What is a binding tariff?

A binding tariff or binding tariff information (BTI) is a classification decision made by the local customs authority in UK and Europe on the classification of goods. The BTI outlines the commodity code or harmonised standard (HS) number the goods are classified under and the associated duty rate plus any required licenses, quotas or quantitativeContinue reading “What is a binding tariff?”

Shipping Consolidation services

Inefficient shipping can increase your company’s costs and have a big impact on your company’s profit. Using freight consolidation services to streamline your logistics within your supply chain can give you big rewards. What is a consolidation service? A consolidation service combines all your company orders into one shipment for accurate and efficient shipping. ThereContinue reading “Shipping Consolidation services”

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”

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”

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”