Ocean Cargo Archives - Atlas Logistics UK LTD


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.


April 1st 2017 saw the introduction of the new carrier alliances which will last for the next decade or so.  The previous four shipping alliances have gone to be replaced by just three.  The new alliances have been formed due to several key factors.  Back in 2008 many of the major liners started investing in bigger container ships.  These ships entered the market with lower running costs and thus some core lines were able to offer lower than their competitors on given trades. To stay competitive other carriers then began investing in these larger more economical vessels so resulting in an over capacity on many routes.  Other factors that helped decide the creation of the new alliances included the fall of Hanjin Shipping, unprecedentedly low rates throughout 2016 and a high number of mergers throughout the ocean shipping industry.  The new carrier alliances represent nearly 80% of the global container capacity and are currently divided as below:

The 2M Alliance – Maersk, HMM, Hamburg SUD & MSC

The Alliance – NYK, MOL, K Line, Yang-Ming & Hapag Lloyd (with UASC)

The Ocean Alliance – CMA-CGM, Evergreen, OOCL, APL & Cosco Shipping.

So, what sort of effect will these new mergers have on the current schedules and availability offered to shippers?  Schedules will be more fixed and less likely to change once the new alliances are settled in.  Some ports are seeing an increase in the amount of calls they receive, whilst others are seeing a reduction.  For example, Singapore prior to the new alliances received 29 calls per week, this will increase to 34 now the new alliances have kicked in.  On the other hand, both Hong Kong and Port Kelang will see a reduction in the services it receives from the alliances.  Hong Kong from 15 to 10 calls and Port Kelang 11 to 5 calls.  As a consequence of the services being shifted there also appears to have been a short-term capacity issue, such as the route back to Asia from Northern Europe.  Being able to get space and competitive rates has been proving difficult for many freight forwards and shippers for some time but is now showing signs of easing.   In regards to speed of service a high percentage of routes will have a faster transit time.  Asia – Europe will be 60% faster whilst transatlantic will have 47% of its lanes faster.   All this said there will still be space in the market for the smaller independent liners and specialist carriers.    Atlas Logistics UK Ltd is well placed for access to all the global liners both import, export and cross-trade.   Just contact us if you have any questions or requirements in this area.


How not to miss the boat on those last sailing dates for delivery before Christmas 2016.

Without a shadow of a doubt Christmas is an exciting but stressful time of year, regardless of what your position may be.  From the personal side of keeping on top of the social commitments, (whether it be your own or those of your children), to the business side of ensuring everything is finalised for the end of the year and prepared for the new.   Something inevitably slips from mind and as a freight forwarder we expect this.  We receive every year towards the middle of November a telephone call.  “I need an order out of XYZ via ocean which needs to be here by Christmas.”  A lot of the time it will also include, “We will be on production stop when we reopen if it’s not here by then”.

If this sounds like what happens to you then with exception to planning ahead and making the necessary arrangements in advance is there anything else, you can do?

Have you heard of a sea / air option, it’s still a possibility and worth exploring?  If your product is from China, why not consider the rail route via the Old Silk Road?  Its sounds a little long winded but could help save on your transit time.  Either option could save substantial time and course less of an impact on your supply chain.  Another alternative is short term warehouse storage.   Has your forwarder got a warehouse they can house your cargo in?  If so transferring the cargo to their facility until the new year could be the best solution.  Housing cargo in the shipping or airlines warehouse is extremely expensive and also could compromise the integrity of the cargo.  With a forwarder they will take better care of your order.  The final option if cost permits is a full air freight solution.

There is nearly always a solution to this situation but to help you to try and avoid being in this position Atlas Logistics UK Ltd has come up with this basic latest date ocean shipping guide. These estimated dates and transit times allow for substantial leeway. Of course please check with the team at your local Atlas office for further details.  Please note these dates are subject to availability and change dependent on the shipping schedules and shipping lines.