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Port of Felixstowe CTC transit movements post 1 January 2021

Thu. 24 Dec 2020
Further to recent conversations about CTC transit traffic post-2021, HMRC has secured the agreement of the CTC secretariat to allow TADs to be emailed to Border Force for inbound Office of Transit movements only for a limited period post-1 January 2021.

Acute shortage of containers in Asia could run beyond February: Sea-Intelligence

Wed. 23 Dec 2020
Container shipping consultancy Sea-Intelligence has warned that the dire shortage of empty containers in key locations, especially in Asia, could persist into at least February, and possibly beyond.

Record-low global schedule reliability of liner shipping

Wed. 23 Dec 2020
On 17 December, Copenhagen-based maritime analyst Sea-Intelligence released its Global Liner Performance Report, with schedule reliability figures up to and including November 2020.

A new edition of the BIFA Standard Trading Conditions

Tue. 22 Dec 2020
A new set of the BIFA Standard Trading Conditions (STC), BIFA 2021, is being issued effective from 1 January 2021.

Customs Declaration Completion Requirements for Great Britain and Norther Ireland Protocol

Tue. 22 Dec 2020
Tariff supplements specifying rules for clearance after the end of transition:

EC publishes new slot relief proposal as of summer 2021

Mon. 21 Dec 2020
On 16 December, the European Commission adopted its proposal for the revised EU Slots Regulation, taking into account the need to provide relief from the use-it-or-lose-it rule in view the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.

Hauliers will be able to get a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) from 23 December 2020

Mon. 21 Dec 2020
From Wednesday, 23 December 2020, hauliers registered to use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) will be able to get a Goods Movement Reference (GMR).

Government releases 2025 Border Strategy Document

Fri. 18 Dec 2020
On 17 December 2020 HM Government (HMG) released its 2025 Border Strategy document, which outlines its intentions for modernising the UK frontier.

HMRC webinar on GVMS

Thu. 17 Dec 2020
As you will know the EU Transition period ends on 31 December 2020 at 23.00pm and following that hauliers moving goods from EU>GB and GB>NI will need to make different arrangements to ensure goods movements continue to flow.

HMRC release Webinars on YouTube regarding GVMS

Wed. 16 Dec 2020
HMRC have recently run two Webinars regarding the operation of GVMS for hauliers, which are now available to view on YouTube.


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