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Fuel price

The average fuel price according to the RHA survey for November was 116.17 pence per litre.


Market info update on Brexit: Phase 3 of the UK Border Operating Model

Implementation of Phase 3 of the UK Governments Border Operating Model represents another significant milestone in Great Britain's EU Exit customs' procedures. DACHSER has continued to keep pace with the changes to customs and transport processes, ensuring goods move across the border with as little disruption as possible.

As of 1 January 2022, we should expect to see an increase in border control with the need to submit an electronic declaration at the border and the introduction of the Goods Vehicle Movement System (GVMS) for import and export activity.  

EIDR (Entry Into Declarants Record), a manual process to allow goods to cross the border using the traders EORI number, will no longer be permitted as of 1 January 2022. Instead, an electronic declaration Simplified Customs Declaration Process (SCDP) must be submitted.

GVMS is already used for transit movements but will be extended as of 1 January 2022 to automate the border control process by linking the customs declaration with a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) created in GVMS. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) links the customs declaration and the GMR, enabling vehicles to cross the border with no physical stops.

DACHSER will take care of the declaration and GVMS interaction unless you specify otherwise.

If you intend to organise the customs declaration yourself, either within your organisation or through an external customs agent, please note that DACHSER will need the customs declaration reference. This is known as an import release reference or IRR in DACHSER, enabling them to input this information into GVMS to allow the goods to cross the border.

1 January 2022 will also see the introduction for a need to pre-notify products of animal origin (POAO) and certain animal by-products (ABP) arriving in the UK from the EU through the imports of food and feed system (IPAFFS). Physical inspections of these product groups, and plant and plant-based products, will not be required until 1 July 2022checks will be phased in product groups between 1 July and 1 November 2022. The attached document provides more detail on this subject. Please ensure you notify DACHSER if you require these additional services for your products.

If you intend to organise the customs declaration yourself for POAO, ABP or plants and plant-based products, you will also be responsible for the IPAFFS notification.  

Further phased changes will come into effect later in 2022. Most notably, as of 1 July 2022, import safety and security declarations, also known as ENS, will be required. More information on ENS and inspections on POAO, certain ABP and plant and plant-based products will be required closer to the implementation time.

The information provided applies to network shipments carried on our groupage service and part and full trailer load movements.

The DACHSER network has worked together to review processes and incorporate changes necessary to support the introduction of the new controls. We are ready for 1 January 2022.

HMRC has set up a Customs and International Trade helpline number. 0300 322 9434 to support with questions on importing, exporting and customs reliefs. The helpline is open 8 am to 10 pm Monday to Friday and from 8 am to 4 pm at weekends UK time. 

Useful Links

Also, the following can be used to send import and export questions to HMRC or use a webchat function.

HMRC have introduced the Export support service to support traders in obtaining answers to practical questions about exporting from GB to Europe.

Finally, HMRC has a YouTube channel that contains videos and webinars about customs processes that you may also find useful.

DACHSER renews IATA CEIV Pharma certification in Frankfurt

DACHSER's Frankfurt air and sea freight branch has once again received certification from IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma), demonstrating its capabilities in logistics services for the life science and healthcare industry.

Packaging suitable for stress and transport to prevent damage

Packaging appropriate for stress or transport, taking into account the shipping load, route, duration and transport load, ensures that the packaged goods reach the recipient without damage and also functions to protect the salability and function of the packaged goods. Packaging is the responsibility of the sender, insofar as the goods can only be transported in packaged form for the agreed type of transport and means of transport. In case of a proven packing defect, which is the cause of damage, the Freight Forwarder is therefore not liable and is also not obliged to repair defective packing or to repack the goods. The shipper knows the special characteristics of his products and how best to protect them against damage. The packaging must protect the goods against the expected, foreseeable influences such as typical vibrations, centrifugal forces in tight curves, braking effects, the effects of heat and cold or the stress resulting from multiple transshipments. Warning symbols affixed by the shipper do not replace the packaging. This may even be inadequate if it was used. If the goods are shipped in the sales packaging, which must not be damaged, the goods are "unpacked" in the legal sense.

Packaging suitable for transport in general cargo transportation by truck should meet the following requirements: Protection of the goods against the dynamic loads during transportation and multiple handling and the form-fit of the package. Packages must also be packed in such a way that access to the contents is possible only by leaving external traces, in order to ensure protection against theft. Smaller packages in a consignment should be grouped together to form larger units, and packages heavier than 1,000 kg must be marked with appropriate weight markings. In case of special characteristics of the goods, the standardised handling instructions must be attached.

