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Streamlining Customs Declarations and Tailored Solutions
Streamlining customs and excise procedures is a paramount concern for businesses operating in today’s fast-paced global market. At Atlas Logistics, we specialise in simplifying these complex processes while offering bespoke solutions to meet your unique requirements. We have in-house electronic links to the majority of HMRC locations around the UK and have published these on our website. With unparalleled coverage of UK ports and airports, our team of experienced Customs brokers leverages our cutting-edge software to handle diverse import and export declarations efficiently. Discover how our centuries of combined expertise and tailored services can benefit your business.

Unmatched Expertise and Comprehensive Coverage
Our seasoned Customs brokers possess unrivalled expertise in managing various processes, including IPR, OPR, End Use, BIRDS, EIDR, and warehousing, among others. Whether you need assistance with specific Customs formalities or require comprehensive support, our diverse range of services caters to your business’s unique needs. Thanks to our electronic links to HMRC locations we ensure seamless customs clearance regardless of your geographic location.

Cutting-Edge Technology for Optimal Efficiency
Leveraging our proprietary software, we empower our Customs brokers to handle import and export declarations with utmost precision and speed. Our advanced technology minimises the risk of errors, expedites clearance processes, and guarantees compliance with all relevant regulations. By investing in state-of-the-art tools, we deliver accurate results while maximising operational efficiency, allowing your business to thrive in the competitive international trade landscape.

Operational Excellence at our ETSF HMRC Warehouse
As a testament to our commitment to end-to-end solutions, we operate our own ETSF HMRC warehouse strategically located in Birmingham. This facility provides handling services for goods under Customs control, ensuring flexibility and convenience for our clients. By seamlessly integrating warehousing and transportation services, we offer a streamlined supply chain experience that optimises the handling of your valuable goods.

Expert Consultancy Services
Recognising that every business faces unique challenges, we go beyond our core services by offering consultancy services through our sister company, Atlas Business Solutions Ltd. Our dedicated consultants possess deep knowledge of Customs and Excise regulations, enabling them to provide tailored guidance for your specific needs. From compliance management to strategic planning and process optimisation, our consultancy services offer invaluable insights to help your business thrive in the dynamic world of international trade.

Partner with Atlas Logistics UK Ltd
Atlas Logistics UK Ltd stands as a trusted partner in simplifying Customs declarations and delivering tailored solutions to meet the diverse needs of businesses. With our in-house Customs electronic links to HMRC locations (known as “badges”), we ensure efficient customs clearance and comprehensive coverage of UK ports and airports. Leveraging cutting-edge software and operational excellence, we streamline import and export processes, guaranteeing accuracy, speed, and compliance. Our ETSF HMRC warehouse and expert consultancy services further enhance our ability to provide end-to-end solutions. Reach out to our dedicated team today to experience the benefits of our bespoke services and unlock your business’s full potential in the global marketplace.


We are all aware in this day and age that there are certain articles you wouldn’t want to be loaded onto an aircraft, train, vehicle or boat that you may be traveling on but are still there.   Whether that be a container of some pathogen samples of a deadly contagious disease, a drum of chemicals or a crate of explosives. Articles of this nature are always having to be moved and for the most part we are aware that there are special protocols we have to adhere to, to get these moved in the safest but most efficient way.  There is however increasing worry within the freight forwarding industry that a major catastrophe is around the corner, due to a rise in undeclared dangerous goods being transported by inappropriate means and lacking the correct packaging and paperwork.

The most well documented case of this was as far back as 1996.  A low-cost carrier, Valujet Airlines operated in the USA and Canada during the 1990’s.  However, on 11th May 1996, Valujet flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades killing all 110 crew and passengers on board.  The cause was hazardous goods – Chemical Oxygen Generators, which had been illegally and incorrectly stowed in the cargo hold of the aircraft.

Smaller incidents also occur.  A Dentist sent some dental supplies from the Middle East to Sydney Australia.  He used the postal system to send this.  However enclosed was a small glass container of around 100mls of mercury. This cracked and started to spill during transport but was luckily discovered.  Had it not been found the mercury would have caused the outer body of the aircraft to be weakened and susceptible to a mid-air incident.

