Father Christmas’s ship may have already sailed, warns freight expert

Home delivery firm ParcelHero says the next two weeks are critical for retailers stocking their warehouses for Christmas, but a massive bottleneck at Felixstowe means container ships loaded with toys and gifts are now sailing away to EU ports, unable to unload in the UK.ParcelHero’s head of consumer research, David Jinks says: “Maersk is re-routing large container ships, groaning with goods ready for Christmas, to ports across Europe in the ... [+]

Pros and cons of the EU’s new Import One-Stop Shop

British retailers selling to the EU face major VAT changes with the introduction of the EU Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS) scheme, reports broker ParcelHero. From 1 July, British-based e-commerce companies only need to register and pay VAT in one EU country to sell goods not exceeding £135/€150 across the entire EU. ... [+]

Don’t let Scottish independence become a second Brexit shambles, says ParcelHero

Parcel broker Parcelhero is urging traders to consider the implications of Scottish independence, following the SNP’s historic win in the Holyrood elections.It says that ensuring the free flow of goods across English-Scottish borders must be part of any plans as the result could could pave the way for a second ... [+]

Think you can increase US sales? Think, again, warns parcels expert

Britain may be looking to the US as its target market in a post-Brexit world, but trading with that country has it problems too, says David Jinks, head of consumer research at parcels brokerage Parcelhero. The US is imposing duties of 25% on traditional British goods such as clothing and whisky as ... [+]

Christmas 2019 could be cancelled, says parcels expert

ParcelHero head of consumer research, David Jinks warns that next year’s Christmas could be cancelled if there is a no deal Brexit. He says: “I don’t want to sound like the Grinch; but if we experience a hard Brexit, the red tape and unanticipated duties to pay on gifts from ... [+]

Don’t panic?

The Government published a series of technical notices’ advising what steps would be taken in the event of a so-called ‘No deal’ Brexit next March – apparently a move to reassure business that it had matters in hand, though having the opposite effect on many people. The papers, which covered a ... [+]

Chancellor’s VAT plans are minefield, warns ParcelHero

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s proposed VAT reforms for online retailers could open a can of worms, says David Jinks head of consumer research at express freight broker, ParcelHero. His proposal to tax digital businesses’ revenues rather than profits in his Spring Statement in mid-March would put the UK at odds with other ... [+]

Brexit ‘would push up parcels costs’ says report

Duties, border delays and transport costs will make EU-based smaller companies reluctant to trade with the UK following Brexit, says a new report by parcel broker, ParcelHero. According to Delivering Brexit, 66% of ParcelHero’s customers who regularly ship items to European non-EU countries, such as Switzerland and Norway, say they would ... [+]

‘Ugly freight could lose out from FedEx takeover’

FedEx’s take-over of TNT Express could mean less choice and increased costs and transit times for shippers of large and heavy items, warns David Jinks, head of consumer research at brokers ParcelHero. He says that TNT has made ‘ugly freight’ a speciality “and has significantly greater flexibility on the size of ... [+]

Don’t let the customs man ruin your Christmas

Failure to give enough information about parcels sent beyond the EU caused an average delay of over 11 days at Customs last Christmas, says international courier ParcelHero. In fact, 12% of all gifts shipped beyond the EU missed the festive deadline last year, either because they were sent too late or ... [+]

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