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?”

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?”

What is an EORI Number?

As many UK and European companies prepare for the UK transition period to end, this has been one of the most googled questions lately. See the ‘What’ and ‘How’ below and, if you trade between the UK and EU, take action. What does EORI stand for? EORI is an acronym and stands for Economic Operator RegistrationContinue reading “What is an EORI Number?”

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”

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”

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”

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”