A 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 >
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.
On January 31st the United Kingdom entered into a Transition Period, which is scheduled to run until December 31, 2020.
Imports 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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Brexit’s getting closer than ever. Is your business ready? >
Delivering 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 >
As a preferred DHL partner, you can have confidence that IFS will take care of your international deliveries. Call us on: (01709) 610 000, simply message us or complete our International Shipment Note >
Moving products between locations, whether you’re sending orders to a customer or changing warehouses, can be a complicated exercise. It can get even more confusing when trying to find the right company, who offer the service, that you are in desperate need of.
Two of the most common types of companies that arrive to help you get your products to customers are freight forwarders and third-party logistics providers (3PLs). Each comes with different price considerations, capabilities, and places where they integrate with your supply chain.
The following article will help you find the right help by understanding the difference each has to offer. Read more >
At IFS we have over xx years experience of taking care of your international deliveries. Should you need any help, please don’t hesitate to call our friendly team on: 01709 610 000 or simply message us.
With the UK Government still negotiating with the EU for the withdrawal from the European Union it is important that you prepare for the possibility of a ‘No Deal Brexit’ to ensure you can continue importing and exporting as efficiently as possible.
There are a number of things that you can do to prepare:
Apply for your EORI number
You will need to apply for a European Union registration and identification number to move goods in or out of the EU. This is required for Customs Clearance. Visit www.gov.uk/eori to apply
Duty Deferment account (DAN)
The Duty Deferment scheme allows you to make monthly payments to HMRC for Duty or VAT fees. If you want IFS to arrange your Customs Clearance, you will need to provide authorisation
Commodity codes. You will need to identify the correct commodity code for your goods, this will determine the Duty of that will be applied, thereby making the Customs declaration process much easier
License for your goods
Some goods will require an export license in order to be moved in or out of the EU, therefore you should determine whether your goods require a license prior to its movement
Transitional Simplified Procedures
To avoid delays on UK imports, we highly recommend that businesses apply for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-for-simplified-import-procedures-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-without-a-deal
Commercial Invoice Checklist
For each shipment, a commercial invoice is likely to be required to present when clearing goods through Customs.
> Commodity code(s)
> Customs procedure code
> EORI number
> Country of origin
> Shipment weight
> Shipment value
> Details of packaging
> Description of goods
> Commercial invoice
> Packing list
> Details of importer
> Details of exporter
Whatever the outcome, as your International freight forwarder, IFS will be here to assist you with any enquiries you may have.
Simply call our friendly and helpful team on:
+44 (0) 1709 610 000
Or send us a message >