Posted on June 23, 2009

The UK trade association for freight forwarding companies, the British International Freight Association, wants the Department for Transport to re-think the proposed increase in light dues.  Increases may amount to 43% for some carriers, and BIFA thinks that this will encourage shipping lines to by-pass the UK in order to avoid paying the dues.  This could lead to jobs losses at ports, and poorer services for the freight forwarder membership which serves the importers and exporters of the United Kingdom.  Shipping lines are likely to pass on the increased costs to their customers, the freight forwarding and logistics companies which will ultimately result in increased transport costs for exports and imports. 

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