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  • Russia hits West with food import ban in sanctions row August 7, 2014 Russia is imposing a “full embargo” on food imports from the EU, US and some other Western countries, in response to sanctions over Ukraine.
  • Work Starts on Felixstowe Expansion April 15, 2014 Work has started at the Port of Felixstowe on the latest expansion of the UK’s largest container port.
  • Schallenberg are pleased to announce customs clearance at London Gateway November 14, 2013 We are pleased to announce we now have a direct link into the new London Gateway Port system in order to complete customs clearance for our customers (via a badge code). London Gateway officially opened this month, providing an alternate port of call in the UK for some of the major shipping lines. This new port boasts close proximity to the ...
  • Felixstowe extends rail advantage July 26, 2013 Rail services from the Port of Felixstowe have been boosted with the start of the latest new service, operated by Freightliner, the port’s 30th daily rail service, running to Doncaster in South Yorkshire.
  • VAT on China freight charges July 23, 2013 New rules have been issued by the Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Tax in their Cai Shui no.37 (Circular 37) regarding application of VAT to ocean transport services. The majority of carriers have confirmed that they will start to debit …
  • EU to ease Customs formalities for shipping July 9, 2013 Siim Kallas, vice president of the European Commission, has outlined some changes to customs formalities in ports, in an effort to help shift EU transit cargo from congested highways to under-utilised short sea shipping lanes.
  • VAT on vehicles brought into the UK April 22, 2013 Changes to the process for notifying HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and paying VAT on vehicles brought into the UK
  • Russia getting ready to develop Arctic shipping route January 29, 2013 On January 27, a law came into force in Russia which regulates trade navigation via the Northern Sea Route, which has opened a new HQ in Moscow.
  • Will Ningbo overtake Shenzhen as China’s second-place container port? November 20, 2012 BIFA has seen an interesting media report that the port of Ningbo in China is set to overtake Shenzhen in second place for teu movements on mainland China, despite having a significant gap between the two ports’ total container activity.
  • World’s largest containership enters service November 13, 2012 CMA CGM Marco Polo, which entered service this week, is the world’s largest containership.
  • Chinese port industry booms after four year expansion May 11, 2012 The scale of China’s sea trade activity has been revealed in the stark detail that the country has more than 25 ports that now each handle 100 million tonnes of cargo a year.
  • New road haulage law in Russia April 25, 2012 A new law is coming into force in Russia from May 2nd regarding road haulage carried out with the use of trucks registered in other countries.
  • Olympics 2012 – Torch relay street route map laid out March 19, 2012 LOCOG release the full UK street route map for the London 2012 Olympic torch relay.
  • UK freight forwarders association offers ‘Good Practice’ guidelines February 13, 2012 The British International Freight Association (BIFA) – – has added a dedicated area on its website offering Good Practice guidelines for its members.
  • UK freight forwarders offer Olympic advice January 9, 2012 The British International Freight Association (BIFA) – – has added a dedicated area on its website to offer logistics advice in connection with the staging of the Olympic and Paralympic games at a number of locations throughout the UK …
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