Reconditioning migrant affected loads for more than 15 years, multi temperature supply chain, distribution and logistics specialist Oakland International has seen a significant increase in requests to deal with contaminated loads in recent months.

Oakland Director, Robert Hardy, commented: “Whatever form of Brexit we end up with the safe movement of goods will still need to continue. All parties in the food supply chain from producers and manufacturers, hauliers, importers and retailers, they all have legal responsibilities under regulation EC178/2002 to ensure our food safety, with heavy penalties applied if these regulations are breached.”

Oakland’s HACCP accredited Distress Load Management (DLM) service minimises losses and food waste for customers, loss adjusters and hauliers on distressed loads due to movement during transit, theft or stowaway incursion. More than 5,000 trucks a day arrive in the UK from continental Europe and due to the sheer volume of traffic Border Force is only able to check around 10% of inbound trailers. During the last 12 months they have detected some 56,000 migrant attempts to gain illegal entry to the UK. Vehicles are regularly sent to Oakland when a risk to food safety has been detected, with load recovery and assessment undertaken same day or the following day in most cases.

Added Robert: “Oakland’s accredited DLM service has built a strong reputation trusted by both brands and insurers and consistently operates a recovery level of 85% of product, with nothing sent to landfill. Any residual food waste is redirected to nominated anaerobic digestion plant centres or recycling centres and used for renewable energy.

“A 5-point check includes, swab tests, thermal imaging and CO2 detection, and although we’re not particularly looking for stowaways, we will detect any contamination if this is the case. Our customers rely on us to protect their supply chain with clean cargo given a HACCP certificate of compliance to be presented on delivery, and contaminated cargo quarantined. Our thorough vehicle check and swift turnaround is making many of our customers consider making it a mandatory process for all inbound cargo.”

Free advice is available via www.contaminatedload.com or by calling their helpline on 0044 (0) 333 014 2850. A multi-award winner, Oakland is BRC double A accredited and EHO approved and as a multi temperature distribution business they specialise in contract packing, storage, picking, tempering and support retail, convenience, discount, wholesale and food service markets via hubs and facilities in the UK, Ireland and an overseas partner in Spain.

Brexit advisor and registered EU trade expert, Robert Hardy will address the 2018 World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Liverpool, 11th and 13th June.

The world’s biggest business festival, the World Forum for FDI will attract over 500 delegates from corporates to government officials and explore the latest in solutions, innovation, and best practices, with topics ranging from Rise of the Robots, Workforce Development & Talent Acquisition, The New Global Disorder, The Investor Perspective and Cybersecurity.

Panellists will discuss current economic trends, future drivers powering tomorrow’s economies, the importance of protecting intellectual property and why artificial intelligence is set to explode, with economists, futurists and site selection experts discussing global issues and their impact on FDI.

Commercial Director of Oakland Invicta, an authority at reducing food losses due to cargo contamination, Robert will join the panel to discuss; The New Global Disorder: Brexit, Trump, China and Global Risk, and as an authority on international trade, a registered expert with the EU Commission and Brexit advisor to the Institute for Government, InterTradeIreland, InvestNI and specialist Customs planner, will shed light on how industry can navigate Brexit to its advantage.

Stated Robert: “I am honoured to be invited to address the World Forum and look forward to our constructive discussion and debate. To many UK businesses it may seem like we’re teetering on the verge of Brexit chaos, with smoke and mirror information offering no clear route of how to get through, but there are processes already in place which will lessen its effects and have the potential to create a number of post Brexit benefits.

“By embracing change and Brexit as an opportunity to examine the processes, and by exploring how additional elements can potentially run in tandem, with little or no effect on the movement of goods, including to or from Ireland, it is possible to safeguard customer experience so that at worst there is no change, perceiving instead a supply chain opportunity to improve, broaden and to further develop. Brexit can work for you!”

Robert will also be speaking at the next in a series of dedicated Brexit Seminars at the NEC, Birmingham on the 27th June, joining industry experts to address an international delegation from food businesses and non-food importers and exporters, Embassies, logistics providers and consultants from the UK, Ireland, Europe and Asia. For details and to contact Robert for more information and to book please visit: www.mybrexit.uk

For further information about the 15th annual World Forum for FDI and its international speaker line-up please visit: www.worldforumforfdi.com 

 

The next event in a series of dedicated Brexit Seminars is only weeks away and will be held once again at The Crowne Plaza, NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 27th June 2018.

International delegates at Oakland’s Brexit Seminar launch event in February attracted food businesses and non-food importers, Embassies, logistics providers and consultants from the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, France and Asia.

