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15 May 2020

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We have over the last two months being adjusting to the “new normal” that is life under the cloud of COVID-19.   I want to take this opportunity to update you on how the institute is operating in these unprecedented times.  Our key focus is on ensuring the safety of staff, partners and customers and as always, we remain committed to our learners and members with our high level of customer service.

Our office

Our office remains closed and our staff are working from home. Fortunately, we have always operated a flexible working policy so all of the necessary processes and technologies are already in place for us to be able to do this effectively.  On our website is a list of email contacts for each department, these are continually monitored.

Our courses

Higher Certificate in Business, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Due to the cloud-based nature of our key systems, The Higher Certificate in Business, Logistics and Supply Chain Management worked virtual classrooms until the end of the academic year.  Looking forward to September when we recommence classes, plans are in place that should the need arise we can commence with online classes on 12 Sept 2020, it is hoped that this will not be necessary.

ADR & DGSA Exams

All scheduled ADR Exams have been cancelled until further notice.  As previously stated, our key focus is on ensuring the safety of staff, partners, and customers.  This is our guiding principal in relation to all our examinations.  Once it is safe to commence examinations, we will.  We are working with our examination centres to ensure that when it is safe to recommence examinations that we will be in a position to examine all those who need these examinations.

TM CPC Exams

All scheduled TM CPC Exams have been cancelled until further notice.

CILT Skillnet

CILT Skillnet continues to deliver many of its training programmes, transitioning a number of courses from in-class delivery to live online delivery. Over the last 12 months CILT Skillnet has looked more towards the online delivery of training. COVID 19 has accelerated this development and CILT Skillnet will soon launch a new eLearning platform with high-quality training programmes accessible 24/7.

Details of the current CILT Skillnet offerings are to be found here

Our key remit, to promote professionalism and enhance standards in logistics, transport and supply chain sector through the provision of education and services, stays resolute, we will continue as logisticians to adapt to prevailing condition in order to maintain our operations.   

My very best wishes to you and your families at this difficult time.

If you have any queries at all, please don't hesitate to contact the Institute by email at 

Many thanks,

Mick Curran 




«August 2020»

Smart City Technologies

Smart city technologies must serve the strategy, not vice versa.

Today throughout the world every second person lives in cities, any by 2050 it will be around 70 percent of the world’s population. This development not only involves enormous burdens for infrastructure and the environment but also places high demands on the conception and organisation of coexistence in urban habitats.

The Smart City will precisely address these issues. Here digital technologies should help to cope with economic, social and political challenges facing current and future generations, for instance in the areas of environment and resource consumption, population growth and demographic change.

Technologies thereby play an important role. However, the right strategy provides the starting point for a Smart City. Centralised coordination, involvement of the relevant stakeholders and partnerships are some of the additional factors for success. Many metropolises and local authorities still lack the know-how and capabilities for successfully implementing their strategies.


Urban administrations rely on the support of competent partners for implementing their Smart City strategies. In particular, Europe’s medium-sized cities (between 100,000 and 500,000 residents) hence constitute an interesting market for communal companies, such as public utility companies and local energy companies: In Germany alone the annual budget for investments in Smart City infrastructure is around four billion euros.

No Smart City is the same as the others. Whereas in Vienna the topics mobility, health or open access to administrative data are in the foreground, in Songdo International Business District in South Korea the prime focus is on comprehensive networking of residents.

What does it feel like to live in such a city? One inhabitant reported that if she forgets her handbag and leaves it on a park bench, there is little reason to worry. In contrast, she finds it considerably more difficult to get used to camera surveillance in her own apartment.

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Customs Bonded Warehousing

What is a customs bonded warehouse? 

A customs bonded warehouse is a secure location where goods can be stored, imported and exported. The difference between a non-bonded warehouse and that which is bonded relates to the connection with customs.

When goods are stored in a non-bonded warehouse, an importer must pay taxes on goods received and ensure they are fully inspected immediately. However, when using a customs bonded warehouse, goods can be held until duties and inspections are addressed. In some cases, exporters can defer payment of duty and taxes until the goods have been purchased. 

