transport strategy must deliver fully, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) – the country’s biggest transport trade body representing half the UK fleet - says the Government’s new ...more

Government must support freight sector to hit carbon reduction targets, says FTA

The Committee on Climate Change’s latest report to Parliament on progress towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions shows that there is ...more

Clean air targets require support for businesses not just buses, says FTA

The Mayor of London’s announcement of an £80m support package to retrofit the city’s buses to help them meet the costs of air quality compliance ...more

Logistics sector needs European workers to keep Britain trading, says FTA

Without workers from the European Union, the UK’s freight and logistics sector could grind to a halt, says the Freight Transport Association ...more

FTA delighted DUP deal seals investment for NI road improvements

Yesterday’s announcement of an extra £400m infrastructure funding for Northern Ireland as part of the Government’s deal with the Democratic ...more

Low tariffs post-Brexit - just FTA's cup of tea

The government’s commitment (announced on 26 June 2017) to securing existing duty free access to UK markets for 48 of the world’s developing ...more

FTA recognises work of Maritime Transport Ltd with Roadworthiness Award

The Freight Transport Association has presented Maritime Transport’s Bristol Depot with the FTA Roadworthiness Award for 2017 in recognition of ...more

FTA calls on Government to keep Severn toll promise

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is calling on the Government to guarantee its pre-election promise to remove all charges on the Severn ...more

Inspirational women recognised at 10th FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards

Twelve of the most inspirational female role models in the UK’s transport and logistics industry received prizes at the 2017 FTA everywoman in ...more

Queen’s Speech is a missed opportunity for reform, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says today’s Queen’s Speech is a missed opportunity to implement long-awaited reforms of the Operator ...more

FTA says new London road charging proposals present opportunities and challenges

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says new proposals announced today by the Mayor of London for road charging based on elements such as ...more

FTA says French government must act after driver dies in migrant roadblock

The Freight Transport Association is calling on the French government to take urgent action after a van driver was killed when migrants ...more

Could you be the FTA Driver of the Year?

With four million vans and more than 300,000 HGVs on Britain’s roads, freight drivers are definitely in demand in the UK. ...more

FTA says seamless trade and logistics must be priorities as Brexit talks begin

As Brexit negotiations get underway, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has repeated its calls for the Government to prioritise logistics ...more

FTA urges Customs rethink at Welsh Assembly

The Freight Transport Association has called for the Welsh Assembly to pressure the new national government to review its decision to leave the ...more

FTA urges customs rethink

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), which represents the UK’s freight and logistics industry, has called for the new government to review ...more

FTA experts deliver clarity on EU Mobility Package

Freight Transport Association experts have drawn up a comprehensive briefing paper to advise members on the main proposals of the European ...more

De Jong to drive FTA policy into post-Brexit world

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), the UK’s largest and most active membership association in the freight and logistics industry, has ...more

Hard-hitting FTA film focuses on van safety

A thought-provoking film featuring the death of a child in a van collision has been released by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) – the ...more

Proposed new European road transport rules raise concerns at FTA

The publication of a package of legislative proposals on road transport by the European Commission has been received with mixed feelings by the ...more

Bank holiday traffic queues could become the norm post-Brexit, says FTA

Bank holiday-style traffic queues could become an everyday occurrence around Britain’s ports and airports after Brexit, says the Freight ...more

Heathrow expansion vital to UK’s global trading position, says FTA

Creation of increased airport capacity in the South East of England is vital if the UK is to retain its position as a global trading hub, ...more

General Election: Infrastructure investment commitment vital to continued UK growth says freight sector

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), the UK’s largest membership association in the freight and logistics sector, has welcomed the commitment ...more

FTA urges government action over Calais migrants

The Freight Transport Association has urged the government to lobby the French authorities to protect drivers passing through the Calais area, ...more

Brexit confusion could stifle further sector growth, says FTA

Lack of information about the potential impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union is causing business uncertainty among one of the ...more

New French government’s €40 worker fee is restrictive practice, says FTA

The new French government’s decision to charge a €40 fee for every worker operating in France on a temporary basis and employed by a foreign ...more

Next government must help, not hinder, the freight industry says FTA

The UK’s next government must support logistics businesses to enable them to reduce vehicle emissions and cope with the transition to Clean Air ...more

Le Touquet Treaty vital to protect cross-Channel trade, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association has urged the Prime Minister to convince the newly elected French President of the mutual benefits of ...more

New edition of FTA Van Drivers' Handbook now available

To provide van drivers with a quick and easy reference guide to help them stay legally compliant, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has ...more

J M Hall Couriers proud to achieve Van Excellence

J M Hall Couriers Ltd, with a fleet of 350 vans across 14 depots, has gained the Freight Transport Association’s coveted Van Excellence Operator ...more