The Brexit Seminar series is organised jointly by multi temperature supply chain specialist Oakland International, which has depots and facilities based in the UK, Ireland and an overseas partner in Spain and Oakland Invicta, specialist Customs duty planners and Brexit advisors to the Institute for Government, InterTradeIreland, InvestNI and registered experts with the EU Commission on matters relating to international trade.

Oakland Invicta and Brexit Lead, Robert Hardy, stated: “Following February’s seminar I was invited to speak at a number of similar events across Europe and to assist delegates gain AEO approval and develop Brexit strategies as we have shown what can and must be done now to prepare for life after Brexit, and how and why businesses should engage with suppliers across the world to identify possible and potential savings.

“There are processes and procedures which exist today, businesses just need to know where to look and how to line up the dots!”

June’s event will focus on exports and include the customs union, the Irish Border, port delays and more, with each theme un-picked and de-mystified. Questions will be answered by a panel of experts who will provide practical advice and guidance. Event speakers comprise Chris Sturman CEO of FSDF, Liam Gilbert from IGD, John Keefe Director of Public Affairs for Getlink (Eurotunnel), Karl Trumper Managing Director – UK Trade & Working Capital at Barclays, Robert Hardy Operations Director of Oakland Invicta and Dean Attwell CEO and Co-founder of Oakland.

Delegates at February’s event included Netherlands based food producer Conveni’s Head of Commercial UK and Ireland, Noel Reidy, who commented: “Time really well spent, – Rob Hardy clearly explained how to navigate Brexit with practical, sound advice, without all of the political spin and jargon.”

Katrina McWhinnie from The McWhinnie Consultancy said of the event: “Very positive information delivered in a clear and light-hearted manner. I will definitely be attending the next one.”

Oakland’s Brexit message is positive and clear, with their experience from the ground up including freight and vehicle management tools to make the whole process less painful.

For more information and how to book on to the Brexit Seminar series, please visit: www.mybrexit.uk or call 01527 594570 for further details.

Robert Hardy of Oakland Invicta a key contributor to a new food safety Guide being developed in partnership with Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), will address delegates at the FSDF Safety Management Conference in Leicester on Tuesday 15th May.

A dedicated conference covering key issues pertinent to the logistics industry, Director at Oakland International – experts in distribution and logistics and Oakland Invicta – specialists at reducing food losses due to contamination, Robert will offer advice, guidance and insight in to best practice for contaminated loads and how to reduce losses for those involved in the food supply chain.
Robert commented: “Load contamination has been an ongoing and continuing concern within the industry for more than 20 years, and with constant cases of migrant incursion continuing to rise concern over integrity of the food supply chain and brand reputation has never been greater.”

With over 10,000 different transport companies crossing the channel each year and over 5,000 trucks arriving in the UK daily, Oakland together with FSDF, food business operators, UK Border Force, the Police, the Food Standards Agency, the Fresh Produce Consortium and the British Retailers Consortium (BRC), have created the Guide to explain what steps should be taken when a vehicle has been infiltrated and what to do to mitigate losses and risk to stock and brand.

Chris Sturman, FSDF Chief Executive, added: “The Federation is very grateful for Robert’s contribution to our important Safety Management conference, and for the pivotal involvement of Oakland International and their joint sponsorship with four major retailers, of this seminal new industry Guide. This has been produced in collaboration with BRC and the Fresh Produce Consortium to provide greater management control and the co-ordinated involvement of Regulatory authorities over incidents of food contamination caused by illegal entry into vehicles. The overall objectives have been to minimise stock losses, whilst maintaining full consumer confidence in products moving along the food supply chain.”

Instead of outright load rejection when contamination has occurred, Oakland is able assess and recover on average 85% of stock and are HACCP and EHO compliant and have cargo checking facilities including CO2 analysis, heartbeat detection, swab tests and visual inspections based in Calais, so a load can be checked for migrant incursion before arriving at the UK Border.
Added Robert: “Using a company such as Oakland, which is 100% HACCP compliant, will mean you will be able to deal with your contaminated load professionally and without risk of cross contamination.

“By calling Oakland’s contaminated load helpline (0333 014 2850) free of charge, even if you don’t want to be involved in the process we will be able to give you impartial advice on how to handle the situation and what steps need to be taken or considered; if you wish we can take over the recovery process, working directly with the brand to mitigate the loss and for own label we can work directly with the retailer to assess the risk or ensure that the load is returned to the manufacturer or producer through our export control service.”

