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Importation of Palms Update

Please be aware that Defra have advised that some plants and plant produce are prohibited from entering this country from outside the EU while others must meet certain requirements and be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate.

Importers must check if a plant or plant product requires phytosanitary certification to be allowed entry into the EU. You must register with Defra before you import any controlled plants or plant products.

These certificates confirm that the goods have been inspected in their country of origin and meet EU standards on the absence of pests and diseases.

Anti-Dumping Duty on Imports of Ceramic Tiles, originating from China – An Update

As many importers will be aware the anti-dumping duty measures on imports of ceramic tiles from China have been subject to an expiry review by the European Commission following the conclusion of the 5 year period initially imposed in September 2011.

Following this expiry review, HMRC have recently announced the continuation of these anti-dumping duty measures for a further 5 years, with effect from 24.11.17.

The commodity codes the products are classified within are as follows:

6907 2100 00
6907 2200 00
6907 2300 00
6907 3000 00
6907 4000 00

However, it should be noted that the Brexit process may influence the imposition of this in the UK over this forthcoming 5 year period.

It is not certain at this stage whether current anti-dumping duty measures will still apply once the UK leaves the European Union, as we may not participate in these measures once we have left the single market and customs union.

If you have any further queries on this topic, please feel free to contact us.

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Certification of Preferential Duty Rates from India – An Update

Certification of Preferential Duty Rates from India – An Update

As many importers from India will already be aware, since the start of 2017 the GSP Certificate - Form A has been in the process of being phased out and replaced.       

The Registered Exporter (REX) System is now in place in India which is a scheme of self-certification which is aimed to fully replace the requirement for a GSP certificate by 31.12.17.

Overall, the GSP certificate will be replaced in all beneficiary countries on a phased basis by 2020.

Instead Indian Exporters (suppliers) have to register with their relevant authorities who will issue them with an individual REX number.

Exporters from India who are registered exporters will then provide a Registered Exporters (REX) declaration on commercial invoices. An example of this is shown below.

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Further details provided by HMRC are shown below for this scheme:

Registered Exporter (REX) System

REX is an EU registration system that authorises exporters in GSP beneficiary countries to issue a self-certificate (known as a statement of origin) for eligible goods to be imported under import preference to the EU. The statement of origin replaces the GSP Form A and invoice declaration. REX traders will be issued with a number which they will include on their statements of origin.

Exporters based in GSP beneficiary countries will have to register with their relevant authorities who will issue them with an individual REX number. In order for preference to be claimed on imports into the EU the REX number must be declared together with a statement on origin unless the value of the consignment falls below €6,000.00.

Non-Registered Exporters can only declare preferential origin if the total value of the products does not exceed €6,000.00 and a statement of origin is provided.   

From 1 January 2017, UK companies that export materials to GSP beneficiary countries that are then used to manufacture products to be imported back into the EU (bi-lateral cumulation) and UK established re-consignors of GSP goods to other member states, will be able to apply to HMRC to become REX registered. This will enable them to issue statements of origin when the value of the consignment exceeds €6,000.00. Only these specific types of traders are eligible for REX registration.

REX numbers and statements on origin can only be used in place of GSP certificates where a GSP beneficiary country is implementing REX. However it must be recognised that there will be a period of transition while exporters in these beneficiary countries are being registered, meaning that GSP certificates and invoice declarations may still be presented to claim preference. Where a GSP certificate or invoice declaration is presented the existing procedures and codes still apply.

REX will be phased in for all GSP beneficiary countries from 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2020.

The below table shows the confirmed dates of introduction for the following beneficiary countries:

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Beneficiary countries will phase out the issuing of Form A over a 12 month period (although a 6 month extension is permitted if requested) from the date they join the REX system. Traders in these countries who are registered for REX will no longer be able to use Form A’s, instead they must issue statements on origin. If the value of the consignment exceeds €6,000.00 this must include their REX number. A Form A issued by a trader after they are REX registered will no longer be valid.

For those companies that already have bilateral cumulation arrangements with these countries, REX registration is mandatory.

