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Embassy Freight Services UK
Newsletter February 2018


Embassy Freight Services UK
Basildon office
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Essex SS14 3 NW
United Kingdom
T + 44 (0) 1268 820461

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Building 554 Shoreham Road
London Heathrow Airport
United Kingdom
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HMRC Fulfilment House Due Diligence Scheme

February 2018

Embassy Freight UK has been selected to be one of the test companies to assist HMRC ahead of the scheme launch on 01 April 2018.
The Scheme is part of a package of measures announced at Budget 2016 that will disrupt and deter abuse by some overseas businesses selling goods to UK customers via online marketplaces. Fulfilment businesses in the UK will have to register with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) from 2018, keep certain records and carry out robust due diligence checks on their overseas customers. This will make it more difficult for non-compliant overseas businesses to trade in the UK and will enable HMRC to identify and tackle them more easily. HMRC will publish the register to allow businesses to check whether they are dealing with compliant fulfilment businesses.
For more details on our eCommerce services please email

Amazon is driving growth on FBM

February 2018

Returning from a trip to China, Mark Hall, Commercial Director of Embassy Freight UK reported a significant number of enquires from Amazon sellers who are looking to take the fulfilment away from Amazon to drive down costs. Hall said “Our FBM product was designed for small e-tailers with 20-70 picks a day who couldn’t afford the technology and overheads that Amazon customers expect, hence this filled the gap. This has put us in an excellent position to provide an immediate solution to the needs of these established sellers”.
For more details on our eCommerce services please email

Shortage of truck capacity in the US

February 2018

At the moment, there is a severe shortage in truck capacity in the United States.

This is due to the following factors:

A shortage of truck drivers
The new electronic logging device (ELD) regulation
Winter weather
Increasing export- and import volumes
Congestion at both sea and rail terminals

Visit our newspage for more information.

The Show Goes On!

February 2018

Embassy Freight UK received an urgent call requiring the movement of some pyrotechnic items to support the Disney On Ice Tour in USA.  With stock running extremely low, the goods were collected in the UK and delivered to the show the next day. Alan Harvey the DG & Defence Manger advised it had been a busy month on the Pyrotechnic side having been awarded the contract to support the upcoming Harry Styles Tour in addition to the Bruno Mars tour.
For more information on our DG and Defence services please email

New VAT regulation in UAE

February 2018

As from January 2018, a new VAT regulation on import cargo has been implemented in the United Arab Emirates.

From now on, 5% import Value Added Tax (VAT) will be charged by customs on the CIF value and customs duty value of imported goods.
This means that the value includes freight and insurance charges plus customs duties, excise duties and any other charge that may occur.

The importer needs to have a TRN (Transaction Reference Number), which can be applied for the FTA (Federal Tax Authority)

Companies situated in the Jebel Ali Free zone are exempted from this rule.

Visit our country page for more information about United Arab Emirates.

WCA Singapore Conference 2018

February 2018

Our offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany and France will be represented at the 10th WCA Conference in Singapore, which will be held from 4th till 8th of March 2018.

Alan Harvey (DG & Defence Manager), Mark Hall (Commercial Director) and Nikki Hall (Business Development Manager - Network) will be attending on behalf of Embassy Freight UK

You can visit us in Booth E4 and E5.

This newsletter is not legally binding.
Embassy Freight cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies published in its newsletters.

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