For more information and to attend the conference please contact the FSDF team by email: [email protected] or call 0118 988 4468.

Brexit advisor and registered expert on matters relating to international trade, Oakland Invicta’s Robert Hardy will be joining this year’s speaker line-up at Multimodal 2018 at the NEC from the 1st to 3rd May.

In the UK half of all food consumed comes from overseas, most of which from the European Union (EU), and as part of the Multimodal Brexit Session on Perishables Robert will share his industry knowledge as a registered expert with the EU Commission, as a Brexit advisor to the Institute for Government, InterTradeIreland, InvestNI and as a specialist Customs planner.

Stated Robert: “I question why so many companies are failing to prepare for Brexit, as it will affect us all either directly or indirectly, which is why it is imperative we plan to make Brexit work for us.

“Are they waiting for the politicians to confirm what the future looks like? My advice is act now as there are already processes in place which can lessen the effects and might even create post Brexit benefits.”

With platforms in the UK, Ireland and Spain, Robert is a director at Oakland Invicta, a specialist at reducing food losses due to contamination and a director of Oakland International, experts in multi temperature supply chain distribution and logistics.

Key delegate material Robert will share encompasses how to avoid port delays, what should be done to make the customs process integral to the order processing procedure and what you should be doing to prepare for Brexit, irrespective of the shape Brexit takes.

Added Robert: “If we embrace Brexit as an opportunity and examine the process and explore how additional elements can potentially run concurrently with little or no effect on the movement of goods, including to or from Ireland, it is possible to ensure customers experience at worst no change, and instead perceive a supply chain opportunity to improve, broaden and to further develop. You do have the opportunity to make Brexit work for you!”

International delegates at February’s launch event of Oakland’s dedicated Brexit Seminar series in Birmingham attracted food businesses and non-food importers, Embassies, logistics providers and consultants from the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, France and Asia. Their next event is on Wednesday 27th June 2018. For details and to contact Robert for more information and to book please visit: www.mybrexit.uk

With so many questions addressed at the first in a series of dedicated Brexit Seminars held in Birmingham, interest amongst its international delegation remains high, with the second Brexit Seminar planned for Wednesday 27th June 2018.

Sectors and countries represented at February’s event encompassed food businesses and non-food importers, Embassies, logistics providers and consultants from the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, France and Asia.

Netherlands based food producer Conveni’s Head of Commercial UK and Ireland, Noel Reidy, commented: “Time really well spent, – Rob Hardy clearly explained how to navigate Brexit with practical, sound advice, without all of the political spin and jargon.”

Katrina McWhinnie from The McWhinnie Consultancy said: “Very positive information delivered in a clear and light-hearted manner. I will definitely be attending the next one.”

Organised jointly by multi temperature supply chain specialist Oakland International, which has depots and facilities based in the UK, Ireland and an overseas partner in Spain and Oakland Invicta, specialist Customs duty planners and Brexit advisors to the Institute for Government, InterTradeIreland, InvestNI and registered experts with the EU Commission on matters relating to international trade.

Key concerns and points dealt with included how to avoid port delays, classification of goods for customs purposes, rate of duty on goods and alternative customs regimes available, with delegates leaving the seminar having a much clearer picture of what Brexit means to them and how they can begin planning now, with the majority signed up for June, the second seminar in the series.

Oakland Invicta and Brexit Lead, Robert Hardy, commented: “Our message is positive and clear and sadly all too rare at present. Our experience from the ground up includes freight and vehicle management tools to make the whole process less painful. Most UK importers and exporters rely on the media for updates as to how Brexit will eventually look, with Brexit information ebbing and flowing constantly, as you would expect from any negotiation.

“Following our first seminar we have been invited to speak at similar events across Europe and to assist delegates gain AEO approval and develop Brexit strategies. We have shown what can and must be done now to prepare for life after Brexit, and how and why you should engage with suppliers across the world to identify possible and potential savings or future trade deals. There is a series of processes and procedures that exist today, you just need to know how to line up the dots!”

Details of the Brexit Seminar series can be found at: www.mybrexit.uk

The first of a series of BREXIT seminars focusing on food and offering practical advice and guidance from industry experts will be held at the Crowne Plaza, NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 28th February 2018.

Speakers confirmed are Liam Gilbert, IGD’s ‎Head of Global Customer Development, Chris Sturman CEO of the Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF), John Keefe Director of Public Affairs for Getlink, formerly Eurotunnel, and Robert Hardy, Brexit advisor to the Institute for Government, InterTradeIreland, InvestNI and a Director of Oakland Invicta and Oakland International.

