Supreme Freight https://supremefreight.com International Freight, Supremely Handled Wed, 14 Sep 2022 17:27:01 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.2 https://supremefreight.com/wp-content/uploads/sf-site-icon-150x150.png Supreme Freight https://supremefreight.com 32 32 Felixstowe staff plan new strike for this month https://supremefreight.com/felixstowe-staff-plan-new-strike-for-this-month/ https://supremefreight.com/felixstowe-staff-plan-new-strike-for-this-month/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2022 09:10:40 +0000 https://supremefreight.com/?p=5592 Workers at Britain’s biggest container port will stage a second eight-day strike over pay. Fresh strikes are planned from September 27th – October 5th after port workers voted by an 82% majority to reject a 7% pay offer. Felixstowe handles almost half the container freight that enters the UK, with about 17 different shipping lines […]

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Workers at Britain’s biggest container port will stage a second eight-day strike over pay.

Fresh strikes are planned from September 27th – October 5th after port workers voted by an 82% majority to reject a 7% pay offer.

Felixstowe handles almost half the container freight that enters the UK, with about 17 different shipping lines operating to and from 700 ports. A previous 8 day strike brought the port to a standstill.

The port stated that they are “very disappointed that Unite has announced this further strike action at this time. The collective bargaining process has been exhausted and there is no prospect of agreement being reached with the union. The port is in the process of implementing the 2022 pay award of 7% plus £500 which is backdated to 1 January 2022.”

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Felixstowe and (its owner) CK Hutchison are both eye-wateringly wealthy but rather than offer a fair pay offer, they have instead attempted to impose a real terms pay cut on their workers. Since the beginning of this dispute Unite has given its total support to its members at Felixstowe and that will continue until this dispute is resolved.”

The strike action will coincide with a two-week walkout by workers at the port of Liverpool, from 19 September to 3 October, also in a row over pay.

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One month to register in time for CDS introduction https://supremefreight.com/customs-declaration-service-one-month-to-register-in-time/ https://supremefreight.com/customs-declaration-service-one-month-to-register-in-time/#respond Thu, 01 Sep 2022 10:52:00 +0000 https://supremefreight.com/?p=5535 The UK Government has reiterated to British firms that up to 3,500 firms could face significant delays if they don’t switch over to the UK’s new Customs Declaration Service before it’s brought in. The migration from the old system to CDS will not happen automatically, so firms should start making the change as soon as […]

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The UK Government has reiterated to British firms that up to 3,500 firms could face significant delays if they don’t switch over to the UK’s new Customs Declaration Service before it’s brought in.

The migration from the old system to CDS will not happen automatically, so firms should start making the change as soon as possible as the process may take some time. If businesses haven’t yet moved to the new system, they could risk not being able to bring their goods into the UK.

What are the major changes?

The Customs Declaration System which will replace the out-going system CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight) on 30th September 2022. In some ways the new system will require more information from traders compared to CHIEF.

Where there were previously boxes in CHIEF, Customs Declarations will now be split into ‘declaration categories’ and ‘data elements’. Some of these may require specific information that you might not be familiar with.

Whether you are handling clearances in-house or outsourcing this to an agent, it is recommended that importers setup clear written instructions for the clearance process of your goods. This will avoid delays and mis-declarations because of the changes that CDS has brought in.

Getting prepared

Preparing for these changes is the key to a smooth transition to using CDS. Properly understanding all the elements of a customs declaration. Traders will likely have to make several pro-active changes in order to adjust to the new system, but it isn’t as complicated as some reports are suggesting.

The introduction of CDS will be fully implemented for importers by 30th September 2022, although exporters won’t stop using CHIEF until 31st March 2023. After this point, CHIEF will fully close after more than 30 years service.

Using a customs agent

If you don’t already use a customs agent to make declarations on your behalf, you may want to start. A customs agent will be more up to speed with the CDS requirements for your business.

You will need to authorise a customs agent in CDS to allow them to make declarations for you. If you don’t do this your agent won’t be able to clear your goods for you upon arrival.

How will I know it’s right?

