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With races sometimes a week apart, logistics teams need to be as well-oiled as the cars to keep things moving. A single piece of equipment can be the difference in a race, with winning and losing sometimes coming down to milliseconds on the final lap.

This is why there are often five or six sets of duplicate equipment moving at the same time. Teams need guarantees that their equipment will be there for the events. But with all the high-speed chaos of transporting Formula 1 around the world, how are all the goods moved through customs? Find out in this article.

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Find out about how your Christmas shop can be affected in this article.

Reduced sailings from China

Inflation and the cost-of-living crisis have left companies and individuals with fewer funds this year, forcing businesses to review how much stock they are purchasing.

Additionally, China’s “zero-Covid” policy has meant overnight lockdowns for industrial areas and ports over the last two years, causing shipment delays. Coupled with congestion in Europe in 2021, also caused by lockdowns, many importers did not receive their goods in time for Christmas.

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From the recent evolution of CHIEF to the Customs Declaration Service (in the UK), through to the digital connection of end-to-end clearances, the progression of IT systems has revolutionised the process. (Related: Will freeports open the doors to new technology?)

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Our Paisley (Glasgow) Office:

Customs Support Paisley is our most northern office in the UK and manages import, export and simplified customs declaration procedure (SCDP, previously called CFSP: customs freight simplified procedure) clearances.

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The name change began in December when a notice was issued to residents by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, asking them to use the name in correspondence of any language.

In June, the United Nations accepted the request from Türkiye to recognise their new English name.

In July, Türkiye notified the European Commission that they should start applying this name change to their laws surrounding customs and trade.

But why has Türkiye renamed itself, and what does this mean for your business with Türkiye? Find out in this article.

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What type of AEO licenses are there?

There are three types of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) licences in the EU and U.K:

  • Authorised Economic Operator – Customs Simplification (AEOC)
  • Authorised Economic Operator – Security and Safety (AEOS)
  • Authorised Economic Operator – Full C+S (AEOF) 

The type of license that you will need depends on how your business operates:

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Who are you?

I'm Ash Taylor. I've been living in Felixstowe all my life. I have one daughter, who is five years old. When I finished school in 2001, I went straight into work with a freight forwarding company located within Felixstowe port.

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Across the Customs Support network, consisting of over 70 locations in 12 countries, our people speak several languages to each other every single day. It is our team’s diverse cultures and backgrounds that allow us to learn and grow together, and we like to celebrate it.

Intercountry relationships

When we asked some of our 1500 + customs experts to comment on what they like about collaborating with their foreign colleagues, this is what they had to say:


The new rules, which were due to come into effect on the 1st of October 2022, will now be required from 1st January 2024. This is so that importers have more time to gain clarity on their obligations.

But what are these new regulations, and what should you do now they are delayed? Find out in this article:

A UK address for the food business operator (FBO)

From 1st January 2024, a UK FBO address must be shown on the labelling or the packaging when importing foodstuffs into the UK. This is either:

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Who are you?

I’m Des Hiscock. Originally, I’m from South Africa, but I’m an Austrian national and now live in Eastbourne on the south coast of England. I’ve been happily married for 36 years and have two successful adult children, of which I am extremely proud.

I’ve always worked in customs, and am also the director general of the UK’s largest specialist customs trade association, ACITA.