We are very pleased to introduce Emily Perkins, our newest Freight Forwarder joining the international team in our Silverstone office. Born in Northampton she went to Wollaston School in Wellingborough before studying Hairdressing at Northampton College.
After short spells working for Subway and then Holiday Inn, whilst there Emily landed a job with Kuehne+Nagel in the international customer services team. There she managed the Costa Coffee and Whitbread international shipping accounts.
After three years she moved to the PSL Group in Essex, managing German imports then migrated for another two and a half years to Yusen Logistics as Logistics coordinator then Transport Manager
Sadly, Emily is a Chelsea supporter and Northampton fan, but she loves cooking, film, music and is a self-described Friends addict (Joey is her favourite) and currently on the hunt for a Cavapoo!
Gary Murray – Operations Manager of FLS International added ‘FLS international offering has been growing steadily especially around customs and Emily has been a fantastic addition to the team, she has had a surprising detailed quality experience in the for such a young person and I’m super happy to have her on the team.’
Ieuan Rosser – Managing Director
I’m contacting all of our customers and carriers with a reassuring update for you on FLS’ current position regarding the spread of the Coronavirus and its potential threat to your logistics requirements.
FLS continues to operate as normal 24/7
Drivers and Transport – whilst the Government are predicting between 20%-40% reduction in driver availability, no significant impact is currently being felt at FLS. We have worked very hard to create a supply chain of quality carriers to support the growing business demand, and the vast amount of carriers and vehicles available to FLS will no doubt support you in mitigating potential negative impacts on your business through vehicle availability or time delays.
Border closures – generally the restrictions do not apply to freight drivers and the transportation of goods and as yet we have no issues shipping freight through any of our European lanes including Italy and Slovakia, it’s still business as usual with some small delays at delivery sites and borders with drivers being asked to complete self-assessment health questionnaires. FLS are again taking proactive measures to mitigate any issues by gaining completed questionnaires from any driver with cross border commitments.
Import – China seems to be slowly returning back to normal and we expect supply chains into the UK to return to previous levels over the next few weeks.
For Carriers – If you find yourself with increased availability please let us know we will do our best to try and help you. Also please make sure you keep your fleet profile UpToDate on the FLS Carrier Portal (https://fls.haulageexchange.co.uk/) where you can see all our available jobs when logged in – for access details give us a call or email: [email protected]
FLS operational coverage – We have no issues at present but we would like to highlight how we will ensure the continuity of the service we provide.
We are committed to continuing our successful operations and keeping both our employees and those of our customers safe through these difficult times and we will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and update you of any significant changes to our contingency planning.
Should you have any questions or wish for any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
With the number of official cases approaching 22000, over 10% of them in a critical condition and more than 430 deaths in China, the outbreak of the Coronavirus, is extremely distressing and our thoughts go out to all those affected.
As a result of the outbreak, The General Office of the State Council has extended the Lunar New Year and Spring Festival until Sunday, 2nd February, and Monday, 3rd February. However, municipalities including Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Ningbo as well as Guangzhou and Shenzhen have already announced the holiday will be extended until Monday, 10th February. It is anticipated that other provinces may follow the same direction as authorities attempt to slow the spread of the virus.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR SHIPMENTS?
Ports, airports, rail and China customs are still operating as per normal during the holiday period (except Wuhan which remains largely locked down). However, congestion is expected due to the limited number of trailers available.
The initial proposal to extend the holiday until 3rd February will cause delays in shipments being able to be booked. Many people in China, especially factory workers, may also be hesitant to return to work, which could impact production and lead to still further delays.
The first two weeks following this holiday are usually a peak period, meaning there’s no guarantee of securing vessel space.
We also expect to see reduced availability over Air freight as carrier modes are switched for more urgent loads.
Please advise your purchasing/planning departments to take this into consideration, as it will undoubtedly cause significant disruption to your supply chain but rest assured FLS will work hard to minimise this wherever possible.
If you have concerns regarding freight due to move in the near future, please do not hesitate to speak to your usual contact at FLS, who will be able to provide you with the latest information and alternative transport options dependant on the urgency of your product.
We will continue to keep you updated and will do our utmost to minimise the impact on your business. We would additionally urge you to monitor media/government body outlets for developments as the situation evolves, as well as keeping in touch with your suppliers.
The UK will be exiting the European Union, following the result of the national referendum on 23 June 2016, which is now currently scheduled for 31 January 2020.
The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period, and customs clearance documentation is not required. So from an import and export with Europe point of view, it is business as usual for FLS including rates, vehicle availability and transit times.
As previously advised we would suggest that you should be providing commercial invoices and packing lists for your European shipments in readiness for future customs clearance requirements.
Once any deals, and requirements are released we will be providing all customers with full details and will be available to talk through what might affect your business and its supply chain.
… your business can take some actions now to prepare for 2021.
You should also decide how you want to make customs declarations and whether you need our support with this. As we’ve heard a no-deal Brexit, is still on the cards, and if implemented will involve a significant increase in customs administration. HMRC is recommending you engage a customs partner to assist you during this period and FLS is perfectly placed to assist you with your customs activity during this period and beyond whilst still providing first-class freight transport options.
A summary of issues, concerns and actions follow below:
Whether you trade with the EU, operate in the EU or rely on companies based there, It’s going to affect your business and FLS will do our best to keep you updated with all Brexit-related developments in the logistics industry and to make your operations as Brexit-proof as possible.
Day 1 No Deal Scenario
In a no-deal scenario: –
Summary of Day 1 easements
HMG Government objectives:-
Day 1 easements:-
Ro-Ro Day One – Import
Ro-Ro Day One – Exports
Transitional simplified procedures
To be eligible, traders must: –
Traders are not eligible if: –
Traders will require the following to register: –
TSP Standard Goods process (Transitional simplified procedures are currently suspended)
Changes to CFSP (Customs Freight Simplified Procedures)
Forwarders alternative to TSP
Day 1 easements:-
Guarantees for transit
Parcels –day 1
If you move goods into or out of the EU, you must get an EORI number.
FLS are a fantastic team of people, from the top management down. Every member of the team I have had the pleasure to work with has been extremely helpful and has provided a fast effective solution to the requirement I have given them