06 Dec 2013 | After spending the better part of the year on tour around the country, the time has finally come to announce the winner of the DAF XF 105, an absolutely monumental prize that is valued at over $250,000…
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Welcome to Imperial Commercials Ltd York, Auster Road, North York Trading Estate, Clifton, York. The long-established site is part of the country s leading independent distributor and dealer group for commercial vehicles, the company s dealer network has 28 sites. We should be the first on your list for York DAF Trucks and all makes parts and all makes servicing!
Imperial Commercials York also has franchise partnerships with Ford and Nissan LCV through sister branches.
The company provides a comprehensive range of services including sales of new DAF Trucks and used DAF Trucks, Ford & Nissan commercial vehicles, service and maintenance, bodybuilding and repairs, parts, workshop management and financial services. Imperial Commercials is a member of the Imperial Holdings Ltd Group of Companies employing over 36,000 people worldwide.
Imperial Commercials York Used Vans
Imperial Commercials is committed to supporting truck and van operators to the highest standards, maximising vehicle availability or uptime. We offer a wide range of product and service solutions to meet the varying needs of individual vehicle users. Our intention is to provide vehicle and after sales packages on an efficient, value for money basis recognising individual applications and needs. Many of our 28 locations are open for service for 24 hours, others for extended hours giving flexibility and optimising vehicle availability. Of around 960 employees approximately 415 are technician grades.
We have a demonstrable commitment to continuous technical training for both sales and technical colleagues including a substantial apprentice programme (currently over 60 apprentices in training). We also support our customers interests through industry associate memberships of SOE/IRTE, Freight Transport Association and Road Haulage Association.
Channel Commercials are DAF Truck Commercial Vehicle Dealers in Kent.
With four locations across the county in Ashford (Head Office), Strood1, Sevenoaks2 and Canterbury3, Channel Commercials can be your ‘One Stop Shop’, providing New & Used Truck Sales, Parts & Service, along with a whole host of additional products and services including truck livery and conversions4. With DAFaid, the help can come to you with 365 day Service and Parts call out. Channel Commercials vast product and service portfolio includes:
- New DAF Trucks – Used Trucks – New & Used Vans5 – Truck Parts – Truck Servicing – Accident Repair & Paint Shop- Sign Writing & Truck Curtain Printing – Chassis Alterations & Heavy Truck Engineering- Tachograph Installation, Calibration and Repair – And much more…6789
- ^ Strood (www.channeldafstrood.co.uk)
- ^ Sevenoaks (www.channeldafsevenoaks.co.uk)
- ^ Canterbury (www.channeldafcanterbury.co.uk)
- ^ truck livery and conversions (www.channelcommercials.co.uk)
- ^ New & Used Vans (www.channelcommercials.co.uk)
- ^ Accident Repair & Paint Shop (www.channelcommercials.co.uk)
- ^ Sign Writing (www.channelcommercials.co.uk)
- ^ Heavy Truck Engineering (www.channelcommercials.co.uk)
- ^ Tachograph Installation (www.channelcommercials.co.uk)
- ^ www.channelcommercials.co.uk (www.channelcommercials.co.uk)
- ^ Join Us on FACEBOOK (www.facebook.com)
- ^ Follow Us on TWITTER (twitter.com)
- ^ Read the latest News on our BLOG (channelcommercials.wordpress.com)
- ^ Parts Offers (www.channelcommercialsdaf.co.uk)
- ^ Servicing Offers (www.channelcommercialsdaf.co.uk)
- ^ Fixed Price Battery Fitting (www.channelcommercialsdaf.co.uk)
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How the Government Shutdown Affects Imports and Exports
Government shutdown. It’s happening. It has many effects. If you’re an international shipper, you know government paws have to touch all imports and exports. You know, that little thing called customs1? So how does the government shutdown affect international shipping?
First, a very brief overview of why we’re seeing a government shutdown:
It’s Congress’ job to pass a spending bill to fund the government. Congress can’t seem to do its job because Republicans and Democrats are fighting over The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act2 a.k.a. Obamacare. So we get a government shutdown.
Don’t worry, despite not being able to manage this whole doing their job thing, the men and women who represent us in the House and Senate will still get paid their six figure salaries.