Getting your import and export declarations correct is important, it will save you time and money in the long run if you’ve got a well thought out plan and practiced scenarios.

Using HMRC’s Trade Dress Rehearsal Service allows you to test different real world situations in a simulation of the CDS. The simulator lets you submit real data and create accurate scenarios which involves your supply chain partners. Supreme Freight can assist you with learning how to make sense of these changes and help make the new system as accessible as possible for your business. Get in touch with us using our Contact Form or give us a call on +44 (0) 2380 337778.

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Strike action expected at Felixstowe this month https://supremefreight.com/strike-action-expected-at-felixstowe-this-month/ https://supremefreight.com/strike-action-expected-at-felixstowe-this-month/#respond Mon, 15 Aug 2022 08:56:00 +0000 https://supremefreight.com/?p=5591 The UKs biggest container port faces strike action this month as staff vote for a walk out over pay. Close to 2,000 workers have launched a formal strike from August 22nd – 29th, potentially creating trade and supply chain disruptions in the region. 48% of all containers brought into the UK are transported through the […]

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The UKs biggest container port faces strike action this month as staff vote for a walk out over pay.

Close to 2,000 workers have launched a formal strike from August 22nd – 29th, potentially creating trade and supply chain disruptions in the region.

48% of all containers brought into the UK are transported through the Felixstowe port, making it one of the busiest and important hubs in the country. It handles more than 4 million TEUs each year, pushing through around 2,000 ships annually.

The strike could disrupt more than $800 million in international trade which would have a significant impact on the UK’s supply chain and haulage sectors moving forward.

Members of the union were balloted and 92% of the votes cast were in favour of striking. 

Since then, a revised increased pay offer of 7%, up from 5%, was made, but Unite continue to argue that considering inflation, the offer is effectively a pay cut. A port spokesperson said: “The company made what we believe to be a very fair offer and we are disappointed with the result of the ballot.”

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HMRC urge move over to new customs system https://supremefreight.com/hmrc-urge-move-over-to-new-customs-system/ https://supremefreight.com/hmrc-urge-move-over-to-new-customs-system/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2022 08:42:00 +0000 https://supremefreight.com/?p=5590 Time is running out to move over to switch to HMRCs new customs system before Septembers deadline – with more than 3500 businesses at risk of severe delays if they do not migrate to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) before it switches off. Director of programme and operational delivery for borders and trade Julie Etheridge […]

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Time is running out to move over to switch to HMRCs new customs system before Septembers deadline – with more than 3500 businesses at risk of severe delays if they do not migrate to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) before it switches off.

Director of programme and operational delivery for borders and trade Julie Etheridge said: “There are now only two months left until businesses must use CDS for imports.

“Businesses need to move now or risk being unable to bring their goods into the UK. Registering takes time, so businesses should start moving to CDS to ensure a smooth transition and avoid disruption to their business.”

Ms Etheridge said “many businesses” were already using CDS, but around 3,500 had yet to switch from CHIEF. She added that these risked being unable to import goods into the UK from 1 October and they either needed to ensure their customs agents were working on this or begin prepping for the switch themselves.

HMRC has faced repeated criticism for the level and quality of support offered, with many feeling that there is a large knowledge gap faced by those moving over, despite it having been in use since 2018. They have produced a guide to explain how to integrate software with their APIs to complete a customs declaration, which shows how the APIs fit into various end-to-end user journeys. It is also intended to help software developers, designers, product owners or business analysts understand how the software needs to interact with HMRC systems, but could be seen as hard to navigate.

Companies are legally responsible for the correct tariff classification of goods. Most of the detail included in current declarations will remain the same, but may need to be input it in a different way. This is to improve the structure and order of how information is grouped and entered as part of a declaration, and also ensures Union Customs Code compliance. In some cases, your customers will have to provide you with more information to help you do this and comply with the new Union Customs Code.

For declarations, ‘Boxes’ in CHIEF are being replaced with ‘Data Elements’ in CDS. While boxes and data elements perform similar functions, they are not ‘like for like’. In CHIEF, up to 68 boxes are completed for imports, with 45 boxes typically completed for exports. In CDS, you may need to complete up to 76 data elements for imports and 65 for exports, depending on the type of declaration and situation.

