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The UK’s Customs options

Despite the Home Secretary’s protestations, the government has proposed two options for the UK’s Customs relationship with the European Union post-Brexit.

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Knowing Brexit: Seminar report

Brexit is now less than a year away. And while the UK government have negotiated a 21 month transition period, there is still no clarification of the deal being sought. Which means that while businesses continue to have no idea what planning to undertake and time is running out…………

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American shippers facing massive disruption

North American supply chains are experiencing massive disruption as bad weather continues to impact operations and port delays are exacerbated by a shortage of haulage capacity that is so bad, shippers are snooping to find potential hauliers.

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Supplier blindness

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a recent Deloitte survey found that cost reduction is the main priority for 75% of buyers. What is surprising is that nearly as many confessed that they had no supply chain visibility past tier 1 suppliers.

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Footwear manufacturing map

Though Vietnam continues to increase its share of exports, China still has a fourfold lead where volume is concerned. This Sourcing Journal infographic has lessons for all shoewear buyers.

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Smallest ships, fastest service

While Hyundai Merchant Marine gets ready to re-enter the Asia/Europe trade with the route’s smallest ships, 2018 is set to be the year of the ultra-large containership, with 53 ships larger than 13,500 TEU scheduled for delivery in the coming months.

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Bangladesh air cargo ban lifted

In good news for apparel importers, the suspension on direct air cargo between Bangladesh and the UK has been lifted.

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Asia-Europe carrier reliability improving

Schedule reliability is critical and can cause huge problems if it declines because a vessel is delayed, a sailing omitted, or a container rolled. All typical scenarios in the period before and after the Chinese New Year holidays which start this week.

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Why do smaller companies pay more to ship?

The World Trade Organisation says that cross-border trade is more difficult and costly for SMEs – companies with fewer than 250 employees – than it is for larger companies. But why?

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Beauty adopting fashion supply chains

By shortening their production cycles ‘fast beauty’ brands can get products to market quicker than ever.

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