BIFAlink February 2023

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February 2023 The magazine of the British International Freight Association BIFA link Issue: 390

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Steve Parker’s Column


Greetings from your new Director General

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Welcome to the February edition of BIFAlink and my first column as Director General. From the outset I would like to acknowledge the work of Robert Keen in the position over the past eight years. His leadership has been outstanding and his fingerprints will be on the association for many years to come. I salute you Bob and wish you well in all you undertake in the future, I know you will be around for a while and you can be assured I have your number on speed dial. As I consider the future, let me start by saying I count it both a privilege and a pleasure to lead the association, but I am also acutely aware of the responsibilities of representing our great industry which has been my life for the past 50 years. I hope I can do it justice.

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Director General Steve Parker Executive Director Robert Windsor, Policy & Compliance – Surface & Legal Executive Director Spencer Stevenson Executive Director Carl Hobbis International Relations Manager Robert Keen Policy & Compliance Advisor – Customs Igor Popovics Policy & Compliance Advisor – Air David Stroud Editorial Co-ordinator Sharon Hammond Communications Manager Natalie Pitts Membership Supervisor Sarah Milton

As I write this article, we have just enjoyed our annual awards luncheon, another great day and extremely successful. A measure of that success is the record-breaking attendance figure this year, and my thanks go to the BIFA team that organises this event every year. My congratulations go to all the award winners. I know that this represents a lot of hard work and innovation, both of which will be needed in our industry in the years to come. Passing the baton You will have seen in the January issue that Bob talked about passing on the baton. This is an interesting analogy for me and something I understand well. As a hobby I am currently the Musical Director of Marlow Town Brass Band (a band of about 40 brass instrument musicians based in the pretty, small town on the banks of the river Thames). Although I have played a brass instrument since I was a small child, I do not claim to have any great musical prowess. Perhaps there is some truth in the old saying that in a band, you should appoint the worst player as the conductor! That said, as the conductor, with the baton in my hand, I know too well the impact this can have. Conduct too fast and the band will not keep up. Too slow, and the music can lose its tempo and excitement. Every piece must be just right. As we move into the second month of 2023 and I consider the business on BIFA’s agenda, there are some projects and activities on which we will need to increase speed. But to get the details right, there are some on which we may need to slow down. What I have learnt in leading a brass band is that every participant is important, which is why I am taking time to talk to as many people as I can to help BIFA formulate a plan for the way forward. What about 2023? There are many important topics on our radar. Some are regulatory, like CDS Exports, ICS2 and NCTS5, and you can read more about these in the article on pages 16 and 18, which summarises the main Customs changes that are scheduled for 2023. Who knows what the ongoing talks on the Northern Ireland protocol might lead to and the impact that might have on the work of BIFA Members. We also have plans to prepare the industry for the longer term. In this respect we have two key items on our agenda, sustainability and industry leaders. With regard to sustainability, we have already engaged with PLEDGE, a third-party business that can support us in the short term on this issue, but it is our intent to strengthen our knowledge within the secretariat and at some point we are likely to be looking for resource to help us. Industry Leaders; here is a message for you. I plan to hold two events per year for our industry leaders at which BIFA will be able to update you on topics that will impact our industry. Our hope is that you will find these both informative and serve as something useful to help your business planning. The first of these events is planned for April and we have called it ‘Breakfast with the DG’. An invitation with further information will go to CEOs, managing directors and owners at BIFA’s corporate Members. Finally, let me wish you all well for 2023 and say that I very much look forward to working with you.

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Steve Parker, Robert Windsor, David Stroud, Spencer Stevenson, Carl Hobbis, Sharon Hammond, Natalie Pitts, Igor Popovics, Brooke Neilson, Nezda Leigh, Robert Keen Note to media: If you wish to use items in this magazine that are older than one month, please contact the editor to ensure that the item in question still reflects the current circumstances. Please be advised that BIFA DOES NOT OFFER LEGAL ADVICE. BIFA is not a law firm and the authors of this publication are not legally qualified and do not have any legal training. The guidance and assistance set out herein are based on BIFA’s own experience with the issues concerned and should not be in any circumstances regarded or relied upon as legal advice. It is strongly recommended that anyone considering further action based on the information contained in this publication should seek the advice of a qualified professional.

