Freight News Articles

Import Customs Clearance – Changeover From CHIEF to CDS

As HM Revenue has extensively publicised, their mainframe customs entry IT system. CHIEF, will close for all import customs entries nationally on 30 September 2022 as the system is over 25 years old and has reached the end of its life.

CDS Import Software

The new Customs system that replaces it is named CDS; it is already up and running. Many of the changes that CDS bring are behind the scenes. It brings much more complication and is a much more comprehensive solution than CHIEF,

Felixstowe Strikes

As you may have probably already heard, there is a threat of strike action at Felixstowe container port in the UK. Felixstowe is the UK’s largest container port and handles around 40% of the UK’s container trade.

Container and airfreight shipping delays from China

The recent COVID outbreak is causing real problems for international trade and transport from and to China at the present time.

Whilst COVID cases are very low compared to the numbers that are accepted in Europe and America, the Chinese policy of a zero case target is causing the world of trade some serious issues.

It seems the epicentre of the current outbreak is the Shanghai area, but this is not the only part of China affected.

Latest On Importing Into The UK

You will have most probably read or seen on TV that it has been a tough time importing into the UK this autumn, as neatly and accurately explained in the following BBC news article –

What we are sure you will want to know is if the situation is still bad, worse, or hopefully getting better!

The good news is that things are improving, though rather slower than we would like,

Challenging Times For Freight & Container Shipping From China

It looks like being another challenging month in the world of international freight and container shipping from China especially.

Demand continues to exceed supply and this means there is a shortage of both ship capacity and also containers to load on ships.  COVID restrictions also mean that many ports are operating at around 80% capacity. This means a perfect storm has developed.

This situation will only ease when there is more capacity in the market,

Container Shipping Prices From China

As you may have read in the BBC news website, The Times and other mainstream media  the cost of container shipping from China to the UK and also the rest of Europe as well as the USA has steadily risen from last November and continued through 2021.

Why are prices increasing so much and are we going to reach a peak?  We are hearing that due to western economies coming out of lockdown,

Container shipping 2021 to date

From December 2020 there has been a surge in container shipping demand that has affected all trade lanes worldwide to a large extent.

We are still passing through a perfect storm of ships initially taken out of service at the start of the pandemic for refurbishment and container orders cancelled as the expectation was that Covid would cause the market to collapse. The reality was the opposite with the majority of people still working,

Demand For Shipping Space From China Has Increased

Following on from our previous blog post regarding congestion at UK ports and Felixstowe in particular, we are now seeing an increase in demand from China for shipping line space.

Container Shipping Capacity In 2020

Throughout 2020 there have been cuts to container shipping capacity worldwide and from China in particular as shipping lines match supply to demand. Although demand has increased recently, it is neither easy nor straightforward for shipping lines to add additional ships,

Port Problems At Felixstowe Port

As you may have read in the national press there are currently problems at Felixstowe port.

Felixstowe is by far the biggest container port in the UK, handling around a half of all the UK container imports, handling container ships to and from China, the Far East and Indian sub-continent in particular. So when there is a problem at Felixstowe port it quickly becomes a whole container industry problem.

Container Congestion

The current congestion levels are causing up to 15 containerships at a time to be queued up to unload at Felixstowe.

Latest News Regarding Importing From China, Malaysia & Vietnam

We are in constant contact with our customers who import from China, Malaysia and Vietnam in particular and thought it worthwhile sharing with you the latest news and trends regarding importing by container and importing by air from China

Chinese Public Holidays

It is important to know that China has two major extended public holidays.  Chinese New Year, which is well known and occurs in the spring time.  Then there is Golden Week,