Yes, I am being a bit harsh.
Still, if I ever run for president, my campaign will include paying my position, and probably Congressional positions too, what the average American worker makes (technically, I couldn’t legally change the pay of the president until the next one took over, but refunding most of my wages shouldn’t be a problem since being a multi-millionaire is basically a prerequisite for being President of the United States). Perhaps paying multi-millionaires $400,000 a year while letting them live rent free in a mansion and giving them expense accounts on top is a microcosm of how our government finds itself spending close to $2 billion more a day than it makes.
Sorry. I digress.
Want a larger overview of the government shutdown? You can go to CNN3. Or Google it. Just don’t ask random people on the street since, as this Jimmy Kimmel clip shows, they probably don’t know the difference between The Affordable Care Act and Obamacare… Oh, wait. Still, I’ll bet they’d tell you whether the shutdown is the fault of the Republicans, the Democrats, or Obama.
Now, to the effects the Government Shutdown is having when it comes to importing and exporting goods…
The Government Shutdown has importers and exporters scared.
The mood and outlook of shippers can have a serious impact on the number and size of cargo shipments in the international shipping industry.
A Market Watch blog4 highlights the worries many retailers are having with the government shutdown that caused 6,000 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees to get furloughed at a time when shipments for the holiday season are coming in.
6,000 is a big number, but looks a little smaller when compared to the 58,000 CBP workers you start out with. CBP inspectors are considered “essential staff” so cargo is being processed without major delays from the CBP so far.
If only that were the whole story.
There is plenty of growing potential for delays from the CBP as the shutdown goes on. The longer the shutdown lasts, the more severe the danger of delays grows. But where the real nervousness for shippers comes in is from other government agencies which have a part in clearing cargo.
The Market Watch blog highlights it like this: “…once containers clear the ports, the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and United States Department of Agriculture are also required to put their stamp of approval on imported products.”
Chances are good that if your imports or exports have to deal with these agencies or ones like them, you’re feeling the heat of the government shutdown already.
“The U.S. government’s partial shutdown is beginning to gum up trade,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
In an article from The Wall Street Journal it’s reported, “More than 40 government agencies, including the EPA, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce, are involved in trade shipments, said Ms. Marianne Rowden president of the American Association of Exporters and Importers. Fourteen agencies have ‘release and hold’ authority that trumps clearance from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, she said.”5
The article goes on to report that many of these government agencies “have pared staffs and closed websites”.
The article features a number of places where the government shutdown has caused problems for U.S. imports and exports including The Bureau of Industry and Security not giving necessary export authorizations, the EPA not clearing pesticides for importation, and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service not having inspectors available to clear things like wood for exportation.
If your international shipping involves things like metals, wood, drugs, certain electronics, and the many more goods that require special authorization from government agencies other than the CBP, you could be in for serious delays. Those delays will only get worse the longer the government shutdown goes on.
I liked the close of the Wall Street Journal’s article:
Not being able to move a load of lumber because the shutdown has no one available to inspect the wood has caused Mr. Hodges, chairman of Titan Transfer Inc., to conclude that his wood inspection is “nonessential.” But multiply his load by many others and “it’s probably deemed more essential than a lot of people think,” he said. “None of ‘em in Washington have much of a clue about what happens in the Main Streets across the U.S. They live in La-La Land.”
Here in the real world, businesses and people’s jobs depend on international shipping. It is essential to the U.S. economy. During the government shutdown, Universal Cargo Management will do everything possible to make sure your imports and exports still go as smoothly as possible. That’s our job. And I dare say we get it done a whole heck of a lot better than Congress gets national budgets done.
- ^ customs (www.universalcargo.com)
- ^ The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (housedocs.house.gov)
- ^ CNN (www.cnn.com)
- ^ Market Watch blog (blogs.marketwatch.com)
- ^ article from The Wall Street Journal (online.wsj.com)
- ^ import or export products (www.universalcargo.com)
- ^ http://blogs.marketwatch.com/behindthestorefront/2013/10/07/government-shutdown-worries-merchants-counting-on-imports-clearing-customs/ (blogs.marketwatch.com)
- ^ http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304441404579121654233728452 (online.wsj.com)
Words: DAF TRUCKS
The DAF XF105 ATe has been voted Fleet Truck of the Year at the prestigious Motor Transport Awards 2013 in London, giving DAF its fifth win in the last six years. DAF was handed the award at an official ceremony in London, which was attended by 1,600 leading representatives from the transport sector.
