Customs brokers dump clients as trade struggles to cope with Brexit aftermath

Long term smaller customers are being discarded by their customs brokers in favour of new, larger clients as the industry grapples with a severe shortage of capacity, a meeting of the EU Goods Sub-Committee was told on 8 February. Independent customs expert Anna Jerzewska told the meeting that while there was some capacity still available in the industry, potential customers were having to look hard for it. She added that there was ... [+]

Logistics industry cautious over post-Covid prospects

Supply chain industry executives do not foresee a global economic recovery until 2022 or beyond but do expect Asia, North America and Europe to rebound from Covid-19 this year, says the 2021 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index. Of 1,200 industry professionals surveyed for the Index, 51.5% ... [+]

A new dawn rises for Freeports

Ports throughout the UK have been submitting their bids for Freeport status, ahead of the Government’s deadline on 5 February. A decision by the Treasury on which ports will qualify is expected in the Spring. They include the Thames Freeport consortium which has lodged a planfor ... [+]

DSV offers customs classification

DSV has launched a customs classification service for businesses. It provides a structured, straightforward process which can be used early in the company’s import and export planning activity. The service is divided into seven steps, where customs information about the goods is analysed, classified and ... [+]

Letter to the Editor: Is it time to standardise commercial invoices?

I would like to suggest to all UK shippers to look at using a standard template for their commercial invoices. I don’t think this docuement exists at the moment but if all the exporters completed this standardised item it would be a lot quicker for carriers ... [+]

Northern Ireland customs checks halted after threats

The Prime Minister spoke to Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster on the morning of 3 February, after it emerged that border post staff at Larne and Belfast were withdrawn from the two ports on Monday after threats were made against them. Checks were suspended after ... [+]

Brexit problems mount for Scots firms, says minister

Problems for Scottish companies have multiplied in the first four weeks after Brexit, said Europe and External Affairs Secretary, Michael Russell. In a statement to parliament he said companies had been left “toothless” following the UK Government’s move to make itself a third country with respect ... [+]

Covid booster for TAPA

The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) says that concerns over Covid disruption have contributed to a record rise in annual membership in Europe, Middle East and Africa. It added over 100 new company members in 2020, while a further 14 businesses joined in January 2021, ... [+]

Confusion reigns over online taxes

UK online shoppers are facing many unexpected charges due to deficiencies in the much-vaunted brexit trade deal with the EU, says ParcelHero.David Jinks, head of consumer research at the wholesaler, says that the Government has failed to warn shoppers buying online from EU sellers about ... [+]

DFDS buys cold chain firm

DFDS has signed an agreement to acquire European cold chain operator HSF Logistics Group. HSF operates in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany while its N&K Spedition and Skive Køletransport brands are active in Denmark and Scandinavia. Its Eurofresh arm is focused on the German ... [+]

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