The Metro team talk: Andy Fitchett

Andy is “relishing the opportunity that Brexit brings” because, working with our IT development team, he is pioneering the automation of EU and UK customs declaration requirements, to streamline freight movements into and out of the EU. Andy joined Metro nine years ago, as import manager, to oversee this critical function and to take a

Challenging shipping and supply chains

As the Coronavirus pandemic has spread globally, deep supply and demand shocks have severely disrupted international trade. Marine Traffic a data solutions provider is hosting a series of digital sessions on the future of shipping and what container movements may tell us about our return to prosperity. The challenges thrown up by the current situation

India approve use of ‘Blockchain’ Bills of Lading

Just weeks after we reported on the Digital Container Shipping Association’s (DCSA) initiative to enable the collaboration necessary for achieving full eBL adoption, India is set to allow bills of lading to be filed over a blockchain platform. India’s efforts to digitise its maritime supply chains has become increasingly urgent as the paper-based administrative processes

The Metro team talk: Mike Quish

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the desperate need for PPE, the air freight services delivered by Mike Quish and his team have never been more critical. The transport of PPE and essential medical products, primarily from China, began in late March, as airlines began grounding passenger flights and accelerated through April and

Be more Oscar!

Metro colleague, Dani Jealous’ son has very sadly recently been diagnosed with Batten Disease, a rarely inherited condition that affects the nervous system and is a genetic life-limiting neurodegenerative disease. The genes causing Batten were only identified in 1995 and the only current medication is still undergoing NHS evaluation. In Dani’s words. “There is no

The Metro team talk: Dave Jones

Metro has evolved continuously over the last four decades and Dave’s journey with us over the last two and a half, mirrors many of Metro’s evolutions, developments and innovations. Dave’s professional life began on the carrier side, with a container shipping line in Liverpool and Birmingham, building invaluable experience and knowledge of shipping line operational

Digital disruption is just noise

Digital disruptors will no more kill-off today’s forwarding sector than the advent of European rail did in the 1800s, according to director general of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), Robert Keen. This week Robert Keen (pictured) described comments from a ‘disrupter’, that with digitalisation accelerating globally as a result of COVID-19, it believes the

The Metro team talk: Linzi Barnes-Cox

We often talk about the need for resilient, agile and flexible supply chains. And while our leading-edge technology creates the environment to support those aspirations, it is colleagues like Linzi that make things happen. Linzi’s wide-ranging skills and capabilities have been honed over a decade with Metro and client-side, in a variety of roles and

Cargo crime fall expected to reverse

Cargo crime has fallen to new lows, as criminals have struggled to target goods in warehouses or trucks, during the lockdown, but a spike in cargo thefts is anticipated, as coronavirus lockdowns begin to be lifted across EMEA. The National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) has released its latest bulletin of freight crimes across the

New Kuwait system for clearance certificates

The Public Authority for Industry of the State of Kuwait (PAI) has introduced a new online system for Importers to obtain a Clearance Certificate based on a valid Technical Inspection Report (TIR) All consignments of imported ‘Regulated Products’ are subject to conformity assurance procedures. ‘Regulated Products’ that are exported to Kuwait’ already require a Technical