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August Freight Market Report

Tensions across the Taiwan Strait are not good news for global supply chains, but after a difficult 18 months recent data suggest supply chains may be returning to relative calm. The global supply chain pressure index, is down 57% from its peak, as rates on…

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Felixstowe August strike inches closer

Britain’s biggest container port moved closer to industrial action on Monday, after Felixstowe port bosses and Unite Union leaders remained deadlocked in efforts to avert strike action, with talks set to resume today. The Unite Union’s 1900 members at Felixstowe voted 92% in favour of a…

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July Freight Market Report

While the threat of port strikes have lessened on the West Coast of the United States, it seems that they are popping up just about everywhere else. Political, economic and social effects are driving escalating labour disputes and impacting consumer demand and supply chains at…

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Customs easements to improve border flow

The Government has announced a raft of new customs easements, intended to support industry and improve flow at UK borders, that come into effect on Friday 1st July 2022. Traders, hauliers and carriers are set to benefit from four Safety & Security (S&S) facilitations, which…

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Sign up for HMRC’s new Customs Declaration Service

The way customs declarations are made in the UK is changing and all importers and exporters who submit declarations need to register for the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) which launches on the 30th September 2022. The customs handling of import and export freight system…

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Ports fear Shanghai surge

With Shanghai’s two month lockdown finally lifting there are concerns that the congestion crippling global container terminal operations is unlikely to end anytime soon, as a backlog of >260K teu and a lot of pent-up demand is released, raising fears that port congestion may not…

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Shanghai reopening 1st June

After achieving three consecutive days with no new COVID-19 cases, Shanghai is resuming outdoor activities in stages, but with most restrictions on movement remaining in place until 21st May 21, after which public transport and other services will resume, with the aim of lifting lockdown…

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May Freight Market Report

Our latest market report provides a multi-modal situation and Shanghai lockdown summary, together with international freight, carrier and rate updates, that will provide you with supply chain insights for the weeks ahead. After the Prime Minister’s trip to Northern Ireland to trigger any concessions in…

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Threat of EU trade war grows

After the Prime Minister’s trip to Northern Ireland last week failed to trigger any concessions in the dead-locked political situation, the government has announced plans to table legislation that will scrap parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, in spite of fears that it could initiate…

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