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Shipping to Ghana - Changes Ahead

Feb 11 2015
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From March 1st 2015 (Bill of Lading date) the Advance Shipment Information System (ASHI) will be mandatory for all shipments bound for the ports in Ghana.

Documentary Matters for the Middle East

Feb 10 2015
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The Middle East is a great export market for the UK but many exporters are not always aware of the documentary requirements which ensure efficient customs clearance processes at destination. For countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai/UAE, Kuwait and Jordan export documents should include an Arab Certificate of Origin along with commercial invoices legalised by the relevant embassy. This is a service we offer at Cargocall along with many other value-added services for exporters and importers including consultancy and training. Please call or click to find out more.

Air Freight: Security Under Your Feet

Feb 02 2015
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As most of us will be aware when we take our overseas flight, not only is the aircraft carrying us and our baggage it will also be carrying cargo.  Everything from hazardous chemicals, motor parts, books (yes, we still ship books) to pharmaceuticals, are all below our feet in the cargo hold.  So, you will be glad to know that the UK has a pretty stringent security regime for air freight export shipments.  If you are an exporter and not registered with the Department for Transport as a “Known Consignor” any air freight consignment you ship will be subject to a security x-ray.  Here at our Heathrow facility, Cargocall has access to one of the most sophisticated and up to date x-ray machines.  This will take freight sizes up to a maximum 180cm width and 180cms height.  For larger shipments we have alternative security screening methods.  Right now we have some excellent air freight deals into Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai, New York and Los Angel ...

World Shopping for a Better Deal

Jan 30 2015
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If you are importing goods into the UK from outside of the EU no doubt for many of these products or raw materials you will pay customs duty. This will be true if you import from areas such as the Far East, China and the USA. However if you can find the same products produced in areas where the EU has a preferential trade agreement (known as the Generalised System of Preferences) then you’ll avoid import duty on most goods entering the UK. Amongst these countries are Turkey, South Africa, Mexico, Israel and Egypt plus a number of others including members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP). Products that are available from these areas are often more competitively priced and in addition you avoid import duty. So if you fancy a fact-finding trip to Istanbul or Cancun you’ll probably find it pays for itself if you find your new supplier there. Happy shopping!

American Blues for Shippers

Jan 28 2015
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Whilst some areas of the North East Coast USA have not had quite the snowfall expected, others have. Boston has been hit hard with the weather and the airport has been closed with a possible re-opening today. Flights to and from Newark, New York, Washington DC, Boston etc have been affected. Shippers with air freight consignments to move will undoubtedly see delays in arrival times. Some ports have also been closed in the area so sea freight shipments due to dock or depart may also be delayed.

When the deal isn't as good as it seemed

Jan 26 2015
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If you are buying goods from China it can often seem like a very attractive deal when your Chinese supplier offers to pay sea freight costs to the UK port (CPT Incoterms). However watch out for the unknown handling charges you might face when goods arrive at Southampton, Felixstowe, London Gateway etc. particularly for part-load (lcl) sea freight shipments. Often what happens is that the Chinese supplier gets a great deal from the Chinese freight agent for paying the sea freight costs up to the UK port. However sometimes the deal is just too good and extra revenue is recouped from the UK importer through charges such as “emergency exchange rate” costs or higher than expected port handling fees. As an importer you will probably have no knowledge of these charges until an arrival notice/invoice turns up from the UK receiving agent. Suddenly what seemed like a good deal turns out not to be. We would recommend buying under FOB terms when shipping goods from China via part-load ...

The Cargocall Blog - Shipping Updates for Importers and Exporters

Jan 23 2015
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Welcome to the Cargocall blog! Our aim is to raise shipping industry issues and share useful information with importers and exporters involved in logistics and supply chain using air freight, sea freight, road freight and express courier services. All of which we offer here at Cargocall.

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