By now, we’ve all heard in the news that there have been issues with fires being caused by the latest Samsung phone and the lithium battery within it.  However, did you know that lithium batteries are contained in some other everyday articles?  Robotic lawnmowers, wheelchairs, kids hoverboards, Bluetooth lightbulbs and some torches are all examples of items containing them.  The lithium batteries within these articles pose a fire risk, so all need to be packed and transported in the correct manner.  Lithium batteries are the obvious items to look at but It’s not just those that pose a risk to the sector.   Everyday articles like the latest nail varnish, machinery parts or film equipment can also be hazardous.

The rise of e-commerce business is a fast-growing sector and also a key area for concern.  People can buy used or brand-new items from individuals off public auction websites.  In these instances, the seller may not have full knowledge of the articles they are selling and potential restrictions upon them.  These items can simply be popped into a small parcel and sent through the post with little thought to any implications this may have.  Throughout the Christmas period there is an increased risk from the public sending Christmas parcels to loved ones.  A family member or friend might want to make a light-hearted joke and add in a party popper or a Christmas cracker into the parcel they are sending.  This might seem innocent enough but these items are hazardous.  They contain a small trace of explosive to make the “pops” and “bangs” which again could cause a fire hazard.

There seems to be a certain level of naivety amongst the public on this subject.  So, what can be done to avoid dangerous situations from arising in the first place?

In the first instance the person sending the articles has a responsibility to check with the postal / forwarding companies that what they are sending is suitable for transporting.  This can be done in person, over the phone, or online.  The carriers also need to do their part and to be more thorough when taking bookings.  Specifically asking what the content is.  Not just “is there anything hazardous contained within the article?”  As already outlined, the majority of the general public can quite innocently believe that what they are sending isn’t hazardous as it doesn’t cause an immediate danger to themselves.  Further down the supply chain, training and awareness is key, which requires investment from the carriers.  Above all sufficient deterrents need to be put in place by the CAA to encourage correct practices in the first place.  With technological developments happening at an increasing rate, investment in this area needs to start increasing to combat this ever-growing threat to public safety.


London Heathrow Airport has changed beyond recognition since being transferred to the Minister of Civil Aviation on 1st January 1946.  Back then it started out as merely a tented village where passengers reached the aircraft across duckboards.  The airport handled only 63 thousand passengers in its first year and was not called Heathrow Airport.  Simply then known as London Airport, things didn’t start to change until the late 1950’s when it was awarded the IATA code LHR.

There are many factors which make up London Heathrow.  Most people know Heathrow as the home of Concorde.  Did you know that an original Concorde is still housed at the airport?  Concorde 208 G-BOAB (“Alpha Bravo”) was used for commercial flights and was launched in 1976.  It made its final journey in August 2000 from New York to London Heathrow and is now sited at the end of runway 27L, so it can be viewed by the passengers of the airport.

As the world’s third busiest airport, running Heathrow is a 24/7 operation.  Flights do not operate 24 hours a day however.  Flights start arriving from 04:30 with departures at 06:00.  Flights then stop at 23:30 every day.  During the time the flights are stopped essential maintenance work is carried out on the runways and aircraft, engineering work is completed, cleaning takes place, systems are serviced and outlets restocked.  It costs over £975 million per annum to run Heathrow and back in 2013 cost £20 million alone to resurface the south runway.

Heathrow is the UK’s only Hub airport and Europe’s busiest, operating over 1,400 flights a day.  That’s nearly half a million each year or one every 45 seconds.  Terminal 5 is the largest free standing structure in the UK.  Inside, its security lanes aim to process 35 passengers per 15 minutes and throughout the summer the terminal is at its busiest, with more than 100,000 people per day using its facilities.

