New UK import regulations? Alberti e Santi helps you navigate the IPAFFS system.

Alberti e Santi, leading operator in the logistics and transport business between Italy and the UK, is pleased to announce its full compliance with the UK Government’s new regulations regarding the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed system (IPAFFS).

IPAFFS is a key system for the notification of imports into the UK of animal products and high-risk non-animal products from non-EU countries. As of 30 April, high- and medium-risk plants and plant products will be subject to strict controls and inspections, both documentary and physical, at designated Border Control Posts (BCPs) and Control Points (CPs).

In advance of the effective date of these controls, from 1 April our customs department is ready to offer a new service dedicated to this important issue. With the importers authorisation in the UK, we will be able to go directly into the IPAFFS system and produce the necessary CHED-P, CHED-D and CHED-PP certificates.

Alberti e Santi is committed to ensuring maximum efficiency and compliance with all applicable regulations, offering its clients a comprehensive and reliable import and export service. We are ready to support you in every step of the way, ensuring that the operations are managed correctly and that all applicable regulations are complied with.

Contact us for more information about our IPAFFS notification management service.

 

SKM became part of the Alberti and Santi Family


Alberti e Santi closed out 2022 with the news of the acquisition in the A&S group of SKM & SON Haulage.

This is good news for A&S, which is able to bring into its group a transport company such as SKM & SON Haulage LTD, based in Grays (West Thurrock, Essex – United Kingdom), specializing in containers and swap bodies, nonetheless the first supplier until 2022 of Alberti e Santi for towing in the UK.

Steve Magney founded SKM in the 1990s, starting with 2 trucks and 3 trailers transporting construction materials such as bricks and sand across the country.

Business was steadily growing, with Steve continuing to increase the volume of his traffic by adding trucks and trailers whenever possible; this was compounded by the fact that Danny (his son) was entering the working world after his school career, and because he loved trucks and logistics, he joined the company in 1994.

SKM continued growing by making domestic deliveries with UK customers, while Danny, learning from his father, took a management role in the company.

With the advent of Covid, SKM & SON Haulage experienced a challenging period; with a workforce of 10 drivers and 4 employees, Danny sought to open the company’s horizons to work with Ports and on International Traffic as well.

Neil Emery (UK General Manager of Alberti e Santi) contacted Danny during that year and asked him to take care of the pulls for some of Alberti e Santi’s multi-drop swap bodies, thus starting a partnership with 2 drivers from SKM & SON who worked weekly for the A&S UK office in Maidstone.

To date, all SKM drivers make deliveries for Alberti and Santi, covering about one-third of all incoming volume at the Port of Purfleet.

In 2022, Danny Magney, Neil Emery, and Stefano Alberti began talking about the possibility of joining forces, as both companies saw potential in the other half to add that something that was missing in order to continue growing in the UK as well.

Both companies are family-owned and share the same values, above all of them the value of human relationships; this played an important role in creating an immediate feeling between Danny and Stefano.

On December 31, 2022, the final agreement was signed: SKM became part of the Alberti and Santi Family, with the first re-branded trucks officially hitting the road in the past few weeks.

Social Report 2021

Alberti e Santi has presented the Sustainability Report for the year 2021, continuing the commitment made, with the belief and the awareness of the importance of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).

During 2021, Alberti e Santi achieved important results by implementing strategies aimed at reducing CO2 emissions, both at the road transport level and by growing the use of intermodal service as a form of transportation.

The expansion of the intermodal service was accomplished by, among other things, purchasing 107 new swap bodies (+45% compared to 2020), a sign of the direction of Alberti e Santi has taken, with the handling of such a large number of extra bodies, resulting in a small increase in CO2 emitted in proportion.

The 2021 Sustainability Report from Alberti e Santi, is an overview of the activities and the results, containing relevant information on the economic, environmental, and social impact that Alberti e Santi’s activities has on both the territory and the community.

Download Social Report 2021

New Intermodal service to/from Ireland

Alberti e Santi announce that in the last few weeks it has started the new transport service from Italy to Ireland and vice versa, and for all the main destinations.

A&S has been a leader in intermodal transport for more than 30 years, offering dedicated services to minimise environmental impacts and improve the level of safety on the roads.

Our services

We offer Intermodal freight service with weekly depatures from/to Ireland.

