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After years of campaigning by the British haulage industry for a ‘level playing field’ with Europe, the Government finally caved in on 1st April by introducing the HGV road user levy. The levy is paid by all trucks running on British roads but is only an increase for foreign registered vehicles, as UK trucks have their vehicle excise duty rebated by the same amount.
Customers are much more likely to make purchases online if they know that they have the flexibility to make a return if they need to; in fact, it has been estimated that customers return up to a quarter of the garments they purchase for one reason or another. If a retailer has a complex return and refund policy, more and more consumers will be turned off from shopping on the site in the first place.
In the past, removing wrecks from an area of coastline was conducted from a pragmatic perspective. Local authorities would make an assessment of the likely dangers to navigation and the impact on the natural environment and then decide if the wreck should be left in situ or taken away for disposal. Today’s different approach requires almost all wrecks to be removed and the natural environment restored to its original condition.
We live in an age of fast moving business and virtual transactions, where the explosion of the internet and social media has permanently changed how businesses operate; however for those organisations that have expanded into the Middle East, the corporate world is a very different place.
In June 2012, alongside the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) represented the world’s shipowners at the United Nations ‘Rio+20’ Summit on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.