Espace Freight Forwarders https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com Express and European Road Freight Tue, 24 Nov 2020 10:10:40 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.8 https://i0.wp.com/www.espaceglobalfreight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-espaceIcon-e1503476543464.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Espace Freight Forwarders https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com 32 32 112688637 Construction Logistics – 3000 tonnes to Germany https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/construction-logistics-3000-tonnes-germany/ Thu, 14 May 2020 15:47:36 +0000 https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/?p=5478 The post Construction Logistics – 3000 tonnes to Germany appeared first on Espace Freight Forwarders.

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A UK based mezzanine flooring company appointed Espace as their preferred construction logistics provider in January 2019 and we’re proud to have developed a strong partnership providing high levels of service. This project for a major e-commerce player was very important to them and required careful co-ordination.

Sector Construction  Value £5.6M  Timescale 12 weeks

Over 3000 tonnes of product needed to be delivered to a new warehouse construction site in Germany in line with their customers build schedule. For large projects, build schedules are pretty much set in stone so hitting the delivery deadlines was vital. Espace was entrusted with getting every delivery to its destination on time.

KEY DELIVERABLES

  • 150 full load trailers of mezzanine flooring systems to be delivered from the UK to a huge e-commerce site for a major brand near Magdeburg, Germany
  • 24/7 liaison with lead mezzanine installer on site
  • AM collections from 9 different UK sites
  • AM deliveries to the German construction site
  • Driver-accompanied trailers via Dover to achieve required transit times
  • Contingency plans in place in the event of a No Deal Brexit in January 2020

CHALLENGES

European construction site deliveries can pose issues as far as delivery slots and congestion are concerned. Combining this with the size of the delivery as well as the multiple origin points made this a complex job

SOLUTIONS

Over the course of a few meetings, we discussed the various transport options available for a project of this size. We agreed a preferred option and placed 20 trailers in the first two weeks to complete stage one of the project.

In the end all deliveries were collected and delivered on time, in full and with no damage.

We would be happy to discuss logistics requirements for any small or large construction projects that you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us. Email sales@espaceglobalfreight.com or call us on 01543 412348

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COVID-19 – Predicting The Effects on The European Road Freight Market https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/covid-19-effects-on-european-road-freight/ Wed, 22 Apr 2020 09:37:49 +0000 https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/?p=5461 The post COVID-19 – Predicting The Effects on The European Road Freight Market appeared first on Espace Freight Forwarders.

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European road freight market could face 21% drop for the big 5 due to COVID-19

If lock down measures were to continue in the UK, Italy, Spain, France and Germany for most of 2020, we could experience a drop of over 20% in freight levels for the big 5 European countries.

If the lockdown is relaxed over the summer, we could still be looking at over a 5% fall in the road freight market to and from these countries.

The situation has been made worse by checks at most intra-European border crossings as individual EU states impose movement restrictions. A desire also to repatriate Eastern European drivers to their home states has seen a shortage of equipment in many countries.

Larger European hauliers have been hit hard by the sudden closure of nearly all the OEMs, first and second tier automotive companies in the UK and Europe. Fleets have had to be dramatically rationalised to keep costs in check.

The problem we foresee is with the gradual re-starting of different European economies. Will there be sufficient capacity in the haulage system to cope with spikes in demand at different times and in different countries as their economies start to return to pre COVID-19 levels? Only time will tell.

With our vast database of European hauliers, we are well placed to source trailers at short notice. Send your European enquiries to ops@espaceglobalfreight.com and we’ll get back to you with a price and availability.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Service Update https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/impact-of-coronavirus-on-freight/ Wed, 18 Mar 2020 10:23:05 +0000 https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/?p=4908 The post Coronavirus COVID-19 Service Update appeared first on Espace Freight Forwarders.

