England freeport applications submitted – but what is the benefit?

The government has received around 40 bids for freeport status ahead of this month’s deadline, from port groups, airports and the Ford motor company. While there is some doubt that freeports will create “national hubs for trade” or “turbo-charge” the UK’s economic recovery in the short term, amid fears it might simply shift investment from

Metro switch to new EU freight operations

Expectation of congestion at the UK’s primary Channel ports and the reluctance of foreign drivers to come to the UK, if their return journey was uncertain, prompted our preparation of alternative new RoRo and short-sea solutions. Before the UK joined the European Union less than half our continental imports moved through Dover, with the bulk

Brexit update; Cross border EU traffic threatened

Increasing numbers of exporters are struggling to acquire critical transit documents, which allow goods to cross borders within the European Union, because of delays at issuing offices and difficulties obtaining or increasing transit guarantees. The Common Transit Convention (CTC) allows trucks to move through the European Union and UK using a transit document (TAD), with

Brexit delays and confusion causing logistics delays and headaches

The Channel ports may be quiet, but behind the scenes drivers are being held up for hours and even days because they lack the right documents. European carriers are suspending UK services and European located businesses have stopped serving UK markets. The end of the Brexit transition period came into effect on the 1st January,

The lull before the storm ends – European Overland and Customs Update Week 2

While reports of free-flowing freight traffic at Dover may suggest everything is hunky-dory in the nation’s supply chain, after the end of transition, the reality is that there are problems, delays and disruption, it’s just taking place elsewhere and disruption is imminent.  Dover’s quiet, not because post-transition processes work, but because just a fraction of

Custom’s accreditation changes

Internationally recognised as a mark of security and quality excellence, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is an independent endorsement that our international supply chain processes are secure and that our customs controls and procedures are efficient, effective and legally compliant. In June 2005 the World Customs Organisation (WCO) adopted the SAFE Framework of Standards to

New inland border facilities

As part of their preparation for the UK’s new EU trading relationship the government committed to build new inland border facilities, to carry out customs compliance, transit, and Sanitary and Phytosanitary checks, including one facility opened beside Metro’s midland freight hub.  Seven inland border facilities have been operational from the 31st December 2020, so that