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February 2023



News Desk

Ian Matheson, from Impress Communications, reviews some recent news that might impact on Members’ business

TIACA predicts air cargo recovery as year progresses

and 2022, it has become clear that this is not going to last. The extent of the plunge in container spot rates took even the most pessimistic observers by surprise and there can be little doubt that earnings will be considerably impacted. Sales and purchases of container ships halved to 950,300 teu in 2022 as freight levels began normalising, according to Alphaliner. It noted that 295 containerships were sold in 2022, down 49% from 2021 and capacity-wise, representing a 53% drop from the record 2.04 million teu that changed hands in 2021. Despite the collapse in spot rates, ocean carriers are fundamentally in a stronger position than in the past, and shippers would be wise not to confuse a temporary down cycle with the liners’ structurally stronger long-term position, says analyst Lars Jensen of Vespucci Maritime. ON THE QUAYSIDE According to media reports, Shanghai retained its position as the world’s busiest container port for the 13th consecutive year in 2022, handling a total of 47.3 million teu. China still has many of the top 10 ports in the world based on container volume. DP World’s container terminal at Southampton achieved its greenest-ever year in 2022 after delivering a 55% reduction in net carbon emissions from its fleet and installations. It became the first UK port to switch fully to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) last April. Liverpool City Region and Freeport East have received the green light from the government to begin operations, meaning most of the eight proposed freeports are now open for business. This includes Plymouth, Solent and Teesside, East Midlands Airport, Humber and the Thames, in addition to the latest two, which will each receive up to £25 million of seed funding from the government over the next few years.

IN THE AIR Whilst Tiaca says that high inflation, high interest rates, high energy costs and concern over job security have compounded to create an air of defensive consumer spending, which is in turn affecting the air cargo industry, it believes the current situation is temporary and that structurally the industry is in a good place. It predicts that towards the second half of 2023, demand could pick up compared with 2022. Although current retail inventory levels are high, when consumer spending resumes those levels should fall.

with a ‘win/win’ outcome for airlines, forwarders and shippers as chargeable weight fell 8% on a year ago. The general airfreight spot rate registered its largest year-on-year decline of 35%, but overall average rates remained 75% above the pre- COVID-19 level, according to weekly market analysis by CLIVE Data Services, part of Xeneta, published in January.

IATA statistics in January sent mixed signals about air cargo. Airfreight demand measured in cargo tonne kilometres (CTK) declined 13.7% year-on-year in November, the ninth demand decline in a row, reflecting the high inflation that is curtailing the spending capacity of households, the ongoing war in Ukraine disrupting trade flows, and the “unusual” strength of the US dollar making commodities traded in dollars more expensive in local currency terms. ON THE OCEAN MSC was by far the largest container shipping line by teu capacity, according to data released in January by analyst Alphaliner. It was followed by Maersk, then CMA CGM, COSCO and Hapag-Lloyd. The top five container lines controlled 16.9 million teu, over 60% of global capacity. The three main ocean carrier alliances between them have a current newbuilding orderbook of some 5 million teu, The Loadstar publication reported. The newbuildings are set for delivery within the next two to three years, in most cases replacing smaller tonnage and boosting the capacity offered by each alliance. Various round-ups of 2022 published online suggest that whilst container shipping has enjoyed unprecedented earnings in 2021

