3 Ways to Prepare Transport Logistics in International Businesses
International logistics can pose a challenge to businesses of any size. In a post-Brexit era, transport logistics for international businesses can seem more complicated than they’ve ever been! With a huge range of new challenges, it’s more important than ever that businesses are on top of the legislation, paperwork and preparation needed to ensure international transport logistics take place smoothly and efficiently.
Speedy Freight has been working hard, even before the UK’s exit from the European Union to ensure that our clients who rely on international shipping remain able to move their goods as easily and seamlessly as possible. Importing of goods to the UK, as well as exporting goods from the UK to other countries in Europe, relies heavily on red tape and licensing, as well as communication between all parties involved, so it’s important to be prepared.
So, how can international businesses prepare their logistics? Speedy Freight has put together a list of three top ways you can get prepared for your international logistics, and make sure you’re not caught unawares by charges, costs or customs – let’s dive in:
1. Preparing Documentation For International Logistics
Firstly, it’s essential that you prepare your relevant documentation well in advance of attempting to carry out any international logistics. This will naturally vary depending on which countries are involved as respective parties in the shipping, as customs requirements vary depending on the territories involved. Speedy Freight has customs procedures in place in line with government guidelines to make sure that we are compliant in all aspects of these new regulations, and as such, is well-placed to help advise all our clients.
There are a number of licenses, documents and certificates which are required for international logistics. Below, we outline the documentation requirements needed for any type of international shipping.
- Signed power of attorney letter
- EORI numbers of the recipient and sender
- Invoice number and currency
- Export declaration
- Customs tariff number of the goods (HS codes)
- Description of the cargo/goods
- Values of the goods
It’s essential to ensure that you’ve undertaken the necessary research to know which licenses and certificates you need for your consignment. For more on each of these documentation requirements, see our Import and Export pages here.
2. Working Out Responsibility For International Import/ Export
Of course, it’s important to remember that the responsibility of preparing for international haulage rests with both the person sending the goods as well as the person receiving the goods! This means that there are administrative tasks which need to be done on both ends of the consignment, but broadly speaking, the breakdown is as follows:
The Importer’s Responsibility: Goods entering the UK need to pass via a Border Control Post (BCP) with the importer of the goods needing to pre-notify the relevant authorities when and where the goods will be arriving for checks along with information on country of origin, place of delivery and exporter details.
The Exporter’s Responsibility: Drivers will need an original health certificate produced by the exporter for duration of passage to the place of delivery much like for SPS goods exported from the UK. An individual health certificate is required for each species/type of product on the vehicle.
When you’re sending goods via international logistics, it’s important to know who needs to fulfil which type of paperwork so you don’t get caught out by customs requirements!
3. Checking International Shipping Requirements
To put it simply, international shipping requirements can be complicated. Here at Speedy Freight, we’ve put together a checklist for our customers to work through when they are importing or exporting goods between the UK and the EU. By following our below checklist, you can ensure you’ve taken all the necessary steps to prepare logistics for international shipping.
International Shipping With Speedy Freight
Speedy Freight works closely with all of our clients to ensure that they can undertake the process of international shipping smoothly, easily, and in compliance with the necessary and relevant legislation. Our expert teams can assist with any stage of your international import and export, including advising on documentation, customs licenses, declarations and more. To speak to your local Speedy Freight branch, simply use our Branch Locator here and talk to your local Speedy representative!