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Southampton Port remains open as normal

Southampton port has been classified as a vital site for the country in terms of supply chain, and there are no plans to cease operations, despite the crippling effects of the Covid-19 virus taking hold of the country.

We’re working hard as ever from their homes to ensure critical medical supplies and other essentials can get into the UK. Essential frontline staff at the port being thoroughly supported and operational teams are being segregated to ensure plenty of cover, as well as several other measure to ensure they stay safe, and the port stays open at all costs. 

See below the official statement from DP World…

DP World Announcement

We’re also in the fortunate position to be able to help the country in the fight against the Coronavirus, by offering net cost from the airlines and shipping lines and free customs clearance on the import of ALL MEDICAL SUPPLIES.

Whatever is going on in the world, you’re still at the centre of ours. 

Please get in touch if you have any queries about your shipments, and above all, stay safe. 

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Should I use a Freight Forwarder?


Supreme Freight assists companies in the process of transporting goods from one place to another. We use the most cost-effective methods with a suitable shipping company to ensure that every point of the journey goes smoothly.

At Supreme we contract with specialist companies covering sea, air or road to transport goods on behalf of their clients. We are the experts that can lead on your logistics needs and arrange a smooth process that will give you piece of mind that your goods will be delivered.


Why do Businesses Use Freight Forwarders?

Freight forwarders are seen as a necessary extension to many businesses. Mistakes made in shipping processes can be costly and delay goods getting to the places they need to go.

The wealth of knowledge and expertise we have on the process of importing and exporting is invaluable to companies and saves them both time and money.


What Can you Expect from a Freight Forwarder?

As a freight forwarder we will be able to listen to the shipping needs of your business and be able to tailor those to a logistically sound plan. Tailoring a logistics plan to meet your budget and time requirements, Supreme Freight will able to recommend you the best method of transportation, whether by road, air or sea. As well as this we will be able to make recommendations on:

  • Customs Clearance – From origin to destination, forwarders should be able to deal with all customs processes. This includes handling all paperwork and fees on your company’s behalf.
  • Shipping Documentation – Forwarders should be able to deal with all shipping documentation including Bills of Lading, Certificates of Origin, letters of credit or any documents required by banks before payment is released.
  • Insurance – A reputable freight forwarder will be able to recommend insurance services that will cover a shipment for loss or damage.
  • Logistics and Supply-Chain Management – Which can include but is not limited to fulfilment, customs consultancy and contract logistics services.

What are the Advantages of a Freight Forwarder?

  • The transportation of goods can be a logistical nightmare especially when you are dealing with importing or exporting to countries that you have not dealt with before. Different countries have different customs regulations, shipping restrictions and fees and a mistake could not only be costly in terms of fines but could delay your shipment reaching its destination and have a dramatic impact on your business. It’s important that companies get this right first time. Along with saving you time, freight forwarders provide you with the peace of mind that your shipments will arrive in the desired place, in the desired time in a method that meets your needs and is cost-effective.
  • Supreme Freight have been supporting their clients with their logistics needs since 1986 and in doing this we have built up an excellent reputation with customers and partners alike. The relationships we have formed with are logistics partners allows us to negotiate the best rate for are clients. Using these relationships and are expert knowledge as freight forwarders we can plan and deliver in a timely and cost-effective manner every time.
  • With the logistical side of shipping being taken care of externally, business owners have the time to focus their time and efforts on other parts of the business that require their attention. If importing and exporting goods is something that is happening quite regularly this could result in a significant increase in productivity.
  • As a company that deals with freight services all the time, Supreme Freight have the experience that will be invaluable to our clients. This knowledge and expertise will ensure that freight forwarders will be able to tailor their services to your specific requirements.
  • Working with a freight forwarder can open opportunities to businesses they didn’t know were possible. With extensive knowledge of the different markets internationally, it could see your business being taken to places you had only dreamed of.

When you work with Supreme Freight you will have over three decades of expertise on your side supporting you with your freight forwarding requirements. To discuss your logistics needs, contact Supreme Freight on +44 (0)23 8033 7778.

 

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What is Sea Freight Import?


If you are considering the logistics of Importing goods into the United Kingdom for your business, sea freight will naturally be an option you will consider. Sea freight is a good choice for those businesses that are looking to import a large amount of consumer goods and is most often used when importing from Far East Asia. One of the main reasons for this is because sea freight is a cost-effective option that has been a preferred method for many industries for decades.