A turbulent 2022 for the global air cargo market ended in December


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News Desk

BIFA joins calls to minister for support on skills shortage Readers will be well aware of the recruitment issues faced by the logistics industry over a number of years, which have been exacerbated by the effects of COVID-19 and the UK’s exit from the EU, resulting in thousands of logistics workers choosing to return permanently to their home nations. In an attempt to highlight and seek solutions to the problems, BIFA participated in a joint letter sent to Minister for Immigration, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, in December 2022. This highlighted the industry’s critical labour shortage ahead of the upcoming Shortage Occupation List (SOL) review. Other signatories to the letter were UKWA, Logistics UK, Chemical Business Association, Cold Chain Federation and RTITB. Together, the signatories would like to see government add forklift drivers, HGV drivers – of which there is an estimated shortage of

Business Leaders – save the date

As part of his plans to meet the BIFA Members and to continue developing a two-way dialogue, Director General Steve Parker will be holding a Business Leaders

meeting on Thursday 20 April. As the February issue of BIFAlink went to press, plans for the meeting were being drawn up with an informative agenda and an

iconic venue being high on the list of jobs to do. CEOs and similar business leaders will be identified and invitations sent out later this month with further information.

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£7 million tech fund launched to help decarbonise freight

Occupation List in relation to the Skilled Worker Visa, as well as ensuring that mechanics remain on the list. Initiatives such as Generation Logistics seek to recruit home- grown talent to roles across the industry. However, the correct training takes time and a short to medium-term labour boost is essential.

The UK government has launched a new fund to help small to medium-sized businesses develop greener and more efficient solutions for freight. The Future of Freight plan, published in 2022, included details of a Freight Innovation Fund (FIF) to be distributed to up to 36 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). They will then work with industry- leading companies to develop innovations to make freight more efficient, resilient and greener, such as ways to improve how freight moves between rail, road and maritime transport. Further details of the £7 million fund were released in early January and include: • New funding to scale up and roll out innovative tech across the industry to decarbonise freight and improve transport links • £7 million over three years to develop ways to make it easier to move freight from one mode of transport

to another and improve journey times and predictability

• New solutions that could help clean our air, reduce traffic, create UK jobs and allow people to get their packages and goods more quickly The government’s Future of Freight plan is the first- ever cross-modal and cross-government plan for the UK freight transport sector and identifies five

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Fraud is the biggest threat to cargo losses

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transactions allows a myriad of fraudulent pursuits to find opportunities within the complexities of the global supply chain. These have many manifestations, from payment fraud that involves existing mandates and impersonation of executives to procurement fraud featuring false invoicing. Carrier fraud, in which criminals

imitate hauliers and other sub- contractors, including drivers with falsified documents, accounted for 84% of TT claims involving fraud or deception in 2022. TT is eager to pinpoint these risks and offer advice to industry on how to not just identify potential fraud, but to minimise and avoid losses through them.

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Policy & Compliance

Changes for freight forwarders in ADR 2023

The 2023 edition of ADR, applicable to the carriage of dangerous goods by road, came into force on 1 January 2023. It includes a change that will extend to parties that only consign dangerous goods: the requirement to appoint a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) for the first time. Until 31 December 2022, ADR contained an exemption (section of ADR 2021) for non-handling consignors. What will this mean in practice for freight forwarders and for traders who sell ex works? If they act as consignors, or on behalf of consignors, they are brought within scope and will need to appoint a DGSA. For clarity, who is a ‘consignor’? Under the UN system, the consignor is the party that causes the transport to take place. A party can consign on its own behalf, on behalf of another party, or under a contract of carriage. ‘Office only’ forwarders Therefore, from now on, ‘office only’ freight forwarders who neither pack, mark, label, load/unload, document or carry dangerous goods, but arrange for third parties to do so to their instructions, are responsible for appointing a DGSA (or establishing that a DGSA is in place), to ensure that those third parties operate in compliance with ADR. Any of those individual parties may use the services of a DGSA already, but that would not remove the overall responsibility of the consignor. Freight forwarders who already carry out any of the above activities are required to appoint a DGSA under existing ADR rules. The change will apply only to bring ‘office only’ freight forwarders into scope. In a similar vein, manufacturers or traders who sell ex works may not be responsible for any transport operations outside the factory gate, ‘Office only’ freight forwarders are now responsible for appointing a DGSA, or establishing that a DGSA is in place, to ensure that third parties operate in compliance with ADR

