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Potential to extend payment period for Customs/Import VAT Duty due in 15 Jun

Thu. 4 Jun 2020
Duty Deferment Account holders who are experiencing severe financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 measures in place, and who are unable to make payment of deferred customs duties and import VAT due on 15 June, can contact HMRC for approval to an arrangement for extended period for making full or partial payment without having their guarantee called upon or their account suspended.

Air Cargo Capacity Crunch: Demand Plummets but Capacity Disappears Even Faster

Wed. 3 Jun 2020
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in April showing that demand dropped 27.7% compared to the same period in 2019 - the sharpest fall ever recorded. Still, there was insufficient capacity to meet demand as a result of the loss of belly cargo operations on passenger aircraft.

TAPA warns of a significant spike in cargo thefts as criminals get back to 'business as usual'

Wed. 3 Jun 2020
Manufacturers and logistics service providers must be prepared to protect their supply chains from a projected significant spike in cargo thefts as coronavirus lockdowns begin to be lifted across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has warned.

Update to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan

Mon. 1 Jun 2020
On Friday (29 May 2020) the Chancellor announced changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as the furlough scheme.

Reinventing inventory strategies could lead to spike in warehousing demand

Fri. 29 May 2020
Received wisdom suggests that one impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is that companies are giving series consideration to their inventory strategies going forwards.

24% jump in companies asking their suppliers for environmental transparency

Fri. 29 May 2020
CDP Worldwide has recently announced that there has been a 24% jump in the number of companies asking their suppliers to report environmental data this year.

Cape routings increase despite shipper fury

Fri. 29 May 2020
The number of vessels routed on the bunker-guzzling route which avoids Suez Canal tolls continues to rise.

Coronavirus set to ‘hammer’ container shipping demand

Thu. 28 May 2020
Bimco rules out a short-term recovery and predicts rates are more likely to fall than rise.

UK Ports: Look to Green Investment and Freeports as part of economic recovery

Wed. 27 May 2020
The British Ports Association (BPA) has today published an economic recovery plan for government that highlights how investment in ports can play a part in the UK’s healing from the deepest economic shock in living memory.

New driver-free freight ferry terminal now OPEN for business in Tilbury

Wed. 27 May 2020
Tilbury2’s brand new unaccompanied* freight ferry terminal opened for business this week at a vital time for the UK’s freight industry.


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