Are you thinking the unthinkable?

What should we be doing to protect our supply chain during Brexit? The answer is to design a strategy that addresses yours and your customers’ requirements

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UK No-Deal preparations

Are you prepared for Brexit?Preparation for a ‘Hard-Brexit’ is essential to ensure that your company is ready to keep trade disruption to a minimum.The UK Government are recommending that the following ‘No-Deal’ preparations are considered before the 31st...

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Accounting for import VAT in the event of No Deal

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, from 11pm UK time on 31 October 2019, businesses registered for VAT in the UK will be able to account for import VAT on their VAT return rather than pay when, or soon after, the goods arrive at the UK...

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Time is running out to apply for Customs Training Grants

HMRC has issued an update regarding the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and the upcoming deadline for companies to apply for training grants that enable them to complete customs declarations and other key trade processes.Though the grant scheme...

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HMRC extends deadline for customs training funding

The deadline for applications for a government initiative to help businesses prepare for EU Exit has been extended to 31 May 2019. This will enable more businesses to benefit from the investment available and provide more time for applications.The funding...

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Do you need to update your drugs and alcohol policy?

Employers have many responsibilities to their staff, especially when it comes to keeping them safe in the workplace. Legislation dictates many of the practices which take place within the UK’s businesses, but there is a grey area when it comes to alcohol...

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Trailer registration is now in force

If you're using a trailer abroad after 28 March 2019, you will need to register it through DVLAs Register your trailer to take it abroad service.The trailer registration scheme comes into force on 28 March 2019 as a result of the UK ratifying the UN 1968...

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Platform Lifts safety alert

HSE have recently issued a new safety alert about Platform Lifts (also known as Vertical Lifting Platforms) and the risks of falls from height to employees or members of the public. HSE is aware of a number of incidents involving tampering with safety...

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Trouw Nutrition awarded full AEO status

Project Managed by VARTAN, nutritional products and services provider Trouw Nutrition GB have been awarded Authorised Economic Operator - FULL (or AEOF) accreditation, thereby reducing their customs and supply chain risk. This means a major part of the...

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Phased approach for Entry Summary Declarations

The government has this week announced plans to phase in for EU imports the pre-arrival forms known as Entry Summary Declarations, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.Officials on Monday (18th February) held a series of meetings with organisations who...

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Advice for hauliers operating in EU countries

Guidance issued on permit application scheme, but there's a deadline: 12 November 2018. There is some important news this week for UK commercial drivers and haulage companies transporting goods abroad. In the unlikely event that the UK leaves...

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CDS to replace CHIEF

The Customs Declaration Service (CDS) will replace the current Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) service and its functionalities. CDS will be compatible with the EU Customs Data Model and UCC requirements. CDS will introduce...

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Ligentia awarded full AEO status

Project Managed by VARTAN, global freight forwarder Ligentia have been awarded full AEO status in the UK, thereby reducing their customs and supply chain risk. Ligentia work closely with a number of sectors - including retail, defence and mining - where...

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Fundraising Charlie Chaplin

VARTAN's Neil Bird joined hundreds of other runners for the Kesgrave 5km fun run this weekend. In his Charlie Chaplin fancy dress, Neil was one of 380 people who took part in the race, raising money for the Kate Moyes Memorial Fund at St Elizabeth Hospice....

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Vartan steers Forth Ports through AEO accreditation

VARTAN has successfully guided Forth Ports in obtaining Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status for part of its Scottish operations. This newly awarded certification makes these the first ports in Scotland to benefit from full AEO status. The ports...

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