“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

19.4.2021 | Industry matters

"Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today"

Miles Vartan, director of compliance specialists VARTAN Consultancy offers his thoughts on life now we’re out of Europe.

Traders need to get used to how to trade with the EU now rather than the Government repeatedly pushing back deadlines.

To ease the introduction of customs formalities and allow traders to manage their businesses through the pandemic, the UK government decided to phase in customs requirements for GB imports from the EU between January and July 2021. In March 2021, it announced it was further delaying the introduction of full import checks, on average by six months. It was stated that this delay was brought about by businesses having to face dealing with coronavirus and Brexit simultaneously and because the UK government still has work to do to enable traders to be ready.

On the 1st of January 2022, all imports into the UK will need to have a frontier declaration submitted prior to the consignment leaving the EU. This is the day that the number of customs clearance entries will increase by at least 360% – you have a choice; find a Customs Agent or learn how to do this work yourself; otherwise, plan for delays at the Border whilst you wait for your consignments to be cleared.

Delays continue to be experienced on exports to the EU with traders and customers. Both who had previously become used to relatively easy next-day delivery are now often having to wait two weeks for a delivery to be made successfully and work out what duty and VAT will be paid.

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” ~ Benjamin Franklin,  Founding Father of the United States of America.

Find out how VARTAN can help your business navigate the fall out from Brexit.

Maritime Transport celebrates first anniversary of East Midlands terminal

Maritime Transport celebrates first anniversary of East Midlands terminal

16.4.2021 | haulage

Maritime celebrates 1st anniversary of East Midlands terminal

Milestones achieved in 12 months of operating. 

Maritime Transport Ltd. (Maritime), is celebrating the first anniversary of its Strategic Rail Freight Interchange at East Midlands Gateway (EMG).

Located within SEGRO’s 700-acre development adjacent to East Midlands Airport, the 17-acre open-access terminal, capable of handling up to sixteen 775metre-long freight trains daily with storage capacity for over 4,000TEU, is the first to connect to the Castle Donington freight line, providing direct access to the UK’s network of rail freight interchanges and all major UK Ports.

Following its official opening in March 2020 in a ceremony led by Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, EMG has seen substantial growth, and to date, operates six daily services including three to the Port of Felixstowe hauled by DB Cargo UK and Freightliner, one to DP World London Gateway operated by DB Cargo UK, and two services to the ports of Southampton and Liverpool hauled by GB Railfreight.

Planning is underway to bring more services to EMG throughout 2021 connecting more of the UK.

To service these trains, Maritime has invested significantly in all-new top specification container handling equipment at the terminal, consisting of five loaded reach stackers and two empty container handlers to ensure industry-leading turnaround times.

In a year where online demand has risen due to lockdowns and restrictions closing many non-essential shops, Maritime now sees an average of 10,000 containers move through EMG each month, supported by more than 100 vehicles operating every 24 hours to keep consumer goods flowing across the UK and the rest of the world.

‘East Midlands Gateway is an astounding success, and we are immensely proud of the milestones we have achieved in our first year of operating the terminal which really highlights the commitment and dedication of our drivers and staff,’ said John Bailey, Managing Director – Intermodal and Terminals at Maritime. ‘Its location and unrivalled connectivity and facilities make it an ideal choice for businesses in the region and beyond, and we are confident that, with the increasing need for intermodal transport in the UK due to its cost-efficiency and green credentials, EMG will continue to grow.

He added: ‘We will continue pursuing our expansion ambitions to further solidify EMG’s status as the country’s most integral rail terminal, and look forward to supporting businesses across the nation.’

EMG will eventually host a three-storey, 20,000 sq. ft. headquarters currently under construction for Maritime’s intermodal division, to house operational teams, state-of-the-art training facilities, and parking for a fleet of up to 100 trucks.

For more information about Maritime Transport visit maritimetransport.com 

Enhanced Deep-Water berth for Port of Felixstowe

Enhanced Deep-Water berth for Port of Felixstowe

15.4.2021 | Ports

Enhanced Deep-Water berth for Port of Felixstowe

Berth 7 upgrade in direct response to the increasing size and depth of the world’s largest container vessels. 

Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has further enhanced its deep-water berth capacity following the successful completion of strengthening and dredging works to Berth 7 on Trinity Terminal.

Berth 7 – one of the Port of Felixstowe’s nine container berths – has been dredged from 15.0m to 16.5 metres below Chart Datum and the berth box widened from 55m to 70m.