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Update18/03/20

European Freight Movements

An escalation of the spread of Coronavirus in mainland Europe is now starting to impact European freight movements. As of today, and as far as we know, freight vehicles are still being allowed to cross European borders. There are however a number of restrictions in place at 100’s of EU border crossings. Drivers are experiencing long delays crossing multiple border crossings en-route to their delivery points as EU member states ramp up health screening and border checks to forbid non-nationals entering their country. It may well be that as Europe approaches the peak of the virus, many member states will only allow ‘essential’ freight movements and restrict or forbid industrial freight movements.

The situation in each of the 27 EU countries is changing constantly

Trans.info is a website providing up-to-date information on restrictions for HGV drivers. Here’s a link to an interactive map of the current restrictions in place and where border crossings have been shut.

The situation in the UK and Europe is very fluid. We are speaking to our partners on a daily basis to get the current situation in each European country.

Sea and Air Freight Movements
Air freight rates and capacity have been hit hard. As the majority of air freight travels in the hold of passenger aircraft, capacity is at an all time low and prices at an all time high. No rate validity is now being offered by airlines. Sea freight containers and services have been hit too as there are big imbalances in the position of containers worldwide. Demand for sea freight will inevitably increase as the ban on non-essential air travel continues. Our Sea / Air freight and Time-Critical departments will be happy to see what solutions they can put in place for you. ( sea@, air@ or critical@espaceglobalfreight.com)

What can you do to help?

Please check with your customer or supplier in Europe that they are open to allow us to deliver to or collect from them. Providing us with their contact details (name of contact, telephone number and email address) will help our partners to manage the freight movement and keep them informed of any delays. Extra charges may be incurred by us if drivers are unable to deliver or collect as planned due to factory closures.

What is Espace’s business continuity plan?

We are currently putting IT measures in place to allow all our staff to work from home if required. Our service to you should not be affected. We have currently not made the decision to close our offices and work remotely. We are putting everything in place to make sure we can do this when we choose to or when we are forced to. As soon as our remote working plan is finalised, and we have a date for its implementation we will let you know by email and phone.

What are the other possible effects of Coronavirus on European road freight?

It’s inevitable that at some stage for European part and full loads there will be issues of trailer availability to consider. Many countries have now imposed a 14-day self-isolation period on drivers that have made deliveries to Italy. As a result, we foresee some major availability issues for Italian full load movements.

As drivers contract the virus or have to self-isolate as a result of living with a partner with its symptoms, the availability of international UK and EU HGV drivers will be seriously affected. Demand for freight movements may reduce in Europe as companies temporarily close for extended periods of time. However, if the demand for European full load movements remains constant or increases with a diminishing supply of drivers, the basic law of economics will kick in and we will see an increase in freight rates.

Also, even though the U.K has fewer reported cases and deaths from the virus, there has been a marked weakening of Sterling against the Euro. It is currently at £1=1.098 Euros, the lowest it has been in the last 6 months. As most European haulage is carried out by European hauliers and paid in Euros, this devaluation of the Pound is having a considerable impact on our supplier costs.

In summary

We will continue to keep you informed of restrictions on European freight movements as they happen. Please ensure you check that your customer or supplier is open for business and provide their contact details. When we provide you with a quotation, we will advise you of any freight movement restrictions in the EU country in question.

Please direct any further questions to your Freight Account Manager and we will endeavour to answer them as quickly and accurately as we can.

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Shipping Insurance – What You Need To Know https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/shipping-insurance-guide-update/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:40:29 +0000 https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/?p=4655 The post Shipping Insurance – What You Need To Know appeared first on Espace Freight Forwarders.

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We’re frequently adding to our knowledge centre to share with you the answers to the questions you want to know. This month we added a wealth of information about cargo insurance. Here’s a snippet of what you might have missed:

Can I claim Consequential Loss?

If a shipment is delivered late, you cannot claim for consequential loss costs unless you can prove that the carrier acted with “wilful neglect”.

UK, European, Air and Marine Cargo Insurance – what is covered?

if you are sending goods around the UK, to or from Europe or around the world, by road, sea or air you really must be aware of the different liability limits in place for each mode of transport.