  • Full truck load (FTL) and groupage (LTL)
  • shipments door to door
  • Owned equipment (swap bodies and containers)
  • Logistics service (collection and distribution)

Our advantages

Alberti e Santi offers you a dedicated Customer Service that will take care of your shipments regardless of their destination, so you will have a single point of contact, synonymous of efficiency.

Thanks to the continuous investment in Intermodal transport, Alberti e Santi has dedicated a part of this new fleet to the Ireland line, offering the possibility of side loading/unloading, thanks to the use of swap bodies.

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What will happen in 2022 about Brexit?

 

Despite the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK, all movements of goods are still subject to customs procedures.

In order to simplify customs clearance processes, the UK had introduced a ‘phased approach’ for imports into the UK which ends on 31th December 2021.
Based on this transitional regulation, UK importers still had the opportunity to introduce unchecked goods through the so-called CFSP (Customs Freight Simplified Procedure), which offset the need for a full border declaration.

 

But what will Brexit look like in 2022?

Alberti e Santi wants to guide you into the new year, through the changes that will be in force from January and for which it can be your business partner.

On 1st January and 1st March 2022, the entire BOM (Border Operating Model) will come into force. This means that all imports of goods into the UK will have to meet all requirements and obligations without fail.

 

What’s changing – Brexit – From 1st January 2022

  • Deferred authorisations will no longer be possible or valid: UK Customs Import Declarations will be required for all goods
  • Customs checks on all imports into the UK from the EU
  • Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) required for all imports into UK via ports using pre-lodgment system
  • Pre-notification required for animal products (POAO) and agri-food products, also there will be a documentary check on the UK IPAFFS system.

 

Want to know more about Brexit?

Alberti e Santi with its great experience could help you

Social Report 2020

Alberti e Santi has presented its 2020 Sustainability Report, choosing to make a concrete and important commitment to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).

A renewed look for this document dedicated to the stakeholders of the territory – customers, institutions, employees, citizens – to offer a unified and transparent vision of the actions carried out in 2020 by Alberti e Santi, which like the rest of the world has had to face with the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The company, with its international presence, is constantly committed to creating an efficient range of services that respect the environment, help the communities in which it operates and share a socially responsible business philosophy.

The 2020 Sustainability Report is a report of activities and results with relevant information on the economic, environmental and social impacts that Alberti e Santi’s work generates on the territory and the community.

Download Social Report 2020

Why choose intermodal transport with Alberti e Santi?

The use of the Intermodal transport contributes strongly to the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. It is estimated that carbon consumption through intermodal transport mode decreases by 75%.

Grazie a politiche per la salvaguardia dell’ambiente, dal 2010 ad oggi le emissioni di CO2 in tutta Europa sono state ridotte del 24% grazie anche all’utilizzo della modalità di trasporto intermodale, che è una tipologia di green transport.

Thanks to environmentally friendly policies, CO2 emissions across Europe have been reduced by 24% since 2010 due to the use of intermodal transport, which is a type of green transport.

What does Green Transport mean?
Green transport is a words that has been used a lot recently to describe environmentally friendly transport.
Intermodal transport is one of the green modes chosen by those who want to work and growth their business without damaging the eco-system.

What is intermodal transport?
Intermodal freight transport involves the transportation of freight in an intermodal container or vehicle, using multiple modes of transportation (e.g., rail, ship, aircraft, and truck), without any handling of the freight itself when changing modes

Why choose intermodal transport with Alberti e Santi?
Alberti e Santi has been a leader in intermodal transport for more than 25 years, offering services carefully designed to minimise environmental impact and improve the level of safety on our roads.

Its extensive expertise in intermodal transport allows Alberti e Santi to satisfy its customers with services that offer high performance in terms of lead time and an excellent quality/price ratio.

In 2020, the number of shipments made by Alberti e Santi through Intermodal Transport increased considerably, despite the difficulties: + 17.4% compared to 2019 and + 40.6% compared to 2018.

The results achieved by Alberti e Santi show its focus on sustainable and environmentally friendly growth through the development of the Intermodal Freight services.

For this reason, all investments this year have been geared towards intermodality, the latest of which has allowed us to further increase our fleet of swap bodies by 10% in order to develop and encourage the Intermodal Transport mode.

Need more information?
Contact us to evaluate if Intermodal Transport is right for you and your company.