Using HMRC’s Trade Dress Rehearsal Service allows you to test different real world situations in a simulation of the CDS. The simulator lets you submit real data and create accurate scenarios which involves your supply chain partners. Supreme Freight can assist you with learning how to make sense of these changes and help make the new system as accessible as possible for your business. Get in touch with us using our Contact Form or give us a call on +44 (0) 2380 337778.

This change will come into effect at the end of September.

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Ukraine Re-Opens Three Ports for Grain Shipments https://supremefreight.com/ukraine-re-opens-three-ports-for-grain-shipments/ https://supremefreight.com/ukraine-re-opens-three-ports-for-grain-shipments/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2022 15:21:00 +0000 https://supremefreight.com/?p=5461 Following two months of negotiations by the United Nations and Turkey, there’s finally a signed agreement to re-open three of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for grain shipments opening the route for significant volumes of food exports. Guarantee of safe passage UN Officials have said that Russia and Ukraine have the elements in place such as […]

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Following two months of negotiations by the United Nations and Turkey, there’s finally a signed agreement to re-open three of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for grain shipments opening the route for significant volumes of food exports.

Guarantee of safe passage

UN Officials have said that Russia and Ukraine have the elements in place such as the ports involved, the establishment of a monitoring centre in Istanbul, inspection routines for vessels and both sides have agreed not to attack or hinder the movement of vessels. These efforts will allow shipments of grain and food stocks into world markets which will help to reduce the pressure of high prices and ease the global food supply gap.

Under the plan, the UN reports that Ukrainian pilots will be used to guide the ships in and out of the ports of Odesa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny. The ships will then follow a prescribed route out of Ukrainian waters before transiting the Bosphorus to a Turkish port where they will be inspected again before Ukraine grain shipments will depart for world markets.

How do Russia benefit from the arrangement?

Russia has of course insisted on the ships coming in not being used to transport military equipment, while also demanding the smoothing of the limits on its shipping in the region. Russia sought guarantees to ease the movement of its own foodstuffs and fertiliser and that they would also receive free passage.

The UN has said that a second separate agreement was being signed to address these points.

What impact will this have?

Experts estimate that there could be as much as 20 million tons of grain stuck at the port of Odesa with multiple ships having remained anchored off the port since the invasion began back in late February. Before the conflict, Russia and Ukraine grain shipments accounted for 75% of the grain grown in the region, with 90% of that moving by ship to around the world.

The UN has said it expects it will take a few weeks before the current agreements are fully implemented, but they are aiming to restore grain shipments to pre-conflict levels. Officials are hoping to get five million tons of grain exported out of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports every month.

Shipping bulk goods

Goods like grains, cement, coal, salt and steel are most economically moved in bulk and often need specialist expertise and paperwork in order to get them in and out of countries. Supreme Freight can help reduce the stress of this by handling every aspect of your shipment.

Get in touch with us via our Contact Form or give us a call on +44 (0)23 8033 7778 to find out how we can help.

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UK Seafarer’s Wages Bill Advances https://supremefreight.com/uk-seafarers-wages-bill-advances/ https://supremefreight.com/uk-seafarers-wages-bill-advances/#respond Sun, 10 Jul 2022 08:38:00 +0000 https://supremefreight.com/?p=5469 The UK Government is moving forward with its new legislation that would require parts of the shipping industry to pay seafarers at levels equivalent to the UK National Minimum Wage, but Unions and Ports have objected. Why the new legislation? Seen as a political response to P&O Ferries mass firing of crews in March 2022 […]

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The UK Government is moving forward with its new legislation that would require parts of the shipping industry to pay seafarers at levels equivalent to the UK National Minimum Wage, but Unions and Ports have objected.

Why the new legislation?

Seen as a political response to P&O Ferries mass firing of crews in March 2022 and replacing them with contract workers, the shipping industry is critical of parts of the Seafarer’s Wages Bill that was announced in May during the Queen’s Speech. The draft bill focuses on vessels and services calling at UK ports at least every 72 hours on average, or more than 120 times per year.

