ukraine conflict airfreight

How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine is Driving up Air Freight Costs

Whether you call it a special military operation or war, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is driving up air cargo costs and impacting everyone. Just when air freight was recovering from the pandemic, it is now struggling with the impact of sanctions locking Russian planes out of Europe and North America. As a result, American and Read More

alcohol and tobacco clearance

Smart Directions is Now Offering Alcohol and Tobacco Customs Clearance

Now we offer alcohol and tobacco customs clearance, we thought it would be good to tell you a bit about these goods and the hoops you have to jump through when importing and exporting them. Alcohol and tobacco are excise goods. As such, UK excise duty is chargeable when imported into or produced in the Read More

3PL Provider Hertfordshire

Should You Outsource to a 3PL Provider or Invest in a Warehouse?

At some point, all e-commerce businesses have to decide whether to outsource to a 3PL provider or invest in warehousing facilities. As your business grows, your operations must evolve to meet the growing demands of your business. E-commerce means getting your head around burgeoning fulfilment needs. At some point, you will reach a crossroads: do Read More

sustainable logistics

Making Your Logistics Practices Sustainable

Sustainability is today’s buzzword, but is sustainable logistics something that can be applied to the logistics industry? The answer is yes, it can. Sustainability is all about being green. The problem is many people associate green with extra costs. But it doesn’t have to mean that. Let’s face it; you’re not going to change your Read More