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2021 FIATA Week drives the change for freight forwarding associations

Fri. 26 Mar 2021
Geneva, 25 March 2021 – The 2021 FIATA Week took place online from 22-25 March and had more than 300 participants join the 4 days of meetings. Despite being held online due to the pandemic, the event had high numbers of participation, with 31 sessions taking place and more than 1,000 virtual connections made to the overall meetings.

Alphaliner reports huge container ship orders

Wed. 24 Mar 2021
In the latest issue of Alphaliner's weekly newsletter, the maritime consultancy reports that in the last two quarters there has been a huge amount of newbuilding orders in the container shipping sector, especially for ultra large vessels.

Asia-Europe ocean freight markets show signs of slight easing

Thu. 18 Mar 2021
UK forwarding and other freight sources report some reductions in pricing from China and better availability of containers, although it may be ‘the eye of the storm’, with more disruptions to come as recently blanked services come back on line

Inland Border Facility update - 18 Mar 2021

Thu. 18 Mar 2021
Latest IBF update:

Clarification on the VAT rate to be charged on customs intermediary charges

Wed. 17 Mar 2021
Further to BIFA Member enquiries with the confusion surrounding some of the text in Public Notice 744b (Freight Transport and Associated Services), BIFA sought clarity from HMRC’s VAT Policy Team on whether the customs intermediary charges should be zero or standard rated.

Europe launches import control system

Wed. 17 Mar 2021
The European Commission launched the first phase of its new import control system (ICS2 to protect against threats posed by illicit goods across the EU’s external borders on 15 March. ICS2 will initially focus on postal and express consignments coming to or through the EU by air, before eventually being applied to all modes of cargo transport.

Ordering spree shuffles liner rankings

Tue. 16 Mar 2021
The spate of boxships ordered over the past six months is seeing radical shifts in the global liner rankings.

Counterfeit and shipping

Tue. 16 Mar 2021
More than half of the total value of counterfeit goods seized around the world are shipped by sea, according to a new OECD-EUIPO report.

£20 million SME Brexit Support Fund opens for applications

Mon. 15 Mar 2021
The fund will help smaller businesses with changes to trade rules with the EU.

Allow seventh freedoms for air freight

Mon. 15 Mar 2021
Countries should lift restrictions on air cargo operations in a bid to improve supply chain connectivity, according to ICAO.

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