Clean air policy could crush high street growth, says FTA

Trading conditions on British high streets could become increasingly difficult for businesses following today’s government plan on air quality, ...more

FTA’s European Road Transport Guide – updated edition now available

The fully updated 2017 edition of the Freight Transport Association’s European Road Transport Guide sponsored by Eurotunnel is now available. ...more

Innovate to keep ahead of the competition, FTA urges logistics industry

Failure to adapt to new technology and the solutions it offers could be a massive lost opportunity for freight and logistics operators, according ...more

FTA Chief Executive congratulates new Senior Traffic Commissioner

Freight Transport Association (FTA) Chief Executive David Wells has congratulated Richard Turfitt on his appointment as Senior Traffic ...more

FTA’s one-stop shop for Earned Recognition

With the launch of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) long-awaited Earned Recognition pilot, the Freight Transport Association has ...more

FTA calls for national scrappage scheme ahead of air quality plan announcement

Improvements to UK air quality should be assisted through a national scrappage scheme, says the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the UK’s ...more

Failed your MOT? You should pay, not the whole sector, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association has called on the government to ensure the cost of enforcement against owners of dangerous or unroadworthy vans ...more

Van Excellence gold partners recognised

In recognition of their unstinting support in promoting Van Excellence to all sectors of industry, the Van Excellence Gold Partners for 2017 - ...more

New Thames Crossing Must be Part of a 21st Century Infrastructure Plan, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed today’s (12 April 2017) announcement from Department for Transport that the new Lower Thames ...more

Freight industry response to Grande-Synthe migrant camp fire

Following a fire overnight at the Grande-Synthe migrant camp near Dunkirk, FTA has made the following statement: “Camps are not a sustainable ...more

Howdens Joinery scoops carbon reduction award

Howdens Joinery was last night named winner of the Freight Transport Association’s prestigious Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme award for ...more

Mayor's plans will impose unnecessary costs on small businesses in London

The confirmation that London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone will start in 2019 is troubling news for small businesses and specialist hauliers serving ...more

Private testing makes sense but safety must come first, says FTA

Allowing exemplary commercial vehicle operators to test their own vehicles makes sense, but the Freight Transport Association (FTA) says safety ...more

FTA urges PM to prioritise logistics in Brexit negotiations

Following the triggering of Article 50, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) – the UK’s biggest membership body for the freight and logistics ...more

New FTA shippers’ guide helps chart the choppy waters of Brexit

While post-Brexit trading arrangements with the EU are still undecided, the launch of the Freight Transport Association’s updated ‘Shippers’ ...more

A6 go-ahead set to boost business nationwide, says FTA

News that improvement work can now proceed for the A6 between Belfast and L’Derry is a welcome boost for businesses in the North West and ...more

Logistics crucial to the UK's future success, says Minister

Establishing strong global trading relationships, and maintaining the UK’s ability to deliver goods on time to customers all over the world, are ...more

Calais rest area closures could compromise driver safety, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), the trade body which represents half the UK’s road fleet, is calling on French authorities to provide ...more

'Don't ditch diesel, keep Britain trading' FTA tells Government

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), the UK’s largest membership association representing the country’s freight and logistics industry, is ...more

FTA Transport Manager Conference to put safety first

According to the latest Travel Survey for Northern Ireland (TSNI), each person in the country travels more than 5,800 miles per annum on the ...more

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sizzling news from CargoStop

2 New Staff Members join the Winning Team

Exciting times at CargoStop, with 2 new members of staff joining this Summer. We would like to warmly welcome Wesley Carlyon and Nathan Turner to our busy growing CargoStop team! Both heading into the successful Sales team, Nathan will be heading up New Business and Wesley is working on Sales Executive – all the very best!

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what 's happening out there

CV Show Exhibition – April 2017

5th year running of visiting this great exhibition in Birmingham, it proved a huge success as always! Always great meeting current customers and new prospective customers – demonstrating our products, giving advice, solutions and showing off our range! See you there April 2017!

New Brochure Launch – April 2017

Packed full of new and innovative unique products, once again we launch another brochure – edition 12! Make sure you request your free copy – all priced and lots of excellent product images, customer testimonials, in-situ imagery – absolutely unmissable!

Crystal Strategy Mtg – December 2016

What a great way to end the year –a unique trip to the iconic Crystal in London to go over our success for the year and strategize a plan to ensure we launch into 2017 with the same energy, enthusiasm and success!

Trip to Suppliers (China) - Oct 2016

What a way to forge links and relationships with our excellent suppliers than to go and take a visit to where it all happens! We always like to ensure quality of product and conditions of manufacture is constantly up to a very high standard, as well as keeping up our great relationships with our partners.

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