2020 was a challenging year for the logistics industry, and 2021, with the end of the Brexit transition phase, has presented a whole new set of challenges. Shipping delays have been reported as well as some degree of confusion about what’s now required to ship goods in and out of the UK.
As borders have now gone up between the UK and EU single market some delays are to be expected for a number of reasons out of your control, but there are good practices you can follow to help reduce the chances of significant delays at the border.
Measure & weigh your freight
You can avoid additional charges and delays by measuring all three sides of your packaged freight. All package measurements should take place on a calibrated and certified, digital scale prior to pick-up. Take photos of the freight on the scale, as well as any measurements you take which can serve as a visual record should any disputes arise.
Take care with your packing
Make sure that you use appropriate packing for your consignment. Fragile items should be labelled as such. Larger pallet shipments should be accompanied by a packing slip for each pallet along with the carrier label. The packing label should not only accurately describe the contents, it should also include the weights and measurements. Doing so can help you reduce the risk of incurring extra fees and delays.
Labelling your freight
Each freight shipment is required to have a Bill of Lading (BOL) attached. It should include the contact information for both the shipper and receiver, including a name and phone number. Shipments can be delayed if this information is not included on the BOL.
Statement of Origin and Direct Customs Agent
Alongside the new rules of origin comes a new certificate that forms the backbone of your customs documentation. In order to claim preference under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, a statement of origin will be needed establishing the origin of the goods. A customs agent can help you negotiate customs regulations. They’re experts in international trade and it’s their job to keep abreast of the changing rules and regulations. They make sure that their clients have all the paperwork and licenses they need to import and export goods to and from the UK.
Choose an experienced and reliable carrier
Perhaps the single most important factor when it comes to avoiding delays is your choice of freight forwarder. Be sure to use a reliable, experienced and knowledgeable logistics company who is clear about what’s required.
At SSO Logistics, we invest in our team ensuring they keep abreast of regulatory requirements. We are always happy to answer any questions and to help our clients find their way through the bureaucracy.
Contact us today to find out how we can help.