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No Sailing due Storm Barra UK
You may previously have seen in the news this week that Storm Barra continues to impair much of Ireland, the West coast of England and some Channel Islands. Ferry sailings between the UK and Ireland have been tremendously unsettled and are now running at a 24 hour delay. Numerous sailings were cancelled this week, and […]
HS (Harmonised System) of Tariffs 2022
The online version of the 2022 edition of the HS is now available from the World Customs Organization (WCO). From 1st January 2022 the updated HS 2022 edition will come into action as the world’s global standard for classifying goods in international trade. The new 2022 edition of the HS tariff includes considerable changes with […]
From 1 January 2022, checks will be intensified in the United Kingdom for having a REX declaration. The invoice or commercial document must state that goods are of European origin. Failure to declare the origin of the goods may incur unnecessary costs. For goods with a value of less than €6000,- the exporter may put […]
Ports Expected To Be Clogged Through 2022
Ongoing port delays and other unprecedented disruptions; with the continuance of rising inflation alongside labour challenges will carry on into 2022. The threat to the supply chain industry continues with short term woes such as holiday sales and delivery disruptions. The long term predicted effects include price sensitivity and consumer spending. Although there are continued […]
Christmas Hours 2021
We are Hiring: 2 New Positions in Operations
Due to continued expansion here at Sandford Freight UK, we are opening 2 new Full-Time Position within the Operations department. Job Role Title: Road Freight Clerk (Monday-Friday Full-Time) Sea Freight Import Clerk (Monday-Friday Full-Time) You will need full knowledge of the following: Customs entries (you must have experience with customs entries) Quoting […]
Sea Exports to USA
Please note maritime export shipping are experiencing major issues with space and availability on board vessels. For all bookings please ensure you are providing us with a least one month’s notice. All shipping companies are now booking all shipments in one full month in advance before vessel departures. Further to booking delays in the […]
LCL Shipments Rejected
Lines are now not accepting LCL bookings if the shipment contains certain commodities such as food goods. This is due to lines not wanting to add additional delays on vessels due to some commodities having a greater probability of being pulled by customs for investigation. Authorities at origin are rejecting shipments based on commodity with […]
Extreme Weather in China – Typhoon Season & Flooding
The newest treat to the global supply chain industry is the extreme weather in China. Typhoon season pierces challenges to all modes of transport across china triggering additional delays at China’s busiest ports. In southern China, Yantian port has temporarily stopped drop-off services of containers due to a typhoon alert in the Shenzhen area. Just […]
COVID-19 Continues To Have Detrimental Effects on Air Freight Shipments
With much of the UK returning back to normality post the peak of the pandemic, it is apparent many people are forgetting that COVID-19 is still a major risk for all. The transportation and travel industries continue to be effected by the pandemic with many shipments experiencing delays. As you may have previously seen […]
Are You Claiming Preference for EU Goods?
From January 2021, if your goods originate in the EU or UK, you may be able to claim a preferential rate of duty when importing into certain countries and released to free circulation. This means they will be free of customs duty. To claim preference of duty your goods must originate in the EU […]
Shut Down In Italy
In August in Italy, the country enjoys a short break which means many business shut down for the duration of August. Addressing the above, please note there is now limited availability for shipping both to and from Italy. The knock-on effect of this means there is also a spike in costs of shipping to/from Italy.
Looking for a Job?
WE ARE HIRING!! Are you or anyone you know interested in a new job role here at Sandford Freight UK Ltd? We are hiring for an apprentice to join us at our office based at Heathrow. Freight Forwarding Apprentice – Find an apprenticeship (findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk) View more info here: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-594221
April Newsletter – Suez Canal Update
Bank Holiday Weekend
Job Vacancy – Apprenticeship
If you or anyone you know is looking for an apprenticeship within Freight Forwarding, please get in contact via this link: Freight Forwarding ApprenticeSandford Freight (U K ) Ltd
Container Capacity Out of Asia at Record Levels
BIFAlink newsletter published that shipping lines were expected to provide greater deep-sea volume out of China for the Chinese New Year holiday which began on 12th February 2021. In January 2021 The Competition Directorate of the European Commission was advised to take action over the existing procedures of liner shipper carriers. European shippers’ council and […]
Where To Find Help – Eu-exit
If you have been importing or exporting to/from Europe recently, you will have experienced the potential customs delays since Brexit officially happened at the beginning of 2021. Our team has been working tirelessly to ensure we can make this transition for our customers as smooth as possible, however it goes without saying there has still […]
Port Congestion In The Last 6 months, Why?