Further information on this topic can be found using the following sources:

HM Revenue & Customs www.gov.uk/government/publications/customs-information-paper-67-2016-introduction-of-registered-exporters-rex-system

For updates from the EU read The Registered Exporter system.

If you have any further queries on this topic, please feel free to contact us.

Lack of Trailers During Fruit Season

Lack of Trailers During Fruit Season

Please be aware, that as one of the market leaders in driver accompanied trailers for the ceramics industry from the main tile, stone and slate producing areas of Europe, Spain in particular, we are still fully committed to running our services as before. However, we may be forced into having to use other forms of transport or experience slight delays whilst trailer availability is scarce during the run up to the Christmas period and just beyond. Doing so may result in an extended transit times beyond our advertised Tier 1 and Tier 2 transit times of 5-7 and 7-10 days respectively.

The Fruit season normally starts during November and can last until February. During this period the supermarkets tend to import large volumes of wine and fruit in preparation for the festive season and put a strain on levels of trailer availability and pricing.

We would therefore advise customers to make sure their consignments are available for collection at the beginning of the week, and that orders are placed in advance where possible in order to avoid disappointment.

This situation is fluid and equipment availability can change from day to day throughout the whole of this period, therefore if you have any questions or queries regarding the aforementioned we ask you to contact your account handler who will be more than happy to assist with your service requirements.

We thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this matter and please be rest assured that, as always, we will continue to do our utmost in order to deliver your goods at the soonest opportunity.

Italian Haulier Strike

Regrettably, we have been informed that a two-day strike action has been declared by truck drivers in Italy, starting on Monday October 30th.

A group of labour unions has called for a strike after they failed to reach an agreement with three large employer organisations moreover, a national holiday throughout Europe is also occurring on Wednesday 1st November and factories will be closed on this day as well.

This strike action, coupled with the national holiday will cause disruption and delays to our service during this period.

We are constantly monitoring the situation and will keep you fully informed of the developments.

We thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this matter and please rest assured that, as always, we will continue to do our utmost in order to deliver your goods at the soonest opportunity.

Spanish Port Strikes Cancelled

Update

The industrial action affecting all Spanish Ports has been withdrawn and the strikes for this week have been cancelled on the following dates:

3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th of July

The relevant parties have agreed to continue negotiations without strike action being taken for the time being, however heavy congestion does still remain.

Due to the heavy congestion, our services are still likely to suffer slight delays until the backlog has cleared.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact your day to day operator and we will keep updated of any changes.

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Further to the strike actions called on the 5th, 7th, 9th, 19th, 21st, and 23rd June, the Unions have just announced that they intend withdraw the strikes scheduled on the following days:

June 23rd, 26th and 27th

Although this strike action is expected to be cancelled, please be advised that it is still likely to have an impact on our transits and services due to go slows and backlogs of goods and equipment at all ports.

We remain optimistic that negotiations will continue between stevedores, stevedoring companies, associations and Government in order to reach agreement before next intended strike periods are imposed which are outlined below:

July - 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact your day to day operator and we will keep updated of any changes.

Summer Shutdown 2017

FAO Trailer Operation / Short Sea Customer,

A large number of factories throughout Europe will soon commence their annual summer shutdowns. These closures will mainly affect the Italian market with the majority of factories closing from 7th August 2017 and reopening on the 21st August 2017.
 
Before and during this period, Neptune Shipping Agency will continue to operate their Container, Trailer and Multimodal services throughout Italy and the rest of Europe, however we will be limiting the amount of vehicles we are sending to Italy and mainland European destinations as demand will inevitably be reduced.
 
In addition, we would also like to make you aware that up until the end of August there will be a driving ban for heavy vehicles every Saturday, Sunday and on some occasions on a Friday. Due to this situation and the inevitable increased tonnage being shipped during this period, deliveries are likely to incur a slightly longer transit time than usual, but we will of course make every effort to deliver your goods at the earliest opportunity as we always do.
 
We would therefore advise customers to make sure their consignments are available for collection at the beginning of the week and that orders are placed well before the shutdown commences to avoid disappointment.
 
