Preparing for the vaccine effect

The UK’s rapid Covid-19 vaccination roll-out will undoubtedly help the economy bounce back and we are anticipating an upsurge in demand for air, sea and overland transport as confidence returns from the second quarter as lockdowns loosen and consumers are able to consume in the old fashioned way ! The economy is expected to shrink

Taking positive eco action – going greener

While our technical solutions team get ready to launch our CO2 monitoring and off-setting tool, we have note-worthy initiatives going live in Argentina and Switzerland. Our project-shipping arm, Fracht organised the shipment of 15k tons of sand (that’s 15 million kilos) in industrial poly-bags from the United States to Argentina for fracking by the country’s

More bad news for shippers as containers lost overboard

Mounting container losses at sea are raising concerns about the effectiveness of current lashing practices and the likelihood of vessel loads being restricted on larger container vessels, reducing market capacity even further. More than 2,650 containers have been lost overboard in two incidents, in the last two months, representing twice times the annual average, leading

Heathrow cargo staff strike averted

British Airways’ (BA) cargo handling operation at Heathrow airport had been threatened with significant disruption following the announcement of further strikes, by members of the Unite union, in a nine day continuation of the action that started last December. The cargo handlers have called off three days of strike action, which were scheduled to start today,

Custom’s accreditation changes

Internationally recognised as a mark of security and quality excellence, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is an independent endorsement that our international supply chain processes are secure and that our customs controls and procedures are efficient, effective and legally compliant. In June 2005 the World Customs Organisation (WCO) adopted the SAFE Framework of Standards to

New inland border facilities

As part of their preparation for the UK’s new EU trading relationship the government committed to build new inland border facilities, to carry out customs compliance, transit, and Sanitary and Phytosanitary checks, including one facility opened beside Metro’s midland freight hub.  Seven inland border facilities have been operational from the 31st December 2020, so that

Metro’s role in government border strategy

On the 17th December 2020 HM Government (HMG) released its 2025 Border Strategy document, which outlines its intentions for modernising the UK frontier and embraces many technologies and ideas pioneered by Metro. The 2025 UK Border Strategy sets out the government’s vision for the UK border to be the most effective in the world, with

2020 has been an interesting year

In the course of 2020, a year which will go down in history as one of the most challenging in decades, we produced close to 300 news articles to keep our customers aware of the news and seismic events impacting their supply chains. We sent 70 email news bulletins to share the 300 stories, with

Selling sustainability to the board

The case for sustainability depends on debunking false mindsets around cost, outlining the value it brings to the business and clarifying the benefits to supplier relationships. Metro helps shippers reduce the environmental impacts of their logistics activities. One of the big myths to overcome is the expectation that sustainability comes at a cost and that