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BIFA releases freight report on the issues impacting the Container Market

BIFA (British International Freight Association) has been monitoring conditions in the container market for some time, liaising with international organisations in order to compare global market conditions. Download here: Container Market Overview Report The subject was discussed at length at the lastest BIFA Maritime, Road and Rail (Surface) Policy Group meeting held on 14 July, and following …

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WSTA scores historic win as Government announce scrapping of arduous and unnecessary wine paperwork

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has won a significant post-Brexit victory, for its members and consumers, after government has agreed to scrap wine-specific paperwork on imports from across the globe.   Following the referendum, the WSTA started a campaign calling for Government to do away with the time consuming and costly VI-1 forms on imported wine.   The historic removal of this unnecessary red tape will mean the UK’s 33 …

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UK FTA announcement a major step in the right direction for Australia’s wine sector and British consumers

Australian Grape & Wine welcomes the announcement that Australia and the United Kingdom have reached an in-principle agreement on a bilateral Free Trade Agreement [FTA]. This announcement is a key milestone on the path towards a truly liberalising agreement that will see more wine lovers in the UK enjoying Australia’s finest drops. “The United Kingdom …

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Warehousing facing critical shortages in the UK

The latest report on the size and make up of the UK warehousing sector, commissioned by the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) and produced by Savills, has confirmed predictions by the Association of critical shortages of space, particularly well-located grade A facilities. The shortages, exacerbated by Brexit and the massive rise of ecommerce during the global …

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The shifting landscape of post-Brexit organic food & drink import and export.

It was hoped that December’s announcement of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) would bring much needed certainty regarding the future movement of organic goods in and out of the UK. However, with our workforce still dispersed by Covid, Soil Association Certification staff in kitchens, bedrooms – and sometimes gardens – across the UK …

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UK FTA announcement a major step in the right direction for Australia’s wine sector and British consumers

Australian Grape & Wine welcomes today’s announcement that Australia and the United Kingdom have reached an in-principle agreement on a bilateral Free Trade Agreement [FTA]. This announcement is a key milestone on the path towards a truly liberalising agreement that will see more wine lovers in the UK enjoying Australia’s finest drops. “The United Kingdom …

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Road transport operators on the front line as driver shortages and skills gaps worsen

Truck driver shortages are expected to increase in 2021 by over a quarter on 2020 levels in almost all of the 23 countries surveyed in IRU’s recent global survey of road transport firms. Gaps are set to increase at a much higher rate in some countries, including by 150% in Spain, 175% in Mexico and …

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Kent Access Permit (KAP)

UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) announced that Kent Access Permits (KAP) will be stood down from 20 April 2021. “As delays have been prevented thanks to hauliers arriving at the border prepared”, stated DfT. They further commented, “the removal of the KAP will mean less paperwork for hauliers, making it quicker and easier to cross the border.”

Authorised Consignor or consignee – HMRC guidelines

If you’re regularly moving goods using transit procedures, you can apply for authorised consignor or consignee status, which will allow you to start or end the movement of goods under the Common Transit Convention for Great Britain or Union Transit for Northern Ireland, at your own premises rather than at a customs office. Your premises …

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