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 this is expected to continue through the end of this week.

We understand this is a busy time of year, but please bear with us, as I’m afraid these delays are entirely outside of our control. You should expect a minimum 24hr delay on all Irish shipments dispatched from Wednesday 8th December 2021 through to the end of the business week.

The company who runs the ferries from England to the Channel Islands have further anticipated cancellations and delays for shipments to both Jersey and Guernsey. These delays are now reaching approximately 48-72 hour mark due to Storm Barra.

Consignments will be loaded and presented for shipping, however we are unable to guarantee or confirm shipments at this stage.

All perishables and pharmaceuticals will be loaded as priority freight.

Please note once consignments arrive to the islands, deliveries will be delayed.

Should the delays directly concern your shipment, we will be in touch with as many updates as possible.

Contact the road freight team on:

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 351 sets of amendments;

  • 77 relating to the agricultural sector
  • 58 to the chemical sector
  • 31 to the wood sector
  • 21 to the textile sector
  • 27 to the base metal sector
  • 63 to the machinery sector
  • 22 to the transport sector
  • and an additional 52 that apply to a variety of other sectors

HMRC have published a list of updates to 2022 UK goods classification chapters at 10-digit level and the correlation of commodity codes to the 8-digit level from the 2021 tariff to that of 2022.
These can be viewed at
The full integrated tariff can be viewed at

BIFA have an in-depth explanation of the 2022 tariff – You can view the article here.

EU Declarations 

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 a declaration on the documentation as to the origin. This can be done by means of:

‘The Exporter of the products covered by this document (Exporter Reference No.. declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of …. Preferential origin’

For goods with a value higher than €6000,- the exporter must be a Registered Exporter (REX). This prevents unnecessary import duties from having to pay.

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 disruptions across all modes of the supply chain industry it is important to note what is particularly affecting the busiest ports across the Globe. The backup at ports are causing significant delays and forcing many companies to invest in expensive alternatives, which is likely to continue through until mid-2022. If you are waiting for rates to drop before continuing with your shipping demands, it would be highly suggested to look into alternatives.

If you have any further queries in regards to your sea freight shipping either import or exports please contact our team on;

Sea Exports – George Williams 

Sea Imports –  Teresa, Jordan & team on 

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 customers
  • Updating clients on their shipments
  • Liaising with shipping lines/trucking companies and overseas agents
  • Arranging collections and deliveries
  • Completing invoicing
  • Operations from start to finish for each shipment/job


Please be aware this is only a brief spec, more about the role will be discussed in your interview.


Minimum requirements:

  • 3 Years Experience within the Freight Industry in a similar role.
  • Must be PC literate
  • Good telephone manner
  • Excellent computer skills with a good understanding of;
  • Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Strong written and speaking communication skills in English and ability to communicate effectively
  • Keen to learn
  • Team player
  • Able to work on their own




Salary – AAE



If you are interested, please send over your CV to Roy Walker & Paul Harraden on:


Roy Walker – Managing Director & Owner


Paul Harraden – Operations Manager

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 UK,  shipping lines are now not offering any service for delivery once on US soil. This has created even further delays and has made haulage in the US near to impossible.


If you have any concerns for your sea export shipments please get in contact with George on 

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 no real explanation. Therefore, it is important to note if you have hazardous cargo or food commodities you may experience difficulty with bookings on a temporary basis.


To avoid your shipment experiencing further delays please ensure you are providing us with plenty of notice for bookings.

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 two weeks previous Shanghai’s Yangshan port was evacuated due to Typhoon In-Fa hitting into the Chinese coast line producing extensive flooding and damaging stowed containers which were due to export to the USA.

Typhoon In-Fa has similarly disturbed factory operations in eastern Chin, with major ports along the Yangtze River having ceased operations last week. This may add further delays to your supply chain operations if the goods are of China origin.

Importing from China has become overstretched due to issues such as the Global pandemic, the Suez Canal blockage and now the extreme weather. This means the continuance of delays, sky high rates, shortage of equipment and available bookings.

We are saddened to announce that officials in China predict more typhoons hitting china in the coming months. Consequently, the continuance of delays and inflation in rates are predicted to run through until at the Lunar New Year in 2022.

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 through media outlets or personal experience, the travel industry are still experiencing shut downs and new rules prohibiting easy travel. Therefore, the availability for flights remains scarce as less people are travelling the demand for aviation companies to provide a full flight schedule is not present.

With the few flights available, logistics companies are unable to obtain bookings with ease.  When cargo space is available flights continue to be cancelled due to fewer people being able to freely travel.


With the demand for air freight cargo remaining high and the lack of availability or cancellations, airlines continue to provide sky high rates for customers.


Here at Sandford we continue to search for the best possible rates.