  1. UK freight £1.30 per kilo (RHA conditions)
  2. European freight £9 per kilo (approximate rate based on 8.33 SDRs / CMR Conditions)
  3. Sea freight £2.20 per kilo (approximate rate based on 2 SDRs / BIFA Conditions / Hague Visby Conditions)
  4. Air freight liability will be between £18 and £21 per kilo of lost or damaged freight depending on the airline and which air freight convention they apply, Warsaw or Montreal.

How to reduce Freight Insurance Claims in my business?

  1. Take a photo of the shipment before it is loaded onto the collecting vehicle.
  2. Make sure the driver is given the opportunity to see the goods before or as they are being loaded
  3. Make sure your packaging is sufficient for the distance the shipment will be travelling.
  4. Accurate shipment labelling. Make sure the correct product details are on the labels along with your address and the delivery address.
  5. Choose the correct freight service
  6. Choose a rigid sided vehicle.
  7. Stipulate secure overnight parking only at all times.

Who’s Responsible for Securing a Load on a Lorry or Van

It’s the drivers responsibility to secure a load. However, it’s always advisable for a shipper to check that they have secured the load correctly.

CMR Insurance – What goods are generally excluded on a CMR insurance policy?

On a standard CMR policy the following goods tend to be excluded:
Bullion, precious stones, bank notes or coins, currency, cheques, treasury notes, bonds, negotiable instruments or securities of any kind, living creatures, dangerous drugs, explosives, computer chips, memory cards, mobile phones, spirits, cigarettes or tobacco products.

SDR Meaning – Special Drawing Rights

It is a currency unit of the International Monetary Fund and is used worldwide as a method of determining value.

For more information about all of these answers, visit our knowledge centre or click on the questions above.

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Brexit confusion https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/brexit-confusion/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 14:38:40 +0000 https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/?p=4318 The post Brexit confusion appeared first on Espace Freight Forwarders.

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We have received a few calls from customers asking about the 31st January 2020 Brexit deadline.

As long as the Brexit deal is ratified by UK Parliament, we are due to officially leave the EU on 31st January. We will then enter a transition period until 31st December 2020. Currently as we stand this will be the date our current free trade agreement ends and our new deal starts.

There has been much speculation as to whether a new trade agreement can be agreed in 11 months and if a no deal could still be the eventual outcome. The transition period can be extended by a further 2 years but we will need to request this extension by July 2020.

No additional paperwork requirements will be needed till 1st January 2021 or the end of any agreed extension period. Its hard to believe that we will get a similar free trade deal to the one we currently have. A trade deal will make the requirement for paperwork a necessity. So, it’s not really a question of if additional customs paperwork will be introduced but when it will be.

For more information on how Brexit will affect your European shipping, just visit our Brexit page.

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12 Point Brexit Logistics Planning Checklist https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/12-point-brexit-logistics-checklist/ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:57:01 +0000 https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/?p=4154 The post 12 Point Brexit Logistics Planning Checklist appeared first on Espace Freight Forwarders.

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Extension, Election, Revocation, Referendum, Resignation, Deal, No Deal.

The list goes on. Who knows where we will be with Brexit tomorrow?

As you’ll have seen, the Government No Deal awareness campaign is in full swing but still lacks clarity and concise information on their website www.gov.uk/brexit for Importers and Exporters.

The 12 Point Importers and Exporters Checklist

We believe we have all bases covered here with customs software and training both in place.

To help our customers, many of whom have been going around in circles over the last few months, we’ve researched created 12 point exporter and importer to-do lists.

Have you and your customers and suppliers got all the boxes ticked? Download the Checklists below.

What Brexit help and guidance can Espace offer?

On our website our MD, Tony Shally has highlighted many of his current concerns and the predicted effects of a No Deal exit on the European road freight market. His letter to customers, the checklists and other useful information for Brexit planning can all be found in our dedicated Brexit Section.

