A Shippers Guide to Cargo Vessel Types & Dimensions

Shippers GuideMost of the world’s cargo is shipped via container vessels. They vary in their dimensions, which will influence through where they may or may not transit. That is not all: there are multiple other types of ships journeying across our planet’s oceans, all dedicated to specific commodities and cargo types. The Freight Forwarding Experts share a quick recap of the world of ships as it stands today.

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Let IFS support you after the Brexit transition period concludes on the 31st December

Is your business ready for Exporting/Importing to/from the EU following Brexit changes to trade? January will be here before you know it and that means it’s time to get prepared!

Brexit’s getting closer than everNegotiations are ongoing between the UK and the EU, but from January 1st 2021 all UK trade with the EU will be conducted under either a Free Trade Agreement or with World Trade Organisation terms. So it’s time now to prepare for this as there will be changes to cross-border shipping processes.

‘Deal or no deal’ all shipments between GB and the EU will be subject to customs formalities meaning more information will be required from you.

The good news is that IFS is here to help you! With over 20 years experience in International Freight Forwarding, as ever we specialise in this field and are prepared and ready to assist you with your shipping requirements in 2021.

Call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000, or simply message us.

Top Tips: Working From Home During COVID 19

Top Tips for Working From Home During COVID 19A huge majority of our workforce has been forced out of their offices and into their homes as part of our attempts to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

The prospect of working from home can seem enticing. However, if you’re not used to working remotely or you’re an extrovert by heart, then being away from your normal set up at the office can feel disconcerting.

In this brief guide we’ll go over some key ways to stay productive (and sane) while trying to work from the comfort of your own home. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to get your work done without leaving the house with the added benefit of getting back those hours you normally lose in the daily commute. Read more from MoneyExpert’s article >

International Delivery Insurance

Christmass delivery tips from DHL, an IFS Partner

Are your goods covered sufficiently in the unlikely event of loss or damage?

It doesn’t cost that much to fully insure your goods
premiums start from just £10.00

It is surprisingly common for companies to assume that their carriers limited liability will somehow cover them in the event of damage or loss of goods. This is not always the case.

IFS take care to remind customers that their goods may require insuring to full value to ensure they do not lose out in the event of a claim. It is worth checking whether it is the Exporter, the Consignee or Forwarder who are expected to arrange insurance cover.

Simply call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000 or send us a message. We would be happy to help.

Brexit: Uk leaves the European Union, what next?

On January 31st the United Kingdom entered into a Transition Period, which is scheduled to run until December 31, 2020.

Brexit’s getting closer than everImports and exports will continue as they are for the duration of this period. However, as the terms of any future trade agreement between the UK and EU are still uncertain, customers should be aware of the potential for trading relations to change.


What happens next?

The focus now turns towards conducting detailed negotiations for a future trade deal between the UK and the EU.

To help stay informed about what this might mean for your business, see the UK Government’s website: www.gov.uk/transition, or you can follow our partners, TNT / Fedex Brexit hub > and check back for updates as talks between the UK Government and the EU progress.

Whatever future changes there may be to trade between the UK and EU, you can rely on our expertise and experience to ensure that your shipments travel seamlessly and compliantly – with our speed and reliability connecting your business to even greater possibilities.

If you have any questions or concerns you can get in touch with us. We would be happy to help.

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Christmas delivery tips from DHL, an IFS Partner

Christmass delivery tips from DHL, an IFS PartnerDelivering on time, on target and in one piece is always important. But when it comes to Christmas, everything gets magnified. Increased demand makes life increasingly demanding, so it’s crucial you’re set up for success. Luckily, our top tips for Christmas delivery are here to help you out, as you navigate the peak shopping (and shipping) season. Read more >

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