Sea freight is the method of transporting a large quantity of goods using cargo ships. These come in the following forms:

  • Full Container Load (FCL) – In which a company fills a whole container with their own goods. Containers can be from 20 – 45 feet long.
  • Less than Container Load (LCL) – Where different companies share the same container and load their shipments into it. This would then get split once it reaches port.
  • Roll On Roll Off (RORO) – Where lorries or other vehicles are packed with shipments, drive onto the cargo ships and drive off once they have reached their destination.
  • Dry Bulk Shipping – Where materials such as metals or aggregates can be poured into the ships hold rather than being loaded into containers.

What are the Advantages of Sea Freight?

The advantages of importing using sea freight include:

  • Can be highly cost effective for businesses looking to import large quantities of goods. Sea freight has been known to be 4 – 6 times cheaper than air freight. Additionally, duty and VAT are calculated at a cheaper rate than air freight keeping the costs down
  • Supreme freight can also organise container sharing for smaller loads that can keep costs down for their clients.
  • Sea freight is a global business and is accessible from most countries around the globe.
  • Sea freight importing is much better for the environment than other methods.

What Will you Need to Pay for?

When importing into the UK, businesses not only need to consider the cost of the goods and the fee they are going to pay to the shipping company to transport them, they must also consider the duty and the taxes incurred on the goods as they pass through customs processes.

The price of these costs depends a lot on where the shipment is coming from. Currently, importing from the EU typically costs less than from outside as there normally isn’t duty to be paid. This may change as the United Kingdom goes through the process of leaving the European Union and businesses will need to consider this when pricing up their shipment.

Shipping costs depend a lot on the size of the shipment and what it is. Other costs excluding the shipping cost could include:

  • Cost of goods
  • UK import duty
  • UK VAT (There are some cases where businesses can claim this back.)

How Sea Freight Works

Arranging a shipment can generally be done using these steps:

  • Contact Supreme to discuss your logistic requirements and agree a plan.
  • The goods will be collected by the shipping company from the supplier.
  • The shipment will be transported to the port and proceed through customs.
  • Goods are loaded into an FCL or LCL container and loaded onto a cargo ship.
  • Once the shipment has arrived into the UK, the shipment is met by customs and released when duty and taxes are paid.
  • Goods are delivered to your business.

When you work with Supreme you will be working with a reputable, cost effective shipping company who will ensure that the process runs smoothly. Planning and organisation will be key as shipments can take a long time to reach their final destinations especially if delays occur. To discuss your sea freight needs or any other freight requirements contact the expert team at Supreme Freight on +44 (0)23 8033 7778.

***Alert – Important Coronavirus Information***

Today The World Health Organisation will decide whether to declare the epidemic an international public health emergency.

Officials in China now say that 170 people have died of the disease and more than 7000 cases have been confirmed.

Rail freight traffic from Hubei has come to a standstill and trains are not permitted to leave the province until the end of February. Presently rail freight traffic from other provinces is still moving. Xi’an, another major hub on the New Silk Road, has freight trains running in and out as normal and all other ports remain open.

British Airways have also announced that it would suspend all direct flights to and from mainland China, others will follow, and supply chains are expecting to be hit.

The Chinese Government has already extended the lunar new year holiday until 2 February, but workers in major cities of Shanghai and Ningbo have been told to stay home until at least the 10th of February.

Keeping the above in mind we are constantly communicating with our partners in China. We are doing all we can to minimise disruption and will keep all customers informed of the latest developments. Congestion is to be expected but should there be further shut downs we will let you know.

In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns please contact us directly.

Thank you

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Suez Canal bans open loop scrubbers

Despite the recent introduction of  low-sulphur regulations, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) will continue to allow ships transiting the waterway to burn heavy fuel oil (HFO) without the need for scrubbers.

Adding to the confusion for ship managers is a ban by the SCA on the discharge of wash water – used in the open-loop scrubber process – while vessels make the passage.

In effect, this means ships with scrubbers installed must switch off the exhaust gas cleaning systems during the 12-hour passage, thus releasing pollutants into the atmosphere.

In circular 8/2019 issued on Sunday, the SCA it said it puts “no restrictions on fuel oil” for ships using the canal “until ratification of MARPOL Annex V1″ by  Egypt.

The same circular also states it is “forbidden” to discharge sea water into the canal during transit “in any circumstances”.

The IMO 2020 0.5% global sulphur cap on marine fuel for ships not fitted with scrubbers came into force on 1 January, having been agreed by all member states, including Egypt. However, governments officially need to pass laws in their own countries for the regulation to become enforceable.