The entire supply chain was affected and disrupted in the 2nd half of 2020. It first started at origin in the spring/early summer in 2020, it later spread to Europe, this subsequently led to re-routing, or cancelling port calls and sailings, escalating the duration of the round trips. The condition consequently was exacerbated by extra […]
National Holidays Coming Up
UK Port Delays
Through unprecedented times, shipping lines continue to announce delays across all UK Ports. We continue to work with our partners to ensure operations run as smoothly as possible. If you do have any concerns, please contact our Sea Imports Team – email@example.com
We Remain Open
The Sandford Newsletter – December 2020
Normal Hour resume Monday 4th January 2021
Brexit – Its Challenges and What to Expect
Dear valued customers, amid the COVID-19 crisis we are still working hard to fulfill your supply chain needs. Get in touch if you have any questions or worries.
BREXIT UPDATE: UK Officially Leave the EU on 31st January 2020
It is official; the UK will leave the EU on 31st January 2020. The UK will enter the transition period from 1st February 2020 until 31st December 2020. The EU President (Ursula von der Leye) and Boris Johnson have now signed the WAB (The Withdrawal Agreement) which just anticipates approval from the EU parliament. The […]
Chinese New Year – Extention
Dear Customers, Please be advised that the China Government officials have announced the Chinese New Year holidays will be extend to below period due to Novel Coronavirus problem in China. Shanghai/Ningbo will be extend to Feb 9, 2020 and resume work from Feb 10, 2020 Thank you for you patience.
WARNING: UK Port Closures
Dear Customer, Due to the progressive bad weather recently the ports have been closing for short periods of time. In spite of this, we are sorry to notify that there will be longer closures. The closures will affect both FCL and LCL operations. In recent weeks there has been an increase in volume of containers […]
What is AEO? AEO stands for: Authorised Economic Operator for imports and exports What Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is “AEO status is an internationally recognised quality mark that shows your: role in the international supply chain is secure customs controls and procedures are efficient and meet EU standards It’s not mandatory, but gives quicker access […]
IMO 2020- Surcharge Explained
Dear all our Customers, As some of you may be aware, there has recently been new IMO2020 regulations. The IMO2020 regulations stand for the transition of environmentally aware low sulphur fuel. Shipping lines have announced they will charge the environmental fuel fee (EFF) from December 1st 2019. Therefore, this surcharge will now appear in our […]
Brexit Update – TSP and Importing to the UK from the EU
As the UK continues to battle between deals and a potential for no-deal Brexit, the UK have now surpassed yet another Brexit deadline day on 31st October 2019. How to Prepare for a No-deal Brexit? UK businesses will need to follow the same procedures to importing and exporting from/to the EU as with the rest […]
Air Cargo America’s Exhibition
In Preparation for Brexit on 31 October 2019
Dear Valued Customers, As you are already aware, the United Kingdom will be leaving the EU on 31 October 2019. We aim to keep you as informed as possible on the pending Brexit and how you can prepare for all the possible outcomes. With this in mind we advise the following steps to help you […]
Virtual Tour of Southampton
DP World Southampton have now released a virtual tour at their ever busy Southampton port. For an interactive insight into the sea freight ‘World’ CLICK HERE
Recruiting: Junior Freight Administrator
****This position has now closed. Thank you for those who showed interest. Please keep an eye on our page for updates.**** Attention To All College and School Leavers!! Sandford Freight UK are currently recruiting a Junior Freight Administrator to join our growing business. You would be trained within: • Dealing with air, sea and road […]
Happy Birthday To Claire
Today Sandford Freight celebrate their longest standing employee of 21 years, hitting a major milestone. Claire Lewis our Accounts Manager celebrated turning 50. The team have all rallied around to commemorate this joyous occasion. From all of us here at Sandford Freight – Happy Birthday.
Welcome to the Team: Anne Zhang
Due to continued expansion we are delighted to welcome Anne Zhang to the Sandford Freight family our new Route Development Manager China/Far East, Anne Zhang comes with a wealth of experience having worked in similar roles both here in the UK and China during the past 10 years. For any business queries please get in […]
Our Chairman Sean Sanford has hit another life milestone by turning 70. We celebrated in the office last week when Sean came to visit us. On behalf of all the team here at Sandford Freight UK a Happy 70th Birthday to Sean.
