An update for all our customers

International Freight Keeps Moving…

If you have an Export or Import requirement for Documents, Parcels, Pallets, Containers, we will be here to assist you.

Our team here at IFS are working hard to fulfil your International shipping requirements and will guide you through the best options for your shipments.

We are working closely with all our Carrier partners on a daily basis to ensure minimum disruption to services in order to get your goods delivered on time.

IFS is committed in continuing to daily monitor the advice given from Public Health England, the Worldwide Health Organisation and the Government on the situation.

If you have any questions or just need some advice, we are here to help you. Please don’t hesitate to call us on +44 (0) 1709 610 000 or send a message.

Please take care. Paul, Ingrid, Adam, and John.

IFS Coronavirus UpdatesCOVID-19 (Coronavirus) has unleashed an unprecedented global health emergency and caused significant economic turmoil. From healthcare facilities to government agencies to super markets, public and private-sector organisations alike are focused on doing whatever they can, within their areas of expertise, to keep people safe and continue essential business.

IFS is committed in continuing to daily monitor the advice given from Public Health England, the Worldwide Health Organisation and the Government on the situation.

Air freight sector pushes hard to help – and for help – to fight the virus

Air freight sector pushes hard to helpAs Tiaca and Iata continue to lobby governments to relax restrictions on cargo movements, airlines are looking for ways to keep shipments flying.

IAG Cargo sent a note to customers yesterday, offering its passenger aircraft for charters.

“To support your freight and to help get it where it needs to be, we are now opening up the opportunity for freight forwarders to charter our aircraft where needed,” wrote chief commercial officer John Cheetham. Read more >

UK goods exports increase

UK goods exports increaseNew figures released by HMRC this week reveal that 2019 saw a rise in goods exports in all four of the UK’s nations. Exports from England grew by 2%, from Northern Ireland by 2.2%, from Wales by 3% and from Scotland by 4.4%.

An increase of demand from UK goods has been seen from countries outside of the EU. In 2019, the number of businesses exporting goods from the UK to the rest of world totalled 160,400, an increase of 2.6% on 2018. Read more >

Rethinking packaging: The future of packaging in the logistics industry

Rethinking packaging in the logistics industry IFSYears of innovation and refinement have produced packaging technologies and solutions that deliver high performance at a low cost. However, there is growing evidence that these approaches can’t keep up with the changing needs of companies, consumers and the environment.

Our partners, DHL Express, have been thinking about how new approaches to packaging will shape future logistics operations and processes. In DHL’s latest Trend Report, titled Rethinking Packaging, they look into the future of packaging in the logistics industry. Read more >

International Delivery Insurance

Christmass delivery tips from DHL, an IFS PartnerAre 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.

Related links:
Are you prepared for Brexit? >

Brexit’s getting closer than ever. Is your business ready? >

David Vs. Goliath: Small Business Growth Strategy

David Vs. Goliath: Small Business Growth Strategy TipsTaking on the big players can be tough, but there are plenty of companies who have done it successfully. And, if you’re looking to take your SME to the next level, there’s no better time than now.

Our partners DHL have got all the advice you need, so here are seven ways to make your business more successful in the next 12 months.

Read more of DHL’s article >

Looking for a ‘freight-forwarding’ service to bolster your exports?  Simply call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000, send a message or complete our IFS Shipment Note >

Ready for Chinese New Year?

Is your business ready for Chinese New Year

 

This year, Chinese New Year falls on Saturday 25 January. Factories and businesses across Asia will be closing for anything from a few days to a few weeks.

To keep your business running smoothly during the holiday period, please plan your shipments well in advance. With our strong presence in Asia and reliable intercontinental parcel services, we can handle all your shipments to and from Asia with speed and expertise.​

Simply call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000, send a message or complete our IFS Shipment Note >

Brexit’s getting closer than ever. Is your business ready?

Following the recent election and the victory of the Conservative Party, Brexit looks to be going ahead on 31 January 2020.

Brexit’s getting closer than everAlthough a transition agreement is in place for another year it is still of imminent importance to prepare your business for a number of changes that are set to take place soon in areas such as VAT, Duties and Customs Documentation. Check out ‘Sheffield International Trade Centre’s’ article to find out more >

Looking for a ‘freight-forwarding’ service to bolster your exports?  Simply call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000, send a message or complete our IFS Shipment Note >

Online shoppers expect transparent customer service, especially in the coming season

The countdown to holiday season is officially here, meaning more online shopping, deliveries and returns. Are you ready?

Returns Policy InfoIn this day and age, a glitzy website or a user-friendly app just doesn’t cut it for today’s savvy online shopper. They now demand upfront transparency on fees, control over the delivery process and a clearly-stated returns policy. Are you meeting these demands?

Get the latest Retail Insights: Partner UPS Insights >

Looking for a ‘freight-forwarding’ service to bolster your exports?  Simply call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000, send a message or complete our IFS Shipment Note >