News Archives - Atlas Logistics UK LTD

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We are proud to announce that Atlas Logistics UK Ltd has now joined the WCA eCommerce.
We have been members of WCA World since June 2012 so have a longstanding history of supporting WCA members and a proven track record of service within the network.
For further details please visit our WCA Directory pages:

We feel our eCommerce offering is second to none in the UK as we offer the following core services but pride ourselves in designing client specific bespoke solutions:

  • Customs links to all major arrival points in the UK for air, sea or road that can be found at https://atlaslogistics.co.uk/customs/
  • Customs clearance starting from as low as GBP 15.00 per declaration depending on volumes.
  • BIRDS low value declarations where individual parcel cost does not exceed GBP135.00 in value.
  • Customs ETSF warehouse and fulfilment centre located in Birmingham at the heart of the UK and local to many final-mile carrier distribution centres.
  • Secure site meeting AEO(F), ISO9001:2015 and ISO27001:2022 certification.
  • Transit document (T1 or T2) discharge or creation as we are both Authorised Consignees and Consignors.
  • Amazon portal booking system and proven track record of delivering parcels, pallets, and full loads to all UK FBA’s.
  • On-line warehouse management system (WMS) for pick, pack, and fulfilment solutions including full stock management.
  • Web based portal for tracking your deliveries both from origin and final mile within the UK
  • Contracts with all the major parcels carriers so the option of providing a one stop solution for all your eCommerce needs.
  • Pick, pack, label, palletisation solutions at our Birmingham warehouse, plus two further sites located at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Manchester Airport (MAN).
  • Air and sea cost effective eCommerce solutions including but not limited to Customs Clearance, handling, sorting, labelling and delivery B2B or B2C with major UK integrators.
  • Returns solution for receiving back client returns or failed deliveries, then processing either reexport back to origin or relabelling for redelivery.
  • Client specific bespoke solutions designed to meet the needs of the growing eCommerce market.

Want to speak to us?, Our contact numbers are as follows
Birmingham Office – +44 (0) 121 783 6564 – London Office – +44 (0) 208 8937880


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Due to the ongoing crisis in the Red Sea the situation continues to impact global shipping lanes.   Last week saw more attacks on vessels by missiles launched from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.

Despite allied nations air and missile strikes in retaliation, the attacks are still impacting shipping with the result being most liners avoiding the area to keep their vessels and crew safe.

In recent days, these Red Sea attacks continue to cause significant disruption to the global supply chain, with around a 68% decrease in vessels transiting through the Suez Canal and 264 vessels known to have rerouted in the majority around the Cape of Good Hope.  This is causing severe delays on both east and westbound services, often adding around 12 to 15 days transit time.   This trend is causing significant space issues and increases in freight rates throughout the shipping industry.

The issues in the Panama Canal are adding to global supply chain disruptions and it is expected that throughout Q1 and Q2 2024 the trends will persist.   The upcoming Chinese New Year will as always create congestion in the market so forcing rates to remain higher than seen during 2023.   These constraints on ocean trade are also impacting air and rail options as the industry looks for alternative methods to move cargo.  We are seeing space and rate increases on many air trade lanes along with rail freight prices from Asia to EU being higher than seen in recent months.   In addition to this war risk premiums on insurance are increasing as the market adjusts to this volatility.

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has convened a public hearing on 7th February 2024 to investigate how the Red Sea crisis is impacting commercial shipping and the global supply chain, aiming to gather information on the effects of attacks and how the industry is responding to such incidents.

Atlas Logistics UK Ltd in conjunction with our partners are working to mitigate the impact as much as possible and the whole team is here to help however, we can.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any concerns or wish to look at alternative methods of transport to sustain your business continuity.


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Considering the drone and missile attacks on cargo ships in the Red Sea area Friday 15th December 2023, many shipping lines have chosen to either suspend services, reroute ships around The Cape of Good Hope in South Africa or in some instances ask vessels to pause their journeys and call at safe harbour awaiting the outcome of the escalation.

There are known to have been two attacks on vessels Friday, which included a Hapag Lloyd operated containership being struck by a missile. According to widespread reports, the missile was launched from an occupied area inside of Yemen, but this is yet to be verified.

Members of all three shipping alliances have announced drastic measures to avoid harm to their vessels and crew, including over 100 ships being rerouted which in some cases is adding around 10-12 days to Asia inbound and outbound transit times.   We are receiving every few hours from carriers notices of GRI’s or emergency PSS on freight rates to cover these added costs, and in some cases, liners outlining the laws around force majeure that is in place to cover this type of eventuality.

Atlas Logistics UK Ltd is doing everything we can with our Global partners and carriers to mitigate the impact of this situation outside of our control, for our clients, but please do be aware of the impact of potential delays and costs to your business in the light of the escalation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to a member of our team who will be able to update on the situation as it develops.


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We are delighted to announce our colleague Wing Sze Ko passed BTEC Intermediate Award in Customs Export and Import Procedure.

BTEC Intermediate Award in Customs Export and Import Procedures – British International Freight Association (bifa.org)

We asked her a few questions about the course, please see her responses below:

What did you learn on the course?

”While taking this course I learned many new things. The course covered a wide range of customs related topics on import and export such as customs procedures as well as customs regimes. The course has helped me develop my skills on customs declarations and reporting based on Customs Declaration Service (CDS). This course is important for me to expand my knowledge of UK customs procedures.”

What did you enjoy most about the course?

”The content in the course is enjoyable and educational. The group work, work-based assessments and projects provided are practical and useful. These helped me demonstrate the skills in a real job situation.”

