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Differences Between Freight Forwarders & Customs Brokers

Traditionally there are some differences between freight forwarders and brokers but often the roles of the two are interchangeable and adapted to suit the bespoke needs of the client. For many importers and exporters the more important of the two categories when transporting goods is freight forwarding, although this can vary from business to business.

How Customs Clearance Charges Work?

When importing goods from outside the EU you will have to pay duties and taxes to UK Customs in order to have your goods released into the country, it’s the cost of doing business. If you decide to become an importer there are a number of things you will have to consider, this may range

Role of clearing and forwarding agents in sea cargo

Moving cargo by sea is more cost effective than air freight and is often the most suitable method of transport for international goods for both LCL and full load cargo. The freight forwarder oversees the entire process of cargo movement, organizing the most suitable port schedules and negotiating the best rates available on the market.

Role of Clearing and Forwarding Agents in Air Cargo

Though typically a more expensive means of transport than by sea, air freight is quick and ideal for moving goods that are time sensitive and have tight delivery schedules. A freight forwarder will oversee this entire process, negotiating rates, coordinating transport and assisting with the necessary customs formalities. They will ensure that goods are accompanied

What does a Freight Forwarder do and do you need one?

With an ever-expanding global economy, the import and export of goods and services is becoming a central part of modern business. However, navigating the ins and outs of this ever-changing market can be a challenge for companies looking to expand into the global venue. That is where a freight forwarder comes in.   What is

London Gateway Open for Business

After more than a decade of planning the UK’s newest deep sea container port London Gateway is now open. Built by Dubai- owned company DP World at an estimated cost of 1.5 billion the port is capable of handling the largest container ships as well as providing a logistics hub for the 21st century. Despite

New Packing Regulations

The problem of poor packing of inter-modal transport has been an issue for some time and this is set to continue with ever larger container ships set to arrive at UK ports. With so many containers on a single vessel the risk of fire or contamination as well as potential instability presents an ever increasing

Shipping Mergers and Vessel Sharing

The container shipping industry has experienced significant structural changes in the last few years with many of the major players involved in vessel sharing agreements and also potential mergers. The latest of these mergers is between Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV who have signed an agreement that would potentially make them the 4th largest shipping company in

GWT Import and Export Specialists Granted full AEO Status

GWT Import & Export Specialists Ltd application for AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) status was approved on 11/11/2016.  An AEO is an economic operator who is considered to be reliable in their customs related operations throughout the European Union.  Full AEO authorisation was granted.  This internationally recognised  quality mark granted to GWT indicates that their role in the