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Coronavirus Freight Update – 9th April 2020

Coronavirus Freight Update – 9th April 2020

Coronavirus: Freight Update 9th April 2020

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, freight and shipping are a constantly moving picture at the moment. If you have missed the daily posts on LinkedIn this week, we’re bringing you a weekly roundup on our blog to help your business.

If you are not following us on LinkedIn – please find us here

The areas we’re covering in relation to freight and Coronavirus:

Trucks in Europe:

Trucks in EuropeThe good news is EU & UK borders are operating normally, freight vehicles moving freely.

Eurotunnel and ferries are operating full schedules. Depots in Europe remain fully operational with some countries restricting goods transport. Non-essential industries are closed or suspending production so these volumes are missing.

We are monitoring these changes closely in order to react quickly to your requirements if schedule adjustments are needed. Frequent departures are being maintained to secure supply chains.

Advice: Please check each individual order to make sure your client is open. If this is the case then we will continue to operate our collection service in the UK as normal.

Sea Freight Update

Sea Freight Update Ocean Freight update. Despite varying degrees of lockdown, worldwide sea freight remains operational. The ports in the UK are reporting good service.

The Far East all ports and landside operations are working as normal.
Indian Sub-Continent, lockdowns in place from March to April varying in length causing varying levels of activity in some cases slow and limited.

USA full load imports unchanged Eastbound services in place.

Far East intermodal integrity remains good

Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and South Africa varying degrees of lockdown March to April. Ports and customs mainly operational.
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If you need any help planning sea freight, call us or contact us.

Air Freight Update:

Air Freight UpdateAir freight up-date – it’s still possible to move freight by air, but it’s more difficult than you may normally be used to…

There is an acute shortage of lift at a time of high demand due to the majority of carriers closing down or making big cuts in their passenger networks. To help address the needs of our customers we are working closely with our long-term carrier partners. At an unpredictable time, we are unable to hold lead times at their applicable rate, alternatively, charter space will be offered at the market rate when available.

This situation is constantly evolving and our team is keeping up to date with the latest information. If you need any specific information more help or advice about your air freight shipments then give us a call.

Free Online Workshops and Calls with Independent Freight

Customs workshopsWe recognise that this is a stressful time for you, so we’re running workshops online to help you plan and learn more about customs and freight. We’re finalising content and will be launching the workshops for booking on Eventbrite very soon!

We are also offering a free freight consultation via video – we understand that you may have a lot of burning questions that would like answered, so please get in touch – we’re here to help you and your business at this time.

If you need any further help and support or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us to find out more about our workshops or a free consultation.

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Coronavirus Freight Update – April 2020

Coronavirus Freight Update – April 2020

Coronavirus – Freight Update. 1st April 2020

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, freight and shipping are a constantly moving picture at the moment. If you have missed the daily posts on LinkedIn this week, we’re bringing you a weekly roundup on our blog to help your business. If you are not following us on LinkedIn – please find us here

The areas we’re covering in relation to freight and Coronavirus:

  1. Trucks in Europe
  2. Air Freight Update
  3. Free online workshops
  4. Sea Freight Update
  5. Video consultation with Independent Freight

Trucks in Europe:

Trucks in EuropeRoad Freight Update: to and from Europe. Whilst it is possible to move freight around by road, this is an ever-changing picture by the day, with severe delays on some of the borders between EU states.

As always – we suggest at this time to plan your schedules more than ever and talk to our team to help you minimise delays where possible.

One example of current delays: according to information from the Slovak Government Authorities, Slovakia is currently closing its borders with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Austria, to freight vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, due to bottlenecks and resulting traffic jams which have accumulated since Monday morning at the Hungarian borders. If you need to discuss road freight, please call us to look at your best options.

