Don’t let shipping surcharges creep up on you

As we enter the new tax year you may have received a rate increase from your logistics provider. Do you realise how you pack and ship your items can affect the overall cost you will be charged? Part of efficient logistics management is monitoring costs. Flat rate shipping costs are becoming rare – now youContinue reading “Don’t let shipping surcharges creep up on you”

Covid-19 Warehouse Safety

We are currently all in the grips of the terrible Covid-19 ‘coronavirus’ pandemic. As per all government’s advice – stay home, stay safe and protect your health service and the vulnerable. Some industries, such as manufacturing, retail and logistics, must stay open to supply manufacturers of essential equipment and to keep supply chains moving. TheseContinue reading “Covid-19 Warehouse Safety”

Sea Freight Container Types

Most people are familiar with the ‘normal’ box-type shipping container – they are seen on container ships, lorry trailers, trains and stacked up at the ports. There are actually many different types of shipping container and the type you choose will depend on your specific requirement. Here is a summary of the main types andContinue reading “Sea Freight Container Types”

1PL 2PL 3PL 4PL 5PL 6PL – The Advancement of Party Logistics

Many people involved with logistics will have heard of the term ‘third party logistics’ or ‘3PL’ or ‘TPL’ but what are the others? There are actually several forms of ‘party logistics’ – here I will cover 1PL to 6PL and show how the systems integrate the supply chain. The more a company moves from 1PLContinue reading “1PL 2PL 3PL 4PL 5PL 6PL – The Advancement of Party Logistics”

How to be a LinkedIn All Star

For those of you who don’t know – LinkedIn is a social networking platform focused around business. It can be used to grow and develop connections within your industry, showcase your experience and find new opportunities. If you think it is a place to post photos of your cat or look for dates, you areContinue reading “How to be a LinkedIn All Star”

Changes to CIF and CIP in Incoterms 2020

What are Incoterms? Incoterms are a set of rules developed and published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) which define the moment of delivery of goods. Incoterms do not govern the transfer of property or title of goods. The latest version of Incoterms were released for use January this year – Incoterms 2020 CIF and CIPContinue reading “Changes to CIF and CIP in Incoterms 2020”

Time Management with the Eisenhower Matrix

Time is something most of us never seem to have enough of, especially in a time sensitive industry such as Logistics. Most of us have felt overwhelmed at work at some point which can lead to longer working days and increased stress levels as we struggle to cope. So how can you manage your timeContinue reading “Time Management with the Eisenhower Matrix”

LCL Sea Freight Shipping

What is LCL? ‘LCL’ is an acronym for ‘Less than Container Load’ and is referring to the volume of the consignment you are shipping. If you are only shipping one or two pallets this is not enough to fill a 20 or 40 foot shipping container. Therefore your shipment would be packed into a shippingContinue reading “LCL Sea Freight Shipping”

IPR and OPR Customs Procedure Codes

Inward Processing Relief (IPR) and Outward processing relief (OPR) are Customs procedures for goods that are entering the country for a process or are returning to the country after a process has been completed. A ‘process’ could be service such an inspection, repair or modification. They are not a way of avoiding import duty andContinue reading “IPR and OPR Customs Procedure Codes”

UK Customs Clearance Routes

When goods arrive into the UK from a third country (currently anything not within the EU) they need to be cleared through UK customs and the appropriate import duty and VAT paid. When the customs entry is submitted to UK customs there is four main routes the entry can take. Route 1 If an entryContinue reading “UK Customs Clearance Routes”