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Border Operating Model, more information

Fri. 9 Oct 2020
If you are a business which trades in plants and/or plant products (including timber and wood packaging material), DEFRA have advised more information about what you need to do to prepare for the end of the Transition Period on 1 January 2021. 

Freight association asks for independent arbitration at the port of Felixstowe

Fri. 9 Oct 2020
Freight forwarders that are suffering major operational damage and incurring significant additional costs as a result of the ongoing disruption to operations at the port of Felixstowe are demanding that Government steps in to arbitrate between the port’s owners and users.

Updated Border Operating Model issued

Fri. 9 Oct 2020
The Government has issued the second edition of the Border Operating Model.

FMC investigating carrier demurrage costs

Fri. 9 Oct 2020
US authorities have opened an investigation into whether container lines are acting unfairly by pushing the payment of demurrage fees onto third-party transportation companies rather than shippers.

Outcome of the Freeports consultation

Thu. 8 Oct 2020
The UK government publishes the outcome of the Freeports consultation with the intention to boost economic activity across the UK, ‘levelling up towns, cities and regions across the country’.

Shipping lines still vulnerable to cyber crime

Wed. 7 Oct 2020
One of the outcomes of the Covid-19 pandemic on working practices globally has been the increasing reliance on digital systems in order to do business. But what this has exposed is a vulnerability to attacks by cyber criminals using sophisticated ransomware to blackmail businesses by stealing their access to their own data.

CLdN boosts ‘Brexit-proof’ UK-EU ro-ro capacity

Tue. 6 Oct 2020
European shortsea ro-ro specialist is stepping up preparations for the end of the Brexit transitional phase on 31 December 2020 by introducing additional capacity on its UK routes.

Liner schedule reliability hits new low as rates peak

Tue. 6 Oct 2020
Global liner average schedule reliability hit an all-time low point in August, both in terms of the actual performance levels, as well as in terms of the speed with which performance has declined, according to new analysis from Copenhagen-based Sea-Intelligence, which has been tracking carrier reliability levels since 2011.

US restocking cycle to boost container demand

Tue. 6 Oct 2020
Retailers in the US overestimated the impact of the pandemic on consumer demand. As shoppers return, they have found inventory levels at record lows, prompting a surge in imports.

Revenue and Customs Brief 15 (2020)

Mon. 5 Oct 2020
VAT – Conclusion of review of Import VAT deducted as input tax by non-owners.

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