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 >

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 >

What is the difference between freight forwarding and 3pl?

What is the difference between freight forwarding and 3pl?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.

Are you prepared for Brexit?

International Freight Solutions IFS guidance for Brexit

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
> Incoterm
> 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 >

9 ways to be a more effective entrepreneur

become effective entrepreneurEntrepreneurship: it’s partly art and partly science. As your skills improve, you’ll maximise your effectiveness and bring greater value to your business.

To help you on your journey, one of our partner’s: DHL have created an essential guide to entrepreneurial greatness, including: how to take effective steps forward, the value of making quality decisions rapidly – and taking responsibility for those decisions regardless of the outcome.

Click below to download DHL’s free guide (pdf) > DHL_be_effective_entrepreneur

 

The United Kingdom and European Union have agreed an extension to Article 50 to delay Brexit

International Freight Solutions IFS guidance for BrexitThe UK was scheduled to leave the EU at 11pm on 12 April 2019. However, a further extension to Article 50 has now been agreed to allow more time to conclude a Brexit deal with the EU. This extension will last until 31 October, unless a deal is agreed earlier.

For the duration of the extension, the UK will remain within the EU Single Market and imports and exports will continue to be subject to EU rules.

Until a Withdrawal Agreement is passed by the UK parliament, the legal default position for the UK remains exiting the EU without a deal. It is therefore essential that businesses prepare for all possible outcomes, including a possible No Deal Brexit. In this scenario your packages could face delays if you don’t put the right preparations in place.

In readiness for a possible Hard Brexit scenario, here are some steps you can take:

  • Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number: If you do not have an active EORI this will be needed for Customs Clearance, it’s free to apply and currently takes just a few days. You can apply here > Get a UK EORI number to trade within the EU
  • Commercial invoice: This should include; goods description / tariff number / value & currency / packaging details / weight / origin / EORI number / Commodity code. Invoice Template attached.
  • Know the commodity code of your goods: Commodity codes classify goods so you can fill in export declarations. You can look these up here > Trade Tariff Look Up
  • Record keeping: You’re required to keep records for all traded goods you declare to HMRC for 6 years. The reason for this is for duty and tax purposes, and for government statistics.

We also recommend that you keep up to date on finer details which may be relevant to your business at  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/exporting-and-importing-goods-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-with-no-deal and also https://www.gov.uk.

Download > commercial-invoice-template-230kb

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us should you require any further advice.

Benefits of using a freight forwarder for international shipping

Some organisations don’t see the need to pay someone else to send their goods overseas. However, not using a freight forwarder can cost time and ultimately cost money without the professional support.

Freight Forwarding by Sea with IFS International Freight Solutions Ltd

There’s far more to transportation than many people realise, with dozens of different elements to consider before even packing up your parcel and sending it on its way. Here, we explain why using a professional freight forwarder isn’t just worth the money – it’s fundamental to guarantee safe, smooth shipping.

– It’s not necessarily more expensive to use a freight forwarder
– It’s easier to secure booking slots using a freight forwarder
– You’ll have access to better buying power and knowledge
– You’ll experience reduced risk
– You’ll enjoy multi-model solutions using a freight forwarder

Need help with your next shipment?

As a respected global freight forwarder, International Freight Solutions (IFS) Ltd have the experience to anticipate problems before they arise. If you have an upcoming shipment and want to explore the option of freight forwarding, simply call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000 or complete our shipping note.

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