Air Freight Update:

Air Freight UpdateAir freight up-date – it’s still possible to move freight by air, but it’s more difficult than you may normally be used to…

There is an acute shortage of lift at a time of high demand due to the majority of carriers closing down or making big cuts in their passenger networks. To help address the needs of our customers we are working closely with our long-term carrier partners. At an unpredictable time, we are unable to hold lead times at their applicable rate, alternatively, charter space will be offered at the market rate when available.

This situation is constantly evolving and our team is keeping up to date with the latest information. If you need any specific information more help or advice about your air freight shipments then give us a call.

Sea Freight Update

Sea Freight UpdateSea Freight is still operational:

In most cases, ports and transport providers are maintaining normal working conditions. Capacity is being reduced by some carriers, however, we can support your business on most of the major freight shipping lanes. Equipment and vessel space shortages are being experienced in the UK for export but we are working with all carriers and Customers to overcome these issues.

Manufacturing in China has broadly returned to normal as have a number of other Asian countries.

Shipping to the USA and Canada is still operational. Some ports are operating at shorter working hours and prioritising medical goods, but there is no real issue in getting freight into the country.

Europe – expect some delays at Italian ports due to reduced staffing levels.

If you need any help planning sea freight, call us or contact us.

Free Online Workshops and Calls with Independent Freight

Customs workshopsWe recognise that this is a stressful time for you, so we’re running workshops online to help you plan and learn more about customs and freight. We’re finalising content and will announce that soon.

We are also offering a free freight consultation via video – we understand that you may have a lot of burning questions that would like answered, so please get in touch – we’re here to help you and your business at this time.

If you need any further help and support or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us to find out more about our workshops or a free consultation.

Need more information?

Find out how we can help your business

Air Freight

Tailor made solutions to meet your requirements

Sea Freight

Comptitive rates ensuring cost efficiency + reliability

Please call us on

+44 (0) 247 6343 037

For more information on Imports and Exports after Brexit, one of our freight experts will be happy to help.

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Customs Auditing

Customs Auditing

Customs Audit

To assist clients in the event of a Customs Audit, we have highlighted below some of the key documents and information HMRC will want to see in order to check that declarations have been undertaken correctly and to prove that there is a clear audit trail.

The main areas of compliance that HMRC will want to examine are:

  1. Evidence of export
  2. Tariff classification
  3. Origin and preferential origin (import)
  4. Preference (export)
  5. Customs valuation
  6. Use of special procedures such as Inward or Outward Processing etc

For Import Audits: HMRC will want to be able to see a full Audit Trail, to ensure that:

The custom value used is correct and includes any additional costs that should be factored in, that the commodity codes used to declare the goods are right, that the correct VAT and Duty has been paid. In order to examine this, HMRC will want to see purchase orders, commercial invoices, proof of payment, insurance policies, evidence of Incoterms used and currency arrangements. They will also want to see the Transport Documents and most importantly Customs Entry Document C88/E2 and C79 Vat reclaims.

They will also want to see the Transport Documents and most importantly Customs Entry Document C88/E2 and C70 Vat reclaims. HMRC will examine how a business has chosen its customs representative if they have outsourced the declarations to a broker or freight forwarder. Have the given authority to the broker to act on their behalf through a Direct Representation Letter, does the Agent have AEO (C) status, which means they have been audited by HMRC. Therefore HMRC may also want to see what instructions are being sent to Agents when conducting customs clearances on behalf of your business and what checks are carried out and how errors are acted upon.

Post Brexit from January 2021 customs will affect all shipments to and from the EU – therefore it is very important to ensure you are doing this correctly.

If you need any further help and support or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact David@hooperandco.com or David@independent-freight.com who can provide an initial 1-hour review to discuss this with you in more detail. Please also note that now is good opportunity to access the Government Grants available to support businesses that need training in customs matters, to access these grants business must be established in, or have a branch in, the UK when the grant is paid and must have previously met all its tax obligations.

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Brexit Update

Brexit Update

Brexit Update

Now that the UK has officially left the EU albeit we are now in the Transition period where nothing much will change, it seems that the UK Government vision for Brexit is a UK which is completely independent from the EU, whereby the UK will no longer be aligned to EU rules.