Around 80% of the scrubber systems installed on ships are of the open-loop type that use seawater to separate the sulphur content from the fuel before it enters the ships’ exhaust funnel.

There are a limited number of ships with closed-loop scrubbers, which keep the wash water on board for later discharge, and there is hybrid equipment that can switch between the two operations, but both are expensive to install and operate.

A number of independent studies have sought to prove that the use of open-loop scrubbers is a “safe and effective means of complying with IMO 2020”, but ship operators have struggled to get the message across. Indeed, more than 80 ports around the world have prohibited the use of open-loop scrubbers in their territorial waters.

The Clean Ship Alliance (CSA), a pro-scrubber lobby, told The Loadstarrecently it was “actively engaging” with port authorities over their concerns, but suggested the bans had been put in place after “very little hard research”, with many ports deciding to prohibit their use on the back of bans by others.

Vessels fitted with open-loop scrubbers calling at ports with ban need to switch tanks to compliant fuel before entering the jurisdiction, as is the case for the ultra-low ECAs (emission control areas) of North Europe and the US.

Source: The Loadstar

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New Year Freight Rates now available

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Key details still remain unclear despite the US-China trade agreement

After the U.S. and China announced the “phase-one” trade agreement, a critical point remains in question: agricultural purchases.

Bilateral trade is a significant part of the dispute between the world’s two largest economies, especially after both sides decided to break the negotiations into phases, rather than tackling a slew of American concerns, which range from the trade deficit in goods to state control in the economy.

On Friday, both countries held separate press conferences to announce that they reached the phase-one agreement.

President Donald Trump said the Chinese would buy $50 billion in agricultural purchases “pretty soon.” More specifically, Reuters reported that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told reporters that China would buy at least $16 billion more agricultural goods in each of the next two years. The report said that could bring total purchases to near $50 billion in 2020 and 2021.

“That scale of purchases seems implausible and Chinese officials were reluctant to mention any specific target during their press conference,” Nomura analysts, including chief China economist Ting Lu, said in a note released Saturday, Beijing time.

Trade between the U.S. and China has fallen as both sides applied tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of goods from the other. In 2018, China ranked fifth of top destinations for U.S. agricultural exports at $9.2 billion, down from second place a year earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service.

In an encouraging first step, the U.S. held off raising tariffs on Chinese goods on Sunday, and Beijing did not go ahead with planned retaliatory tariffs. China has also been increasing its purchases of American soybeans this year, despite an overall expected decline in Chinese demand for the product, according to the U.S. Soybean Export Council.

Chinese stocks traded mildly lower Monday, following a muted U.S. stock market response to news of the trade agreement on Friday.

Larry Hu, head of Greater China economics at Macquarie, said in a note Saturday that the trade tensions have a greater impact on sentiment than economic growth, which is more reliant on other factors.

“Therefore, a phase-1 trade deal could prevent things from getting worse by cancelling the new tariff, but could not make things much better,” Hu said.

It’s still unclear how and when the U.S. will roll back other tariffs, a condition for a phase-one deal that the Chinese side has firmly maintained. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said in a statement that the United States will keep 25% tariffs on about $250 billion of Chinese imports, along with 7.5% duties on roughly $120 billion of Chinese imports.

Both sides also still need to sign the text of an agreement, which Chinese officials said requires legal review and translation. Lighthizer said both countries hope to sign the deal in Washington in early January, and there would be no new tariffs as long as China negotiates in good faith.

Scott Kennedy, senior advisor and trustee chair in Chinese business and economics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, pointed out Friday in an online article that this marks the “fifth instance during the U.S.-China trade dispute that a deal has been prematurely declared.”

“With only limited concessions, China has been able to preserve its mercantilist economic system and continue its discriminatory industrial policies at the expense of China’s trading partners and the global economy,” he said. “Trump could reverse course and renew tariffs, but Beijing has bought itself a likely respite from the daily uncertainty for at least a few months and perhaps for the remainder of Trump’s current term.”

Source: The Loadstar

How to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050 – New EC president unveils Green Deal

The new European Commission president today presented the policies of the European Green Deal, which have been largely welcomed by clean transport groups. 

Ursula von der Leyen announced a package of measures to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050, which include reducing emissions by half in the next 10 years, a €100bn fund to finance the change, a carbon border tax and various industry initiatives.  

Under plans for transport, aviation will see its free allowances in the Emissions Trading System (ETS) carbon market reduced, and the end of kerosene tax exemptions. And shipping would finally be included in the ETS. 

