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Strong Birmingham & West Midlands Networking

Whilst lots of regular business’s do deals with the far flung overseas suppliers and customers 365 days of the week, our roots are still firmly set on local turf. We are proud of our Midland connections and value the importance of maintaining strong relationships with local businesses and professional membership organisations. Organisations such as the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, the …

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Watch Out There’s A New Fine About!

The most significant change I believe is the more costly fine and further punishment if you are caught speeding on UK roads where you could be fined 150% of weekly earnings, to a maximum fine of £2500. This is significant change in the law whereas beforehand, a similar offence was commonly around a £100 fine. This will see a huge …

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Is Bigger Really Better?

Well it seems to me that the ocean carriers appear to be in some kind of Super-Size scenario where Bigger apparently is better with the carriers competing against each other in a race to have the biggest and largest carrying capacity. Only two months ago the MOL Triumph was introduced with a carrying capacity of 20,000 teu. However this week, …

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Are you an Importer?

We understand that when you’re importing goods to the UK you need to know that your goods will arrive on time, on budget and intact.  And we know how complex and confusing import custom entries and paperwork can be.  Which is where our import services team comes in. They will handle all your paperwork, lower your shipping costs and keep …

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Are you an Exporter?

We understand that when you’re exporting internationally getting your goods to where you need them to be, on time, on budget and intact is crucial to your success. And for this you need a company, like us, that offers an export service you can rely on. The complexity of international export can be a headache inducing at the best of …

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Traveling Light And Relax…

As a frequent traveller overseas for business and also as a father of three taking regular family vacations with my family, I for one, understand the trials and tribulations of what I can and cannot, or even should or should not take on board the plane with me in my hand luggage. Regardless of whether it is a short hop …

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Scam Alert !

BIFA has received information from a number of members concerning, so called, payment demands from IATA sent by email. Even more worrying is that the e-mail suffices (domain name) appear to clone the genuine IATA suffix (@iata.org). Fortunately, BIFA has observed that there are still ‘tell-tale’ signs to look out for, for example poor spelling is common, which a recent …

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Have The Pirates Really Sailed Into The Sunset?

Deputy Director of the International Maritime Organisation’s Safety division Chris Trelawny says that Somali pirate activity in the Horn of Africa may have abated, but the shipping industry cannot afford to be complacent. (There hasn’t been a successful pirate attach in Somalia since 2012, according to NATO). Threats to security change and shift all the time; now there is more …

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The Killer Snail

You’ll Never Believe This… Funny Stories From The World of Freight In the 28 years that I’ve worked in the shipping industry I’ve come across many weird and wonderful things. But none quite as funny as this… We recently sent a container to the USA. It was pulled for a customs examination which is nothing unusual, as spot checks often …

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