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Good Practice Toolbox Downloads

BIFA's Good Practice series is for the exclusive use of current BIFA members.

If you experience difficulty in opening/downloading the file(s), please contact BIFA's Information Officer. If you have a question relating to the content of a document, please contact BIFA's Director General.

A Guide to Preparing to Become a Customs Agent

Published: Wed. 2 Jun 2021  -  This PDF file will open in a new window or tab.
response to a high volume of enquiries about becoming a Customs agent BIFA has prepared this guidance to assist those who would like to start operating as a customs broker.

A Guide on the Appointment and Responsibilities of a Customs Agent

Published: Wed. 2 Jun 2021  -  This PDF file will open in a new window or tab.
BIFA is issuing the following guidance to assist Members in understanding their legal responsibilities and liabilities as a Customs agent.

A Guide to the use of BIFA Standard Trading Conditions 2021

Published: Thu. 18 Feb 2021  -  This PDF file will open in a new window or tab.
Incorporation and key aspects.

An Introduction to Shipping Medicines and Vaccines

Published: Thu. 26 Nov 2020  -  This PDF file will open in a new window or tab.
With the development of COVID-19 vaccines globally, it is imperative that the distribution of the same is managed efficiently and within already established guidelines.

A Guide to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code

Published: Tue. 20 Oct 2020  -  This PDF file will open in a new window or tab.
Courtesy of the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA). This is not a substitute for the IMDG Code, but a useful reference document.

A Guide to the CTU Code

Published: Tue. 15 Sep 2020  -  This PDF file will open in a new window or tab.
The improvement of safety and security throughout the logistics supply chain is a subject many national and global organisations embrace. BIFA has in the past promoted the United Nations sponsored Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (the CTU Code), and we urge BIFA Members to read, disseminate to all staff and implement the guidance in the CTU Code.

A Guide to Telex Release

Published: Fri. 3 Apr 2020  -  This PDF file will open in a new window or tab.
'Telex Release' is a historic term that remains in use today. The term originates from when bill of lading releases were sent using a teleprinter machine on a network called Telex. Although the 'telex' fell out of use in the 1980s and was superseded firstly by fax and then by email the term is still used to release a bill of lading in lieu of an original copy.

A Guide to Minimising Supplier Risk

Published: Tue. 27 Nov 2018  -  This PDF file will open in a new window or tab.
BIFA has written three Good Practice Guides aiming to reduce the risk Members face relative to opening up credit accounts and undertaking new business, risk assessing individual consignments and cargo release against documents. However, from reviewing Member comments it has become clear that one of the biggest risks posed to them actually stems from their own suppliers. The two main inter-relating complaints concerned provider service failures and regulatory non-compliance.

A Guide to Due Diligence Regarding Credit Application Procedures

Published: Thu. 14 Jun 2018  -  This PDF file will open in a new window or tab.
At BIFA we have noted an increase in the number of enquiries regarding problems with clients not paying charges when due and relative to the best way to incorporate the BIFA Standard Trading Conditions (STC). This Guide is a pragmatic approach based on the personal experiences of BIFA personnel and Members should consider seeking the assistance of a suitably qualified professional if further help is required.

A Guide to Due Diligence on Release of Bills of Lading and Freight

Published: Thu. 14 Jun 2018  -  This PDF file will open in a new window or tab.
Bills of Lading are the main documents used in the transport of goods by sea. It can be confusing to complete or give instructions on completion and to use bills of lading correctly. In this brief Guide, we focus on the main types of bill of lading, what information should be contained within them, the pitfalls Members may encounter and how to avoid them. The final area that is covered suggests prudent steps that are applicable to the physical release of cargo.


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