Residual exemptions ADR contains some exemptions for freight

but if they offer dangerous goods for transport, it is difficult to see how they could avoid their ADR responsibilities to pack, mark and label packages according to ADR. These would require access to the services of a DGSA, even if the packages are deposited on the public highway for the vehicle driver to load. In a nutshell, under due diligence obligations, any company consigning dangerous goods on its own behalf, or on behalf of another party, or involved in any intermediate transport operations involving dangerous goods, now has the responsibility to appoint a DGSA or confirm that a DGSA can be accessed to ensure those activities are carried out in compliance with the requirements of ADR.

forwarders (and shippers) that remain unaltered within the UK but not beyond UK borders. These apply principally to exempted small loads (ADR, limited quantities (ADR 3.4) and occasional low-risk consignments that are ancillary to the main business activity (ADR[c]). You may need to consider a one-off consultation with a DGSA to establish whether such exemptions apply to your business within and outside the UK. BIFA would like to thank Richard Masters of DG Masters Ltd for his assistance in preparing this guidance.


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Court clarifies a CMR carrier’s responsibility for Customs formalities

Whilst the following case regarding the CMR Convention was heard and the judgment made in Denmark, as courts tend to pay attention to judgments

involving the CMR Convention in other jurisdictions, it is of interest to the UK

A Danish freight forwarder agreed to transport a shipment of pipe elements from Schaffhausen, Switzerland, to Sweden. The forwarder sub- contracted the road haulage to a Bulgarian trucker. In connection with the booking, the forwarder gave some rather unclear instructions regarding Customs formalities. It was stated that the Customs documents to be used for the transit- procedure in the EU would be delivered by the sender in Switzerland, and that the carrier would “just have to go to Customs direct to go out”. At the EU-Switzerland frontier, there was uncertainty about whether the correct Customs procedures had been followed – and the transcript of the conversation between forwarder and the trucker did little to clarify matters. Whatever passed between the two parties, the one thing that certainly did not occur was that the consignment was presented to EU Customs and correctly cleared into the Union. Carrier files proceedings This led to the Swedish Customs authorities ordering the carrier to pay Customs duties and import VAT totalling SEK360,463. The carrier filed proceedings against the freight forwarder on the basis that: • The forwarder had not instructed the carrier that the consignment must be presented to Customs upon entry into the EU; • The forwarder should have instructed the carrier on what to do since the former was aware that local police had only acknowledged the payment of road tax, but had not stamped or signed the Customs documents;

• During discussions between the two parties, despite being aware that the import documents had not been correctly processed,

the forwarder simply instructed the driver to continue the transport movement to the destination in Sweden.


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Where uncertainty arises as to whether or not the documents have been correctly presented for Customs clearance, the court ruled that it is the responsibility of the carrier performing the transport to provide clarification. It was noted that where there was uncertainty as to whether or not a Customs clearance had been correctly carried out, the carrier could seek instructions from its customer. However, the responsibility for ensuring that Customs clearance has been undertaken remains with the carrier and cannot be transferred to the customer. Since Brexit, BIFA has received a steady stream of questions from concerned Members about what to do should drivers not stop at the frontier. The issues have occurred both when drivers failed to stop at UK Customs and at EU Customs Border Control Points. The BIFA’s view is that it is still important for Members to contract with hauliers who will comply with Customs procedures

