Modal Training launches consultancy service
Modal Training Limited, the first organisation in the UK to offer integrated, multimodal logistics training for sea, road, rail and air, has launched a new consultancy service to help businesses achieve Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) accreditation.
AEO is a quality standard for EU businesses engaged in international trade, which is set to become more important for UK companies, following the changes in EU customs rules in May 2016. Under the new Union Customs Code (UCC), only businesses with AEO status will benefit from faster processing and clearance at the frontier, easier access to customs authorisations and reduced data requirements.
Patrick Henry, of Modal Training said: “AEO accreditation has, since its introduction in 2008, enabled businesses to prove to trading partners and customs authorities in all member states, that they are secure, trustworthy and legally compliant. Now AEO status is set to offer a wide range of practical and commercial benefits too, which will be denied to those who are not accredited.
“We are keen therefore to work with businesses to help them achieve AEO status. We will be running introductory workshops to explain the benefits of AEO and help businesses to assess their current position against the required standard.
“We will also be offering tailored consultancy support to help them through the application process. We can provide step-by-step guidance, or manage the full project for them. I would therefore urge any import, export or freight forwarding business, which is not AEO accredited, to get in touch.”
Modal Training’s AEO services will be delivered by Sue Chapman, who has over 25 years’ experience in freight forwarding, working as sea freight manager for Kuehne + Nagel, as well as an account manager for P&O Nedlloyd’s freight forwarding sector.
Sue has also provided consultancy services for British International Freight Association (BIFA), working with the director general to develop qualifications, and has headed up the AEO project at logistics and distribution group Advanced Supply Chain.
When it is fully operational later in the year, Modal Training will offer integrated, multimodal logistics training for sea, road, rail and air, as well as a full range of support services. It will deliver realistic training, replicating the working environment, in a wide range of settings.
Facilities will include extensive warehousing, engineering and rail safety teaching facilities, and the UK’s only Freight Forwarding Academy. The new £7 million centre of excellence for the ports, energy and logistics sectors will be located in an existing 5,696 square metre facility in Immingham.
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany