Delivered Duty Paid: Your Responsibilities as an Exporter

After Brexit Day, Irish exporters using DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) Incoterms will find themselves responsible for customs compliance on any shipments moving into the UK.    What impact might Brexit have on these DDP contracts, what are the customs costs likely to be, and what can Irish exporters using DDP Incoterms do to prepare?  What […]

Operation Yellowhammer: what do we need to know?

It has been another interesting week at Westminster. Moments before Boris Johnson shut down Parliament for five weeks, the UK’s House of Commons managed to squeeze in a quick vote calling for the disclosure of all documents related to Operation Yellowhammer.  What exactly is Operation Yellowhammer, what’s in the Yellowhammer memo, and how does it […]

10 weeks until a no-deal Brexit …maybe

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Getting a sense of deja vu? You’re not alone! Brexit Day is once again 10 weeks away, with no prospect of a deal in sight and political infighting rearing its ugly head in Westminster.  What’s different now, compared to the same time six months ago, what are the odds of a no-deal Brexit on 31 […]

ProfiDrive® – MAN’s Sustainable Driving Programme

At Baku GLS, we train all our drivers in sustainable driving techniques. Using the MAN ProfiDrive® programme as our foundation, we give all of our drivers the skills they need to reduce our fuel costs and keep our carbon footprint as small as possible. It’s part of our commitment to deliver excellence in all that […]

Clear Customs Initiative: Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

Have you registered for the Clear Customs Initiative yet? Launched earlier this month, Clear Customs is a support programme designed to give Irish exporters, customs agents & intermediaries the tools they need to build their customs capacity. Backed by Government, Enterprise Ireland, CILT, the IEA and the IIFA, this new initiative gives every affected business […]

Transporting chemicals by road: a guide to ADR

If you need to transport chemicals by road (or any other goods that could be harmful to people, property or the environment), then you’ll need to follow ADR rules in almost every UN member nation This article explains the ADR classification system, the rules surrounding chemical transport and the impact that Brexit might have on […]

15 Brand New Curtainsiders Have Arrived!

The Baku GLS fleet has expanded again! In response to rising demand from our Engineering & General Cargo customers, we’ve taken delivery of another 15 brand new curtainsiders, adding an additional c. 1,300 cubic meters of capacity to our fleet. 15 Brand New Euroliners  We purchased these trailers brand-new from Schmitz Cargobull in Germany, the […]

Trailer Types: a client’s guide

Do you know your step decks from your flatbeds? Not all HGV trailers are created equal! At Baku, we keep a fleet of more than 200 trailers, all built to suit different cargo types. No matter whether you book full load or groupage, we’ll transport your cargo on a trailer that offers the perfect balance […]

Good News from Stena Line & Dublin Port

The international trading landscape is evolving, and Irish transport businesses have plenty of reasons to be cheerful about the future. The next phase of development in Dublin Port’s 2040 Masterplan is about to begin, and we’ll start to see more capacity on Stena Line routes to & from UK ports from early next year.  Stena […]

Export Industry Awards 2019

Remember Remember the 8th November! On the evening of Friday 8th November 2019, our industry will descend on Dublin’s Convention Centre for the 2019 Export Industry Awards. This black-tie gala dinner will reward the very best of our industry and is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the year. What are the […]

We’re Expanding our Express Services

In response to increased demand for our continental express services, we’re adding three more brand-new MAN TGXs to the Baku GLS fleet. These stunning new tractor units sail for Ireland today, and will be ready for action by the end of next week.  Purpose built for double-manned journeys, these trucks give us the ability to provide […]

This Year’s Logistics & Supply Chain Confidence Index

There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic in this year’s CBRE AIB Logistics & Supply Chain Confidence Index.  Overall confidence in the market has fallen, but the majority of businesses in Ireland’s supply chain expect to increase turnover and profits in the next 12 months. Warehouse demand is up, and Brexit expectations are shifting, […]

Pharma Transport: Risk Management and GDP

As GDP Passport holders, we’re all too aware of the importance of good supply chain risk management when transporting medicines. This week’s article takes a closer look at the European Commission’s GDP and GMP standards, and explains the risks unique to the pharma industry.   What is GDP (Good Distribution Practice)? When it comes to […]

Our New Fleet Additions

As the Baku GLS business grows, so does our fleet! We bought ourselves some brand-new MAN TGX trucks at the start of 2019, and after 6 months on the road, these trucks continue to deliver exceptional levels of performance, fuel economy and reliability. Environmentally Sustainable Transport One of the reasons we chose to purchase brand […]

