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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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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.


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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


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Completing customs declarations can be difficult without the necessary understanding of harmonised commodity codes, licensing, changes to legislation and much more – here at Atlas Logistics UK LTD we have a team of highly trained staff equipped to process customs clearances both for import and export. Collectively we complete approximately 3000 customs clearances per month. 

There are many variations of export declarants: 

  • Goods Vehicle Movement Service with some inventory linked locations movement 
  • Only inventory linked locations movement 
  • Designated Export Place (DEP) movement software
  • Export declarants using the National Export Service (NES) web service 

The Customs Declaration Service, otherwise known as the CDS supports the processing of import and export declarations when moving cargo to and from the United Kingdom. The British International Freight Association (BIFA), has received an update from the HMRC pertaining to the CDS export dates which we uncover below. 

In January of 2023, a letter was sent to all freight forwarders completing export declarations with key dates and updated processes; this has since been updated slightly. Here is all of the key information and dates you’ll need to know, 

Starting from late February 2023 

The HMRC will be contacting export declarants who are only utilising the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GMVS) with software or the current National Export System (NES) online service to explain how freight forwarders can make export declarations on the CDS via their software or online portal. 

Commencing Summer 2023 

The HMRC will now be branching out generally and working with all export freight forwarders to ensure you are aptly prepared for the transition to the CDS system by sending out guides and other relevant materials as well as making these available online. 

As of September 2023

The HMRC will be reaching out to all export declarants using any route will now be available on the CDS system and should be replacing any previously used export declaration software or service. 

BIFA has stated that the remainder of the information highlighted in Monday’s announcement remains the same, and they are making every effort alongside calls to action to ensure a swift transition into the export CDS system. Here at Atlas Logistics UK LTD we are happy to announce we were amongst the first family business owned freight forwarding companies to have introduced the import CDS system within our company. 

We have already started planning our transition into the export CDS system. Our previous experience with the CDS software will ensure a smooth transition and enable our access to the customs database. This will provide our customers with a swift import or export customs clearance service, to and from all UK ports and airports. 

For a FREE quote, click here, or give our team of dedicated professionals a call:  https://atlaslogistics.co.uk/services/fare-rate/  

Birmingham: +44 (0) 121 783 6564

London: +44 (0) 0208 893 7880  

We look forward to hearing from you! 


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The Chinese New Year is a major festival celebrated predominantly in China, but also widely across Asia. As this festivity is based on lunar cycles it does not occur on a fixed date. This year the festivities of the Chinese New Year commence on January 22nd 2023 with the traditional Spring Festival and end on February 5th with the Lantern Festival. The first days of Chinese New Year for the next three years are as follows, 

2024: February 10th – Year of the Dragon

2025: January 29th – Year of the Snake

2026: February 17th – Year of the Horse

The lunar new year is a well known period in the freight industry where we tend to notice a slower impasse of trade, due to the two week closure of China and other Eastern nations celebrating this festivity. At Atlas Logistics UK LTD we aim to continue supplying our customers with excellent logistic solutions via sea, air, road and rail to/from China and East Asia.  

As a company, we enjoy celebrating the lunar new year as we were formed during the year of the Ox, in 2009. In Chinese culture, the Ox is appreciated for its patience and honesty – qualities we are proud to be associated with. As we enter into 2023, we look forward to the year of the rabbit. The rabbit symbolises longevity, peace, and prosperity, therefore we predict this year to be one of hope and increased business as we hop onto the right foot.

Our membership of the World Cargo Alliance (WCA), gives us immense global reach and provides us with substantial leverage to negotiate competitive rates, suitable to your cargo and transport needs. For a free quotation contact us today by clicking here.


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The International Chamber of Commerce published new Incoterms® 2020 that came into effect from the 1st of January 2020.  The ICC originally published Incoterms® in 1936 and have continually made updates to reflect the changes to the Global Trade environment.  It’s important that all parties involved in trade clearly understand the changes and how they apply to their part in the global supply chain.

Incoterms® play such a vital role in the world of global trade.  Incoterms® 2010 or Incoterms® 2020 may seem complicated, but it’s imperative that buyers and sellers clearly understand how they work and their own obligations along the supply chain.  This blog is to be used in conjunction with Incoterms® 2020 chart found on our accreditations page (@Jed Marshall – can you put a link to it here?)

Please note the content of this blog and the chart are only for general information purposes and should not in any circumstances be considered bespoke legal advice or professional advice.

What are Incoterms®?

Put simply, Incoterms® are the selling terms that the buyer and seller of goods both agree to during international transaction process.  These rules are accepted by governments and legal authorities around the world. Understanding Incoterms® is a vital part of International Trade because they clearly state which tasks, costs and risks are associated with the buyer and the seller.

The Incoterm® outlines when the seller’s costs and risks are transferred onto the buyer.  It’s also important to understand that not all rules apply in all cases.  Some encompass any mode or modes of transport.  Transport by all modes of transport (road, rail, air and sea) covers FCA, CPT, CIP, DAP, DPU (replaces DAT) and DDP.  Sea/Inland waterway transport (Sea) covers FAS, FOB, CFR and CIF.

Why are Incoterms® vital in International Trade?

Incoterms® are referred to as International Commercial Terms.  They are a set of rules published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which relate to International Commercial Law.  According to the ICC, Incoterms® rules provide internationally accepted definitions and rules of interpretation for most common commercial terms used in contracts for the sale of goods’.

All International purchases will be processed on an agreed Incoterm to define which party legally incurs costs and risks.  Incoterms® should be clearly stated on relevant shipping documents and commercial paperwork.

Please feel free to read the Incoterms® 2020 pdf and should you have any questions or wish to seek guidance call one of our team on +44 (0) 121 783 6564 or email enquiries@atlaslogistics.co.uk

One of our experienced team will be on hand to help however we possibly can.