Shipping Line Alliances

Shipping Line Alliances:

You may be under the impression that there are a whole host of shipping lines operating on the world’s major trade lanes, all competing against each other to carry your business.

The reality has been rather different for quite some time as the shipping lines operating on the major trade lanes have formed a series of alliances that have pooled their ships and operational infrastructure and so operationally they operate as one company.

Freight prices from China 2017

We thought you might be interested to know the trends in 2017 for the sea freight container market from the Far East and China in particular to the UK.

According to consultancy Xeneta, container lines operating on Asia-Europe trades aretaking stronger measures” than usual to maintain the recent recovery in ocean freight prices. These stronger measures amount to a 33% cut in sailings immediately prior to Chinese New Year followed by 43% cuts in sailing post Chinese New Year.

SOLAS regulations – Container Weighing

 

 

If you or your suppliers send goods by sea in containers  will become mandatory for all containers  worldwide to have their Verified Gross Mass (gross weight) declared prior to loading on a ship from 1 July 2016.

 

This is an important change from the current system where weights are advised at the time of booking by the party loading the container and this weight is passed to the ship’s owner,

Shipping containers will need accurate payload weight from July 2016

 

From July this year an import change to the SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) regulations comes into effect that will impact on all containers sent by ship, worldwide. Each container’s gross mass will have to be declared at export using weighing equipment that has been certified as being accurate.

The background is that overweight containers played a key role in the breakup and beaching of the MSC Napoli in the United Kingdom in 2007,

Anti Dumping duty – what I need to know

There is a type of customs duty that that causes particular concern and confusion – Anti Dumping Duty.

In recent times there has been an increase in investigations to recover Anti Dumping  Duties (ADD) retrospectively and most of these have been conducted by the European Anti  Fraud Office ( OLAF).

Anti Dumping  duties (ADD)  are an additional duty amount charged when the EU consider goods are imported into the EU at below a fair market rate.

K&L Freight sponsor leading industry awards

K&L Freight are confirmed as one of the sponsors for The BIFA Freight Service Awards 2015 competition which will culminate in a glittering Luncheon Ceremony on Thursday 21st January 2016 at The Brewery, in the City of London.

The awards celebrate the best service and innovation within the International Freight industry with awards in a number of different categories.

As one of the awards ceremony sponsors K&L Freight is delighted to be able lend its support to this prestigious event.

Cross Trade Shipments From USA to the UK

Cross trade shipments are an important part of our service offering. Thanks to our international network of agents, we make it easier than ever for clients to ship their cargo directly between countries – without having to be routed through the UK.

This service has been especially useful for one of our automotive clients. Specialising in Porsche engines, the company is a world-renowned expert in automotive repair and maintenance of high-performance engines.

Specialist components for food production lines

One of our largest clients provides specialist components for food production lines. To maintain the growth of their business, the client required in-depth knowledge about cross trades and how to import from China in the most efficient way.

Initially, the client chose to import from China directly to the UK. However, as the company grew, opportunities to market their products across Europe grew more attractive.

Rather than import everything to the UK,

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