The forwarder disputed this claim arguing that: • The carrier was responsible according to article 11 of the CMR Convention relative au contrat de transport international de merchandises par route (CMR), having used the delivered Customs documents incorrectly; • It was the responsibility of the carrier to present the Customs documents when exiting Switzerland;

commodities have been varied, including Sanitary/phyto-sanitary (SPS), excise and general cargoes. In the UK, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is more likely to impose penalties on importers and/or Customs agents than the haulier for such breaches described above. However, the judgment does open the door to successful legal action being taken against the haulier by one of the previously mentioned parties in order to recover any financial penalties that they may have incurred. Contracting with hauliers BIFA’s view is that it is still important for Members to contract with hauliers who will comply with Customs procedures – if necessary, including relevant clauses in any contracts. However, it is equally important that Members ensure that hauliers are provided with the correct documentation and clear instructions relating to both export and import clearances. BIFA would like to thank the International Law Organisation for allowing the reproduction of the specific information relative to the legal case referred to in this article.

• It was not proven that the carrier had produced the documents to Customs.

Court judgment The court’s judgment was that the driver had only presented the documents to a person at the frontier who took care of road tax, and that the carrier was responsible for the failure to produce the documents. The judgment emphasised the important role truckers have relative to Customs responsibilities in the international roadfreight environment. The judgment focused on article 11 of the CMR Convention to ensure that delivered Customs documents are correctly presented for Customs clearance, and that the client is not obliged to give specific instruction as to how this is to be done at the frontier post.

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BIFA Awards

BIFA Awards 2022 – the winners are announced

For 34 years now, the third Thursday in January has meant just one thing, the BIFA Freight Service Awards take place at The Brewery in central London. January 2023 was no different with over 550 guests gathered to celebrate the finalists and hear the announcement of the 11 category winners for the 2022 awards. Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic during 2022, the international freight and logistics industry has rarely enjoyed a higher profile and BIFA was delighted with the number and quality of submissions received from Members. The buzz was palpable as guests arrived at the Brewery, greeting each other enthusiastically and anticipating a lively speech from host Kevin Keegan and the announcement of the winners after lunch. As the guests took their seats in the vaulted Porter Tun room, the immediate past Director General of BIFA, Robert Keen, welcomed everyone to the event, thanking Members for their support over the years and envisioning a great future ahead for the association and its Members under the new Director General, Steve Parker.

Football legend Kevin Keegan announces the 11 category winners at a vibrant sold-out ceremony

Kevin Keegan donates a signed England shirt to BIFA for auction at the BIFA Liverpool Region Annual Dinner in October


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Celebrating the finalists BIFA has always been keen that it is not just the winners who get their moment in the spotlight. So, in a move that is perhaps unusual at such ceremonies, the finalists in each category were all welcomed on to the stage to receive their certificate from BIFA President Sir Peter Bottomley MP and event host Kevin Keegan. A quick word of congratulation, a handshake and a photo to mark the occasion will live long in the memory of the recipients. Announcing the winners Following a delicious three-course meal and an entertaining speech from Kevin Keegan, in which he regaled the audience with stories of football,

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Air Cargo Services Award: Winner, Danielle Hales, Noatum Logistics – Sponsor, Jacqui Brohi, IAG Cargo

European Logistics: Winner, Martin Keens, Westbound Logistics Services – Sponsor, Michael Yarwood, TT Club

hairstyles and past business ventures, attention turned to the sponsors and the announcement of the award winners.

First up were the three modal categories: Air Cargo Services, European Logistics and Ocean Services. For work with its customer to regain control of complex supply chains, Noatum Logistics received the Air Cargo Services Award from sponsor IAG Cargo. The other finalists for this award were: Deugro (UK) Ltd, GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK Ltd and Mandarin Global Logistics. Westbound Logistics Services caught the eye of the judges with a relatively high-risk, but ultimately successful, strategy to achieve its goals, winning it the European Logistics Award , sponsored by TT Club. The other finalists for this award were: Brunel European Ltd, Ewals Cargo Care Ltd and NNR Global Logistics UK Ltd. The Ocean Services Award , sponsored by Port Express, went to Uniserve which did not just find a solution to issues on the Asia-Europe trade lane, it created one by way of setting up and launching its very own shipping line. The other finalists for this award were: DG International Group Ltd, Ligentia UK Ltd and Mapcargo International Ltd. Next were the two Specialist categories, for Cool & Special Cargoes and the Extra Mile Award. Taking home the trophy for the Cool & Special Cargoes Award sponsored by American Airlines Cargo, for the second time in two years, was JCS Livestock with its case study involving the movement of critically endangered orangutans from the UK to Germany for conservation breeding programmes. Seafast Cold Chain was the other finalist in this category. The Extra Mile Award , sponsored by Descartes, went to the team at Anchor Freight whose commitment to deliver an end-to-end

