airfreight-offer

Free customs clearance on any air freight bookings this month!

For this month only, we would like to offer our loyal customers free customs clearance on any air freight bookings made!

We have electronic links to all UK airports. This means that our team can skilfully arrange customs clearance for your cargo. With knowledge of all customs clearance procedures, home use, CFSP, IPR, OPR and warehousing entries we can also organise BTI classification for your goods.

Our team of highly skilled experts at our office at Heathrow Airport have extensive knowledge of handling all aspects of air shipments, with daily nationwide collections and an air freight consolidation service. We are able to offer a range of direct and indirect shipment options from any airport worldwide.

Contact us now to take advantage of this great offer! Call 02380 337778 or email enquiries@supremefreight.com 

 

 

delivery drone

Drone delivery experimented by UPS

The experiment, in Lithia Florida, involved launching a drone from the top of a vehicle, delivering its package and returning by itself, all whilst the delivery driver is able to continue driving at the same time.

“This test is different than anything we’ve done with drones so far. It has implications for future deliveries, especially in rural locations where our package cars often have to travel miles to make a single delivery,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability.

Rural delivery routes are the most expensive to serve due to the time and vehicle expenses required to complete each delivery; hence the consideration UPS is giving to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) option for last-mile type deliveries.

However, this doesn’t mean the end for drivers. According to UPS, drivers are the face of the company, so this isn’t something that will change. It will be a tool to aid them in terms of time and distance. During the test the drones route was preset, but routes could be determined by other sorts of navigation.

Amazon has also experimented with drones. In December 2015 it successfully delivered a tv streaming stick and a bag of popcorn to the garden of a customer with a large garden in Cambridgeshire. This could suggest that this is something they can offer to all their customers going forward, but that would be a premature assumption. At the moment it can only be used for customers with large gardens that live close to the depot. The drones can only fly in daylight and with good weather conditions. Amazon hopes to start expanding this service over the coming months, although it will only work on packages up to 2.6kg.

pot-hole

Lorry pothole claims rejected by road transport group

The poor state of Britian’s roads does not lie with the logistics industry say the Freight Transport Association (FTA)

According to the Local Government Association (LGA) there are more potholes and wear of the roads because of the 5% rise in lorries on British roads since last year, an increase of 1.7bnt.

LGA transport spokesman Martin Tett said…

“Our local roads network faces an unprecedented funding crisis and the latest spike in lorries could push our local roads network over the edge. Lorries exert massively more weight on road surfaces than cars, causing them to crumble far quicker.”

According to the Department of Transport’s road freight statistics the food and drink industry accounted for nearly a quarter of the road traffic in the UK in 2015. However, the FTA refute this, instead calling the lack of government spending on repairs the real issue. The FTA insist that the cuts to local insfrastructure have caused a repair backlog on a national level.

The FTA’s head of policy Christopher Snelling said the LGA’s report was an attempt to escape responsibility for the problem…

“The real issue is the need for increased funding from central government to address the potholes problem nationwide, local authorities are facing large bills – one-off costs of approximately £69M per council – to bring their roads up to a reasonable condition.”

Snelling continued…

“The transportation of essential goods on our roads is crucial to the continued health of the economy. To claim that lorries are the cause of the potholes across the country is simply not true. Larger lorries do not cause increased damage to the road surface – in fact, they have more axles which spread payloads more evenly. When combined with road-friendly twin tyres and road-friendly suspension, this reduces the impact of road usage by lorries.”

When responding to a recent RAC survey on potholes, Martin Tett had this as his response…

‘’Councils are fixing more potholes than ever – one every 15 seconds – and keeping roads safe is one of the most important jobs we do. However, councils face a £12 billion backlog of road repairs, which would already take councils more than 10 years to clear. Over the remaining years of this decade the Government will invest over £1.1 million per mile in maintaining main roads and motorways, which make up just three per cent of all total roads. However, it invests £27,000 per mile in council-controlled local roads, which make up 97 per cent of England’s road network. This difference in funding puts the country’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage and provides poor value for money’’

The state of Britain’s roads has long been a source of contention, but with increased usage and little money to make improvements, unfortunately our industry will always be under scrutiny.

solent 250

Supreme Freight features in the latest Solent 250

Supreme Freight are proud to announce that we have been featured in the latest Solent 250 for 2017.

The annual listing is compiled by The Business Magazine and sponsored by law firm Irwin Mitchell, business advisers KPMG and HSBC bank. It groups private unquoted companies across the Solent and South Coast by turnover, and the 2017 companies share a combined turnover of £13.5 billion.

The Solent 250 will be celebrated at a special dinner at Lainston House, near Winchester, on March 21. Guest speakers include Mark Berrisford-Smith – HSBC economist, and Spencer McCarthy – chairman and CEO of Churchill Retirement Living.

Click here to find out more about the Solent 250.

air cargo

2016 ends on a positive note for Air Cargo

According to official data released by The International Air Transport Association (AITA), global freight volumes showed a growth in demand of 3.8% freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) compared to 2015.

This was nearly double the industry’s average growth rate of 2% over the last five years. Freight capacity also increased by 5.3% in 2016. With the exception of Latin America, all regions experienced positive freight growth in 2016. Almost half of the total annual increase in demand came from Europe.

In terms of demand, 2016 was a good year for air cargo. That was boosted by solid year-end performance. Looking ahead, strong export orders are good news. However, there are headwinds. The most significant is stagnant world trade which also faces the risk of protectionist measures. Governments must not forget that trade is a powerful tool for growth and prosperity,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

“The air cargo industry must also improve its competitiveness. We know that the way forward is defined by digital processes which will drive efficiency and improve customer satisfaction. We must use the momentum of renewed demand growth to drive the important innovations of the e-cargo vision,” said de Juniac.

