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Urgent shipments? We have the solution!

Urgent shipments? We have the solution!

No matter what time of day, when you have urgent shipments to organise you can rely on Independent Freight to provide the best possible, hassle-free, and speedy service. We’re your “go-to” forwarding company, based in Nuneaton, in the very heart of the UK. Whether you’re overseas and need to arrange UK freight forwarding or you’re in the UK and desperately need to get your sea freight to its final destination, the experts here at Independent Freight will handle your logistics problem swiftly and without any fuss.

What we do

Our logistics service includes:

– Customs clearance
– Speedy courier services
– Road freight throughout the UK and Europe
– Air freight and sea freight
– Warehouse and storage

Customs clearance for air cargo and sea freight is a breeze when you use Independent Freight

Many UK businesses are struggling with the sort of customs clearance issues they will face following any potential No Deal Brexit, but when you opt for our services you can rely on us to ensure your freight arrives at European destinations on time. We’re also happy to expedite your European freight into the UK, in the same effective manner, and can provide storage facilities if needed.

We also handle freight forwarding to any global destination, whether you need air or sea cargo, and are happy to deal with all associated customs clearance administration on your behalf.

Why choose us for your urgent shipments?

We’re proud of our fantastic reputation as one of the best freight forwarders in the UK, and offer all customers the same courteous service. No matter whether you’re an e-commerce startup needing to send a couple of packages overseas each month or a larger organisation with more complex freight shipping requirements, the experts at Independent Freight can deliver on every logistics problem.

Get in touch today to find out more!

Invitation to the ‘no jargon’ approach to BREXIT

Invitation to the ‘no jargon’ approach to BREXIT

Invitation to the ‘no jargon’ approach to BREXIT

By David Hooper, September 24, 2019, Category: General News

We would love you to join us at this invitation only event on the 17th October 2019 at Mallory Court Hotel and Spa, Royal Leamington Spa Warwickshire CV33 9QB

Are you a business importing and exporting goods into the EU after Brexit? Gain an understanding of how customs procedures will impact on your business as well as your EU Suppliers and Customers.

Our very own industry expert David Hooper will be partnering with the ‘no jargon’ team to give his invaluable advice on importing and exporting after BREXIT.

If you are interested in this event please register your interest by contacting Tracey: tracey@hrdept.co.uk please note places for this event are restricted, so be quick to secure your place!

Changes to the New International Incoterms Rules

Changes to the New International Incoterms Rules

Changes to the New International Incoterms Rules

By David Hooper, September 22, 2019, Category: General News

As most people will be aware following our recent blogs and Newsletters the Incoterms® rules have now been updated for 2020. 

On the release of Incoterms® 2020, ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO said:

“Incoterms® 2020 rules make business work for everyone by facilitating trillions of dollars in global trade annually. Because they help importers and exporters around the world to understand their responsibilities and avoid costly misunderstandings, the rules form the language of international sales transactions, and help build confidence in our valuable global trading system.”

What are the main differences between the 2010 and 2020 rules?

The ICC have stated that there is a clearer demarcation and connection between the sale contract and ancillary contracts, a re-ordering within the Incoterms® rules giving delivery and risk more prominence, plus other changes which though cosmetic in appearance, are in reality substantial attempts on the part of the ICC to assist the international trading community towards smoother export/import transactions.

One of the major changes has been the change from DAT (Delivered at Terminal) to DPU (Delivered at Place Unloaded). For Incoterms 2010 there was little difference between DAT and DAP, other than for DAT the seller delivered the goods once unloaded from the arriving means of transport into a ‘terminal’ whereas in DAP, the seller delivered the goods when the goods were placed at the disposal of the buyer on the arriving means of transport for unloading. The terms have been changed to DPU to reflect the reality that the place of destination could be any place and not a ‘terminal’. If not a terminal the seller must ensure it is a place where they can unload the goods. As the seller is responsible for the unloading, the order of the terms has been changed so that DPU comes after DAP.

In terms of the actual abbreviations themselves the rest are the same as 2010, with EXW, FCA , CPT, CIP, DAP, DPU and DDP for any mode of transport and FAS, FOB, CFR, CIF for sea and inland waterway only. As before each of the Incoterms® needs to be carefully checked and agreed in the contract with the seller using the correct terminology, the port, place or point of delivery needs to be clearly stated to ensure the transfers of risks are visibly stated.

Our next Blog will again look at Incoterms but from the perspective of Brexit, as when we leave the EU, customs procedures will become common and the Incoterms® will become extremely important in the future.

To keep up to date with other freight-related news and articles please visit our website and follow us on LinkedIn to stay informed.

If you have any upcoming projects that we can support you on, please contact us directly on +44(0) 2476 343 037 and we’d be happy to help manage your freight journey.

5 things you need to know about customs after Brexit

5 things you need to know about customs after Brexit

5 things you need to know about customs after Brexit

By David Hooper, September 5, 2019, Category: General News

As the political situation stands, the UK is set to leave the European Union on the 31st of October 2019, regardless of whether the government secures a deal.

  “It is therefore important that you have some understanding of what to expect after this time to enable you to make the necessary preparations.”

1. An end to the customs union

The customs union that is currently in place makes sure that every member of the EU equally charges import duties to those outside the EU. This means that members of the EU are free to trade without being checked at borders. However, Brexit will see an end to this union. This means that you can expect customs checks at borders for both air and sea freight.

