Helping water freight deliver
Water freight is a crucial sector of UK logistics. FTA is campaigning on the foremost sector issues such as:
- improving inland connections to ports (road, rail and inland waterways);
- developing sustainable grant schemes;
- ensuring water freight is supported through government policy (e.g. planning rules and financial incentives);
- new environmental regulations;
- rising operating costs;
- safety and cargo security.
FTA also works with its members across the modes to seek industry led solutions to shared problems.
Inland waterways, short sea and coastal shipping accounts for 15% of UK freight movements. FTA members are active in all these areas on behalf of members. 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.
On a global level, the FTA's role in the Global Shippers' Forum enables us to engage with the United Nations maritime authority (the IMO), and other bodies such as the OECD, World Shipping Council, the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association and the TT Club of insurers. GSF is a regular contributor to policy discussions and developments on important sector issues such as the SOLAS Container Weight Verification Regulations.