Suez Canal reopens as the Ever Given Ship is finally freed by salvage crews

The stranded container ship is seen finally on the move and no longer blocking the canal.

Traffic has resumed in Egypt’s Suez Canal after a stranded container ship blocking it for nearly a week was finally freed by salvage crews.

Tug boats honked their horns in celebration as the 400m-long (1,300ft) Ever Given was dislodged on Monday with the help of dredgers.

Hundreds of ships are waiting to pass through the canal which links the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.

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Suez Canal blocked for the fourth day in a row

The huge 400m-long ship called Ever Given, operated by a Taiwanese company called Evergreen Marine is one of the largest container vessels in the world. Weighing in at 200,000 tonnes it has a maximum capacity of 20,000 containers.

A gust of wind blew the ship off course on Tuesday, causing it to run aground, blocking one of the key waterways in the world, and affecting many other ships.

Blocking one of the world’s busiest trade routes, work is underway to clear the blockage which has created a massive tailback of other ships – more than 160 vessels – which are trying to pass through the canal.

The Suez Canal has long been an important trade route which separates Africa from the Middle East and Asia. As long as it continues the blockage is holding up billions of pounds worth of goods per day.

There is now an effort to refloat the wedged container ship. Read more from the BBC >

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How are freight exports to the EU doing compared to last year?

“The latest available data shows that overall freight volumes are back to their normal levels,” a government spokesman said.

Stenn launches $500 million Covid-19 Recovery ProgramAt the start of the year trade was down sharply, but it is improving. The Cabinet Office says “the outbound flow of lorries across the Short Straits in January was 67% of 2020 levels, and in the first half of February it was 85% of 2020 levels.”

Trade was clearly down in January, but things are getting better as many businesses adjust to the new red tape and costs for trading with Europe.

Covid restrictions have played a big part in the slow start to the trading year as well. There was also significant stockpiling in December, as businesses prepared for the changes with the EU.

For more encouraging statistics and facts, please see the BBC’s article here >

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BIFA encourages members to consider recruiting apprentices

British International Freight Association (BIFA) says latest Border Operating Model adds clarity but expresses concernsAs National Apprenticeship week (8 – 12 February) is almost finished, the British International Freight Association has repeated its call for freight forwarding and logistics companies to consider recruiting apprentices.

An executive director of BIFA, Carl Hobbis said: “We know it’s a tough call, with the pandemic and the post transition period continuing to disrupt many freight forwarders’ operations.

 

…Now, more than ever, we need to promote the industry and give young people employment opportunities. We have had an apprenticeship standard for international freight forwarding for three years and the sector has been in the news more than ever, so what a great time to encourage someone to consider a career in forwarding.”

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COVID-19 VACCINE: The largest international delivery ever

COVID-19 VACCINE: The largest international delivery everHow do you vaccinate a population of billions?
It’s the news the world has been waiting for: the Covid-19 vaccines are here. However, with a population of billions waiting to be vaccinated, the work has only just begun. As the largest international delivery in history gets underway, our partner DHL, looks at the logistical challenges facing the global rollout, and the integral role supply chain infrastructure will play to get the world back on its feet.
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New chapter for UK outside European Union in 2021

UK goods exports increaseA new era has begun for the United Kingdom, after separation from the European Union was formally completed, at 11pm on 31st January 2020.

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps reported that: “border traffic had been low due to the bank holiday, but there had been no disruption in Kent as hundreds of lorries crossed the Channel with a small number turned back.” Read more in the BBC news article >

Use the Government Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions for you, your business and your family.

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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.

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Freight Association says latest ‘Border Operating Model’ adds clarity but expresses concerns

British International Freight Association (BIFA) says latest Border Operating Model adds clarity but expresses concernsBritish International Freight Association (BIFA) says latest Border Operating Model adds clarity but expresses concerns

Following a thorough review of the 272-page Border Operating Model released by the UK government, the trade association for UK freight forwarders says that whilst it welcomes the greater clarity on certain issues, it is concerned with the introduction of the “Least Worst Case Scenario” into the documentation. Read more at UK Hauler’s website >

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Any other business: ‘E’ Commerce Business Solutions

Here is an interesting article from our partner, DHL, which we are delighted to share with you. This Any other business (AOB) article explores the latest global e-commerce trends including Europe’s newfound love for online shopping, Etsy’s bumper sales quarter, and how innovative technology is making e-commerce more accessible to disabled people. Read more >

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Growing demand for E-Commerce in Africa – an opportunity for UK sellers

Growing demand for E-Commerce in Africa - an opportunity for sellers in the UKGreat opportunity is developing for business in Africa as the e-commerce market is growing, driven in part by the continent’s demand for international brands. E-commerce is vital for the US$25 trillion (€19 trillion) global retail industry. This was particularly true in the first quarter of 2020, as Covid-19 lockdowns around the world drove a rise in online shopping.

Countries with growing middle-class, urban populations such as China, India, and South Africa are seeing a rise in demand for e-commerce. Zooming in on Africa, research projected that consumer spending would reach US$2.1 trillion by 2025, the region’s “single largest business opportunity”. Millennials in particular are driving this trend and opportunity exists for international sellers to make the most of this demand.

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