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HM customs & revenue will no longer accept a C3 customs Form for personal effects

As of the 1st of April 2017, HM customs & revenue will no longer accept a HMC&R C3 customs Form as standard process for the clearance of personal effects for persons transferring residency to the UK from outside the EU.

An application will now need to be made prior to sailing using the below link to obtain a unique declaration number, which will need to be listed on the bill of lading at the time of sailing.

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Limassol Port Closure

Limassol port will be closed from 27th January 2017 in the afternoon until the 29th January 2017

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Migration from Doha Port to Hamad Port

All Container Terminal Operations from Doha Port are to be migrated to Hamad Port with effect from 1st December 2016.

Read the full announcement from Qatar Ports Management Company here.

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You may have heard about the recent financial problems surrounding Hanjin, which have been reported in many journals, including the Wall Street Times and Reuters, Information can also be found by following these links:

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(Applicable to LCL Cargo Booked on our Services)
The new regulation covering the SOLAS convention for the Safety of Life at Sea will come into force from July 1st 2016.

In accordance with the new regulations, the responsibility for obtaining and documenting the VGM of a packed container lies with the shipper shown on the master ocean B/L. As we are shown as the shipper on the master ocean B/L on groupage containers, we will now be responsible to provide a VGM (Verified Gross Mass) certificate to the ocean carrier in order to meet the SOLAS and port regulations.

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Please note that, with effect from 11th April 2016, we will be changing our BRENTWOOD receiving depot…

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Egypt – New Regulations

Egypt is implementing new customs rules as from February 1st 2016 to prevent smuggling and misdeclaring of cargo values in an attempt to avoid customs duties.
For more information please read the below pdf documents.

Egypt Ministerial Decrees 911 & 922
Egypt Decree 202

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Africa Just Got A Whole Lot Bigger!

Now Serving – Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion Island
In partnership with our new agent Thrutainers International

Africa Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger!

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SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified weight. The Shipper is responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight. This requirement will become legally effective on July 1, 2016. After that date, it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight.

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Notice issued by the Egyptian Minister of Trade & Industry – December 30th 2015

Special Conditions Regarding the Importation of Certain Commodities

Read the notice

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