After the public condemnation over the mass firing of P&O staff with no notice, the bill as written allows ports to deny access to services to ships which regularly call at UK ports and do not pay the equivalent UK minimum wage for time spent in UK waters.

Union and Port criticism

While the draft bill aims to close loop holes that allowed seafarers who worked on ships that regularly server UK ports to be paid below minimum wage, the legislation is seen as too narrow as to not cover the broader commercial shipping industry, but it’s unclear if it would cover commercial fishing boats that operate from the UK.

Union leaders have also pointed out that ferry operators could “port hop” to avoid the new regulations. One union, Nautilus International, is calling for changes to the bill, highlighting its proposed “Fair Ferries Strategy” which expands collective bargaining, adds penalties for fire and rehire practices and the ability to sanction operators.

Another issue could be from how the Seafarer’s Wages Bill would be enforced if it passes. In its current form, oversight for compliance would be divided up between the ports, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Department for Transport.

The British Ports Association has been heavily critical of the proposed legislation, pointing out that enforcement is not a core component of their operation and that Government agencies should have the sole authority for enforcement. Some ferry operators are also port authorities, so the bill would effectively be putting them in the position to effectively mark their own homework.

How it effects our customers

It’s unclear how the legislation would effect operations in and out of the UK, but Supreme Freight will continue to work closely with seafarers, ports and shipping companies. Get in touch with us via our contact form or give us a call on +44 (0)23 8033 7778 if you have any questions.

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Khalifa Port takes fifth in CPPI https://supremefreight.com/khalifa-port-takes-fifth-for-container-port-performance-index/ https://supremefreight.com/khalifa-port-takes-fifth-for-container-port-performance-index/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:59:00 +0000 https://supremefreight.com/?p=5483 Abu Dhabi’s flagship Khalifa Port has been ranked in the top 5 of the Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) for 2021, a performance metric developed by the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence. Strategically located half-way between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Khalifa Port Container Terminal is the first semi-automated container port in the Gulf […]

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Abu Dhabi’s flagship Khalifa Port has been ranked in the top 5 of the Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) for 2021, a performance metric developed by the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Strategically located half-way between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Khalifa Port Container Terminal is the first semi-automated container port in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region and serves over 25 shipping lines. Khalifa Port has the ability to serve the largest container ships and has the flexibility for future expansion.

KPCT 2021 Gains

The CPPI report outlines how Khalifa Port Container Terminal are excelling at modernising their facilities with the use of digital technology and offering green fuel alternatives, which in turn also helps to make maritime supply chains more resilient.

Investment in the port helped to see the growth of container traffic through the port last year, rising by 6.3% to 3.4 million TEU in 2021. This figure is more than double the 1.5 million TEU movements that KPCT oversaw in 2015.

This figure will likely only grow as the French container shipping giant CMA CGM expects to open a new terminal at the port by early 2024. Experts even predict that the total capacity of the port could be 10.6 million TEU after MSC and Cosco also open facilities at the port.

Future Investments

AD Ports Group has said that it will continue to invest throughout 2022 in innovative technologies. Their digital solutions provider, Maqta Gateway, offers customers and stakeholders of KPCT over 160 digitalised services, booting the ports efficiency and reducing turnaround times.

The CPPI report is based on total port hours per ship call, defined as the elapsed time between when a ship reaches a port to its departure from the berth having completed its cargo exchange. Greater or lesser workloads are accounted for by examining the underlying data within ten different call size ranges. Five distinct ship size groups are accounted for in the methodology given the potential for greater fuel and emissions savings on larger vessels.

Routing your container

When sending goods around the world, getting the most efficient routing can reduce costs and transit times to the destination. Supreme Freight are always looking to take advantage of container hubs that use the latest technology that makes importing and exporting goods as easy as possible.

To find out how Supreme Freight can make any shipment easy, use our contact form or give us a call on +44 (0)23 8033 7778 and we’ll be happy to help.