If consignments are available for collection during the actual shutdown period, we will of course endeavor to collect and deliver as soon as possible and within our normal transit times, but allowances will need to be made due to the circumstances.
 
For more information regarding the shutdown, please do not hesitate to contact the following staff members who will be more than happy to assist with your enquiry:
 
SPAIN and PORTUGAL Trailers:

Rich Bellerby 
Email: RichB@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386518
 
Jeremy Gubbin
Email: JeremyG@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386520

Josh Searle
Email: JoshS@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386602
 
ITALY and REST OF EUROPE Trailers:

Ian Webber
Email: IanW@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386523

Sam Isaac
Email: SamI@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386618
 
Paul Wilson 
Email: PaulW@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386508
  
EU Short Sea Operations
 
Rachael Beer
Email: RachaelB@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386628
 
Sam Sharland
Email: SamS@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386640
 
Rory Curtin
Email: RoryC@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386511

Road closures in Spain

Due to heavy snow and ice, many of Spain's main motorways and other important roads closed.

The result of this is that there will be serious delays for all traffic coming from Valencia and Castellon during the next few days.

For more information on this please see the below external link:-

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/01/20/inenglish/1484898649_551760.html

(This link is to a third party site of which Neptune Shipping Agency has no involvement in regarding the contents and management.)

Please contact your operational contact at Neptune to discuss any specific shipments.

Serious Space Shortages on Far East Cargo

Emergency Update - Serious Space Shortages on Far East Westbound Cargo           

Equipment Challenges and Severe Congestion at Felixstowe / Southampton Ports

Please find below the latest update on the Asia/Europe (UK) trade.
 
Far East Westbound Ocean Freight Rate Update/Space & Equipment Update.
 
Following the insolvency of Hanjin Shipping and the further consolidation of ocean carriers, the very tight space and equipment situation that we saw through the summer is now getting considerably worse. Blank sailings after the Chinese Golden Week holiday and increasing demand in the lead up to the early Chinese New Year on 28th January 2017, have led to much higher rate levels and longer notice periods being required for bookings.

We encourage all our clients to increase their lead times and also make sure their suppliers make early bookings with accurate forecasts of how many containers that will be needed and exactly when they will be ready for shipment.  We recommend bookings at least 3 weeks in advance of vessel closing date.

Rates in general have been increasing in the second half of 2016 and we expect this pattern to continue with further increases expected with effect from the 15th December 2016. We are expecting a likely announcement soon of a Peak Season Surcharge where one is not already in place from the 1st January 2017.
 
To further complicate matters, poor weather has led to several vessels arriving late and having to leave UK ports without taking back empty containers, which will lead to equipment shortages in Asia especially in the lead up to Chinese New Year.  This problem creates congestion at Felixstowe and Southampton ports which leads to delays in getting containers collected, thus late running of deliveries.

We thank you for your continued support, and wish you and your families a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Successful 2017.

Lack of Trailers During Fruit Season 16

Dear Trailer/Multi-modal Operations Customer,

Please be aware, that as the market leader in driver accompanied trailers for the ceramics industry from the main tile producing areas of Europe, Spain in particular, we are still fully committed to running our services as before, however we may be forced into having to use other forms of transport or experience slight delays whilst trailer availability is scarce during the run up to the Christmas period and just beyond.  Doing so may result in an extended transit times beyond our advertised Tier 1 and Tier 2 transit times of 5-7 and 7-10 days respectively.

The Fruit season normally starts during November and can last until February. During this period the supermarkets tend to import large volumes of wine and fruit in preparation for the festive season and put a strain on levels of trailer availability and pricing.

We would therefore advise customers to make sure that orders are placed in advance where possible in order to avoid disappointment.

This situation is fluid and equipment availability can change from day to day throughout the whole of this period, therefore if you have any questions or queries regarding the aforementioned we ask you to contact your account handler who will be more than happy to assist with your service requirements.

We thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this matter and please rest assured that, as always, we will continue to do our utmost in order to deliver your goods at the soonest opportunity.

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