Brexit Update: Delayed
As the original Brexit departure date approaches, it is key to note that last week Theresa May was granted an extra two weeks to find a Brexit solution after talks with EU leaders. Originally Brexit was due to commence this week on 29th March 2019. However if Theresa May can get her withdrawal deal through […]
Important BREXIT update
In the result of a no deal Brexit, HMRC have taken additional steps following the newly announced measures which incorporate Transitional Simplified Procedures. As of 13th March 2019 HMRC have announced details of a temporary tariff system in case of a vote on a no deal Brexit. The temporary system is proposed to apply for […]
Weather warning – PORT CLOSURES
Dear Customers, We regret to inform you of a weather warning across the country. This will affect both FCL and LCL operations. We are supervising the situation and as always we will be keeping our customers notified concerning individual shipments. Felixstowe The Port of Felixstowe has been closed since 0100hrs 12/3 until undetermined time. Please […]
MD Visit to Philippines
Our Managing Director Roy Walker meets our agent in Manila, Philippines. Pictured above: Mr Jun Rosles from Universal Merchants and Roy Walker from Sandford Freight UK Limited.
MD Visit to Asia
Our Managing Director Roy Walker is currently in Japan visiting our partners. He is travelling around Asia visiting our partners in India, Japan and Philippines.
Project Cargo: Yet Another Happy Customer
This week we have had another large project cargo movement to the Far East. Find below some pictures of 25,000kgs being loaded through the nose of our friends at Cargolux B747 freighter at Luxembourg Airport. Thank you the the team at Cargolux and ASC for all your assistance, as usual a great success.
Weather Warning – Port of Felixstowe
Dear Customers, Please find below weather warning received today, this will effect both FCL (collecting containers) and LCL operations (containers getting on and off quay for unpack – this will have a delay to unpacking stations over next 1-2 days). As always we are monitoring situation and will keep customers informed regarding individual shipments – […]
Another satisfied customer at Sandford Freight UK
Sandford Freight UK Limited has recently moved 8,000kgs of Project Cargo to West Coast America using the services of Cargolux. All flew as booked and we have another extremely satisfied customer. #GoodOldFashionedCustomerService
Sandford Freight UK Limited Featured in BIFAlink
Sandford Freight UK Limited have been featured in the BIFAlink magazine issue for February 2019. Sandford Freight UK celebrated 20 years of successful business in late 2018 and were awarded a commemorative trophy marking the achievement, which was presented by Robert Keen the Director General at BIFA. Above, you can find the featured article in […]
Preparing for Brexit with Sandford Freight
Sandford Freight UK has been monitoring the developing situation regarding the Brexit talks and the Westminster debates and would urge you to look at your trade with the EU and be prepared. We are aware that the UK Government are working on our behalf to secure a comprehensive deal on our exit from the […]
Bad Weather Warning: USA
Cold weather has taken over major parts of the Midwest and Northeast USA. It’s expected to carry on through this week. Numerous states are experiencing temperatures plummeting as low as -25 degrees Fahrenheit in places such as Chicago. With this, we would like to inform our customers and clients that the USA ‘polar vortex’ is […]
Recent Air Export Shipment
Sandford Freight UK limited recently moved 50,000kgs over 2 shipments of project cargo to the Far East using the services of Singapore Airlines, all flew on schedule and another extremely satisfied customer. If you have any air export queries, do not hesitate to get in touch with our Senior Air Exports Coordinator Mark Chamberlain 01794 […]
Christmas/New Year Opening Hours 2018/19
Sandford Freight UK celebrate 20 years in business
After twenty years as a leading freight forwarding organisation, Sandford Freight hosted a party at the glamorous Sea Containers venue, London on Friday 23rd November. To mark this achievement, Chairman Sean Sandford and Managing Director Roy Walker wished to celebrate their lengthy and successful partnerships with various guests including clients, freight forwarding agents and the […]
Welcome to the Team: Stephanie Eaglestone
Due to continued expansion Stephanie has recently joined the Sandford Freight UK team as our Sales and Operations Support Co-ordinator having recently moved over from South Africa. Stephanie previous worked in a similar role in the freight industry back in South Africa for the last 4 years.
Delays at Felixstowe and Southampton
We are disappointed to notify delays at Felixstowe with no improvement. We have been advised the issues occurred with an update of the Port’s IT system. Customers whom are using the port, please be aware: – Delays to unpacking vessels; – Delays in container accessibility and availability; Unfortunately, we have been unable to guarantee any […]
IMPORTANT NOTICE!!! Hurricane Florence is on track to the North Carolina Coast and is predicted to produce devastation. Therefore, this may cause limited operations and in certain circumstances full closures of container freight stations in the following areas: Charleston, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Norfolk, Raleigh, Richmond, Savannah and Wilmington. We anticipate carriers to have a […]
After 14 years service with Sandford Freight, we are sad to announce Mary Ward who ran our Credit Control will be leaving. Although we are sorry to see Mary go, she will be travelling around the World with her husband. From us all here at Sandford we wish Mary a safe and wonderful […]
Supporting England In The World Cup
Waistcoat Wednesday here today. Some of our team pictured here in their waistcoats ready to support Gareth Southgate and the England team ahead of tonight’s Semi-Final. #itscominghome #worldcup
Royal Air Force (RAF) 100 Years
What a sight here yesterday at Heathrow. The Royal Air Force (RAF) Fly Past celebrations which was displayed throughout London and parts of Surrey. We were lucky enough here at Sandford Freight UK to see some of the #RAF100 planes. Congratulations to the RAF on 100 years.
