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”

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”

Invoice types for International Shipping

There are many different types of invoice and not all of them are suitable for international shipping. Below is an outline of the three main types of invoice and how they can or cannot be used for shipping. Principally we are looking at shipping physical items so all the items examples below are referring toContinue reading “Invoice types for International Shipping”

How does ISPM-15 effect you

The IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) developed a treatment standard for wooden packaging materials used in international shipping called ISPM-15 (International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures). This shows the material has been treated against possible parasites such as beetles, termites and larvae. If you are shipping palletised goods internationally on wooden pallets, crates and/or wooden packagingContinue reading “How does ISPM-15 effect you”

Do you have the correct commodity codes?

Commodity codes are also referred to as Tariff codes, tariff number or tariff headings, Harmonised code or HS (Harmonised Standard) number. Basically they are referring to how your items are classified for customs purposes. They are a number broken down into chapters with paragraphs and sub paragraphs as they become more detailed.  The commodity codeContinue reading “Do you have the correct commodity codes?”

What is a Movement Certificate?

A.TR Movement Certificate Turkey entered into a Customs Union with the EU in 1995 and utilises the preference system with movement certificates (ATr. and EUR.1) for trade with Europe. The intention was that goods could travel between the EU and Turkey without customs restriction. An ATr. (Admission Temporaire Roulette) is a certificate for the movement of industrialContinue reading “What is a Movement Certificate?”

Shipping to the USA from Europe

The logistics world at the moment is a very dynamic place – from extra tariffs to new and pending trade deals it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stay up to date with the bureaucracy. With that in mind I have compiled a guide, as below, which should help if you do, or plan to, ship toContinue reading “Shipping to the USA from Europe”