FTA at Multimodal

NEC, Birmingham | 1 - 3 May

Multimodal is the UK and Ireland's leading freight transport and logistics exhibition where FTA will be exhibiting over the three days as well as hosting a series of topical seminars on Wednesday 2 May.



With a full programme including specialist masterclasses and panel discussions on some of the industry's most important issues, the seminars are not to be missed. Taking place in the Awdry Room, industry experts will be discussing the implications of Brexit on logistics, Air freight and Modal Shift to name a few.

You'll also have the opportunity to speak to the FTA team directly and find out what we're currently supporting across national, European and global supply chains by visiting stand 4110.

FTA seminar and workshop programme on Wednesday 2 May:

Wednesday 2nd May:

Awdry Room

10:30 - 11:30 | What's new in Modal Shift?

12:00 - 13:00 | Focus on Air Freight

13:30 - 14:30 | Brexit - the UK, pan-European and global implications

15:00 - 16:00 | A roundtable on optimising performance in the maritime supply chain

10:30 - 11:30 | What's new in Modal Shift?

A look at trends, challenges and opportunities for Freight by Water in the UK including short sea shipping and innovative ideas for last mile delivery, linking inland water freight and cycle deliveries.

  • Chair - Alex Veitch, Head of Global Policy, FTA
  • Warren Marshall, Group Planning Director, Peel Ports
  • Ivor Chomacki, Consultant, UK Cycle Logistics Federation
  • Guy Bates, Head of Freight Development, Network Rail
  • David Lowe, Chairman, Commercial Boat Operators Association (CBOA)
  • Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive and Director, British Ports Association

12:00 - 13:00 | Focus on Air Freight

Developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for air freight shippers. Service providers and shippers have been working together to establish new KPIs, setting an international standard for the the air cargo industry to measure performance from a shipper perspective. The Global Shippers'  Forum and Cargo iQ have established nine overarching KPIs, which allign with Cargo iQ's master operating plan (MOP), a route map developed by Cargo iQ members and including 16 milestones against which shipments are measured.

  • Chris Welsh MBE, Secretary General, Global Shippers' Forum and Director of Global and European Policy, FTA
  • Ariaen Zimmerman, Executive Director, Cargo iQ
  • Lothar Moehle, Director Security Standardisation, DB Schenker
  • other speakers TBC

13:30 - 14:30 | Brexit - the UK, pan-European and global implications

A focus on the ramifications of the Brexit Bill, border controls, Customs' procedures and transport and logistics issues connected to market access. How will UK operators be able to access EU and pan-European markets and vice-versa? An estimated 180,000 traders doing business only within the UK and EU have no knowledge of border control and Customs' procedures - what will they need to know? The international trade element will look at trade with non-EU countries and in particular the opportunities presented by Free Trade Agreements as well as Trusted Trader and Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status. 

  • Chair - James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive, FTA
  • Chris Welsh, MBE, Secretary General, Global Shippers' Forum and Director of Global and European Policy, FTA
  • Pauline Bastidon, Head of European Policy, FTA
  • Richard Christian, Head of Policy and Communications Port of Dover 

15:00 - 16:00 | A roundtable on optimising performance in the maritime supply chain

Moving from confrontation to co-operation. A discussion on how collaboration can help speed up the movement of containers entering and leaving port. How can we better manage the oprt hinterland and improve reliability in supply chain?

  • Chair - John Fossey, Maritime Transport Consultant, Moffatt & Nichol
  • Chris Lewis, Managing Director, DP World UK, CEO, London Gateway
  • Jordi Torrent Pujol, Director of Strategy, Port of Barcelona
  • David Kennedy Browne, Sales Director UK and Ireland, Maersk Line
  • Geoff Lippitt, Business Development Director, PD Ports

FTA Multimodal Awards | Tuesday 1 May | Vox Conference Centre, NEC, Birmingham

The sixth FTA Multimodal Awards, held at the VOX at the NEC on 1 May 2018, recognises excellence in air, road, rail, maritime, and freight forwarding services and are voted for by the thousands of readers of the Multimodal Newsletter, as well as FTA members, and exhibitors at Multimodal 2018.

Voting is now open and is open until 16 April

  • Air Cargo Operator of the Year
  • Road Freight Operator of the Year
  • Rail Freight Operator of the Year
  • Sea Freight Operator of the Year
  • 3PL of the Year

Vote for your service provider on the Awards - Multimodal website

Independently judged categories are open until 2 March 2018

Young Logistics Professional of the Year Sponsored by Forth Ports Nomination form 2018

Shipper of the Year Nomination form 2018

The winning companies will be announced at the FTA Multimodal Awards VIP dinner on Tuesday 1 May 2018 at the VOX in Birmingham.

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