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Brexit EU signposts
9 July
2020
Brexit is back on the agenda with tariffs set to change from 1 January 2021. So what exactly is the current state of play for importers and exporters? There has been a flurry of information from the government in the last couple of weeks culminating in new UK Brexit position papers. The latest relevant guidance is here: Moving your goodsRead more
HMM-Algeciras-Rotterdam-cc-Kees-Torn
23 June
2020
Last week the world’s biggest container ship, the HMM Algeciras, docked at London Gateway, carrying nearly 20,000 containers of sea freight – itself a record number. But sea freight rates still remain high with overall reduced capacity. At 400m long and 61m wide, the ship is the size of nearly four football pitches and has the capacity to carry 23,964 standard containers.Read more
10 June
2020
There are positive signs that European road freight services are gradually picking up as lockdown restrictions start to ease in the UK and Europe. Volumes are slowly increasing on our UK and European road freight, and more enquiries are coming in. This is good news for customers of International Forwarding (IFL). As businesses reopen, and production and supply chains startRead more
Full IFL truck showing palletised freight
30 April
2020
Every industry comes with its own logistics challenges. When you partner with IFL, you are assured of a reliable and experienced operator, with sector expertise. As an established West Midlands-based freight forwarder, we have been serving a range of UK industries for more than 30 years. Our third-party logistics (3PL) services integrate with your own systems to ensure a smoothRead more
IFL's board of directors in 2019 (l-r): Nigel Parsons, Rob Pike (MD), Trisha Slater, Andy Grubb, Roy Baker.
25 March
2020
To our valued customers and suppliers, we hope you and your families are keeping well in these unprecedented times. The health and wellbeing of our staff, customers and suppliers is of the utmost importance to us in these uncertain times. We want to reassure that we remain dedicated to serving our customers and suppliers while strictly observing the freight transportRead more
Rob Pike MD IFL coronavirus update
18 March
2020
Dear International Forwarding Ltd Customers, Suppliers and Colleagues, Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) global outbreak, I want to reassure you of our plans and priorities over the coming months. We plan to continue operating as usual where possible, ensuring service is maintained through this difficult time. While taking our own precautions, we will follow government advice on the best course ofRead more
Sea freight
7 January
2020
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has imposed new regulations on shipping lines from 1 January 2020. Vessels must now use cleaner low sulphur fuels with a sulphur content of 0.5% instead of the existing average of 3.5%. The aim is to significantly reduce gas emissions. Carriers breaching the new rules will face heavy financial penalties. The existing Bunker Adjustment FactorRead more
Brexit and IFL: Our guide for freight and logistics customers
26 August
2019
To support our customers through Brexit, we’ve put together a short guide to how International Forwarding Ltd is dealing with Brexit. We’ve also included some recommendations for anyone using freight forwarding and logistics services in the UK and some technology changes you need to be aware of. This page guidance has now been updated: Getting ready for Brexit – importRead more
Multimodal sign
20 June
2019
Multimodal wraps today at our local NEC in Birmingham so here’s our Multimodal 2019 roundup of photographic highlights from the show. Several directors from International Forwarding Ltd (IFL) attended the freight and logistics event this week to meet with suppliers and industry contacts. Andy Grubb, Sales Director, International Forwarding, says: “Multimodal 2019 seemed quiet this year with fewer exhibitors than previouslyRead more
Customs Clearance Dover
20 February
2019
New guidance updates for exporters and importers covering customs procedures in the event of a no-deal Brexit were issued by HM Revenue & Customs this month (4 February). You can download them at the links below. HMRC is introducing “simplified importing procedures” – known as Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) – for an initial period of one year to ease congestionRead more