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HMRC Inland Preclearance Operations: Releasing Cleared Goods - Process update

Mon. 2 Mar 2020
Further to the HMRC email on 17 December 2019, detailing the proposed change to the way in which HMRC releases cleared consignments after Inland Pre-Clearance operations, to confirm the new arrangements.

Corona Virus Outbreak in Italy

Mon. 2 Mar 2020
In view of recent developments regarding the novel corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Italian Freight Forwarders Association - FEDESPEDI has provided information to clarify the current situation on the actions taken by the Italian government.

Freight forwarders urge for common sense and compromise as UK-EU future relationship negotiations commence

Mon. 2 Mar 2020
Ahead of this afternoon’s first formal meeting for the negotiation of the future relationship between the UK and the EU, Robert Keen, the director general of the British International Freight Association says that both sides should do everything they can to achieve a free-trade agreement with zero tariffs and zero quotas.

Liner bankruptcy potential at highest levels recorded

Fri. 28 Feb 2020
Container shipping has been warned in a new report it could face another Hanjin Shipping style collapse with one key liner bankruptcy indicator on red alert. The potential for liner bankruptcy potential is at its strongest in the 10 years that US consultants AlixPartners have been tracking this specific data set.

Freight forwarders urge government to work with Heathrow

Thu. 27 Feb 2020
Speaking after today’s ruling by the Court of Appeal in London in favour of campaigners challenging the legality of the UK government’s decision to allow a third runway at Heathrow Airport, Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) said:

Heathrow Airport: Plans for third runway plans in tatters after legal defeat

Thu. 27 Feb 2020
Heathrow Airport's plans to build a third runway have been thrown into turmoil after opponents won a legal appeal against it on environmental grounds.

Update on COVID 19 from GOV.UK

Thu. 27 Feb 2020
The Government has issued the following updated information regarding COVID 19 relative to the transport sector.

Head of Cargo announcement

Thu. 27 Feb 2020
Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) announces appointment of Tim Mayes as new Head of Cargo.

Update on timeline for TRACES system changes

Wed. 26 Feb 2020
The Commission are currently planning to close down the CVED-A module in TRACES Classic on the night of 4 March 2020.

EU announcement relative to negotiations with the UK

Wed. 26 Feb 2020
The Council on the 25th February adopted a decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a new partnership with the UK, and formally nominating the Commission as EU negotiator. The Council also adopted negotiating directives which constitute a mandate to the Commission for the negotiations.

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