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Lost Containers: 400% increase in overboard containers 2020 – 2021 https://supremefreight.com/lost-containers-400-increase-in-overboard-containers-2020-2021/ https://supremefreight.com/lost-containers-400-increase-in-overboard-containers-2020-2021/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2022 14:15:00 +0000 https://supremefreight.com/?p=5392 It’s a common sight in Southampton to see massive container ships laden with thousands of containers on their deck. But the numbers of these boxes lost at sea in the past two years has seen a marked increase. Four-fold increase Lost containers aren’t a new occurrence, but during the 2020 – 2021 period there was […]

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It’s a common sight in Southampton to see massive container ships laden with thousands of containers on their deck. But the numbers of these boxes lost at sea in the past two years has seen a marked increase.

Four-fold increase

Lost containers aren’t a new occurrence, but during the 2020 – 2021 period there was a four-fold increase compared to the previous 2 years.

The World Shipping Council (WSC) published figures for the period between 2020 and 2021, 3133 containers were lost overboard, which compared to the 779 in the previous period is a 400% increase.

It’s been noted by the WSC that the 2020 – 21 winter marked an unusually high number of weather-related incidents and one incident when the ship ONE Apus lost 1818 of its almost 14000 containers in the pacific during November 2020. There was another incident with the Maersk Essen which lost 750 boxes in January 2021.

What’s causing this increase?

The number of accidents can be attributed to a series of factors: ships are getting larger, significantly larger in fact. The Ever Alot can carry in-excess of 24,000 containers.

Weather is getting more unpredictable despite modern weather monitoring technology. The surge in e-commerce, especially during the pandemic, has increased the urgency for shipping lines to deliver as quickly as possible.

ONE Apus was buffeted by gale-force winds and large waves, the footage shows containers ripped to shreds like they were food wrappers.

Shipping experts still insist that the biggest reason for the increases in the number of incidents is the increased demand from consumers, which has resulted in precarious conditions that can quickly result in disaster for both cargos and crews.

A drop in the ocean

The WSC has said that while action has been taken to enhance container safety and reiterated how ship operators follow tight safety procedures, with numbers of containers going the wrong way, the industry needs to help with finding out why this is happening and how they can further increase safety.

While there’s been a 400% increase, these losses account for less than 0.001% of all the 241 million containers that make their way around the world’s oceans. However an increase in these incidents can result in costly insurance claims. In fact, it’s almost 60% of the monetary value of all container incidents.

ONE Apus was estimated to have lost $90 million in cargo, and losses for this year have topped $50 million. Events like the grounding of the Ever Given container ship also resulted in the industry being under the spot-light and the economic effects of the incident are still being felt.

Incident prevention and uncontrollable factors

The industry still has concerns, especially when it comes to the safety of crews. Having multiple towers of 40-foot containers toppling over is both terrifying and has long-lasting effects on a ship’s captain and crews, with some experiencing PTSD.

Many crews also feel overworked, with reduced onboard man-power which only increases the risks due to not having the resources to check every single bar and screw effectively.

Insurance companies are also encouraging lines to properly maintain their vessels and be prepared for ships to navigate around weather.

Consignment insurance offers peace of mind for anyone importing or exporting containers from UK. Supreme Freight is able to offer a range of insurance comprehensive packages to cover your shipment, find out more on our Marine Insurance page, get in touch via our contact form or call us on 023 8033 7778.

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London expanding ULEZ in 2023 and the mitigations needed for HGVs https://supremefreight.com/london-expanding-ulez-in-2023/ https://supremefreight.com/london-expanding-ulez-in-2023/#respond Tue, 24 May 2022 07:55:00 +0000 https://supremefreight.com/?p=5356 From August 29th 2023 London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone will cover almost the entirety of the capital’s roads. TfL launched a consultation about the air quality in London, evaluating that expanding the ULEZ to cover the existing Low Emission Zone. The move is planned to not only help reduce the amount of emissions but also […]

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From August 29th 2023 London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone will cover almost the entirety of the capital’s roads.

TfL launched a consultation about the air quality in London, evaluating that expanding the ULEZ to cover the existing Low Emission Zone. The move is planned to not only help reduce the amount of emissions but also the amount of congestion.