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe, said:
“The Port of Felixstowe is ever progressive and continuously invests in its infrastructure, equipment and people, with the view to enhancing its customer offering. As the number of ultra-large container ships continues to grow, we will continue to improve and upgrade our facilities to meet the needs of our customers.

“Berths 8&9 are designed for a maximum depth of 18 metres and the next phase of development will see further increases to the depths at Berths 6, 8 and 9. The deeper berths are being complemented by dredging planned by Harwich Haven Authority to increase the depth of the approach channel to up to 16 metres, further reinforcing Felixstowe’s position as the country’s No.1 deep-sea container port.”

The berth upgrade, together with a program to extend the outreach of 10 ZPMC quay cranes to 23 boxes wide on Berths 6 & 7, are in direct response to the increasing size and depth of the world’s largest container vessels, keeping Felixstowe at the forefront of the UK logistics and supply chain.

The 19,630 TEU Manila Maersk, operated on the 2M AE6/NEU3 service to Asia, was the first vessel to use the deeper berth. With a departure draft of 15.6 metres, the vessel was the deepest ever to be berthed on Trinity Terminal.

Boskalis Westminster Limited was the appointed dredging contractor for the project and used a combination of backhoe dredger, the ‘Nordic Giant’ with a bucket size of 13 cubic metres, and a trailing suction hopper dredgers to undertake the works.

For further information please visit portoffelixstowe.co.uk

G&W Appoints new UK/Europe Region CEO

G&W Appoints new UK/Europe Region CEO

7.4.2021 | Logistics

Genesee & Wyoming Appoints UK/Europe Region CEO

Seasoned business leader Eddie Aston joins G&W. 

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) today announced the appointment of Eddie Aston as chief executive officer of its UK/Europe Region. The G&W UK/Europe Region employs 3,100 people in the UK and continental Europe and comprises: i) Freightliner, the UK’s leading provider of freight rail, terminals and trucking services, ii) Pentalver, a leading UK container-logistics provider, iii) Freightliner Poland, a freight rail operator in both Poland and Germany, and iv) Rotterdam Rail Feeding, a provider of shunting and rail feeder services in the Netherlands.

Aston’s background in logistics and supply chain management includes 13 years at DHL, where he was CEO of Global Sectors, CEO of the Global Life Sciences and Health Care Sector (a £3.2-billion business across 77 countries) and held leadership positions in DHL’s supply chain solution divisions in the UK. He also has served as UK, Ireland and Nordics Managing Director at Ceva Logistics and as UK Managing Director at Northgate Plc.

“Eddie is a seasoned business leader with deep experience in logistics as well as business transformation,” said G&W Chief Executive Officer Jack Hellmann. “He is a highly energetic leader who is intensely focused on customers and will fit in well with G&W’s culture. We are excited for him to lead the next phase of G&W’s business transformation in the UK and continental Europe.”

Aston succeeds G&W’s Gary Long, who has served as UK/Europe Region CEO since 2017 and is transitioning back to the United States as planned. “Gary successfully transformed our UK business to provide our customers with industry-leading rail, road and terminals services, led a major technology initiative that will transform our customer experience in the UK, all while delivering world-class safety results,” Hellmann said. “I want to thank Gary and our entire UK/Europe team for positioning the business for long-term success, particularly amidst the extraordinary challenges of the pandemic.”

No job too big for the Port of Ipswich

No job too big for the Port of Ipswich

7.4.2021 | Ports

No job too big for the port of Ipswich

Smooth sailing for 8,000-tonne rice vessel operation.

The Port of Ipswich, owned and operated by Associated British Ports (ABP), has recently welcomed the large rice-carrying cargo ship MV Ijborg to support the UK food processing and manufacturing sector.

The vessel was carrying over 8,000 tonnes of rice, had been imported into the UK from Waggaman in New Orleans. At nearly 143 metres long, MV Ijborg required the support of three tug boats to berth safely and prepare for discharge and departure.

Andrew Harston, ABP Wales and Short Sea Ports Director, said: “This complex operation is a great example of how our expert marine team in Ipswich, working with Harwich Haven pilots and Svitzer Towage, can accommodate the requirements of larger vessels with flexibility and efficiency.”

As one of the leading grain-handling ports in the UK, the Port of Ipswich handled over 900,000 tonnes of cargo, including agribulks and fertiliser, supporting the UK farming industry in 2020.

Image: MV Ijborg at the Port of Ipswich. Credit Stephen Waller Photography