News / 2019


Brexit tariff targets garments

The UK government has released an updated tariff regime that would apply for 12-months if Britain leaves the EU without a withdrawal deal, including amended tariffs to imports of clothing.

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Asia shipping congestion

Lines may add capacity ahead of Chinese New Year

Shipping lines will add an additional 5.5% capacity on the Asia-Europe trade before an early Chinese New Year, according to reports by JOC quoting Sea-Intelligence Maritime Consulting.

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No-Deal Brexit procedures updates

Whilst Parliament has been (apparently) unlawfully suspended, a no-deal Brexit is still very much on the cards and a number of updates and easements previously issued by HMRC, have now been extended for the 31st October 2019 deadline.

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Incoterms 2020 are released

Incoterms 2020, the 9th version of the international commercial trade terms, has been released by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), with changes to DAT, FCA and CIF terms.

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Asia-Europe blanking

Cancelled, or blanked, sailings have long been used by the container shipping lines to manipulate capacity when volumes fall, but inconsistencies in announcements around China’s Golden Week have been criticised, with accusations of blank sailing gamesmanship by the 2M and Ocean alliances.

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container ship fire

Fines for dangerous goods mis-declaration

Shipping lines including Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM and OOCL have announced that they will implement fines up to $15k for dangerous goods mis-declaration, which many lines suspect are behind recent containership fires.

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France test Brexit borders

French Customs have begun a month long trial of the systems that it will put in place for processing freight if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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No-deal importing

We look at how importing from the EU will work in the event of no-deal, what you must do now and what will happen from the 1st November, if no-deal is agreed.

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British Fashion Council fear £900M Brexit hit

The British Fashion Council, who seek to strengthen British fashion in the global fashion economy, believe that a no-deal Brexit would cost the UK fashion industry between £850 and £900 million because of tariffs, and other expenses, based on 2018 export figures.

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Brexit survey UK EU flags

Preparing for Brexit

As the October Brexit deadline looms closer, the prospect of disruption to freight flows is quickly becoming a reality, which means it is critical that you prepare your supply chain for a no-deal departure.

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