The judging panel of leading transport operators awarded the DAF XF105 because of its spacious cab, which they described as highly rated by drivers, good residual values and particularly the ATe Advanced Transport efficiency philosophy which delivers excellent fuel efficiency. They also commented on DAFs industry leading parts and service back up, particularly DAF ITS, still rated as the best on the market.
Right after the awards ceremony, DAF Trucks UK Managing Director Ray Ashworth commented: I am delighted that in making this award the judges recognised that the XF105 ATe offers unequalled low cost of ownership and high fuel efficiency and class leading driver comfort. They also commented very favourably on our outstanding in-service support provided by our nationwide network of dedicated dealers, a great accolade for both our trucks and our people .
More good news is that RHD versions of the XF105 are produced at the Leyland Assembly Plant.
DAF Trucks NV a subsidiary of the American company PACCAR Inc, one of the world s largest manufacturers of heavy duty trucks is a leading manufacturer of light, medium and heavy duty trucks in the EU with a 2012 market share of 16.0 per cent in the over 16 tonnes category. DAF manufactures a full range of tractors and rigids, offering the right vehicle for every transport application.
Its so a leading provider of product services, Multi Support repair and maintenance contracts, financial services from PACCAR Financial and a first class parts delivery service. In addition, DAF develops and manufactures components such as axles and engines for bus and coach manufacturers all over the world. DAF Trucks N.V. has production facilities in Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Westerlo in Belgium and Leyland in the United Kingdom, and over 1,000 dealers and service points in Europe.
October 2, 2013, Ponta Grossa, Brasil PACCAR held an opening ceremony today to launch its new DAF assembly plant in Brasil. The ceremony, led by Mark Pigott, PACCAR chairman and chief executive officer, and Parana Governor, Beto Richa, was attended by state and local officials, DAF Brasil dealers, suppliers, transport companies and business and educational leaders.
DAF Brasil Factory in Ponta Grossa, Brasil
“PACCAR is pleased to officially dedicate our new DAF Brasil factory,” said Mark Pigott. “The 300,000-square-foot assembly facility on 569 acres is a high-technology, environmentally friendly plant that will assemble the premium-quality DAF XF, CF and LF vehicles. The factory will build DAF trucks for Brasil and the South American market. Our DAF dealers have invested in the newest and most modern distribution network in the country to support our growing customers.”
“We are proud to be able to drive the first DAF truck made in Brasil,” said Governor Richa. “The $320 million investment by PACCAR reinforces Paran ‘s commitment to attract high-quality jobs to the state. This DAF facility will stimulate economic growth and contribute to an improved quality of life in the region.”
DAF’s premium-quality vehicles have achieved industry leadership in Europe. “DAF is the European leader in on-highway tractors and has achieved a market share of 15.8 percent in the above 16-tonne segment this year. Customers appreciate the robust quality leadership, low operating costs and excellent resale value of DAF trucks and PACCAR engines,” said Ron Armstrong, PACCAR president.
“The above six tonnes truck market in Brasil is projected to be over 140,000 units in 2013, with further growth expected in future years,” shared Bob Christensen, PACCAR executive vice president and chief financial officer. “The largest and fastest growing segment of the Brazilian truck market is the premium segment where DAF has launched its flagship model XF-105 vehicle.”
DAF XF, CF and LF Trucks Powered by PACCAR Engines for the Brazilian Market
“We look forward to manufacturing the full range of industry-leading DAF trucks powered by PACCAR engines for customers in Brasil and South America,” shared Marco Davila, DAF Brasil president. “The independent dealer network in Brasil consists of 20 service locations in 2013 and will expand to 40 locations in 2014. The first DAF model produced in this plant is the premium DAF XF-105, designed for long-haul applications. In the future, the factory will also produce the versatile CF and LF models. The DAF CF is designed for a wide number of applications, ranging from regional transportation to heavy construction. The DAF LF is ideal for distribution and urban delivery.”
PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.
This years marks the 20th anniversary of the collapse of Europe s largest builder of commercial vehicles LEYLAND DAF. After some frantic negotiations and backing from Managers and Banking Corporations, the UK division based in the Town that gave its name to some of the worlds most renown buses and trucks was saved. LEYLAND Trucks was in effect reborn into a private enterprise that continued to build commercials for the DAF network who in turn had been purchased by the U.S based PACAAR corporation. LEYLAND remained to be owned by its management until 1998 whereby the same U.S company bought LEYLAND bringing the two organisations under the same stewardship.
The LEYLAND assembly plant (LAP) was completed in the early 80s to produce the T45 range of trucks the launch model Roadtrain went on to win design council awards and the coveted International Truck of the Year award for 1981. By 1986, a new 7.5 tonne chassis (Roadrunner) was launched with a blaze of publicity and went on to become an instant success, stealing the limelight from Fords Cargo and the Mercedes Benz LN. Other rivals fell by the wayside namely the Bedford TL but the Roadrunner continued to evolve into a brilliant truck following engineering partnership with Cummins to replace the elderly Leyland 6.98 series engine. The Roadrunner became the DAF 45 in 1991 and was fully re-engineered.
The plant opened in 1980 and is the worlds most efficient. They can produce one truck every five minutes.
The DAF 45 continued to offer a package that offered a brilliant payload capacity, superb manoeuvrability, a rugged chassis and excellent running costs right through the `90s until it was redesigned featuring a new range of four and six cylinder Cummins iSB engines and a new cab to be shared with Renault and Volvo. The new truck was called the LF and was designed and engineered at LAP using a chassis that was based on the outgoing 45 albeit revised and improved upon. Critics applauded this new truck and it gained the 2001 Truck of the year award exactly 20 years after its spiritual big brother (Roadtrain) did. Leyland have since designed an LF hybrid model and now produce all right hand drive DAF trucks. The plant has never been busier with the 100.000th LF model rolling off the line a little while ago.
The original ethos that went right back to early days of Roadrunner relating to low running costs and maximum payload potential still continue with the LF, the truck remains to be one of the best selling 7.5 tonne chassis of all time. Best of all is the fact its designed, engineered and produced here in Great Britain.
LEYLAND TRUCK FACTS:
The factory was opened in 1980
The LF covers the 7.5 to 18 tonne G.V.W sector
The engineering partnership with Cummins paved the way for the B series and iSB engines (also UK produced) to be the worlds most popular power unit of its size
They produce trucks for the European DAF & North American Kenworth and Peterbuilt network
Models built for the European market in RHD form: LF CF XF105
Leyland Trucks is the Worldwide centre for medium weight truck expertise employing 100 design engineers at Leyland.
The LAP can produce up to once complete truck every five minutes
50% of all UK LAP production is exported
Leyland currently employ over 1000 at the plant
LAP covers over 710.000 Square feet
LAP is the most efficient truck plant of anywhere in the world
Looking to break a record are organizers for the mass food truck rally scheduled for Aug. 31 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
For gourmet truck participants, the event kicks off at 8:45 a.m. at Encore!, billed as “downtown’s tempo district,” an under-construction mixed-use development at 1210 East Ray Charles Boulevard. The food trucks will gather there, then “parade” to the Florida State Fairgrounds at 9:15 a.m.12
Once the trucks are at the fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. Highway 301, the rally will run from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. About 15 live bands are scheduled to perform. Parking at the fairgrounds is $6, according to a website notice.
Helping to bring together the event are Generation Food Truck3, Truckspotting.com4 and local food blog Carlos Eats5. According to the World’s Largest Food Truck Fest online6, “the current record is 62 trucks, set at Magic City Casino in Miami earlier this year.” The Aug. 31 event, presented by Generation Food Truck and the Florida State Fairgrounds Authority, is set to “have about 40 trucks more than that, at least!”
Michael Lynch of Truckspotting.com, who is helping organize the rally, said the event has never been held in Tampa before.
“We live here, and wanted to show the world the amazing food talent that can be found in Tampa Bay,” he said.
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