Customs Declaration Service (CDS)

What is the Customs Declaration Service (CDS)? The Customs Declaration Service (CDS) is new customs computer system for the processing of import and export shipments in the UK. It is being phased in to replace the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system which has been the main system since 1994. Oddly enoughContinue reading “Customs Declaration Service (CDS)”

Foundation History of Aifreight

With airfreight being such an integral form of transport in industry it is difficult to imagine a world without it but how did it all begin? In this infographic I outline some (just some!) of the steps in history from 1910 to 1946 that laid down the foundation for the modern airfreight industry we knowContinue reading “Foundation History of Aifreight”

Why are airfreight costs sky high?

A question Logistics Managers (like myself) and Supply Chain Managers are hit with regularly, especially now. It has been an extremely challenging time for anyone in the logistics industry – all across the board: Brexit, Covid, Lockdowns, Driver shortages, Port congestion, Container Shortages, Limited Flights – the list goes on. I definitely have a lotContinue reading “Why are airfreight costs sky high?”

How to Export UK Aid to Ukraine

Many amazing people, groups and charities across the UK have rallied together to collect supplies such as clothing, bedding, sanitary products and medicine to send to Ukraine to help those in need. In this article I will list a summary of the steps you should take to ensure you have the best chance of yourContinue reading “How to Export UK Aid to Ukraine”

What is Returned Goods Relief?

Returned Goods Relief (RGR) is a customs procedure that enables an exporter to gain total or partial relief from customs duty and tax for goods which are being returned. This could apply to such scenarios as customer returns or cancelled orders after the goods have been despatched.  For a company to be eligible to claimContinue reading “What is Returned Goods Relief?”

How cross-docking can accelerate your despatch

Anyone who has managed any form of traditional warehouse can understand how precious time is to daily operations. So even the slightest improvement in efficiency or accuracy can be a huge benefit and boost to warehouse productivity. Time and process strategies such as Lean management can help reduce some wasteful processes but tend to focusContinue reading “How cross-docking can accelerate your despatch”

International Procurement

International procurement can give your company a wider variety of potential suppliers and provides more options for competition. Many international suppliers are happy compete competitively for international contracts. Before making your supply chain global by jumping into international procurement there are some points to consider: Supply Volume Large-scale manufacturing sites in operation often require aContinue reading “International Procurement”

Tender Types and Procedures

Before a tender is prepared and released to prospective suppliers the purchasing company will need to decide on the type of tender procedure they wish to use. The tender procedure used will define the interaction with any prospective suppliers and how these suppliers will submit their tender contract application.  Each procedure has its advantages and disadvantagesContinue reading “Tender Types and Procedures”

Ethical Procurement

Ethical procurement is no longer just a matter of trust between the buyer and supplier in the supply chain. There are a number of factors that must be considered. Of course, purchasing ethics plays a part in both global and local procurement but it can be more of an issue internationally. A willing or previouslyContinue reading “Ethical Procurement”

UK Port Congestion – what happened?

Most of the UK seaports have been (and some still are) suffering from severe congestion. It is extremely frustrating for the ports, freight forwarders and importers alike. If you have been effected, like me, you may be wondering – what happened? From what I can observe, like most problems, a number of factors have contributedContinue reading “UK Port Congestion – what happened?”