1. An end to the customs union

The customs union that is currently in place makes sure that every member of the EU equally charges import duties to those outside the EU. This means that members of the EU are free to trade without being checked at borders. However, Brexit will see an end to this union. This means that you can expect customs checks at borders for both air and sea freight.

2. Be aware of the origin of your goods

Ensure you know the country of origin for your goods being exported – for the goods to be classed as being of UK Origin they must have been wholly produced in the UK or are items that have been sufficiently transformed during a manufacturing process. The Tariff Heading of the product will determine which rule applies.

3. A change of business in Ireland

One of the many areas of contention regarding the UK’s exit from the EU is Ireland. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, or an EU exit with ‘unfavourable’ terms, exports could be subject to high tariffs and border checks could be introduced, making trading extremely difficult. Since the Irish ‘backstop’ is yet to be agreed upon, exactly what trading will look like post-Brexit is unlikely to be made clear until this time comes.

4. You may need an import licence

On certain goods after Brexit, you may require an import licence to be able to import your goods into the UK. You will need to pay for customs clearance and declare your imports. A commercial invoice from your supplier, which states exactly what has been sold and the cost of the item, is also likely to be required.

5. A new trade authority

The current system which manages trade complaints with the EU is managed by the European Commission. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, it is believed that a UK Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) will replace this infrastructure. This body will similarly investigate trading practices and increased imports which are deemed as unfair and that may have a negative effect on UK trade.

At Independent Freight, we will endeavour to continue to assist with your freight shipping, regardless of whether we leave the EU with or without a deal. We are the best freight forwarders that can help you to continue to successfully operate your business, even in times of significant change.

What is a Freeport?

What is a Freeport?

What is a Freeport?

By David Hooper, August 22, 2019, Category: General News

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss recently announced that the UK would create up to 10 freeports in the UK. She stated that they would create ‘thousands of jobs”.

  “Freedoms transformed London’s Docklands in the 1980s, and free ports will do the same for towns and cities across the UK” she added.

Mr Johnson backed the creation of new free ports as a Tory leadership candidate, suggesting there should be “about six” around the country.

Freeports are a special kind of port where normal tax and customs rules do not apply either at an airport or seaport. At a freeport, imports can enter with simplified customs documentation and without paying tariffs. Businesses operating inside designated areas in and around the port can manufacture goods using the imports and add value, before exporting again without ever facing the full tariffs or procedures.

If the goods move out of the freeport into another part of the country, however, they have to go through the full import process, including paying any tariffs.

Freeports are similar to free zones, or ‘enterprise zones’, which are designated areas subject to a broad array of special regulatory requirements, tax breaks and government support. The difference is that a freeport is designed to specifically encourage businesses that import, process and then re-export goods, rather than more general business support or regeneration objectives.

Would there be any benefit Post Brexit.

Most experts argue that benefits can be very small – the the University of Sussex recently put together a report on Freeports which suggested that the major risk was displacement of jobs from nearby areas as opposed to new job creation as well as providing other conclusions on why Freeports would be of little benefit to the UK Economy. In addition to this UK firms already benefit from the process of importing raw material duty and Vat free under the Inward Processing scheme, therefore, you could argue that any firms wishing to benefit from the process already can.

Future

The issue, therefore, should be about explaining to business what current procedures they should look at in the future to help offset any problems from loss of frictionless trade with the EU, and to help and encourage businesses to export to Non EU countries as creating expensive freeport areas is not the answer Post Brexit for the majority of firms involved in international trade.

To keep up to date with other freight-related news and articles please visit our website and follow us on LinkedIn to stay informed.

If you have any upcoming projects that we can support you on, please contact us directly on +44(0) 2476 343 037 and we’d be happy to help manage your freight journey.

Brexit Planning Workshop for Importers & Exporters

Brexit Planning Workshop for Importers & Exporters

Brexit Planning Workshop for Importers & Exporters

By David Hooper, August 09, 2019, Category: General News

In 2016 Boris Johnson, now the UK Prime Minister stated that:

  “We are proud to be running some workshops with the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce to help local businesses plan for Brexit. These will be full of content that you will find useful and allow you to make the decisions you need to make around Brexit.”

The first event is on 11th September.

Do you want to get your business Brexit ready but don’t know where to start? This workshop is designed for businesses that import & export and will cover the various aspects of international trade that will be affected by leaving the EU. It will also look at what steps you can take to prepare including conducting a supply chain audit, reviewing your customs processes and special procedures such as inward processing, outward processing and the AEO scheme.

This exciting workshop will bring you up to speed with the Brexit process and the key practical aspects of international trade that will be affected by Brexit including:

The Exit Process – What’s happening and when.

Trade Now and After Brexit:

  • How trade currently works with the EU and what will change
  • The current Single Market and Customs Union Model
  • Current Free Trade Agreement’s through the EU

The Post-Brexit Trading Models:

  • Customs Union, Single Market, Free Trade Agreement and their practical implications for importers and exporters
  • No Deal Implications
  • Practical Considerations such as tariffs, import VAT, customs declarations etc

Practical Steps to Take such as:

  • Conducting a supply chain audit
  • Using special procedures to minimise impact – for example IPR, OPR, AEO etc

Price:

  • Member: £250 + VAT
  • Non-Member: £295 + VAT

If you wish to book your place please contact Adele Wheatley adelew@cw-chamber.co.uk / 024 76654321