Logistics News 8th October

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre regularly reviews the latest logistics news and keeps you up to date with what's happening in the industry.

P&O Ferrymasters enters into strategic partnership to facilitate “no-deal” Brexit customs declarations

P&O Ferrymasters has announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with SGS Maco to offer customs declaration services to P&O Ferrymasters’ customers.

This will maintain easy and fluid declaration for the import and export Logof goods to and from the United Kingdom, in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit.

If at the end of October, the UK leaves the European Union without a deal that maintains existing customs arrangements, goods may have to be declared to customs and this partnership will allow continuity and fluidity for P&O Ferrymaster’s customers.

SGS Maco will work with P&O Ferrymasters to facilitate its customers making customs declarations at ports in the Netherlands and Belgium and offer fiscal representation services for companies transporting goods throughout the European Union. The customs declaration services will be organised in the United Kingdom by P&O Ferrymasters and SGS Maco staff, and through a partner in Ireland.

Mark Timmermans, Trailer Director, said: “This partnership allows us to offer a comprehensive declaration package to clients as part of our door to door transport operation. Our account managers will soon contact our customers to offer this service to them”.

Etienne Mulders, Managing Director at SGS Maco, said: “Brexit poses a great challenge for UK-EU traders. SGS Maco believes a joint effort by logistics service providers, customs agents and traders is necessary to ensure smooth post-Brexit trade”

P&O Ferrymasters is a leading pan-European provider of logistics solutions. The company serves 20 strategic locations in 13 countries across the continent, operating integrated road, rail and sea links via a fleet of more than 5,000 trailers and containers.

The company is part of P&O Ferries, which sails on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels which carry 8.4 million passengers and 2.3 million freight units every year. P&O Ferries is part of DP World, a leading enabler of global trade and an integral part of the supply chain.

Port of Rotterdam Authority introduces track and trace containers

 

The Port of Rotterdam Authority launched 'Boxinsider' last week.

The application allows shippers and freight forwarders to see where their containers are located at any given moment. Not only is this much more reliable than the approach used until now, it is also much more user-friendly and efficient than collecting information yourself from all kinds of sources.

'When I order a book online, I can almost follow the package live,' explains CEO Allard Castelein. 'With Boxinsider, we are now presenting a similar solution for containers. By developing digital applications, we are making our port even more efficient, safer and more reliable. Solutions like Boxinsider are good examples of this transition and so they are a perfect match with our ambition to be the world's Smartest Port.'

Read more here. 

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