New report demonstrates how critical speed of parcels delivery is for UK businesses to compete in international markets

A new report by York Aviation, commissioned by the Association of International Courier and Express Services (AICES), highlights the essential role that express parcel services play in UK companies’ growth and international competitiveness. York Aviation surveyed 255 express customers from across the economy, representing an annual turnover of over £15 billion. Most of these businesses […]

New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) 5 goes live in the UK on 16 November 2023

All Common Transit Convention countries migrate to this new version on different dates between now and the end of November 2023. It will require transit users to obtain updated software from software providers. One of the key operational changes is that commodity codes will be required. A HMRC briefing explains the background to the change […]

HMRC provides more information on Customs Declaration Service exporter milestones

Following the announcement in December that exporters will have more time to move across to the Customs Declaration Service, HMRC has now provided more information about the timeline and next steps. AICES continues to engage regularly with HMRC on all matters regarding CDS through the AICES-HMRC CDS Working Group which is open to all members. […]

Customs Declaration Service exporter deadline extended

Exporters will have more time to move across to the Customs Declaration Service, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced. Following consultation with the border industry, exporters will now have until 30 November 2023 to move across to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), 8 months later than previously announced. After 30 November 2023, businesses will […]

National Highways lifts roadworks over Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend

AICES and members UPS and DHL have welcomed National Highways’ plans to remove almost 500 miles of roadworks around the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend as the Christmas countdown continues. Many online delivery orders are processed immediately after Black Friday on Friday 25 November – making the following few days one of the busiest […]

Government suspends introduction of S&S Controls for 1st July

The Government has announced that the controls that were due to be introduced on 1st July requiring EU imports safety and security and SPS goods checks will not be implemented. The government concluded that the new checks would impose new administrative requirements on businesses which would then pass on associated costs to consumers. Instead, traders […]

Offensive Weapons Act Commencement Confirmed 6th April

The Offensive Weapons Act Commencement Regulations have now been signed and laid. They will come into force from 6th April. The guidance for the offensive weapons act can be found here: Offensive Weapons Act 2019 Statutory Guidance ( For overseas sellers, UK operators will need to carry out age verification on the doorstep of residential […]

Department for International Trade publishes new Export Strategy

The Department for International Trade (DIT), launched its new export strategy today. It is a 12 point plan which aims to give businesses the tools they need to export, with a target of helping businesses hit £1 trillion in exports. The UK currently exports £600 billion in goods and services, but only 1 in 10 […]

Statements from the European Commission and Lord Frost

Both Lord Frost and the European Commission have issues statements on the 21 July Command paper which was published by the UK government.  There has been a formal confirmation that the GB-NII waiver for parcels continues for both B2C and B2B goods with no end date, B2B was previously due to end on 1 October […]