GFFG Conference 2018
Darren Morris our General Manger at the annual GFFG conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
SUTFC League Champions!
Visit to Dubai
Pictured below: Our MD (managing director) Roy Walker visits the Beauty World Middle East exhibition in Dubai.
Asia National Holidays – May 2018
Here are some key dates if you ship with Asia. China – 1st May 2018 Hong Kong – 1st and 22nd May 2018 Thailand – 1st and 29th May 2018 Taiwan – 1st May 2018 Malaysia – 1st and 29th May 2018 Singapore – 1st and 29th May 2018
GLF Conference 2018
Roy Walker our Managing Director will be heading to the GLF (Global Logistics Family) conference in Dubai this May. We look forwarding to connecting to fellow members of GLF.
GFFG Conference 2018
Our general manager Darren Morris will be attending the GFFG conference in Bangkok, Thailand. We look forward to connecting with fellow members of the GFFG between the 17th May 2018 to 20th May 2018. See you there.
Sean Sandford’s Birthday at Annual Freight Club Conference
Sean Sandford celebrates his birthday among friends at the 19th Annual Freight Club conference in Malta.
B.I.F.A. Visit to Sandford
B.I.F.A. (British International Freight Association) Director General Robert Keen, first visit to our offices in Radius Park. Discussions included how Brexit will affect the Freight Forwarding community along with on-going training for the staff.
The Freight Club Annual Conference Attendance 2018
Our Managing Director Roy Walker will be heading off to Malta next week to attend the annual The Freight Club conference. You can see more details on the conference by visiting The Freight Club online: http://thefreightclub.com/conferences-2018/ We look forward to networking with current and new businesses.
Asia National Holidays
After the Easter weekend here in the United Kingdom, it is essential to point out the National holidays which are imminent in Asia. If you are in exchange with these countries for your shipping, it is fundamental to point out that these national holidays may affect your process. We aim to run smoothly as usual. […]
Pre-Easter Cargo Peak and Closed Dates
A little update – There will be a “Pre-Easter Cargo Peak” which usually will affect the industry two weekends prior to Good Friday. This notice is just to make all conscious of the projected cargo peak. Here are some dates to keep in mind; Good Friday: 30th March 2018 Two weeks prior to Good […]
Top 10 Counties the UK Export With, 2017
Welcome To The Team: Francesca Ludlow
Jordan Elliott Joins Sandford
We would like to welcome our new road freight co-ordinator Jordan Elliott who joined us last month and has replaced Lesley Owen who has moved on to pursue a career outside of the freight industry. Welcome Jordan. For any road freight enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: Staines-Upon-Thames FC
As we reach the half way stage of the season Staines-Upon-Thames are top of the league and still undefeated scoring 66 goals and only conceding 9! Teams Games Played Games Won Games Drawn Games Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points Staines-upon-Thames 10 10 0 0 66 9 +57 30 Byfleet Town 11 […]
Christmas/New Year Opening Hours
Sandford Sponsors Staines!
Sandford Freight are delighted to become the proud sponsors of Staines-Upon-Thames Football Club, two of our staff members play in the side (Daniel Walker & George Williams) and so far they are currently top of the table having won their first 4 games! You can keep track of their progress at the below links: Fixtures […]
Praise for Whitehall as spotlight falls on air freight, post-Brexit
Air cargo’s importance to the UK is not being overlooked, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA), which praised the government for today’s launch of an aviation strategy consultation. Secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling said a strong aviation sector was vital for building a “truly global” Britain. “This is an industry that contributes […]
Important Update on China to UK Traffic via Ocean Freight
Port congestion at SHANGHAI terminals has accelerated over the last few days and has now reached the point of critical. Services are now being impacted for all carriers, with a knock-on effect to other Chinese ports, as exporters look to switch bookings to alternative ports to avoid delays, in particular, NINGBO and QINGDAO. All of […]
Chinese New Year 2017
All at Sandford would like to wish our friends and colleagues a Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快樂 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. The Chinese New Year 2017 begins on January 28 2017. The Chinese New Year’s festivities end two weeks later on the 15th day of the first month on what is known as […]
Christmas at Sandford