The Government’s proposed tariff regime to apply temporarily in the event of a no-deal Brexit is a mixed bag for the UK’s EU traders.
While the structure is undoubtedly well-intentioned and will cause some UK businesses to breathe sighs of relief, it also contains potentially significant weaknesses which could well grow to haunt the government and industry.
Posted on: March 21st 2019
Given that the Brexit referendum was only advisory, not in any way binding, there have really always been four potential outcomes open to us: leave with no deal, leave with Theresa May’s deal, leave the EU but remain in the customs union, and remain.
Posted on: March 20th 2019
The UK’s EU traders should continue preparing for a calamity no-deal Brexit, as this remains a strong possibility and could still occur this month.
There is currently understandable relief among affected businesses at concessions Prime Minister Theresa May has made in the event of a revised withdrawal agreement being rejected by the Commons in the next couple of days.
Posted on: March 11th 2019
From drone technology and robotics to self-driving vehicles, the world around us is changing fast. As a result, the logistics sector is embracing new technologies and solutions more quickly than other business areas. While the industry has many challenges ahead – such as skills shortages, operational restrictions and Brexit – there are also many opportunities available for those brave enough to embrace our newly connected world.
Posted on: March 7th 2019
HGV drivers have to do 35 hours of periodic training every five years to operate a lorry. They can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without it.
In the months leading up to the last DCPC phase deadline there was a huge scramble to squeeze people onto courses as operators realised they were running out of time. Operators found themselves competing with each other at the eleventh hour for a limited number of spaces and then struggling to manage short notice abstractions whilst their staff were off on their courses.
Posted on: March 4th 2019
It is important to warn shippers and freight forwarders of the need to act during the first half of this year to ensure that their IT systems are ready for the end of extended support for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems on 14 January 2020.
The end of Windows 7 support has been creeping towards us for a very long time now. Windows 7 has been a loyal servant to many of our customers and to businesses worldwide since its launch in 2009, but it’s now time to move things forward.
Posted on: February 25th 2019
Last year could certainly be summarised as a turbulent year in logistics and transportation management. On the one hand, ecommerce continued to grow at record levels without the slowdown that many were predicting, leading many organisations to recognise the importance of reaching beyond traditional strategies to enhance their logistics and transportation capabilities.
Posted on: February 11th 2019
Whether its shoppers making the most of online sales, retailers stocking up their shelves or manufacturers getting crucial parts delivered, our economy increasingly relies on the smooth operation of our freight industry.
This network – one of the best in the world – delivers to communities from Newcastle to Newquay with few people ever really paying attention to how that is achieved.
Posted on: February 7th 2019
With the UK Parliament rejecting Theresa May’s deal; the EU’s position on the withdrawal agreement and request from clarity from UK parliament there continues to be uncertainty and there remains a real risk that we could face a hard Brexit. Therefore No-Deal planning continues and companies need to ensure they are ready for the UK leaving the EU on the 30 March.
This means that all goods to/from the EU will likely require some form of customs declaration. This article outlines the current state of play and considerations for the UK-EU supply chain.
Posted on: January 18th 2019
Disruption for traders with the EU following any no-deal Brexit will be intensified by delays in introducing the UK’s new system for managing customs declarations.
This is because the key implementation period for replacing the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system with the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) could now be coming at the worst possible time.
Posted on: January 17th 2019