Ocean Services: Winner, Scott Baker, Uniserve – Sponsor, Karl Dawson, Port Express

Cool & Special Cargoes: Winner, Philip Knowles, JCS Livestock – Sponsor, Emma Oliver, American Airlines Cargo

Extra Mile: Winner, Carl Day, Anchor Freight – Sponsor, Howard Marsh, Descartes

Apprentice of the Year: Winner, Thomas Low, OIA Global – Sponsor, Marnie Rose, Seetec Outsource

Young Freight Forwarder of the Year: Winner, Thomas Frost, GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK – Sponsor, Joe Ellis, Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Project Forwarding: Winner, David Richardson, Deugro UK – Sponsor, Danial Wright, Macbeth Insurance Brokers

Specialist Services: Winner, David Halliday, Seafast – Sponsor, Steve Breen, Thyme IT

Staff Development: Winner, Marzelle Benade, GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK – Sponsor, Cliff Atkinson, Albacore Systems

Supply Chain Management: Winner, Paul Gallagher, Killick Martin & Co – Sponsor, Shane Paddington, Boxtop Systems

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Apprentice of the Year Special Recognition: Kelly Bell, Good Logistics – Sponsor, Marnie Rose, Seetec Outsource

Young Freight Forwarder of the Year Special Recognition: Jenna Speed, Kuehne + Nagel – Sponsor, Joe Ellis, Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Staff Development Highly Commended: Kevin Noble, Speedy Freight – Sponsor, Cliff Atkinson, Albacore Systems

GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK Ltd for the broad-reaching and inclusive scope of the GEODIS training programme which developed staff at all levels within the organisation. Highly commended in this category was the submission from Speedy Freight, which also impressed the judges with investment in three regional training hubs and a learning and development team whose aim is to grow and empower all colleagues within the business. The other finalists in this category were: LV Shipping Ltd and Uniserve Group. The final award of the day went to Killlick Martin & Co Ltd which collected the Supply Chain Management Award , sponsored by BoxTop Technologies, for its work with a relatively new online leisurewear supplier and the development of its KM Insight software that was used to demystify the supply chain and provide real-time tracking and milestones. Summing up 2022, and the end of his tenure as Director General, Robert Keen spoke of his pride in the industry that has given him a lifelong career and passion. He highlighted that the number of BIFA Members continues to increase and the industry has received greater recognition from both government and the public in recent years. During the luncheon, guests heard from Sam Clarke of Transaid with a round-up of activity in Africa. The Transaid raffle, featuring prizes donated by BIFA, London Freight Club and the Woodland Group, raised £3,540 to continue their road-safety training campaigns. To view the full photo gallery and the video from the ceremony visit BIFA Awards 2023 In the coming months BIFAlink will publish profiles of each of the award winners – the publicity surrounding the BIFA Freight Service Awards is just one of the benefits to winners and finalists; make a resolution now that 2023 will be the year that your enter the awards. The BIFA Freight Service Awards 2023 competition will launch in the summer.

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logistics solution for charitable donations to the people of Ukraine was a real inspiration to the judging panel. The other finalists for this award were: Coyote Logistics Ltd, Deugro (UK) Ltd and Unsworth UK.

