Customer Advisory - Suez Canal

We would like to inform you that the clearing of the vessel backlog at the Suez Canal is progressing well. We have seen 43 vessels from the total queue passing the canal on Monday 29th March, with a further 66 vessel on Tuesday, we expect full operation to be in place by middle of this week.

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FMC confirms it is investigating container shipping lines

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Clarification on VAT statements

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Message to Hauliers/Traders/Agents moving Common Transit Convention goods through ports that have adopted the Goods Vehicle Movement Service

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Freight association welcomes further government 
support for apprentice recruitment

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Air cargo demand up 9% in February compared to pre-COVID levels

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