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UK Bank Holiday – Monday 19th September 2022

Dear Customers,

As announced by King Charles III, Monday 19th September 2022 is a National Bank Holiday for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral and to mark the last day of national mourning.

Like many of our suppliers, UKP Worldwide will be joining them and closing for the day to allow our colleagues to pay their respects. We will be back open as usual from Tuesday 20th September.

We do expect to experience slight delays as a result of the suspension of services, however, we hope these will be kept to a minimum. Should you have any concerns about your forthcoming campaigns, or parcel deliveries, please do not hesitate to contact our Client Services team at ukpclientservices@ukpworldwide.com.

 

Many thanks,


Guy Cliffe & Client Services
UKP Worldwide

Could BIRDS benefit your business?

BIRDS (Bulk Import Reduced Data Set) or Bulk Clearance as it is also known allows traders to declare two or more low-value consignments in a single declaration when importing goods to the UK. It is mostly used for economical shipments.

BIRDS doesn’t place a limit on the number of items that can be cleared in one declaration. Instead, importers can clear unlimited items up to the value of £135 per consignee, without having to pay duty on the goods.  This can save eCommerce traders thousands of pounds in duty.

BIRDS replaced LVBI (Low-Value Bulking of Import) and effectively removed the previous distinction between low-value (less than £15) and medium value (less than £135). Low-value now covers any items with a value less than £135.

To take advantage of BIRDS clearance you must physically bring your goods to our warehouse as part of the customs clearance process.

Most importers don’t have the capacity to regularly clear thousands of eCommerce parcels, which is where UKPW can step in. We have many customs authorisations including BIRDS, making us one of only a few companies in the UK to be fully BIRDS authorised and AEO accredited. All consignments are customs cleared through our ETSF in the Aylesbury warehouse.

Most traders have a mixture of low and high-value goods, so by manifesting your low and high-value items separately you can customs clear your goods correctly and pay the correct amount of duties and taxes.

We offer a speedy turnaround from arrival, through customs clearance to actual dispatch to the final mile carriers.

What really separates UKPW from just another customs agent is our managed returns solutions combined with seamless duty drawback when goods are returned.

For more information, please get in touch with our team.

 

Royal Mail Price Increase

Unfortunately, Royal Mail has notified us that they have brought forward their annual January price increase to November and will be implementing these increases from 7th November 2022 due to increasing costs.

If your account is affected by these increases your Account Manager will be in contact to discuss your account requirements.

Poland

Poland Post has advised that they are currently experiencing a significant increase in the volume of items received in their network due to aid assistance they are providing to boarding Ukraine. Poland Post is continuing to process and deliver items as soon as possible, however, due to increased volumes delays are expected. 

United Kingdom

Royal Mail has confirmed that they will be taking industrial strike action over 4 days later this month and at the start of September. Members who collect, sort and deliver parcels and mail are taking part in the strike action over the below dates:

  • 26th August and 31st August
  • 8th September and 9th September

Royal Mail has advised they are sorry for the disruption that the strike action is likely to cause and want to reassure everyone they will do everything they can to minimise disruption and get services back to normal as quickly as possible.

They have well-developed contingency plans, but they cannot fully replace the daily efforts of their frontline workforce. They will do what they can to keep services running, but customers should expect significant disruption. During the strike action they will:

  • Deliver as many Special Delivery and Tracked24 parcels wherever possible
  • Prioritise delivery of COVID test kits and medical prescriptions wherever possible
  • They will not be delivering letters (with the exception of Special Delivery).

Royal Mail thanks everyone for your patience and understanding during this time.