Impact on Logistics

While this is an important step, critics have said the plans for London expanding ULEZ in 2023 are being brought in too quickly for hauliers to adapt. The vast majority of London’s food, pharmaceuticals and essential goods are transported via lorries and this will only increase the costs to hauliers bringing items into London.

The logistics industry is fully committed to meeting the UK’s goal of having a cleaner and more efficient network, but recent challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic have slowed the supply of new vehicles that will meet these goals.

Meeting London’s needs

Until the new vehicles are available, the transport industry logistics firms and hauliers are recommending that TfL allow for exemptions for those who’ve ordered these vehicles, such as those being implemented in other towns and cities that have clean air zones.

This would both demonstrate hauliers commitment to helping Londoners breathe cleaner air as well as allowing financial leeway that haulage firms due to the delay in the introduction of new vehicles.

Getting your goods into cities with Low Emission Zones

We can only expect to see more ULEZ and LEZ in towns and cities across the UK in future and Supreme Freight can ensure that your shipments fully comply with all new legislation all the way through to the final mile.

Get in touch via our Contact Page or give us a call on 023 8033 7778.

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£200 million zero-emission HGV funding announced at Logistics UK conference https://supremefreight.com/200-million-zero-emission-hgv-funding/ https://supremefreight.com/200-million-zero-emission-hgv-funding/#respond Fri, 13 May 2022 08:03:05 +0000 https://supremefreight.com/?p=5324 At Logistics UK’s Future Logistics Conference Transport Minister Trudy Harrison MP announced £200 million in government funding in order to continue zero-emission HGV trials. Taking the next steps towards Net-Zero This guarantee will help with the industries journey to de-carbonisation, and aid the United Kingdom’s overall push to being a carbon neutral country. The current […]

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At Logistics UK’s Future Logistics Conference Transport Minister Trudy Harrison MP announced £200 million in government funding in order to continue zero-emission HGV trials.

Taking the next steps towards Net-Zero

This guarantee will help with the industries journey to de-carbonisation, and aid the United Kingdom’s overall push to being a carbon neutral country. The current target is to have all new HGVs weighing 26 tons being zero-emission by 2035 and all HGVs will be zero-emission by 2040.

While they may seem conservative, these targets will still require a lot of work from both manufacturers and the industry in order to be met. The change to new technologies must be progressive so that the right vehicles are being used for the right journeys. The UK government must also ensure that the supporting regulatory framework and infrastructure is in place so that businesses can make use of new vehicles that are developed from this zero-emission HGV funding.

Electric vehicle sales are driving change

The sales of zero-emission cars has increased dramatically in recent years, with sales growing from 2.1 million to 5.3 million vehicles since 2019. The long-term forecast is also promising, with experts estimating that 70% of all new car sales will be zero-emissions by 2040, this projection has actually doubled in the last five years.

New technology will gradually trickle-up from passenger to logistics vehicles and the support already pledged by companies such as DPD, Amazon, ASOS, Nespresso and Procter & Gamble as well as by major vehicles manufactures like Ford, GM, Mercedes and Volvo will see this happen faster and faster over the coming years.

If you’re looking to reduce the carbon footprint of your export or import, Supreme Freight can provide solutions that will help meet your targets. Send us a message or call us on 023 80 337 778.

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Felixstowe staff plan new strike for this month

September 14, 2022

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Workers at Britain’s biggest container port will stage a second eight-day strike over pay. Fresh strikes are planned from September 27th – October 5th after port workers voted by an 82% majority to reject a 7% pay offer. Felixstowe handles…

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One month to register in time for CDS introduction

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The UK Government has reiterated to British firms that up to 3,500 firms could face significant delays if they don’t switch over to the UK’s new Customs Declaration Service before it’s brought in. The migration from the old system to…

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Strike action expected at Felixstowe this month

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The UKs biggest container port faces strike action this month as staff vote for a walk out over pay. Close to 2,000 workers have launched a formal strike from August 22nd – 29th, potentially creating trade and supply chain disruptions…

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