The importance of Incoterms® for international trade

Incoterms are one of most important features of international trade, but sadly, one of the most misunderstood: they feature regularly in the lives of a wide range of people involved in exporting or importing (sales, customer service, purchasing, accounts, freight and shipping personnel), but many do not appreciate the full significance of the terms which they are dealing with.

How will connected vehicles affect us?

Connected vehicle technology is a wireless-based technology which enables vehicles to communicate with each other as well as traffic infrastructure such as traffic lights.  They can communicate through devices which are installed on-board the vehicle which receives warning signals ahead of time about road closures, accidents, weather conditions and other potential hazards.

The Catch 22 facing transport directors

I wonder how buoyant the recruitment market is for transport directors these days.  This is a sector overburdened with legislation, demanding clients, compliance issues and now to top it all, fines faced by international operators and their drivers when they unwittingly import illegal immigrants.  Why would any sane person set up a haulage firm?

This is not a drill: New HMRC controls for alcohol wholesalers and retailers

Alcohol duty fraud, particularly in beer and wine, is a significant problem for the Exchequer and legitimate business.  HMRC’s measures to counter the fraud thus far have had limited success (and this includes the supposed ‘ideal’ anti-fraud measure – the electronic excise movement and control system for EU duty-suspended movements – EMCS).

Understanding customs requirements – an important key to unlocking success in the aerospace market

The UK aerospace industry is one of the biggest in the world and accounts for nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of the global defence export market[1].  However that’s not to say that, as a sector, it doesn’t face challenges particularly given the nature of an industry when every second counts.

Tachograph technology: Why operators should adopt a ‘compliance-first’ approach

With the DVSA having announced its intent to focus on the worst offending transport operators, there is a growing recognition that technology can help organisations demonstrate to the authorities that they are actively managing their compliance.

Caroline Hicks, DVSA Head of Enforcement has commented: “We want the cost of compliance to be relatively low, relatively steady and relatively known.  As soon as you choose to be non-compliant the costs will increase and they will keep increasing so that no business can afford to sit in that non-compliant area.”

HGV tyres: Unloved, deflated and dangerous…

 

In a bid to improve safety on the UK’s roads, WheelRight has been offering a free pressure check to HGV drivers and motorists on one of Britain’s busiest stretches of road – the south-bound M6.

 

The unique pilot scheme launch of our drive-over tyre pressure system at Keele Services, which is running in association with Highways England and Welcome Break, has proven so popular that it’s been extended until Christmas.

 

Calais crisis could fuel freight price hike

Freight prices could rise significantly in the next few weeks, unless the ongoing crisis at Calais is resolved.  I am concerned about the operational impact the French strikers and migrant incursions is having on UK import and export trade.

Temporary solutions won’t ease the logistics pain felt by the UK supply chain

As the trouble across the Channel continues to disrupt Kent’s roads and put a strain on the UK economy, the challenges for manufacturers and the European supply chain have only just begun.

The demand for emergency logistics expertise has significantly grown since Operation Stack was first implemented at the end of June because of the cross-Channel disruptions.

Drivers under pressure as Calais crisis rumbles on

Kent is indeed known as the Garden of England, but over the last few weeks, the situation there has been less than rosy for our hauliers and HGV drivers trying to cross the channel.

As a company, France Line specialises in the transportation of road freight between the UK and France.  We cover the whole of France and use all different ports but a large proportion of our freight travels via Dover – Calais and the Eurotunnel.