Benefits of a customs bonded warehouse

  • A privately owned customs bonded warehouse must have a designated area within the warehouse that is used solely for importing goods. 
  • The use of a customs bonded warehouse has advantages for long term storage, allowing importers to develop strategic relationships with local vendors. 
  • Cost Savings are significant as duties are deferred until the goods leave the warehouse. 
  • Customs bonded warehouses have advantages for storing restricted goods as lengthier periods of time are allowed for storage giving the importer additional time to take care of paper work and legal requirements. 
  • Ideal for international businesses, a customs bonded warehouse allows a shipper to store goods in strategic locations across the world. 

In summary, storing goods in a customs bonded warehouse allows an importer to have a simplified approach to its international shipping processes. Goods are held securely and safely whilst duties and taxes are deferred until the goods leave the warehouse. Lengthier time is allowed for paperwork, payments and inspection and storage can be long term.


Crane Worldwide Logistics have scheduled a webinar this Friday, 31 July 2020, on the Brexit transition coming to an end. For more information or to sign up for the webinar click HERE

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New Shared Responsibility at Romaco Innojet

Michael Van den Bossche has just been appointed new Managing Director of Romaco Innojet. He will share the running of the company with Bastian Käding, who has been at the helm of Romaco Innojet since 2018. Romaco Holding GmbH has just announced the appointment of Michael Van den Bossche as new Managing Director of Romaco Innojet with effect from 1 August 2020. In his new role he will be responsible for Sales, Laboratory, Customer Service and Product Management. Van den Bossche will share the management of Romaco Innojet with Bastian Käding, who has been at the helm of the company since 2018 with responsibility for Project Management, Engineering, Operations and Administration. Prior to joining Romaco Innojet, Belgian-born Van den Bossche, who holds a master’s degree in biochemical engineering, worked for various leading international players in the business of processing technologies, process design and development. In the course of his professional career spanning nearly two decades, he has gained extensive experience in the sale of processing solutions for the pharmaceutical and food industries. During the last few years, he has increasingly focused on continuous technologies for manufacturing pharmaceutical solids. Van den Bossche has lived in Germany since 2017. “We’re delighted to welcome Michael Van den Bossche on board as new joint Managing Director of Romaco Innojet”, explained Jörg Pieper, CEO Romaco Group. “His expertise when it comes to strengthening global sales structures and his strategic approach to the development of new business segments are impressive. We’re in no doubt that Mr. Van den Bossche will make a lasting contribution to the success of the Romaco Innojet brand.”

“I’ve always been very sales-minded and service comes top of my list of priorities”, Michael Van den Bossche emphasised. “I’m also extremely familiar with the industry and I know exactly what our customers are looking for – in us and in our technologies. The expectations people place in suppliers are particularly high in the pharmaceutical industry with its strict regulations. There’s a high demand for enduring technologies and cost-effective solutions that give customers a competitive advantage.” Romaco Group Romaco is a leading international supplier of processing and packaging equipment specialising in engineering technologies for pharmaceutical solids. The group provides individual machines and turnkey solutions for manufacturing and packing powders, granulates, pellets, tablets, capsules, syringes and medical devices. Romaco also serves the food and chemical industries. The Romaco Group has its headquarters in Karlsruhe (Germany) and is part of the Truking Group, a globally operating high-tech enterprise based in Changsha (China). Truking’s core competency is handling and filling pharmaceutical liquids. Romaco operates from four European business sites, with a broad portfolio comprised of six established product brands. Noack and Siebler (Karlsruhe, Germany) supply blister, heat-sealing and rigid tube filling machines. Macofar (Bologna, Italy) markets technologies for filling sterile and non-sterile powders and liquids. Promatic (also Bologna, Italy) specializes in cartoners, track & trace systems and case packers. Kilian (Cologn

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The Digitalisation of Logistics and Supply Chain Operations in 2020

Keith Young, Finance and Commercial Director tell us what's in store in 2020 

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