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Alphaliner says idle containership fleet set to hit 3 million teu

Thu. 9 Apr 2020
Alphaliner's weekly newsletter suggests that the idle containership fleet is expected to breach the three million teu mark as lines blank more sailings and withdraw services, surpassing a previous high of 2.46 million teu in early March.

Freight forwarders says HMRC is acting pragmatically over implementation timetable for new Customs declarations processing system

Wed. 8 Apr 2020
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed the latest announcement by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) of an extension to the implementation timetable of the new computer system that will replace an existing system used for processing Customs declarations.

Drewry begins tracking weekly containership cancelled sailings and waiting times

Wed. 8 Apr 2020
London, UK, 07 April 2020 – Responding to unprecedented market volatility following the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, the logistics consultancy arm of Drewry Shipping Consultants, is pleased to announce the launch of two new container shipping tracking services reporting cancelled sailings and ship waiting times every week.

Freight association welcomes government support for exporters

Mon. 6 Apr 2020
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) welcomes the additional support that the Department for International Trade (DIT) is making available to 160,000 exporters and international investors.

Looking for storage?

Mon. 6 Apr 2020
BIFA is receiving calls from members looking for storage facilities.

Updated Trading Standards refusal process

Fri. 3 Apr 2020
BEIS and HMRC have been continuing to develop and improve the process for managing consignments where some products, being imported, can be released for free circulation while others have been refused entry because they have been assessed as presenting serious risks to consumers.

Reliability to suffer as void sailings multiply

Thu. 2 Apr 2020
Container line service cuts and rising congestion will make it hard for shippers to plan ahead.

Guidance on Customs Processes 01 April 2020

Wed. 1 Apr 2020
Following BIFA's previous messages containing draft or informal guidance on customs processes, HMRC have now published official guidance on moving goods through customs and customs authorisations during the coronavirus (COVID-19).

UK freight association encourages sign up for its online Customs declaration training, with grant funding still available from government

Tue. 31 Mar 2020
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has reminded its members and any company involved in international trade that its online training course that focuses on Customs declarations is still available, with grant funding available from the Government.

P&O Ferries prioritises freight, suspends 1,100 workers

Fri. 27 Mar 2020
In a reversal of its previous ‘business as usual stance’ P&O Ferries has today announced that all its ferries travelling between the UK, Ireland and continental Europe will switch immediately to carrying only freight.

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