Everyone within the Heathrow community contributes to the safety and security of the airport.  London Ambulance Service has a team of first responders in all terminals.  They operate throughout the terminals on mountain bikes to get to the passengers quickly but safely.  In 2008 Heathrow Airport Watch was set up for Aviation Enthusiasts to report anything suspicious to the aviation police.  Aviation Enthusiasts are issued identity cards after background checks are completed which easily identifies them to airport officials.

Heathrow has undergone massive changes over the last decade.  Terminal 4 completed a major refurbishment after British Airways relocated to the newly opened Terminal 5.  The old Terminal 2 buildings were demolished and rebuilt, opening to the public in June 2014.  A new state of the art Air Traffic Control Tower was opened in 2007 at 285-foot-tall.  At the time this made it the UK’s tallest tower.  Housed within are the air traffic controllers to which Heathrow employs 65, trained by the college of Air Traffic Control.

Still in discussion and debate is whether Heathrow should expand further to gain a third runway and Terminal 6.  It does already have a “6th Terminal” however, The VIP Suite also known as The Royal Suite has two dedicated stands RS1 and RS2.  It is used for private aircraft by visiting heads of state, certain high ranking celebrities and The Royal Family.

With all this development Heathrow is well placed to transport over 73 million passengers worldwide and handles them by employing over 76 thousand people.  The demand for air travel continues to grow whether it is for the business or leisure sector.  By placing itself in a constant pattern of regeneration, Heathrow should continue to attract travellers from the world over and keep developing itself as a pioneer of airport innovation.


Heathrow airport is the third busiest airport in the world after Atlanta in the US and Beijing, China.  In 2015 the airport handled 75 million passengers.  Heathrow employs 76,000 people within the airport boundary and everyday 1,400 flights take off and leave which equates to one every 45 seconds, almost half a million a year!

In June 2015 it was announced that plans were to start being put into place for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.  Whether you are in favour, against the proposal, or maybe un-decided here are a few key facts about the controversial proposal.

The below discusses two main points (cost and environmental effect) against building the third runway.

The plan to build the new 3,500m runway has been estimated at a cost of £18.6bn.  Who will be paying for this, well the money to build the runway will mostly be paid for privately but there is no doubt that as UK tax payers we will all pick up some of the cost for the additional infrastructure.  It has been estimated that this total could be in the region of £5.7bn.  You then have to consider the impact on the cost of the airfares.  To pay for this work the airport will undoubtedly have to charge the airlines more to land which may lead to passengers seeing an extra cost on the flight prices.

From an environmental point of view there obviously will be an increase in both noise and air pollution should the third runway go ahead.  Friends of the Earth campaigner Jenny Bates says: “The overall business case for further expansion of our airports is just not convincing, as it is not compatible with meeting our climate change targets.”  HACAN ClearSkies have said on the matter that, “The noise impact of a third runway would be unacceptable.  According to the EU, 725,000 people live under the Heathrow flight path; that is, astonishingly, 28% of all people impacted by noise right across Europe.  A new runway would add around another 150,000 people affected by the proposed flight path.

So how about the reasons to go ahead with the proposal.

Without increasing airport capacity, the UK will lose out on business competitiveness and tourism. Lack of airport capacity is often cited as a constraint on expanding UK business. Heathrow is the quickest option to build a world class hub airport.

With already good existing transport links to Heathrow the extension is seen as a cost effective way to create additional capacity which will connect Britain to 40 new destinations and increase long haul destination which would open doors to new market opportunities which in turn will only have a positive effect on our UK economy.

Heathrow have stated that there could be a possible 40,000 extra local jobs created by the expansion to the airport.  As one of the UK’s largest single-site employers they are focussing on apprenticeships and have estimated the figures to double to 10,000 by 2030.  There are five boroughs surrounding Heathrow (Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Slough and Spelthorne) where youth unemployment counts for a third of total unemployment.  Should the expansion go ahead it has been said that it could potentially end the youth unemployment for all five boroughs.

The question therefore is do you feel that the third proposed third runway at Heathrow should go ahead?  No doubt this will be a hot discussion topic for many before any decision is made. However one thing is for sure it will have an impact either way on those that live in the surrounding area and those that work at Heathrow airport and even closer to home – the logistics industry.