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Government agrees deal to restore the Northern Ireland Executive

After a two-year boycott, the Northern Ireland Assembly reconvened last weekend with Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill making history as the first nationalist First Minister. The restoration of devolved government comes after the DUP reached an agreement with the UK government published in the Strengthening the Union command paper.  

As set out in this paper, the UK government has agreed to, amongst other things: amend the UK Internal Market Act 2020 to guarantee unfettered access to the UK’s internal market and prohibiting exit procedures on goods moving from Northern Ireland to Great Britain; replace the green lane with a UK internal market system, and a new permanent UK Internal Market Guarantee; simplify the movement of goods within the market system; and create Intertrade UK, tasked with promoting trade within the UK.  

“The logistics sector welcomes the return of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly, and an agreement on trading arrangements that will give greater certainty to the industry” said Nichola Mallon, Head of Trade & Devolved Policy at Logistics UK. “On behalf of our members, we look forward to working with local ministers and MLAs to progress key economic, environmental and infrastructure matters of relevance for the logistics sector.” 


Published On: 08/02/2024 14:00:00


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XPO Logistics to run Weetabix multi-warehousing operation and provide sustainable global transport solutions

XPO has started to run the Weetabix multi-warehousing operation at the company’s primary site at Burton Latimer near Kettering, as well as Corby in Northamptonshire. The focus will be on improving automation across the site and driving sustainable efficiencies while delivering for Weetabix´s customers. 

Around 200 of the current Weetabix workforce at the site will become part of the XPO team. XPO will also develop and adopt new in-house systems to help Weetabix improve its current operations with synergised operations. One of the most important goals will be to create an optimal operation that prioritises work satisfaction for those working across the business.  

“We chose XPO as it clearly shares our ethos regarding sustainable efficiencies, how we value our people and prioritising the customer,” said Richard Spaughton, Head of Supply Chain, Weetabix. “We are excited to move together into the next phase of our warehouse operations with XPO.” 

XPO will also manage Weetabix's global forwarding requirements through cross-border services, customs clearance and aligned transport projects. There will be a continual focus on improving and optimising processes to give the best customer service possible. 

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