Recognising individuals Having reached the halfway point of the

ceremony, the spotlight was turned to the hard- working and innovative individuals making a name for themselves in the industry. Whittling the initial entrants down to six finalists in each of the individual categories had been a task in itself for the judges, and selecting the winners was tough. Each finalist was interviewed by the sponsors and given the opportunity to impress with his or her knowledge of the industry, passion and ambition for the future. BIFA and the sponsors believe that all 12 finalists have bright futures ahead of them in the ever-changing logistics industry. In the Apprentice of the Year Award , sponsored by Seetec Outsource, previous finalist Thomas Low of OIA Global proved that perseverance will pay off as he lifted the trophy this year. The sponsor also felt that Kelly Bell of Good Logistics deserved Special Recognition for her career to date. The other finalists for Apprentice of the Year were: Joel Amado (Aramex UK Ltd), Elliot Haldane (GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK Ltd), Jacob Kennerley (Cargo Overseas Ltd) and Cameron Smith (Ligentia UK Ltd). Another young man making his presence felt is Thomas Frost of GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK Ltd who was announced BIFA Young Freight Forwarder of the Year 2022 . The judge from sponsor Virgin Atlantic Cargo commented that Thomas has worked hard since joining the industry and takes a strong interest in all aspects of his work, analysing trends and suggesting new ideas to improve efficiency and cut costs. Having actively sought a career in freight forwarding following an online personality test, fellow finalist Jenna Speed of Kuehne + Nagel,

was given a special recognition award. The other finalists in this category were: Dalya Henry (ITD Global), Kyle Lawrence (OIA Global Ltd), Jordan Prangnell (Ligentia UK Ltd) and Cheryl Sullivan (Ucargo Pacific Logistics Ltd). General categories The four general categories were then announced. First up was the Project Forwarding Award sponsored by Macbeth Insurance Brokers, which saw Deugro (UK) Ltd collect the trophy for a project requiring goods to travel 213,000 nautical miles from 30 different countries. The other finalists for this award were: Good Logistics Ltd, Ucargo LLP and Wallis Shipping Services Ltd. New sponsor Thyme IT had the pleasure of announcing Seafast Logistics as the winner of the Specialist Services Award for its submission that showed excellent dedication and commitment to provide a service to a remote region where there were many political and logistical obstacles. The other finalists for this award were: ChannelPorts Ltd, Freight Logistics Solutions and Ucargo LLP. The penultimate category to be announced was the Staff Development Award . Sponsor Albacore Systems presented the trophy to


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Summary of main Customs changes scheduled for 2023

Customs Declaration Service (CDS), eight months later than previously announced. After 30 November 2023, businesses will need to use CDS to make export declarations for goods they send out of the UK, as they already do for import declarations. Given the lessons of CDS import implementation, BIFA would urge Members to immediately consider their migration strategy. Whilst in certain ways much of the hard work has already been undertaken, in setting up Government Gateway accounts etc, there are some traders who only export from the UK and they will need particular assistance. The other point is that in many ways the export inventory control is more complex than for imports and particular attention must be paid to ensuring that CDS interacts correctly with the relevant CSP system. What is ICS2? ICS2 is a new and updated Customs electronic import system. It is applicable to all modes of transport and will manage the advance safety and security risk analysis for all goods entering and transiting through the EU. The Import Control System (ICS) is being gradually replaced with a new system called Import Control System 2 (ICS2). This new system will allow for the implementation of the

There are significant changes to Customs systems to be implemented this year. BIFAlink takes a look at what you need to know and do

