Freight forwarding Practices

Industry Compliance Protects the International supply chain


At South West Shipping we comply with all of the industry regulations and guidelines for freight forwarding companies, we are a member of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) and follow all of their rules and freight forwarding practices.

Industry and government should work together in a cooperative partnership on a domestic and global basis to foster secure trade.

Secure trade will reduce the incidence of diversion of dual-use items to prohibited end-uses and end-users.

Effective export management and compliance programs will encourage expeditious movement of legitimate trade.

Industry can achieve secure trade objectives through quality-driven export management and compliance practices.

Best Freight forwarding Practices as outlined by the department of trade and industry for the uk.

The following reflect existing and emerging transhipment best practices that guard against  risk  and additional practices upheld to improve the public experience.

Pay heightened attention to the Red Flag Indicators on the BIS Web site (see with respect to transactions to, from, or through transshipment hubs. When a company encounters a suspicious transaction, such as those outlined in the “Know Your Customer” Guidance and Red Flags (Supplement No. 3 to Part 732 of the EAR), it should inquire further and attempt to resolve any questions raised by the transaction.

An Exporter/Reexporter should seek to utilize only those Trade Facilitators/Freight Forwarders that also observe these best practices and possess their own export management and compliance program.

Exporters/Reexporters should have information regarding their foreign customers. In particular, a company should know if the customer is a trading company or distributor, and inquire whether the customer resells to or has guidelines to resell to third parties.

With respect to transactions to, from, or through transshipment hubs, Exporters/Reexporters should take appropriate steps to inquire about the end-user and to determine whether the item will be reexported or incorporated in an item to be reexported.

Freight Forwarders should inquire about the details of a routed transaction when asked by a foreign principal party in interest to ship to a country or countries of destination or ultimate consignees that are different from those provided by the U.S. principal party in interest.

An Exporter/Reexporter should communicate the appropriate Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) or other classification information (EAR99) for each export/reexport to the end-user and, where relevant, to the ultimate consignee.

An Exporter/Reexporter should report such ECCN or the EAR99 classifications for all export transactions, including “No License Required” designations to the Trade Facilitator/Freight Forwarder or enter them in the Automated Export System (AES).