Category Archives: import

China hits importers/exporters with VAT on Freight Rates

As from 1st August 2013 China have announced a tax scheme which imposes 6% VAT onto the freight industry, this VAT will affect both air freight and sea freight rates for freight which is paid at origin China. Ocean rates agreed in the UK will remain unaffected, as these rates are negotiated and paid in the UK. What does this mean to you the importer/exporter?
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Rise in Asia-Europe box volumes expected Mid September

Shipping lines are expecting a surge in volumes on the Asia-Europe trade in the coming weeks, which will support attempts to increase prices on the trade in mid-September. The reason behind these expectations is the rush as Far East suppliers export goods from China ahead of the National Day holiday, which runs from October 1 to October 7 2013. China import export will also
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Zim Rotterdam Update

As of today 4 September 2013, the Zim Rotterdam is back on route on Suez Canel with a new estimated day of arrival now Saturday 14 September 2013 into Felixstowe Port UK.


Zim Rotterdam on Fire!

It seems to be one vessel disaster after another this summer.  The latest being the Zim Rotterdam which caught fire between 23-27 August on route from Port Klang to Felixstowe. Due to arrive into Felixstowe Port on 4th September, the vessel has now berthed at Sokhna Port for further investigation and necessary repairs. This is expected to take a few days, and will now
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Unipac Shipping Imports 1903 Oldsmobile for London-Brighton Classic Car Race.

We were absolutely thrilled when Classic car Enthusiast Michael Seidemann chose Unipac Shipping as his preferred freight forwarder to sea import his beloved 1903 Oldsmobile from USA to Southampton Port.  Mr Seidemann came across Unipac several months ago after he purchased a 1933 MG J2 from a dealer in Surrey. “I looked into several shipping container companies for shipping to the U.S.  The dealer
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Revival of Ports “up North”

With the South East being home to 2 large container ports large enough to house vessels, which are the length of four football pitches and the height of 14 double-decker buses, and now also home to the new Thames Gateway opening this year questions are being raised about the amount of road congestion and indeed costs involved with transporting goods hundreds of miles north
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Asia-Europe rate reductions!

Make the most of your Asia imports this month and enjoy the short term benefit which comes when the shipping lines enter a “rate war” meaning hefty price cutting in sea freight rates! We currently have fantastic offers on 20’/40’/40’HQ containers from all the major ports including, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xingang, Qingdao, Dalian & Ho Chi Minh City CLICK HERE to contact us today for
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Hong Kong Port – Dispute over

The largest industrial action in Hong Kong for decades has ended after hundreds of port workers compromised and accepted a pay increase package offered by contractors of Hong Kong International Terminals. The workers were initially asking for a 20% pay increase, but eventually after striking for 6 weeks decided to accept a 9.8% offer after the employers provided a written reassurance to guarantee the
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Triple E – Worlds Largest Container Ship

A new generation of vessel so large – almost a quarter-mile long, wider than a motorway and taller than a 20-storey office block, will be coming into service this summer. The vessel named as The new Triple E will be able to carry 18,000 20ft containers, three times as many as the biggest container ships 15 years ago The Triple E – which stands for
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Hong Kong Port Strike – continues

Cargo is piling up as a strike in the container port in Hong Kong has entered a 15th day. Hundreds of dock workers and crane operators are striking as they have not had a pay rise in 10 years even as the cost of living has soared, they are demanding a pay rise of around 20 percent and better work conditions. They say they
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