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 

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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 CLECAT asserted that carriers are altering supply chains and harming trade growth at a time of economic downturn. From mid-January One Network has proposed two new direct services from North Europe to the East Mediterranean and Turkey, with Southampton as the UK port of call. Image result for air sea road


At the start of 2021 Amazon broadcasted that it had bought 11 used Boeing 767-300 aircraft for its delivery service. Amazon will convert them for the exclusive carriage of cargo, joining its air cargo network by 2022 giving it a fleet of 85 aircraft.

Global air freight market saw volumes better in November 2020 compared to October, but remain reduced compared to 2019. Capacity persists to be restrained due to shortage of availability through passenger aircrafts as they stayed parked.


Since the termination of the Brexit transition period at the beginning 2021 the cost of sending freight to Europe has sky rocketed. In the first week post the EU-exit it was 39% more expensive to move full truckloads from France to the UK, compared to the pricing in December 2020. According to some logistics companies the intensified prices could be here to stay. Furthermore due to Brexit, road haulage availability on the European spot market has fallen noticeably amidst the excalating prices. The corridors between France and Germany to/from UK are conveying sizeable losses of transport volumes though the prices continue to increase.


Shanghai port announced a new record container numbers of 43.5 million teu in 2020, permitting it to maintain the title of the world’s busiest container port for the 11th year running.