We’re ready with our customs software, training and Dover based customs clearance agent to assist with additional declarations and transit documents.

If you have any specific Brexit questions, just email brexit@espaceglobalfreight.com or give us a call on 01543 418700.

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Tony Shally – Busy Bee https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/tony-shally-busy-bee/ Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:34:22 +0000 https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/?p=4090 The post Tony Shally – Busy Bee appeared first on Espace Freight Forwarders.

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Our MD, Tony, has been a busy bee over the last few months. Here’s some of what he’s been up to:

Tony talks Brexit


Tony was on Channel 4 news discussing Brexit and how It will affect freight going in an out of the UK.

As an expert on the subject tony was asked to come and explain what Brexit would mean in terms of customs, how it will affect shipping prices and what he Is advising for his customers. Watch Tony talk Brexit.

An evening with Lord Coe


He met Seb Coe at an Entrepreneurs Circle awards ceremony.

The Entrepreneurs Circle is a group that advises companies like Espace on how to help their customers in the best way possible.

One award winner to another

At another award ceremony, this time the BIFA awards, he met Dame Kelly Holmes.

Espace were shortlisted as a finalist for the BIFA Extra Mile Award. Finalists were chosen based on their ongoing pursuit of excellence in every area of their business. This isn’t the first time we have been shortlisted for an award either, visit our awards page to see more.

In the papers

Espace were also in the papers!

Due to Espace’s rapid growth as a company over the last 12 months, the express and star wrote a piece about us and how we are creating jobs and about us being an employee owned company. Espace is still growing too!

Transport Logistic Munich 2019


Tony and Geoff also went to Europe’s largest transport and logistics exhibition in Munich.

Transport logistic in Munich is the largest logistics fair in the world and having Espace in attendance as exhibitors puts us at the forefront of what we do.

Superhuman, we think so!

And on top of all of this Tony completed an Olympic distance triathlon.

1500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run in just over 3.5 hours!

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How To Move An Abnormal Load https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/how-to-move-an-abnormal-load/ Fri, 26 Jul 2019 13:14:37 +0000 https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/?p=4052 The post How To Move An Abnormal Load appeared first on Espace Freight Forwarders.

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Do you have an abnormal load that needs moving? Here at Espace we have experience organising the movement of all sorts of things from the urgent to the downright strange. Here are some of our favourite weird shipments!

Ferrari car shipment

It wasn’t Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari but it was a £100,000
Ferrari California on board our car transporter on route
to the south of France.

Our car transporter driver collected the car at the Ferrari
dealership in Leeds and delivered it next day to Nice, France.
He met the lucky recipient, an American business man at Nice
airport and handed over the keys.

Pizza Oven

In April this year, we were contacted by a restaurant
owner in Barnsley with a big problem.

He’d been let down by a transport company bringing in a 2600 kilo pizza
oven for him from Naples. The oven installation had to take place on
Tuesday 10th April. It was still sitting in Naples at 11am on Friday 6th
April when he got a call to say “sorry no can do”.
In a panic he Googled “emergency freight “, found and called us just
before midday on the Friday. By 4pm we had a 7.5 tonner loading at
the factory in Naples and at 8am on Tuesday morning the driver was in
Barnsley in time for installation before the grand opening.

The turret loaded vertically

In September last year, we moved this turret on a low
loader from Tonbridge in Kent to Valencia. Initially we
were asked to move it as a 4m wide piece.

We suggested that the piece could be moved a lot cheaper as a
4 metre high rather than wide piece. After passing the drawings
onto our trusted abnormal supplier in Spain, they suggested
suitable restraining points and sourced the correct length chains
for their driver. Goods were collected and delivered on time and
in budget.

Festival Stage

In June last year, we were contacted by a specialist events
management company to quote for a UK logistics contract.

It included the storage and transport of a large mobile
stage around the UK to 7 food and drink festivals they were
organising. We started working with The Fair back in 2014 as
their preferred logistics supplier for a large number of music
festivals they were involved with.

