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Qingdao Port to close in June 2018

Qingdao Port is expected to close from 2nd of June until the 15th of June. This is to facilitate the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will be hosted during that time in the city of Qingdao and around the Qingdao Port Area. SCO is a Eurasian economic, political and security organisation headquartered in […]

Are you Buying from China? Production Disrupted across China

The Chinese government has launched environmental inspections which have halted factory production across making key raw materials industries such as plastics, chemicals & steel. This has caused a knock on effect on other industries. The sweeping inspections were ordered in October 2016 in response to the to the smog crisis in north China, where the […]

**Importing Tips** – How to protect Your Supplier Data

Your company has invested a lot of resources into developing foreign suppliers for its products in countries such as China so that it can gain a competitive sales advantage over its rivals. If you’ve ever imported anything, you will most likely have heard of a document called the “Bill of Lading”. The “Bill of Lading” […]

International Traders face turmoil in Global Sea Freight

Hanjin is the world’s seventh-largest container shipper filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday 31/08/16.  It accounted for up to 8% of the trans Pacific volume for the US Market. This sudden news has left products travelling to and from Asia in total state of limbo. Hanjin’s ships were refused entry to ports whilst those docked at […]

Freight Forwarders: Industry Review & Strategies for Growth

                    With this years FIATA 2016 World Congress taking place in my home city of Dublin in October, I felt that writing an article on the Freight Industry would be appropriate. The major market challenges which freight forwarders face are becoming even more daunting as customers now […]

Shipping News – Changes in Shipping Documentation Requirements

  From 1st of July 2016 the will be a major change to the requirements (SOLAS Requirements) regarding the shipping of containers. This will affect all senders who ship their products using containers. All senders must include a declaration of the verified gross weight of the container with their shipping documents. This may cause senders […]

How to Delay Payment of United Kingdom VAT

People often complain that when they import into the UK from outside Europe they are hit with a big import tax bill. This dramatically affects the cashflow of their business. But when I press them, they do not know that the UK government has a scheme in place called the Duty Deferment Scheme (DDS) which […]

How TTIP will benefit businss

How Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will benefit business

  Progress on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is still on going. But I have decided to use Ireland as a case example to show where the likely impacts and benefits to small business will be. The government of Ireland recently commissioned a report to investigate the impact to Ireland of the proposed […]

7 Tips – Chinese New Year Holiday – How to Reduce Costs and Avoid Stock Outs

              It is January and you have just returned to work after holidays when suddenly you realize that that the Chinese New Year holidays are coming. This often comes to light when suddenly Freight Companies cannot book space on ships departing China or the Seller in China avoids accepting […]

Asia Shipping News – Prices to remain volatile after Alliance is blocked

Today the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has officially blocked the plans of an alliance between some of the major shipping lines.  citing the potentially negative impact such a partnership would have on other carriers The Shipping lines Maersk, MSC & CMA had been planning an Alliance to begin in the later part of 2014. The […]