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 parliament the final Brexit date will be pushed to 22nd May 2019 to give time to pass necessary legislation. If said deal is not agreed, the UK will be leaving the EU on 12th April.

Diagram from BBC News article. Click here for direct link

For extended information on this subject find a detailed article here

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 12 months and HMRC will be carefully supervising the results of the tariffs on the economy.

Click here for more information on this subject and the direct link to the HMRC brief.

In brief, in the case of a no deal UK businesses will not pay customs duties on a variety of goods which will be imported to the UK. The procedures will cover 87% of the UK’s total imports by value. Some foods, automotive, ceramics, fertiliser, fuel and goods from developing countries will be subject to tariffs which will occupy the outstanding 13%. HMRC proposed measures show their commitment to preparing for all possibilities although the Government’s focus is to secure a deal. Furthermore, confirmation of a temporary method will be taken to avoid new checks and controls on goods at the Northern Ireland land boarder. Please note these temporary import tariffs do not affect any goods crossing the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland. Lastly, we would like to note these tariffs will concern all trading partners equally, aside from those which the UK has a free trade agreement with. Moreover, many developing countries will also benefit from preferential access to the UK market.

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.


The Port of Felixstowe has been closed since 0100hrs 12/3 until undetermined time. Please be advised this can be until PM.

We would like to warn our customers of closure 13/03/19 01.00hrs until 1500hrs. However, be advised this closure could surpass 1500hrs.


The port of Southampton is not currently closed, however there are limited haulier slots and delayed service with probable cause to close over the next 2 days due to the high winds. We aim to inform you of any closures.

Lastly, additional UK ports are notifying that services will be disturbed and limited over the next couple of days due to the high winds and dangerous working environment.  Be advised this will affect the next couple of days and have a ripple effect over the next week, Sanford Freight UK will do all possible to limit the impact to your shipments and keep everyone informed if they are effected.

Thank you for your patience.

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.

Above: Sandford Freight UK Limited MD Roy Walker with our partner Net International in Japan.

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.

Sandford Freight

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 – Thank you

Subject: weather warning – Port of Felixstowe
Importance: High

Weather warning for Thursday the 07/02/19

We are in receipt of a weather forecast indicating that haulage operations are likely to be affected by wind from 05:00 through to 15:00 Hrs today and we may have to close port.

As a precautionary measure VBS bookings have been restricted and we would advise hauliers to avoid travel to and from the Port during this time period. In order to prevent congestion empty trailers are currently being refused entry to the Port.

Bookings will be made available as and when conditions allow.

This warning will be updated as and when further forecasts are received.

Please be assured that every effort will be made to keep disruption to haulage operations to a minimum.


VBS Administrators.

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.

Find Above: Recent Air Export Shipment in our Warehouse.


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 the BIFAlink magazine February 2019 issue 342. Full link to the article found here:

We would like to thank BIFA for their continuous support.

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 EU.
However, we are also conscious that there is a possibility of a no deal scenario. We must urge on you to put in place key actions in order for the orderly movement of your import and export traffic with the EU and including the Republic of Ireland.
The key elements are:

  1. Register for an EORI number
  2. Check if you need a license to export your goods outside the EU
  3. Obtain the correct commodity code for your goods
  4. Choose the correct procedure code for your goods
  5. Ensure that invoices and packing notes are available
  6. Complete customer clearance authorisation form.

We would advise you to look at the following sites for additional information.

How to prepare for EU exit

Meanwhile, Sandford Freight has experienced staff that can handle your customs documents, and are employing additional resources as required.

We will continue to monitor developments and are always available to assist you,


Roy Walker
Managing Director