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Port Health Update - 31/01/2020

Mon. 3 Feb 2020

Freight forwarders call for greater transparency and clarity in the development of a post-Brexit trading relationship

Fri. 31 Jan 2020
Ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU later today, the director general of the trade association that represents companies that handle the majority of the UK’s visible trade is calling for greater transparency and clarity in the effort to develop a new post-Brexit trading relationship.

Defra Imports & Exports - newsletter update & transition period

Wed. 29 Jan 2020
As you will know the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill has been agreed by Parliament and received Royal Assent, therefore the UK will leave the European Union on 31st January 2020 and enter a transition period until 31st December 2020.

eeSea reveals a more in-depth probe into liner schedule reliability

Wed. 29 Jan 2020
Copenhagen-based eeSea has developed a platform designed to accurately gauge the on-time performance of liner services, as well as the standard of dispatch vessels receive at their ports of call.

Letters to businesses about trade arrangements after the UK has left the EU

Mon. 27 Jan 2020
HMRC letters to VAT-registered businesses trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world highlighting actions they need to take before the end of the transition period.

Get ready for TRACES NT: important information regarding pre-notification of imports

Thu. 23 Jan 2020
We wrote to you last month to help prepare your business for the introduction of new European regulations - Smarter Rules for Safer Food (SRSF) as we understand that your business imports live animals, products of animal origin (POAO), or high risk food and feed not of animal origin (HRFNAO). We are writing to you now to inform you of some further information on which you may need to take action.

Stakeholders in the Maritime Logistics Supply Chain urge the Commission to reconsider its decision and to proceed to a proper objective evaluation of the Consortia BER

Mon. 20 Jan 2020
CLECAT, ETA, EBU, ESC, FEPORT, GSF, GSA and UIRR representing users of liner shipping services and service providers of the maritime logistics chain (hereafter, the associations) jointly object to the prolongation of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER) on the grounds advanced in the Commission Staff Working Document Report from 20 November 2019 (the SWD). The associations believe the Commission has failed to demonstrate that the continuation of the CBER would benefit transportation users and service providers, i.e., consumers.

Drewry: Modest Outlook For Container Market

Mon. 20 Jan 2020
The outlook for the container shipping market remains soft despite the welcome boost of the ‘phase one’ trade agreement signed by the US and China, according to Drewry’s recently published Container Forecaster report.

Ade Adepitan reveals winners of UK freight industry ‘Oscars’

Thu. 16 Jan 2020
Ade Adepitan, one of the UK’s most well-known Paralympians and broadcasters has revealed the winners of the British International Freight Association’s Freight Service Awards 2019.

BIFA warns of looming deadline for Customs grant scheme applications

Tue. 14 Jan 2020
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is again reminding its members of a looming deadline by which they can apply for funding from a £16 million grant scheme.

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