Asia-Pacific carriers held the highest market share in terms of FTKs at 37.5% followed by Europe 23.5%, North America 20.7%, Middle East 13.9%, Latin America 2.8% and Africa at 1.6%.

 

 

bad-weather

Weather Warning – Strong Winds in the UK Predicted on Thursday 23rd Feb

The MET Office have a severe weather warning in place for Thursday 23rd February covering the Port of Felixstowe with wind gusts forecasted between 60 – 80mph.

Weather Forecast MapsWind speed, 10 m above ground, 51°N 1°W, 2017/02/23 08:00 (UTC), © VentuSky.com

Due to the forecast we are expecting Felixstowe Port to close from1000hrs tomorrow morning through to the early hours of Friday morning the 24th
With this in mind, potentially there could be some disruption and delays to deliveries.

If you have deliveries booked for Thursday PM or Friday morning we would suggest bringing them forward (if possible) to tomorrow morning so we can collect containers early to avoid the MET office severe weather warning.

If you require any further information please get in touch.

We thankyou for your understanding and continued cooperation during this time.

USA UK

Theresa May and Donald Trump hold talks on a trade deal to slash tariffs

The British Prime Minister has become the first foreign leader to hold talks with the new President in the White House. Discussions are to be centred around an agreement to cut, or even drop, tariffs on items Britain and America already export to one another.

Speaking on the BBC’s Today programme, former economic advisor to the President Stephen Moore said Mr Trump would likely be looking for a trade deal similar to the one America has with Canada, and called the UK one of the US’s closest allies.

Mr Trump pledged to ensure trade arrangements that the UK currently has with the US through its EU membership would continue in place at the moment of Brexit, in a bid to provide certainty to businesses in both the UK and the US.

According to the PM, the UK is already America’s fifth largest export destination while the American markets account for almost a fifth of global exports from the UK.

The US was the largest single destination for UK outward investment and the single largest investor in the UK. American companies are investing or expanding in the UK at the rate of more than 10 projects a week at present.

bad-weather

Weather Warning – Poor sea conditions in Southern Europe

We have been advised that due to weather issues of waves of up to 11 meters in Southern Europe, vessels may be forced to slow down or seek shelter until conditions improve. This will have an impact on vessel ETAs into the UK.

Below is a quote from a carrier :

“Sea conditions are expected to deteriorate to the point where vessels are unable to transit the Bay and will seek shelter either in the Med or NEU waters, waiting out the storm”

If any of your shipments are affected then your account manager will be in contact in due course. If you have any questions please get in touch.

China freight train

First ‘Silk Road’ train from China to Britain arrives

The train took 18 days to arrive in Barking, East London from Yiwu, China after a mammoth journey which took it through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France.

The arrival of a freight train in East London is the start of a new era for the 2000 year old trading route.  The Silk Road was an ancient network running through central Asia connecting to the Mediterranean which once bought a wealth of goods from China over to the UK.

The consignment would have taken nearly twice as long to arrive by sea, and contained a cargo of household items, clothes, fabrics, bags and suitcases. Weekly trains will be run initially to assess demand.

A direct rail link between Beijing and Western Europe enables manufacturers to explore new means to lower transport costs. The line may not provide a suitable alternative to all, but its arrival coincides with even greater emphasis being placed on Britain’s export business post Brexit.

China Railway already has freight services to European destinations including Madrid and Hamburg – and is now hoping to strengthen its links with Russia, Asia and Europe in the future.

 

Southampton freight terminal expansion

Southampton’s freight terminal plans further expansion

The planned expansion of Southampton’s container terminal will help cement it’s reputation as one of the fastest, most productive freight terminals in the UK.

With the mega vessels arriving in Southampton getting bigger and bigger, Southampton’s freight terminal are scaling up to match. DP World Southampton are investing heavily in new equipment, land and quayside cranes. This increase in capacity is great news for the local freight industry, and will only help to improve the speed and productivity of the Southampton Terminal, which is already widely regarded as one of the best in the country.

The terminal recently acquired an additional 11.2 acres of land at the north east edge of the terminal, creating 640 extra ground spaces to store containers and bringing the size of the terminal to almost 100 hectares.

As well as creating more container capacity, the 11.2 acres supports operations at SCT 5 – the freight terminal’s newest and largest deep-water berth, which opened in March 2014. The new land behind this berth enables shorter run distances for straddle carriers taking containers to and from the stack, improving productivity overall.

Nick Loader, Chief Executive Officer, DP World Southampton, said:

“Container ships are getting bigger all the time. The 11.2 acres of new land will allow us to increase the utilisation of SCT 5. It will also help us to be much more efficient so that DP World Southampton can continue to load and unload vessels faster than any other container terminal in the UK. Our customers tell us that we are the most productive terminal in the UK and we intend to stay that way.”

The terminal operator’s expansion plans also include:

• Investment in 17 new straddle carriers, being manufactured by Kalmar in Poland, to replace older equipment and bring DP World Southampton’s fleet more up to date.

• The purchase of a two additional new super post-panamax cranes scheduled for delivery in early 2018.

The size of container ships importing and exporting goods around the world has nearly doubled in just under 10 years. The world’s largest container ships regularly call at DP World Southampton including the MSC Diana at 19,462 TEU. However, there are already 21,000 TEU vessels on order for delivery during 2017.

The growth of the Southampton freight terminal will help to future proof it for dealing efficiently with increasingly larger vessels, which is great news for Supreme Freight as one of the major freight forwarding companies in the area.

Feel free to get in touch to see how this could effect your freight requirements.