27-30/2016 Elimination or winning in Portuguese
We know one thing for sure now – the Brits aren’t in Europe anymore! Neither were Northern Ireland’s, Wales’s or England’s national team captains the ones to receive the coveted continental trophy on the night of 10 July in Paris; nor did a majority of the UK’s voting citizens chose to stay in the European Union on 23 June. The fact that the latter decision puts big question marks against the free exchange of goods and the free migration of people between countries is only slowly being realised by some of the nay-sayers. As is the fact that the British pound in their pockets suddenly weighs much less in the continent’s summer holiday resorts. But most likely it is too late now.
The country’s exit from the EU will probably become a long-drawn-out cliffhanger for the transport and logistics industry too. The various international trade associations have not yet ventured a guess concerning what the concrete ramifications are likely to be. But the old question concerning the expansion of capacities at London Heathrow or Gatwick airports will certainly not be answered more rapidly now, under the new Brexit regime. In the meantime, continental airports may even garner an additional consignment or two, according to the head of cargo of one of the two gateways’ larger European competitors, who I spoke to at the Air Cargo China trade fair in June.
Assessing matters from a distance frequently makes worries and problems smaller – in contrast to hopes. Thus the managers of southwestern Germany’s Frankfurt Hahn airport had banked very strongly on a Chinese investor – who has now been found to have had “criminal intentions”. Now the operator has to re-open negotiations with two other companies that had also submitted tenders, but had not made it onto the shortlist. Only: they too have connections to the economic giant... A comment by Frank O. Bayer on page 8, looking at relations between the Far East and the West, is interesting in this context. We’re happy to have the economics professor, whose focus is on forwarding, transport and logistics, on board as a commentator! Further incisive penmanship will enrich the ITJ in future – it’s better together, after all!
I hope you’ll have some holidays in the next few weeks, in which you find peace and gather the strength you’ll surely need in the second half of the year. To prevent you from losing touch completely with the transport world, you can read this issue of the ITJ in the sunshine – printed or digitally.
Head of airfreight