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From 5 July 2013, the Spanish authorities updated their legislation incorporating the CMR Convention into Spanish law. The change requires that VAT numbers are included with the details of parties involved in a CMR transport. Spain will only accept a CMR Consignment Note as a transport control document...

The Chinese Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Tax has issued some new rules regarding VAT for ocean transport services. As a result, the majority of carriers have confirmed that they will start to debit 6 % VAT on all charges payable in China. For this...

From 1st October 2013, all trucks over 3.5t carrying domestic or international movements in France will be subject to a new environmental levy "Ecotax" in addition to the tolls currently payable on motorways and at bridges and tunnels. The implementation will affect all goods transported in vehicles over 3.5...

June has seen the strongest month ever for Supplychain21 as increased activity from many customers helped to push volume and turnover to new heights. There appears to be increased confidence in the UK economy following the small amount of growth achieved in Q1 2013. Supplychain21 customers have done well through...

Following the decision by the Competition Commission to prohibit Groupe Eurotunnel from operating a ferry activity from the port of Dover, the company has announced that it will appeal this decision which the group finds incomprehensible and seriously disproportionate. Amongst the reasons it gives are...

A number of drinks businesses have taken advantage of the relative strength of other currencies when compared to the £ (GBP) to develop sales outside of the UK in both the EU and with the rest of the world. When goods are made available to...

The Department for Transport has published its statistics for the first quarter of 2013. This indicates that HGV traffic levels in the UK were down by 3.8% against January to March 2012. With 3.7 billion vehicle miles involved, there are still an awful lot of...

The new London Gateway container port gets ever nearer to completion and is set to transform port options for businesses exporting from the South East who had previously shipped out of Felixstowe. The port will have the best tidal window access for deep-drafted vessels and...

The analyst, Drewry has published its latest Container Insight report. It believes ocean carriers are losing money due to freight rate competition on the east t0 west routes, and that there is still significant surplus capacity. Drewry's report states: “At the end of April, there were still...

A number of drinks businesses have taken advantage of the relative strength of other currencies when compared to the £ (GBP) to develop sales outside of the UK in both the EU and with the rest of the world. When goods are made available to...