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News update on customs

There’s a lot going on in the customs world. The biggest change this fall is the live rollout of the DMS declaration system. We’re now sharing our initial impressions with you after the first month. We are also dealing with external factors, such as the tightened import ban on Russian-made goods. How do you ensure that your declarations suffer as little disruption from this as possible?



Important surcharge: ETS tax

Climate change is a global challenge that we should address together. And the shipping business must also play its part. From 1 January, 2024, all shipping traffic to and from Europe will be subject to ETS taxes. This is a surcharge aimed at freeing up sufficient funds to enable fully climate-neutral shipping by 2050. You as a forwarder will also have to deal with this. We would like to explain what you need to take into account.



Projected price increase for road transport in 2024

It is October, which brings the release of the yearly road transport cost trends report. It clearly shows that the Climate Agreement and investments in sustainability are playing an increasing role in our industry. Together with the new collective labour agreement negotiations, these are the main drivers for expected price increases in 2024.



Extra news: EU ban on Russian basic iron and steel products

Following an urgent notice from the Dutch Customs on 11 October last, we would like to inform you of the following: since 30 September 2023, an import ban applies to steel and iron containing Russian basic products. These goods may no longer be imported into the European Union from today.



Project Versailles

In the end, money has to be made – it’s as simple as that. Without business, no Ritra; without Ritra, no team. But we make no secret of the fact that we like to do more than just transport from A to B (or Z). The difference mainly lies in how we do it. Provide good service? Of course. Explain in detail? Sure. But we’d much rather go one step further. Our colleague John, a familiar face at Ritra’s Schiphol office for years, talks about a unique project that also went a step further.



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