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Liverpool dinner raises £7,000 for charities

The BIFA Liverpool Region Annual Dinner in February was attended by over 250 BIFA Members, shipping lines and guests. The dinner kicked-off with

entertainment from the Corps of Drums of the Ellesmere Port Sea Cadets and concluded with entertainment from local comedian Willie Miller, who also compered the fund-raising auctions raising in excess of £7,000. The money will be distributed to

local children’s hospice Zoe’s Place, Help for Heroes and the Ellesmere Port Sea Cadets.

BIFA takes part in CLECAT Brexit Preparedness event

BIFA attended a Brexit Preparedness event at the World Customs Organisation in Brussels on 26 February. The meeting was organised to allow Members to exchange views about the various measures being proposed to limit the negative effects of a no-deal Brexit. There were over 40 attendees

representing 15 member states, plus the national Customs administrations of Belgium, France, Ireland and the Netherlands. There was a frank exchange of views and

discussion regarding procedure. It was clear that whilst all

authorities who attended were well advanced in their planning, however, there are slight procedural variations between each one. This will make it more complex and difficult for UK traders wishing to send goods to the EU. Also, it was clear that all EU member states are ensuring that their systems and procedures are UCC compliant. However, some UK procedures,

such as the waiving of the requirement for a safety and

security declaration to be lodged for inbound consignments from the EU marked a significant departure from the UCC. The meeting brought into sharp

focus the likely and significant problems that a hard Brexit would bring in terms of a lack of human and other resources trying to make untested procedures and processes work. BIFA would like to thank CLECAT

for organising the meeting and our colleagues from other associations for their courtesy during sessions.

By sea – Hague Visby rules (2 SDR): £2.10 per kg £700.68per package

By road – CMR (8.33 SDR): £8.75 per kg

By air –Montreal Convention (19 SDR): £19.97 per kg

April 2019

By air –Warsaw Convention (17 SDR): £17.87 per kg

BIFA STC: (2 SDR): £2.10 per kg

(The SDR rate on 18 March 2019, according to the IMF website, was 1.05102)


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