The last five years have seen some of the most fundamental changes in Customs processes and systems that the sector has ever had to deal with. In the foreseeable future there are several important changes still to be implemented. One of these, the implementation of CDS Exports, stems from a domestic change. The introduction of the upgraded Import Control System 2 (ICS2) results from a change in EU processes, and NCTS5 is a direct consequence of the UK’s membership of the Common Transit Convention. CDS – exports HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is gradually introducing the Customs Declaration Service, the long-term replacement for the current Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system. CDS Imports, after a difficult implementation, in the main is now functioning correctly. The UK Trade Tariff is an important part of the export declaration process and contains the

classification information for all goods, including any special conditions that may apply. On CHIEF, pre-departure Exit Summary Declaration (EXS) data is included alongside fiscal data elements in a ‘combined’ Customs declaration. This will continue to be the case on CDS. The main issue with CDS exports is the complexity of the export inventory functions, which are essential in order to maintain the effective flow of export goods from the UK. Most of the detail you include in an export declaration will remain the same, but it may be necessary to input it in a different way. This is to improve the structure and order of how information is grouped and entered as part of a declaration, and also ensures Union Customs Code compliance. In some cases, you may need your customers to provide you with more information to help you do this, as an export declaration will now grow to up to 65 data elements. Following consultation with the border industry including BIFA, export declarants will now have until 30 November 2023 to move across to the

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Policy & Compliance

For ICS2 there are two declaration stages for air, unlike other modes of carriage – one prior to loading in the form of the Preloading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI) and one prior to arrival, which is the full Entry Summary Declaration (ENS), although it should be noted that the two can be combined into a single declaration or built up over a number of individual declarations. New Computerised Transit System 5 A change is coming to the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS), with all member countries of the Common Transit Convention (CTC) required to transfer to NCTS5 by 30 November 2023. HMRC has considered the technical and operational options available, testing them with software developers to give users a smooth transition from NCTS4 to NCTS5. A direct cutover approach will be adopted where NCTS5 is introduced straight after closing down NCTS4. This will take place in Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the same time for simplicity. In fact, it will be mandatory to submit transit declarations on NCTS5 from 16 November 2023. This will allow transit movements started on NCTS4 before this date to progress through and finish without needing to be resubmitted before the change-over date of 30 November 2023. If you are a declarant using the free-to-use web portal via the Government Gateway to submit your transit movements, you will need to

enrol to the new web portal for NCTS5. HMRC will let you know nearer the time, how and when you can do this. If Members are using a software developer, HMRC is talking to them separately, so they know what they need to do and by when. If commercial software is used to upload your movement information, the software supplier will be able to tell you nearer the time how and when you can get the new software. NCTS5 will provide benefits to users by bringing new and enhanced functionality to improve the service provided to Members using the system. In summary the main enhancements are: • The ability to amend pre-lodged declarations to avoid having to cancel and re-submit; • Introduction of a Digital Transit Accompanying Document (TAD) so the paper document does not need to be carried with the goods; • Increased flexibility for the Customs ‘office of incident’ role, which can be carried out at any Customs location during the movement. In conclusion there are significant changes to Customs systems to be implemented during 2023. Dependent on a Member’s specific business, the impact of one change may be greater than another one. However, recent history, whether it be planning for post-Brexit changes or the implementation of CDS imports, highlights the need to understand what they are, allocate sufficient resources and develop a coherent plan.

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new Union Customs Code (UCC) processes and procedures relating to the entry of goods. These include: • Multiple filing of advance cargo information by the carrier and another party (including freight forwarders) under Article 127(6) of the UCC; • The involvement of more supply chain actors and business models as set out Article 127(4) of the UCC. ICS2 will: • Strengthen protection of EU citizens and the internal market against security and safety threats. • Allow EU Customs authorities to better identify high-risk consignments and intervene at the most appropriate point in the supply chain. • Facilitate cross-border clearance of legitimate trade. • Simplify the exchange of information between Economic Operators (EOs) and EU Customs authorities. ICS2 will be released in three phases as outlined below. • Release 1 – which was released on 15 March 2021 covering all postal and express consignments; • Release 2 – due on 1 March 2023 covering all airfreight movements; • Release 3 – due to be introduced on 1 March 2024 covers all goods in maritime and inland waterways, road and rail traffic.


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