fuel surcharges

What are fuel surcharges, and why have they gone through the roof?

Fuel surcharges are an extra fee that carriers like DHL, UPS, TXT, and FedEx charge on top of their standard shipping rates. In the good old days, fuel surcharges were straight pass-through levies accurately reflecting a carrier’s fuel costs. But those days are long gone. Now, they routinely trade fuel prices and surcharges to eke Read More

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

road haulage

New Rules for International Road Haulage in 2022

If you transport goods to or through Europe using cars and trailers, vans, and HGVs, you’ve got some new international road haulage rules to get used to. The new rules mean you might need to: Register some journeys within Europe on an online service from 2nd February A vehicle operator licence is you use vans 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