Multimodal (4-6 April in Birmingham) was the one stop shop for cargo owners looking to meet new suppliers, compare new routes and modes, source new products, and network.  Image Line’s MD Sue Terpilowski spoke at the seminar: “Deal or no deal: Free Trade Zones.” It focused on the UK’s exit from the European Union.  While a lot of focus has been placed on regulatory/legal aspects, this seminar highlighted exploring business opportunities, new business models, and what Exporting and Free Trade Zones could mean for the future.

On the panel were:

  • Sue Terpilowski (Chair)
  • Geoff Lippitt – PD Ports CILT Ports Maritime and Waterway Sector Group
  • Susan Morley – Morley Consulting Training Ltd.
  • Neil Gould – Bibby International CILT Freight Forwarders Forum Sector Group
  • Tony Shalley – Espace Freight CILT Freight Forwarding Forum
  • Barbara Buczek – Port of Dover
  • Adrian Jones – MOL

Organised by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the discussion revolved around the advantages and disadvantages of more FTZs throughout the Britain.  Geoff Lippitt, business development director at PD Ports, believed that any method to improve the competitiveness of the nation’s exports should be something to consider.  However, Barbara Buczek, director of corporate development at Port of Dover, had differing views on the matter.  She headed a few words of warning, mentioning that FTZs could be detrimental to south UK Ports.