Incorrectly dimensioned packaging, exceeded performance limits, packaging of inferior quality, lack of instructions for proper handling or labeling of the goods, poor load unit securing on the pallet, defective foiling, goods protruding beyond the pallet or completely unpackaged are among the frequently identified defects in packaging.

In addition to the obligation to pack, the consignor also has an obligation to provide information and labeling. Information on all factors known to the consignor and affecting the execution of the order, such as addresses, type and nature of the goods, gross weight, value of the goods or delivery times, must be provided by the principal in good time. Likewise, the packages must be correctly marked so that the carrier can check the goods for completeness and identity and deliver them to the correct recipient.

Only the adaptation of the entire packaging cycle can lead to an economical and damage-free transport. Packaging optimisation starts with the development of the sales or product packaging, which influences the size and stability of the transport packaging.

When taking over the consignment, the forwarder must then check the number and type of packages taken over and the external condition of the packaging, as well as carrying out interface checks. Excluded from this and not to be confirmed is whether the packaging used is suitable for transport, the contents of the individual packages, the number of individual cartons on a pallet or the weight of the packages.

If you have any questions, please contact your local contact at the respective DACHSER branch.

UK – Europe supply chains face challenging times

As we return to Multimodal after a break of over two years, it seems appropriate to review some of the trends affecting the freight industry in the UK.  

eLogistics - Provides quick and convenient information about processes along your supply chain

When analogue processes meet a digital world, the result is intelligent logistics. 

api – Seamlessly connecting your IT systems with DACHSER services

When analogue processes meet a digital world, the result is intelligent logistics. 

edi – Data exchange platform for quick and secure processing of mass data

When analogue processes meet a digital world, the result is intelligent logistics. 

To ensure that there is a frictionless, time-saving, and reliable information flow along your supply chain for your complex IT-based logistics processes, DACHSER operates its own EDI-Center. EDI (electronic data interchange) controls and monitors the exchange of your incoming and outgoing data to and from all connected systems. Standardised and customised interfaces permit fast and uncomplicated integration.

Benefits for you:

  • Avoid errors and save time: standardised and automated work steps precisely control your logistics processes
  • Security and availability of data: standardised and customised interfaces permit the fast and uncomplicated integration of your business processes and the exchange of all relevant information and data
  • Connectivity: through EDI, you are connected directly to our transport and warehouse systems
  • Integration: the EDI platform enables you to optimise the structure and design of your business processes.

In addition, we offer you:

  • Over 970 IT professionals globally.
  • A central 24/7 hotline
  • Virus protection and anti-spam filters for all applications
  • Maximum fail-proof security and contingency planning for all systems
  • Confidentiality regulations for all IT users worldwide
  • Permanent improvement of our systems and development of IT innovations

Focus on quality management

  • The DACHSER network: The high-performance logistics infrastructure of the worldwide network combined with intelligent IT enable the fast and efficient execution of a wide variety of logistics challenges.
  • Intelligent traffic routing: As a learning organisation, we adapt all new technological developments to optimise the supply chain in real-time and quickly translate innovations into real-time operation—benefiting you.
  • Excellent personnel: We constantly invest in the education and training of our employees to maintain our high level of logistics performance.

In case of questions, please get in contact with your local contact person at DACHSER.


Properly placed - Storage space at DACHSER

Do you currently require storage capacity, or are you facing other logistical challenges? Benefit from a holistic, industry-specific concept that is tailored to your individual needs.

The intelligent combination of efficient warehousing, global transport networks and customer-specific value-added services in all stages of the supply chain results in a service portfolio that meets your requirements.

As one of the leading logistics service providers, we are represented in the most important procurement and sales markets. Our tightly woven network ensures rapid procurement and distribution far into the regions. Intercontinental connections are provided by DACHSER's global air and sea freight network.

Our globally uniform standards and innovative IT systems developed in-house ensure smooth interaction and reliable execution of all processes.

Integrated logistics solutions, global presence and many years of experience distinguish us as a strong logistics partner at your side.

See our current available capacities in the UK.

Our local and national experts will be happy to provide you with further information:

Optimise your logistics processes with IT systems from DACHSER

When analogue processes meet a digital world, the result is intelligent logistics. 

Brexit: What remains to be considered

Our Brexit project team has set the course for a functioning and secure logistics network to and from the UK.

Many companies that depend on the smooth transport of their products now have to do their Brexit homework to keep their goods traffic moving: Find now all the important information by clicking on the link below.


Facts (as of 2020)