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Is short-sea the solution

Short-sea services can offer cost savings of up to 50%, for those willing to accept much longer transit times. But is transferring short-sea volumes to containers a way of avoiding any future Dover congestion, or is just making a bigger problem elsewhere.

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Volatility can’t hide declining growth

Asia-Europe volumes may have fluctuated in the 1st quarter of 2019, but it doesn’t hide the fact that growth has been slowing and with 460,000 TEU of ultra-large container vessels scheduled for delivery this year, capacity is going to massively outstrip demand in 2019.

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No-deal Brexit tariff published

Tariffs will be removed from 87% of imports, while some imports including selected foodstuffs and cars will go up, the government announced yesterday.

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83% of business not ready for Brexit

A new government report makes the disturbing pronouncement that, despite dire warnings that importers should prepare for Brexit, only 17% of companies which should have registered for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) registration number, have actually done so, threatening chaos at ports and airports.

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UK doesn’t have the right (or enough) pallets for the EU

The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is due to hold emergency talks with industry leaders on Tuesday after discovering that the UK doesn’t have enough pallets to continue exporting goods to the European Union if it leaves without a deal in three weeks.

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Freight bodies welcome new Brexit security waiver

The government has announced a six-month phasing in of pre-arrival forms, known as Entry Summary Declarations, for goods imported from the EU in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

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Customs changes from 1st April

Important changes linked to the Union Customs Code will impact importers that have their own deferment account. ACTION NEEDED.

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HMRC outline no-deal Brexit actions

Over 145,000 business around the UK, that trade with the EU, are receiving letters today from HMRC detailing the actions they need to take to be ready for no-deal Brexit on 29th March 2019.

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Vessels cut and run from Southampton

DP World have confirmed that unexpectedly high container stack levels are causing disruption to terminal service levels, which has resulted in slower productivity and means some vessels are departing early.

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Asia – Europe: The outlook for shippers in quarter 4

As sea freight rates soar on the Asia-US trade, the question is, will the lines try and repeat their revenue recovery on the Asia – UK trade.

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