BIFA is organising a one day regional conference to address two of the most pressing issues facing its members and international trade in general.

On January 28 the British International Freight Association (BIFA) will bring together its members and other appropriate stakeholders to discuss the impending changes in customs legislation emerging from the introduction of the Union Customs Code in May 2016, together with an assessment of the current situation concerning the EU’s Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme. A second session on the same day will address the issues surrounding new IMO regulations requiring verification of a container’s gross mass, which will become mandatory from July 1st, 2016.

Robert Keen, BIFA Director General said: “Many of our members have expressed their uncertainty on how to properly implement the new procedures and regulations, and how changes to European Customs procedures and container weight verification, may affect their business activities. “With participation and discussions from freight forwarders, shippers, regulators, insurance and legal specialists, this should be a truly cross-party occasion, which is only right as these are major legislative developments that will affect many players in international trade.”

This free BIFA regional conference will take place on January 28th 2016 at Pontlands Park Hotel, West Hanningfield Road, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8HR, (3 minutes off the A12 at Junction 17) between 10:00 and 16:30. To reserve your place please contact your regional representative, Paul Newman on