What did you find most engaging on the course?

”I am grateful for the opportunity to attend this course which helped in my place of work immensely. Not only did I gain a lot of valuable insights, but I also developed essential skills in customer communication. The four tutor-led training days offered different assessments and case studies, equipped me with skills and knowledge that I can apply in the real workplace.”


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As a business owner involved in exports, keeping up to date with HMRC regulations is essential. With HMRC updates regarding CDS Exports, it’s important to know the actions you need to take to ensure your business is ready to make declarations through the Customs Declarations Service.

At Atlas Logistics UK Ltd, we are always staying up-to-date with HMRC updates and regulations. We have successfully migrated to CDS Imports, and we are now ready to help you transition to CDS Exports. In this blog post, we will cover what you need to know about CDS Exports and how we can assist you in the process.

HMRC Updates Regarding CDS Exports.

HMRC has announced that they will work with all exporters, to ensure they are ready to make declarations through the Customs Declarations Service by summer 2023. From September 2023, all export routes should be open for making declarations. This includes export declarants who use a mix of routes including the Goods Vehicle Movement Service or inventory linked locations, export declarants that only use inventory linked locations, export declarants that use Designated Export Place (DEP) movements, and export declarants that currently use National Export Service (NES) web service and will need to move to the new export declaration online service.

How Atlas Logistics UK Ltd Can Help You Transition to CDS Exports.

At Atlas Logistics UK Ltd, we are committed to ensuring that the transition to CDS Exports is as smooth as possible for our clients. We have a team of export brokers who are experienced in dealing with export regulations and will guide you through the process.

We are currently testing the new software internally, which will ensure that we are ready to make declarations through the Customs Declarations Service by the deadline. Our team of export brokers will ensure that you are fully informed about the actions you need to take, and we will provide you with signposting to relevant guidance.

We understand that navigating through new regulations can be a daunting process, but with Atlas Logistics UK Ltd, you don’t have to do it alone. Our team of experts are always available to answer any questions you may have and to provide you with the support you need.

Conclusion

With the deadline for CDS Exports fast approaching, it’s important to act now to ensure your business is ready. As your logistics partner, Atlas Logistics UK Ltd is here to assist you every step of the way. We have the expertise, knowledge and experience needed to make the transition to CDS Exports a seamless process. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help.


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The Windsor Framework was unveiled on Monday 27 February 2023, to address the Northern Ireland import protocols of goods from the UK. The negotiations were spearheaded and agreed by the UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak and the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen with the intent of facilitating trade between the UK, Northern Ireland and the EU. The Prime Minister stated the deal “removes any sense of a border in the Irish Sea”. 

The deal will in essence remove any sense of a border in the Irish sea to facilitate commercial trade with greater ease. The Prime Minister has stated that the deal ensures “customs bureaucracy will be scrapped. It means food retailers like supermarkets, restaurants and wholesalers will no longer need hundreds of certificates for every lorry”. 

Trade Routes 

The deal will in essence remove any sense of a border in the Irish sea to facilitate commercial trade with greater ease. Presently, under current processes goods entering Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom must be checked at ports prior to gaining access into the Republic of Ireland. The introduction of the Windsor Framework deal will see two new routes of goods being imported into Northern Ireland, known as green and red lanes. 

Green Lanes – Goods shipped from Great Britain, which are staying in Northern Ireland will use the green lane at Northern Irish ports. These shipments will require minimal paperwork and will see less scrutiny on screening – only trusted traders will be allowed to use this scheme and transport lane. 

Red Lanes – This is for goods which will be transported from Northern Ireland into the European Union. Which will not see a change in customs procedures and documentation for the foreseeable future.

Parcel simplifications – This includes consumer to consumer, and business to consumer parcels under certain limitations. There will no longer be a requirement for any customs formalities or documentation. 

Agri-food – This refers to retail products for end consumption within Northern Ireland, which will be able to move from Great Britain with minimal certification requirements and documentation. 

Medication – Drugs that have been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will now be accessible in Northern Ireland with minimal certification requirements and documentation. 

VAT 

Windsor Framework enables Northern Ireland to be exempt from certain European Union VAT and excise rules. However, this deal will not end EU law in Northern Ireland nor the ultimate oversight of EU judges in limited circumstances. The deal will introduce a new ‘Stormont Brake’, with a clear process through which the Northern Irish Assembly can apply a brake on changes to EU goods laws, after which the UK Government may use a veto. 

The President of the European Commision added that there are also mechanisms intended to avoid the Stormont Brake being deployed, involving extensive consultation with stakeholders in Northern Ireland before changes are made to EU law, as well as consultation with the EU on planned regulatory changes by the UK. 

The Prime Minister has declared that the only EU laws applicable to Northern Ireland are the “minimum necessary” to prevent hard border with the remainder of Ireland, which will safeguard Northern Ireland’s position in the European Union as well as its peoples rights nationally in respect to trade movements. 

In essence, the framework will allow Northern Ireland to zero rate VAT, other changes include:

  • Removing the limit on the number of reduced and zero rates in Northern Ireland
  • Establishing new categories that can be applied for VAT purpose where goods are consumed within Northern Ireland 
  • Exempting Northern Ireland’s businesses from a range of European Union rules – including an exemption for businesses needing to register for VAT under a 2025 EU Directive
  • Establishing a brand new mechanism, enabling the UK and EU to look at future EU rule changes and make further legally binding changes to resolve any distortive impacts that new EU red tape could cause

For further information please see the below. 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1138989/The_Windsor_Framework_a_new_way_forward.pdf

https://www.export.org.uk/news/news.asp?id=633246