One of Hemisphere’s aims is to continuously develop our team as experts in logistics, which is why we are proud to announce that four members of our team have completed some key qualifications recommended by the British International Freight Association (BIFA).
One of these was the BIFA BTEC Intermediate Award in Customs Export and Import Procedures, a five-day diploma course that was originally developed by BIFA with HMRC in line with their long-term freight policy, and has been accredited by BTEC (Business & Technology Education Council) since 2005.
Comprised of various topics including the role of HMRC in international trade, the customs tariff, customer communications and other key areas, the qualification was completed by Katie Murphy, Ocean Export Supervisor; Tracy Reidy in the Oceans Imports Operations Department; and Ian Stewart, Projects Coordinator. “This course enables us to confidently advise customers on pretty much all customs-related matters,” said Ian, who received a ‘Distinction’ score.
Louis Perrin, director of Hemisphere Freight Services, said: “Customs clearance formalities are complex and greatly impact supply chains, as some products can fall under multiple commodity codes which have varying levels of duties and taxes applicable. By having a full understanding of this and the required procedures when shipping worldwide, it allows for the smooth and effective shipment of our clients’ products globally.”
In addition to this, Daniel James Hammond in Export Logistics Solutions completed the BIFA BTEC Intermediate Award in Multimodal International Freight Procedures, also receiving a ‘Distinction’ score. This was also a five-day diploma course, but was comprised of other key topics including international freight procedures, freight documentation and payments, as well as the supply chain.
Louis added: “Providing our clients with expert multimodal international freight solutions and advice adds significant benefits to their business and supply chains. Logistics may seem simple – ‘moving a product from A to B’ – but in reality, there are different ways this can be achieved to optimise results. There are also procedures, rules and regulations which vary worldwide that importers and exporters alike need to be aware of so that they can make an informed decision on their logistics solution and avoid unforeseen problems. With Daniel completing this course, we have added even more knowledge to our experienced team.”
This training has further developed our team’s confidence and knowledge, which will only enhance the advice, service and recommendations that we can offer our clients. The company is very happy for Katie, Tracy, Ian and Daniel, and commends their dedication and focus in completing these courses and deservedly achieving their certifications. Their willingness and motivation to continually improve their knowledge and skills will no doubt have a positive effect on themselves, our team and our clients.