Catamaran

This catamaran needed to be transported from Bordeaux to Perpignan.

We organised its shipment with our preferred abnormal agent in france. They’re specialists in boat transportation as you can see.

13.3m x 7.4m x 4.4m and weighed 15 tonnes.

With the assistance of this agent and a number
of other specialist European abnormal load
agents, we can get pretty much anything
delivered,

Fighter jet

we were asked to quote for the movement of a fighter jet.

With the help of our abnormal haulage partner in Holland, we quoted on the cranage, cocooning and transport of the jet from a naval base in Milan to one in Lyon. With an overall width of 4.1 metres, the jet was accompanied all the way by an escort vehicle. It arrived on time and in budget.

For more information about our abnormal load movement, visit our oversize page Here.

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European Truck Driver Shortage Update https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/european-truck-driver-shortage/ Fri, 28 Jun 2019 11:40:20 +0000 https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/?p=4043 Best estimates put a figure of 20% of tractor units standing empty all over Europe. Why? We simply haven’t got enough European HGV drivers. In the U.K and Germany alone, a shortage of 300,000 HGV drivers is predicted by 2020. With e-commerce having an increasing share of all retail sales in the uk, up from […]

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Best estimates put a figure of 20% of tractor units standing empty all over Europe.

Why? We simply haven’t got enough European HGV drivers. In the U.K and Germany alone, a shortage of 300,000 HGV drivers is predicted by 2020.

With e-commerce having an increasing share of all retail sales in the uk, up from 16.4-18% between 2017 and 2018, the demand for transport services is growing rapidly. Supply of transport on the other hand, is falling.

Basic economics has kicked in. The days of a forwarder or logistics company dictating rates to European and UK hauliers are long gone. UK and European haulage rates have been steadily increasing throughout 2017 and continue to do so.

To add to the existing crisis, the Freight Transport Association fears that the UK’s impending departure from the European Union will greatly exacerbate the problem of driver shortages and shortfalls of staff within the wider logistics sector, with concerns that this is already beginning to happen.

For more information about how Brexit will affect your shipment visit our Brexit page Here.

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In The Papers – Espace Creates Jobs Through Growth https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/papers-espace-creates-jobs-growth/ Thu, 09 May 2019 13:37:36 +0000 https://www.espaceglobalfreight.com/?p=3853 Due to our rapid growth over the last 12 months, Espace have been making waves in the press. Read this extract from an article in the Express and Star: Freight forwarding company Espace Europe has taken on 10 people over the previous 18 months – as well as an apprentice – and is set to […]

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Due to our rapid growth over the last 12 months, Espace have been making waves in the press. Read this extract from an article in the Express and Star:

Freight forwarding company Espace Europe has taken on 10 people over the previous 18 months – as well as an apprentice – and is set to recruit again as it continues to grow.

“Our plan is to turnover £9 million this year and £10m next year; doubling our figure of £5m in 2017,” explained Lichfield-based Espace’s managing director Tony Shally.

It follows his decision in September 2017 to transfer 100 per cent of the shares of his company to his staff, making his then team of 17 the sole beneficiaries via an Employee Ownership Trust.

“Since the transfer, turnover has increased, the team has swelled to 27, profits have increased by 35 per cent, additional premises have been secured, and three new services are now offered to our clients. And importantly, staff engagement and motivation levels are at an all-time high. Our people are at the centre of Espace and they understand what customers want,” said Mr Shally.

The employee ownership model caught the attention of Solihull-based freight company, Westhaven Worldwide Logistics, which liked the concept so much, they sold their business to Espace in June 2018 and transferred their three employees to Espace’s Lichfield office.
“The switch to employee ownership and the purchase of WWL has been a ‘win win’ for everyone. My loyal staff are helping me to develop Espace into the Midland’s ‘go-to’ company for commercial freight delivery on a national, European and global scale. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to leave my company to them,” said Mr Shally.

To read more visit the Express and Star website here

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