We are an island race and consequently 90% of everything we buy arrives at our shores by sea freight, and so it’s no surprise that the shipping industry accounts for a significant element of UK GDP.

Helping sea freight deliver

Sea freight is a big and important sector for FTA. Our experts are tackling the foremost sector issues such as: shortages of skilled employees, new environmental regulations, rising operating costs, safety and cargo security.  

The FTA's role in the Global Shippers' Forum requires liaison with the World Shipping Council, the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association and the TT Club of insurers. The association is a regular contributor to policy discussions and developments on important sector issues such as the SOLAS Container Weight Verification Regulations.

Inland waterways, short sea and coastal shipping accounts for 15% of UK freight movements. The FTA has developed ‘Freight by Water’ which is recognised as the UK's official body for promoting the benefits of water freight as a commercially and environmentally sustainable mode of transport.   

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FTA and the environment

Like many human activities the transportation of goods from A to B by rail, water, road or air all of it has an impact on the environment. Some modes more damaging than others, but the FTA works with all to reduce their effect.  


On Board: Innovation and carbon savings in water freight

The On Board! case studies show that water freight can play an effective and reliable role in supply chain operations of all kinds. This research emerged from the FTAs Mode Change Centre initiative. 


SOLAS – CWV Regulation

SOLAS regulations first introduced in 1914, have been amended every 15 years or so, the most recent significant change concerned container weight verification and came into force in July 2016.   


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