Alberti e Santi increase their equipment

Intermodal Transport is one of the most used modes of transport by Alberti e Santi; it uses loading units (swap bodies or containers) that can be easily transferred to different means of transport (such as ships, trucks and trains) to be taken to their destination.

Intermodal transport has many advantages:

  • it provides for the integration of different modes of transport, making it more efficient;
  • it allows the loading of more weight for the same size;
  • the goods are not handled during transhipment;
  • it offers favourable rates on long distances;
  • good for the environment

In the last year Alberti e Santi has purchased more than 100 units including tarpaulin swap bodies and boxes, bringing its fleet to well over 200 units owned.
This is also to cope with the increasing unavailability of road vehicles.

Alberti e Santi has over 20 years’ experience in intermodal transport, the safest and most differentiated mode of transport to and from all major European countries:
– United Kingdom
– Ireland
– Belgium
– Holland
– Germany
– Poland

Need more information?
Contact us to evaluate if Intermodal Transport is right for you and your company.

Social Report 2019

Alberti e Santi has presented its 2019 Sustainability Report, choosing to make a concrete and important commitment to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).

A renewed look for this document dedicated to the stakeholders of the territory – customers, institutions, employees, citizens – to offer a unified and transparent vision of the actions carried out in 2019 by Alberti e Santi.

The company, with its international presence, is constantly committed to creating an efficient range of services that respect the environment, help the communities in which it operates and share a socially responsible business philosophy.

The 2019 Sustainability Report is a statement of activities and results with relevant information on the economic, environmental and social impacts that Alberti e Santi’s work generates on the territory and the community.

Download Social Report 2019

Brexit – soft launch for UK Import

Busy week in Brexitland….  Some of the new processes mentioned below concern only the english importer.  We have given our assessment and will forward more detail as and when received.

TRANSITION EXTENSION

Whilst the deadline for requesting an extension is officially 30th June, the real date was 12th June (at least from the UK’s side). That has passed and UK have formally confirmed [to the EU] that they will NOT be requesting an extension and will not agree to one should the EU request.  So, that’s it. 31st December is set in stone.  If any part of your Brexit preparations relied on some form of extension, you need to re-visit immediately.

SOFT LAUNCH for UK Import

UK have announced a phased approach. This phased approach relates to UK imports only (whether that be from mainland EU or IRL). The headline details of which are:

–     From 1st January 2021 standard UK imports will have access to a process known as CFSP EIDR (Customs Freight Simplified Procedures, Entry In Declarants Records). To all intents and purposes this will look like TSP. Certain goods are excluded and WILL require frontier declarations (excise goods for example). The full list will probably resemble the TSP controlled goods list by launch. Under CFSP EIDR you have up to six months to present the import entry, but you MUST keep records of arrivals. We understand that this easement will be available to all without the need to apply for it.

–     From 1st April 2021 SPS* will require health certification and pre-notification (IPAFFS), but very few physical checks will take place.
SPS controls will be relaxed initially, except for example live animals and high risk plants (probably those covered by the plant passport scheme). This was the case with TSP.

–     S&S (Safety and Security) declarations will NOT be required on UK imports until 1st July 2021

–     From 1st July 2021 CFSP EIDR will be turned off, unless you have applied for full ongoing approval. Frontier declarations will be required in all cases from 1st July.

–    full SPS checks will be in place. Documents, TRACES NT, IPAFFS and goods will need to enter via a BCP (Border Control Post, formerly known as a BIP). It is not clear yet whether all SPS will need to visit a BCP, equally we do not yet know where the BCP’s will be. Some will be inland.

*SPS = Sanitary and phyto-sanitary (products of animal origin, plants, vegetables, fruit and produce). Fish could also require additional control in the form of catch certificates although we have recently received details of a process called APEO and will be in touch with seafood shippers shortly.

DUTY JUST GOT EASIER (INITIALLY)

One of the invisible benefits of TSP was that duty (if any) became a transaction between HMRC and the importer directly.  The logistics provider, freight forwarder or broker did not need to secure payment.  This would be particularly useful when incoterms are DAP or similar. CFSP EIDR appears to do the same. Remember it has an end date (30th June 2021) but at least for the first six months, UK imports can be handled by consignor (the logistics provider) having to worry about the duty liability.