“Draconian” sanctions are increasingly being imposed on firms in the supply chain who make honest mistakes when dealing with non-duty-paid goods, the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has warned. The UKWA said “crippling” duty assessments and fines were increasingly being levied on firms who make any procedural error relating to duty-suspended goods like tobacco, alcohol and fuel by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), following new rules introduced in 2010. Alan Powell of Alan Powell Associates, UKWA’s advisor on excise matters, […]
An operator has urged the industry to fight the increase in business rates after discovering he will face a £28,000 hike.
Working practices in the supply chain have been thrust into the limelight by the BBC’s investigative series Panorama. Earlier this week the programme aired an edition highlighting long shifts and tough picking targets at a DC run by internet retailer Amazon.
Two diesel laundering plants capable together of producing more than 15 million litres of illicit fuel a year have been discovered and closed in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland. Officers from HMRC and the Police Service of Northern Ireland found one plant hidden in a shed at a private address in Cullyhanna; while the other was discovered in an unrelated operation next to a private address in Middletown. Three tonnes of toxic waste – a by-product of the laundering process – […]