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More funds for UK post-Brexit customs training, but it’s not enough, says BIFA

By Gavin van Marie Sep 5 2019 / The Loadstar The effectiveness of a new round of funding announced this week by the UK government to train staff to make customs declarations has been called into question by representatives of the freight industry. This week, the UK Treasury announced an extra £16m in funds to train staff to make customs declarations that are likely to be increase dramatically after...

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Maersk announces upgrades for Customs platform

By in International Shipping News Sep 5 2019 Maersk North America is announcing the next series of technological improvements for Maersk customers with plans to add data feeds from Maersk Supply Chain Management products and services into Vandegrift’s popular VFI Track, a cloudbased information system – which will be rebranded as Maersk Customs Navigator. Maersk North America Managing Director Narin Phol said “Our goal is to make it easier...

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Deal or no deal, we must never again leave British trade hostage to the Channel choke point

By Ambrose Evens-Pritchard Aug 21 2019 / The Telegraph Britain’s trade transport system is no longer fit for purpose. Today’s deformed structure amounts to a failure of statecraft over decades and – as we are discovering – is a potential threat to economic national security.  Goods from Germany’s Ruhr Valley or the manufacturing clusters of Baden-Württemberg are transported in lorries to the Channel and from there to Leeds, Doncaster, Sheffield,...

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Government ‘must not crucify Portsmouth’ over Brexit

By BBC News Aug 21 2019 The leader of Portsmouth City Council says he can not allow government inaction to “crucify Portsmouth” in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Gerald Vernon-Jackson said the auhtority and Hampshire County Council had already spent £4m on preparations to avoid gridlock near the city’s port. The government has just announced port towns in England will receive an extra £9m to pay for preparations....

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Descartes acquires cloud-based TMS provider

By Canadian Shipper Aug 21 2019 Waterloo, ON — Descartes Systems Group announced that it has acquired BestTransport.com, Inc. (BestTransport), a cloud-based transportation management system (TMS) provider focused on flatbed-intensive manufacturers and distributors. BestTransport has been connecting shippers and carriers to streamline transportation processes for more than 15 years. Shipper and carrier customers leverage BestTransport’s platform to more efficiently manage numerous shipments each year across North America and Europe....

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Trade Me dragged feet on GST rort, retailers say

By Nikki Mandow Aug 19 2019 / Newsroom This story was originally published in the New Zealand Listener and is republished with permission. Customs has cracked down on a GST rort, leaving Trade Me to pay back thousands of dollars to customers who had new cameras and smartphones seized at the border. But why was our biggest online marketplace so slow to act? It was just an everyday transaction...

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DFDS Cuts 2019 Outlook on Brexit

By Laxman Pai Aug 14 2019 / MarineLink Danish international shipping and logistics company DFDS announced that the exceptional uncertainty on the outcome of Brexit is currently reducing UK trade and visibility. Uncertainties surrounding Brexit made the world’s leading ferry operator downgrade its full-year expectations for revenue and operating profit. CEO Torben Carlsen describes the circumstances as “extraordinary.” The biggest Nordic ferry operator lowered its expected revenue growth  to...

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Air Cargo Out of Hong Kong ‘On Time’ For Now

By Barbara Jorgensen Aug 13 2019 / EPS News The two-day closure of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) had not impacted air cargo as of late Tuesday, although future delays appear inevitable. Given the volume of freight that passes through the airport — 5.1 million metric tons in 2018—any disruption of air traffic can hinder cargo departures. Air freight carriers, including Cathay Pacific, FedEx, Qatar Airways and Hong Kong...

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CBP to start ACE de minimis test

By Brian Bradley Aug 13 2019 / American Shipper The test will allow imports subject to CBP partner government agency requirements to benefit from the de minimis entry process for the first time. Customs and Border Protection will conduct a test to examine new functionalities for de minimis entry filings in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) beginning no earlier than September 28, CBP announced. The ACE Entry Type 86...

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No-deal lorry mayhem at Dover and Calais? ‘C’est la bullsh**’ replies French ports chief

By Ambrose Evens-Pritchard August 11 2019 / The Telegraph The head of the French channel ports has dismissed warnings of Brexit chaos on the Dover-Calais trade route as irresponsible scare-mongering by political agitators. “The British authorities have been doing a great deal to prepare. People say they are asleep but I can assure you that they are highly professional and they are ready,” said Jean-Marc Puissesseau, president of Port...

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