Each seminar will focus on a key theme such as tariff and WTO trade, EU and non EU exports, customs implications and cross border transit arrangements. The first of the series will look at the impact on imports, an area which the UK can unilaterally decide its fate without excessive influence from the EU.

Hosted by distribution and logistics experts Oakland International who work closely with major food brands and retailers across Europe, topics covered across the Brexit Seminar series include:

Food Safety, Port Health, Customs and Brexit, AEO Trusted Trader Status, WTO and Tariff Classification, Clandestine Activity, Simplifications, Threats, Rules of Origin and post Brexit Business Opportunities.

Seminar Dates:
28th February 2018 – Crowne Plaza, NEC, Birmingham
27th June 2018 – Birmingham
17th October 2018 – Birmingham

Robert Hardy commented: “The end of our membership of the EU is fast approaching and it will be a reality in a little over a year’s time. We all need to take stock and prepare to ensure we seize every opportunity Brexit presents, viewing Brexit not as a threat but as a chance to excel.”

Offering practical help and advice for retailers and food brands, logistics providers, supply chain designers and managers, finance directors, taxation experts and European food businesses. To book and for more information visit: www.mybrexit.uk or call: 07964 001705.

Multi temperature supply chain specialist Oakland International will host its first of a series of dedicated Brexit Seminars at the Crowne Plaza, NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 28th February 2018.

Heading Oakland’s professional Brexit team will be Director of Oakland Invicta, Robert Hardy, a former Director of P&O Ferries and EurotunnelPlus, his last 5 years of which spent developing and running the largest 24hour Customs clearance station in the UK, based at the Port of Dover. Robert is also an advisor to the Institute for Government on matters relating to Customs and Brexit, a funded Brexit advisor for InterTradeIreland (including InvestNI) and a registered expert with the EU Commission on matters relating to international trade and modal shift.

Commenting Robert stated: “We view Brexit as a positive challenge with an opportunity to excel, which is why we are holding a series of seminars in the lead up to Brexit so that our customers and colleagues can benefit from some of the most sought-after Brexit advice in the business today.

“As experts in distribution and logistics, Oakland International works closely with major food brands and retailers across Europe. With a variety of trade flows to and from mainland EU and our own Dublin based food storage and distribution business, our planning focus is on Brexit and preparing for what will be.”

The Birmingham seminar will cover topics including: Customs and Brexit, Port Health, AEO Trusted Trader Status, Food Safety, WTO and Tariff Classification, Clandestine Activity, Simplifications, Threats, Rules of Origin and post Brexit Business Opportunities.

“We are expecting interest in the event to be high,” said Robert adding, “With leading retailers and food brands, logistics providers, supply chain designers and managers, finance directors, taxation experts and European food businesses all able to benefit from the knowledge and advice available.”

Holder of two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, one for International Trade and the other for Sustainable Development, Oakland International is a BRC accredited (for storage and distribution) business and a multi temperature distribution specialist providing contract packing, storage, picking, food distribution and brand development support for food producers to the retail, convenience, discount, wholesale and food service markets. With depots and facilities based in the UK, Ireland and an overseas partner in Spain.

To book and for more information please contact Hayley Smith on: 01527 594570 or email: [email protected]

Robert Hardy, former Director of P&O Ferries and EurotunnelPlus, has joined Oakland International to help create Oakland Invicta, a new company specialising in maintaining European supply chain integrity.

Robert has spent the last 5 years developing and running the Customs clearance and truckstop facility at the Port of Dover and has worked closely with the lead Government Agencies involved with international trade, including Border Force, DEFRA, Environment Agency and FSA.

Having identified elements that could be improved upon, Robert felt it was time to offer the market something different. Dean Attwell, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Oakland International agreed. Oakland, based in Redditch, are specialists in dealing with import loads contaminated by stowaway incursion and their award winning Distress Load Management Service is seen by many as the industry benchmark.

Together they have created Oakland Invicta, a 24 hour border checkpoint in Kent. This amnesty service is offered on a commercial basis and is already attracting keen interest from major brands looking to protect the integrity of their inbound supply chain.

“Border Force can’t check every vehicle. The majority go unchecked,” explains Robert Hardy, Operations Director of Oakland Invicta. “It takes us just 15 minutes to check the cargo and many clients are considering making it a mandatory process.”

Robert added; “I am delighted to have joined Oakland, one of the warmest and most progressive companies I have come across. I am confident that our partnership will bring the solution and the problem closer together so that our clients can expect import goods to arrive in the same condition they were despatched without risk or exposure.”