Plans of full border controls with EU dropped by the government

Britain left the European Union in January but is currently in a Brexit transition period under which all EU rules apply until the end of 2020. The government plans announced in February, which meant a full border control both ways across the Channel from 1st January 2021, have just been dropped. It comes amid warnings of a shortfall in customs agents to deal with
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Duties and VAT waived on vital medical imports

NHS suppliers no longer have to pay customs duty and import VAT on specific medical goods coming from outside the EU, including ventilators, Coronavirus testing kits and protective clothing. The Chancellor has waived import taxes on medical equipment crucial to the fight against Coronavirus. The removal of the tariffs, which can be up to 12 per cent on the price of these goods, will
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China Port Operations – Coronavirus update – 7th Feb 2020

The current outbreak of the Coronavirus continues to cause disruption to shipments to and from mainland China. Many of the major shipping and air lines have suspended services due to port closures and lock-down of movement in and out of country. Different areas of China are affected to various degree, hence we have collected information from different branches as below for your reference. We
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EU transition period

After 31st January 2020 there will be a transition period until 31st December 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. The current rules on trade and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during transition period. If you move goods into or out of the EU, you must get an EORI number. You should also decide how you want
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Golden Week and its impact on freight shipping

Golden Week commences on October 1st with China’s National Day, commemorating the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1st, 1949. It is one of the most anticipated annual events on the calendar and the longest public holiday besides Chinese New Year. It is the time of travel and family gatherings. Unfortunately, as Golden Week falls during the peak season for global
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Volvo Exports from China to Europe by Rail

A China Railway Express train loaded with Volvo Cars’ XC 60 SUVs arrived in Ghent, Belgium, on July 4th after 18 days travelling 9,783 Km from Xi’an. The volume is forecast at 40,000 units a year based on several weekly rail services. Delivery is based on an integrated hybrid concept developed by automotive logistics company ARS Altmann and Intermodal Container Logistics Vienna (ICL). ARS
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World’s Largest Container Ship Enters Service – 23,000 TEU MSC Gulsun

New MSC Gülsün is the world’s largest container ship, in terms of TEU capacity, is set to embark on its maiden voyage Silk/AE10 on the 8th July 2019 from Xingang to reach DCT Gdansk on 23rd August 2019. The vessel is a representative of the Samsung 23000 project from the South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. in Geoje, with a gross tonnage
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Guide to EORI Numbers

What is an EORI number and why do you need one? You will need an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number that starts with GB to trade goods into and out of the UK. HM Revenue and Customs uses this number to identify you and collect duty on your goods. A UK EORI number starts with GB, followed by 12 digits. It will
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Freight Demand Will Triple by 2050

A major new OECD report states global freight demand is set to surge in the coming decades but will also be subject to disruptive factors. ITF Transport Outlook 2019 outlines a range of transport demand scenarios through to 2050 and concludes global freight demand will triple between 2015 and 2050, based on current demand growth rates. The report states: “The projected compound annual growth
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What Brexit Means for Hauliers

The UK is still currently part of the EU. Brexit is a staged process and is set down by Article 50 of the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, which has never previously been invoked by another Member State.  After Article 50 was triggered and sent to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the UK and the EU negotiate future relations. The UK is
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