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Road transport policy runs into a dead end in Hong Kong

“Apart from smart traffic lights, many places have implemented smart city technology like smart parking, digital tourism, smart grid and gerontechnology, with impressive results,” Tang wrote in the South China Morning Post. “At the same time, one estimate by the International Data Corporation showed …

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Road Haulage Association returns to Microlise Transport Conference with workshop programme

The UK’s only trade association dedicated solely to the needs of UK road transport operators – the Road Haulage Association (RHA) – will once again play a central role at the upcoming Microlise Transport Conference, taking place on the 16th May at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry. In a dedicated workshop area, the RHA’s policy team, led by Rod McKenzie, Director of Policy & Public Affairs, will deliver a programme of short presentations that seek to lift the lid on a range of key issues not covered as part of the conference’s main stage agenda. Amongst the topics being covered are environmental performance, clean air zones, investment in road infrastructure and diversity in the transport industry.

RHA partner Backhouse Jones will also feature, with Solicitor and Director Andrew Woolfall discussing the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coming into force in the UK on the 25th April. “The Microlise Transport Conference is the key date in the industry calendar for discussing the key topics and learning about the future of our industry,” said Richard Burnett, Chief Executive at the RHA. “We’re pleased to be playing a role in the event and engaging with delegates on a number of important issues where the RHA is playing a role in engaging with government to represent the needs of road transport operators.” The Microlise Transport Conference is free to attend and has grown rapidly in recent years, doubling in size since 2014.

It is now Europe’s largest road transport conference and features a main theatre agenda, four speciality workshop areas, as well as an exhibition featuring around fifty companies and industry organisations. “We have worked closely with the RHA for a number of years and value their input in our wider conference programme,” said Bob Harbey, Executive Director at Microlise. “Both organisations share similar values and a dedication to improve an industry that is vital to the UK economy. The Microlise Transport Conference seeks to empower delegates with new knowledge through access to thought leaders.

The programme this year promises to do just that.” Hosted by industry lobbyist, journalist and producer Quentin Willson, the Microlise Transport Conference main agenda features speakers from DHL Supply Chain, Royal Mail, Innovate UK and more. A panel session will also feature senior executives from DAF Trucks UK, MAN Truck & Bus UK, Iveco and Scania Great Britain, offering a unique opportunity to hear from the truck manufacturers.

The Ricoh Arena in Coventry is conveniently located in the centre of England within a two-hour drive of 75% of the population. To register for the Microlise Transport Conference, and to learn more about the event, go to Microlise[1]. The full RHA Workshop Agenda can be found Here[2].

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Air cargo market ponders another good year, but are things slowing down?

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A strong 2017 has left the air freight market considering the likelihood of another good year – and whether to invest. Despite some potential risks, overall, the signs are good, delegates heard at the World Cargo Symposium in Dallas last week. “Business confidence is a good leading indicator of GDP growth,” said Brian Pearce, chief economist for IATA.

He noted it was rising in both advanced economies as well as emerging economies. However, he added, another useful indicator – the survey on export orders – had shown a slowdown in the pace of orders. “It is still strong, but not as strong as it was last year.”

And Mr Pearce said low interest rates and a slowdown in freight tonne km (FTKs) were also signs that the current cycle was coming to an end. “The big double-figure growth rates are probably behind us.”

Air cargo market ponders another good year, but are things slowing down?

Mr Pearce was also concerned by the length of the current economic cycle. “We have had nine or 10 good years – a long time since the last downturn.

This is the third-longest cycle we have lived through,” he added. “Are we approaching the end of it? He explained that economic cycles could typically end with a surge in inflation. However, he said:”At the moment, there are no signs of that.

There is no reason for the banks to hike interest rates dramatically. There is a risk that tax reforms in the US could cause the economy to overheat, but it might also encourage more business investment.” He added that a further risk was that central banks were ending the economic stimulus they had been providing, and that there remained a debt issue across the world.

But his major concern, he said was a troubling issue on the horizon. “What worries me most is broader trade protectionism. So far, it has been soft protectionism, but now it is more vocal.

It is a worrying time for free trade.” While he acknowledged that the threat of tariffs on steel and aluminium would not have much direct effect on air cargo, he said it was “reflective of a broader issue”. Brian Clancy, managing director of Logistics Capital & Strategy, was more upbeat, however.

He pointed to a buoyant economy in the US and high employment numbers, and added: “Trump is all about making sure people have jobs. The current rhetoric is nothing more than negotiations, making a deal. ‘There is a tremendous amount of hyperbole and media rhetoric.

Follow what Trump does, not what he says.” And Mr Pearce ended on a similarly upbeat note. “Looking ahead is incredibly difficult,” he concluded. “There are a lot of scenarios around possible risks. “The IMF is in a positive mood about trade and the global economy, and is seeing pretty strong growth continuing.

It is expecting to see trade growing in relation to GDP. With no accidents, the next five years should be stronger than the last.” Jim Butler, senior vice president international and cargo for American Airlines, urged the industry to use the better economy to invest.

“The growth that has been driven by increased volumes is great.

But even more encouraging is that the improvement in the global economy is driving a better revenue picture.

“That allows sustained investment across the industry, as customers continue to demand improved service performance, increased visibility of information and better connectivity.”


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