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Customs controls on import: how does it work?

Ritra Cargo’s customs declaration department drafts thousands of import declarations annually. Some of the shipments concerned will later be selected for customs control, which usually results in delays to these shipments. Unfortunately, by its very nature the shipments picked for checking cannot be predicted. How does the custom authorities’ selection procedure work, how often are Ritra Cargo clients’ shipments checked and how can you mitigate these delays?

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Ritra Cargo plays football in aid of Stofwisselkracht

Ten sporty company teams gathered on the sun-drenched field at FC Alblasserdam on 1 June to play football for charity. Team Ritra Cargo also took part. This year, the corporate mini-tournament was organised to raise money for the Stofwisselkracht Foundation. A short impression of a successful day.

 

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CO2 calculation model makes transport more sustainable

0.06 KG or 1.22 KG of CO2 emissions. The choice between sea freight or air freight could make a huge difference. In this case, where a single t-shirt is shipped from Shanghai to Alphen aan den Rijn, the difference is a multiple of 20. Of course, these are two extremes. However, the difference in CO2 emissions is often not as obvious. This makes it difficult to make an informed choice. With the CO2 calculation model, Ritra Cargo is the first freight forwarder to change this. 

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Capacity problems in Q4 due to switch to low-sulphur fuel

On 1 January 2020, the worldwide switch to low-sulphur fuel in shipping will become a fact. In the meantime, container ships will have to be prepared for this. This means a large number of these ships need to be temporarily taken out of service. In addition, significant fuel surcharges have been announced to cover the extra costs for low-sulphur fuel. This will likely result in serious capacity problems in the fourth quarter of 2019.

 

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Switch to REX system in Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia

Do you import goods from a GSP country? In that case, you must have heard about the REX system. In this system, your overseas supplier has to register as an exporter so you continue to be eligible for tariff preference. The REX system is a replacement for the current Form A. This year, suppliers in, amongst others, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia will have to make the switch to the new system. However, only a few of them have done this so far.

 

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