Overseas group news
April 2020 Removals & Storage 35
Chairman: Chris Mackley, Gerson
Relocation: 020 3837 5999
Vice Chairman: Stephen Compton,
Purdie Worldwide: 01506 652792
Honorary Vice Chairman: Nick Kerr,
Gosselin: 020 3764 5681
Robert Bartup, GB Liners:
Grant Bishop, Bishop’s Move:
020 8391 8229
Wesley Bourne, Bournes:
Adam Chudley, Chudley International:
Fox Moving & Storage:
Britannia Movers International:
020 8256 1729
Rob Lucas, Sterling Lexicon:
020 8836 3326
Andrew Nelson, Anglo Pacific:
0161 653 4455
Tony Tickner, Eurogroup:
An update from the MTC
Movers Trading Club (MTC) Ltd Commercial Manager
Paul Felton provides a rundown of the topics foremost
on the MTC’s radar at present.
Coronavirus. At the time of writing the general message was business as usual: shipping lines, hauliers and
port agents are all operating as normal within the current parameters. I am not aware of any routes or calls
being removed, and at present freight and haulage services for both exports and imports are operating normally,
subject to space. Members are therefore reminded that all storage charges from the shipping
lines or terminals will continue and will be charged to the customer’s account. Please also
bear in mind that these storage charges will apply at destination and will be subject to the local practice and
government direction within the destination country.
In my opinion the mover and customer should be afforded protection from charges that will rapidly accrue if
containers are left at ports. I have been explaining the difficulties facing MTC members to my account
managers at the shipping lines in the hope of gaining some reprieve from these charges. However, their positions
are based on company-wide decisions made by the carriers, and so far I have been unable to arrange any
exclusions for our members or commodity. Moving forward, I do not think the shipping lines or terminals will
waive port and storage charges unless there is a government mandate for them to do so. This currently looks
unlikely, since port and haulier operations appear to be designated as key services.
Please be aware that this situation can change very rapidly depending on the latest advice from government.
While a blanket solution for these issues is not forthcoming, I may be able to assist if any members require help
on a one-off basis.
Freight Rate Finder (FRF). The MTC’s new contract year began on 1 March 2020, and most shipping
lines had added their rates to the FRF well ahead of the transition. Members should contact me if they notice
anything that appears to be erroneous so that it can be reviewed and corrected if necessary.
Shipment routing. Shipping lines can offer multiple routing options; this is true both for load ports in the
UK and via ports at destination. Is it therefore vital that members check that the routing shown on their booking
confirmation matches the ports and routings shown on the FRF to ensure you are charged the corresponding
rate. Members who fail to check this will have freight applied as per the routing on the booking confirmation,
regardless of their actual intent. If the required routing is not shown on the carrier’s booking system then please
contact either me or the carrier’s booking team for assistance, as sometimes it is necessary to manually change
the routing from the carrier’s preferred option.
Haulage. As UK haulage remains under pressure, particularly in London, members are reminded to ensure
adequate parking and access when placing bookings with shipping lines in order to avoid cancelled loads and
wasted journey charges.
MTC AGM. The 2020 BAR Annual Conference in Jersey has been postponed as a result of Covid-19, and so
the MTC Ltd Annual General Meeting will not take place as part of the Overseas Group workshops. More
information about alternative arrangements will follow in due course.
To contact Paul, email firstname.lastname@example.org