This indicates that the UK will at the very best have a ‘Basic’ FTA with the EU. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that “There is no need for a free trade agreement to involve accepting EU rules,” and that he is seeking a ‘Canada Style’ Free Trade Agreement with the EU. Something we suggested would be the case over a year ago in an earlier blog. However, even a Canada Style FTA now sounds ambitious. If you would like details on the original blog please contact me.

Among individual countries, China is South Africa’s biggest trading partner, with imports and exports between the two nations totaling R263.9 billion in 2013.

It now appears that any trade deal with the EU will be subject to customs checks and for some goods border checks as well, there is now no guarantee that easements which were introduced as part of a cliff-edge Brexit will now be introduced such as TSP, zero temporary tariffs, and even VAT postponed accounting. The EU is now being talked about in the same vein as the USA and other Non-EU countries as being ‘the rest of the World’.

Added to this is the fact that the PM has said the Transition Period will not be extended beyond the end of 2020. Therefore it is very important that businesses start preparing for being ready which goes far deeper than just having your EORI number. Businesses that start planning now will ensure that they are ready for 2021. Hooper and Co will be hosting a number of Training workshops over the next few months these will cover ‘Getting ready for Brexit’, ‘Free Trade Agreements’, ‘Customs Procedures’ and ‘Origin of goods’, etc. If you are interested in attending one of these Workshops or finding out more please do not hesitate to contact me at david@hooperandco.com , there are discounts to existing Clients of Independent Freight and Hooper and Co.

Call us to obtain a free quotation on:  +44(0)2476 343037

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Air Freight

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Trade between the UK & South Africa

Trade between the UK & South Africa

Air Freight Trade between the UK & South Africa. 

When South Africa was pulled out of the Commonwealth of Nations in 1961, the United Kingdom opposed monetary and economic sanctions. Britain had many key trade links and, in particular, needed South Africa’s gold.

Exports today include corn, diamonds, fruits, gold, metals and minerals, sugar, and wool. Machinery and transportation equipment make up more than one-third of the value of the country’s imports. The country’s diamond industry is the fourth-largest in the world, with only Botswana, Canada, and Russia producing more diamonds each year.

Among individual countries, China is South Africa’s biggest trading partner, with imports and exports between the two nations totaling R263.9 billion in 2013.

The UK signed a continuity deal with six African nations – South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and Mozambique – on 9 October. Trade between the UK and these six countries was worth £10.2bn in 2018. 

As we leave the EU and create a new independent UK trade policy, we will build further on our £9 billion annual trade with South Africa, our biggest trading partner in Africa, and champion free trade to help developing countries combat poverty and grow their economies.

The UK remains an important strategic partner for South Africa globally. South Africa and the UK have enjoyed mutually beneficial preferential trade since the entry into force of the first reciprocal trade agreement between South Africa and the EU in January 2000.

If you need to ship goods to South Africa we offer a range of Professional Freight Shipping Services via Sea, Air & Road. Our Dedicated Customer Services Team at Independent Freight and Hooper & Co who are always on hand to help and solve your problems quickly and efficiently. 

Call us to obtain a free quotation on:  +44(0)2476 343037

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Sea Freight

Comptitive rates ensuring cost efficiency + reliability

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+44 (0) 247 6343 037

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Chinese New Year Information

Chinese New Year Information

Chinese New Year Information

Our Chinese Freight Partner will be closed from the 23rd of January until the 30th of January due to Chinese New Year.

Please contact one of the team if you need an urgent freight shipment before or straight after these dates.

Most factories will close from 15th of January gradually until 3rd Feb. This could impact a shipment, get in touch if you have any questions regarding this.

If you want to discuss how we can support your freight journey, please don’t hesitate to call me on +44(0) 2476 343 037 and we can work through a support plan.

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