Down the Road: The Future of Electric HGVs

DAF and Tesla are already selling them, and most other truck manufacturers have plans in the works, but how long do we have to wait to see electric HGVs on Irish roads? With billions being pumped into the electric vehicle industry across the globe, we look at what’s in store for those of us in […]

Branching out: the IRHA’s new roads campaign

The Irish Road Haulage Association have launched a new video campaign to highlight the dangers of poor verge management on Ireland’s regional roads. In a 15-minute video, IRHA Deputy Vice President Paul Jackman gives a driver’s-eye view of the hazards presented by overhanging branches, overgrown hedges and poorly-positioned signage on R class roads. A driver’s […]

Mrs May’s New Brexit Deal: What Happens Now?

It has been a tough week for Theresa May. Following a collapse in cross-party Brexit talks, on Tuesday Mrs May made a last ditch-attempt to avoid a no-deal departure with her announcement of a ‘New Brexit Deal’. Today, with many details of the deal still a mystery, Theresa May has agreed to stand down as […]

4th Time Lucky: the UK’s next Brexit Vote

On Tuesday 4th June, MPs in Westminster will vote again on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – the same bill that has already been rejected three times in the past six months. Why have MPs decided to vote again on the same bill, what are the chances of the bill getting passed this time, and how […]

Customs after Brexit: CHIEF and CDS

Hundreds of thousands of businesses in the UK and EU will need to make customs declarations for the first time in the weeks following Brexit. The UK’s tax authorities are upgrading their customs IT infrastructure at the same time, creating uncertainty around which systems to use and when. In this article, we look at the […]

Breaking the Brexit Deadlock: What Happens Next?

The risk of a no-deal Brexit on 1st June fell this week as the UK began to prepare for European Parliamentary elections. By going ahead with European elections on 23 May, the UK meets the terms of the 31 October flextension; they now have six months to put together a Brexit plan and avoid a […]

Flextension: the new Brexit timelines

The Brexit calendar shifted again this week when the EU27 agreed a flexible extension, pushing Brexit Day back for a third time to 31 October 2019. We take a look at what this new flexible extension (‘flextension’) might mean for the transport industry, what could happen next, and how best to prepare for the months […]

Preparing for No-Deal: Customs Procedures at UK Ports

There’s just one week left until 12 April, and the UK parliament are still no closer to a workable withdrawal agreement. With one week to go, we look at what EU clients can do now to prepare goods for movement through UK ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Customs Declarations: Arriving at a […]

Galileo, Let Me Go: Sat Nav in the UK after Brexit

After Brexit, the UK will have no rights to use the EU’s Galileo satellite system. What is Galileo, should we expect sat nav problems when travelling through the UK, and should our clients be concerned? We’ve taken a closer look at Galileo, and what its loss will mean to trucks on UK roads, in the […]

Incoterms after Brexit: a handy new guide

If you trade entirely within the EU, it’s possible that you haven’t come across Incoterms yet …but you’ll soon know all about them. When the UK leaves the EU, we expect Incoterms to become the new standard for trade, so we’ve created a handy one-page Incoterms guide. What are Incoterms? Incoterms are global standard contract […]

Delaying Brexit: What Happens Next?

With 29th March now just a fortnight away, the UK parliament created the possibility of a delayed Brexit in a major vote last night. Based on yesterday’s vote, we look at the likelihood of a delayed Brexit, and explain the new potential Brexit timelines. What happened in Westminster this week: After months of infighting and […]

TSP: the UK’s new Brexit customs framework

A short guide to TSP: the  UK’s new Brexit customs framework Last month the UK tax authorities announced simplified importing procedures for UK businesses importing from the EU after Brexit. TSP is meant as a temporary sticking plaster to protect the UK’s supply chain in the event of a no-deal Brexit …but how does it […]

Authorised Economic Operator: what it means for Brexit

The 29th March is just weeks away, yet we still can’t say with 100% certainty what will be required to move goods in and out of the UK after Brexit. One of the few regulatory benchmarks that we can rely on is Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status. Already a recognised standard in and out of […]

The problems with stockpiling for Brexit

With businesses such as Ornua, Unilever and Johnson & Johnson all announcing plans to hold extra goods in the UK before Brexit Day, we look at stockpiling as a business strategy, its limitations and its likely impact on Europe’s supply chain in the coming months.   In a modern logistics environment where supply chains have […]