“The European Green Deal could be a defining moment in the fight against pollution and climate change,” said William Todts, executive director of NGO Transport & Environment. 

The plan to end aviation’s tax holiday, make sure shipping pays for its emissions and mandate the deployment of clean fuels and technology is welcome.  

In this respect, it is reassuring that ICAO and IMO, the UN agencies that have been sabotaging climate progress in these two sectors for at least two decades, are only mentioned in passing as bodies that the EU should coordinate with. 

But he added: “Of course this is just a declaration of intent. The devil will be in the detail of the new laws and whether EU governments support the Green Deal, but it is a good start.”   

The Green Deal will also see tighter emissions standards for cars and vans from 2021 and create a “clear pathway” to zero emissions. 

However, T&E warned that the plan fell short of what’s needed to reach the 2050 target.

“For example, the commission’s plan to boost “sustainable alternative fuels in different sectors” risks reopening the door for gas as well as deforestation and hunger-causing biofuels.” 

However, the airline industry disagrees. In a speech to media this morning, IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said: “We must get governments to focus on driving the technology and policy solutions that will make flying sustainable. In the immediate term, that means focusing on sustainable aviation fuels which have the potential to cut our carbon footprint by up to 80%.” 

But Mr Todts argued: “We really can’t afford to waste time revisiting failed policies, like the promotion of biofuels, or wasting limited resources promoting gas vehicles.

“Europe’s green energy policy is driving deforestation and wildlife destruction worldwide. We need to end this now, not make it worse. We need  a realistic plan to deploy zero-emission electrofuels in aviation and green hydrogen in shipping. 

He added that truck emissions had been largely ignored in the Green Deal.  

“The revision of CO2 standards for trucks needs to come as early as possible and must mandate zero-emission trucks.” 

T&E also argued that a revisited plan to apply the ETS to road transport would not work. It said earlier this month: “Moving these sectors from the Climate Action Regulation to the ETS framework, would actually lead to member states washing their hands of their legal obligations to reduce emissions from these sectors.

“Letting national governments off the hook and implementing a socially unjust, high-risk/low-reward policy is not how the new EC should start its mandate.” 

Jo Dardenne, ETS and aviation expert with T&E, said: “The ETS is not the miraculous solution to regulate the climate impact of road transport. On the contrary, it won’t do much to transport emissions unless the carbon price goes through the roof.

“Let’s not push a sector to fit a policy, but ensure the policy is fit for the sector.” 

Source: The Loadstar

 

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Guidelines Published to help reduce Container fire risk

A container shipping group, set up to increase safety levels in the industry following a string of sometimes fatal box ship fires, has produced its first set of guidelines to help operators prevent further incidents.

The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) today published Safety Considerations for Ship Operators Related to Risk-Based Stowage of Dangerous Goods on Containerships, specifically in response to “a number of serious fire incidents in recent years, often caused by deficiencies in cargo declaration and cargo packing”.

A copy of the publication can be downloaded here.

CINS chairman Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen said: “Cargo-related incidents which result in fire and explosions are rooted in cargo problems. Subsequent investigations demonstrate a wide range of deficiencies relating to cargo presented for shipment.

“These deficiencies include erroneous classification and declaration, packing, segregation and securing, not complying with IMDG or not following the CTU Code and packaging not complying with IMDG. This new best-practice guidance for DG stowage is intended to help improve fire safety in our industry,” he added.

The group stressed that the guidelines “complement – but do not replace – the existing measures already developed and implemented by ship operators for the carriage of properly declared dangerous goods. Likewise, they do not replace the SOLAS and IMDG requirements for stowage and segregation – in fact, they will enhance the requirements of these regulations”.

Investigations into deadly fires on board containerships in recent years have demonstrated that there is a class of cargo which, although not classed as dangerous goods, is thought to have increased the severity of some of the fires.

“Such commodities include, but are not limited to, charcoal, wood pellets, metal scrap, borings, shavings, turnings and seed cake,” advises the publication, which also includes stowage plan strategies to mitigate the risk of this type of cargo escalating a blaze into a severe fire.

CINS was established in in 2011 and its board comprises five of the world’s largest container shipping lines – Maersk, Hapag Lloyd, MSC, CMA CGM and Evergreen – together with three advisory board members, International Group of P&I Clubs, TT Club and Exis Technologies.

Its membership comprises over 85% of the world’s container slot capacity.

Source: The Loadstar