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Transport posted workers in Netherlands

As of 1 March 2020 the Dutch government requires all foreign employers and foreign self-employed persons (limited to certain sectors) from other countries within the EEA or Switzerland, to notify of temporary assignment/secondment activities via Meldloket WagwEU. This includes the obligation to report what work will be performed and during what period. In addition, foreign employers will have to report the arrival of any of their posted workers in the Netherlands.

Transport

For the transport sector, there are some exceptions to the notification rules. This means that the foreign haulier must report his drivers via an electronic counter if his drivers are going to carry out transports in, to and from the Netherlands. Transit transport is exempted from the notification obligation. The obligation to report also applies to foreign self-employed drivers.

The majority of types of transport are excluded from the duty to notify. Freight transport by road can be notified via a one-year notification.

One-year notification

You can use a one-year notification if you work as an employer abroad or a self-employed person in the freight transport by road sector (General Industrial Classification of Economic Activities within the European Communities group H 49.4). This also applies if you provide services on behalf of a client or company in the Netherlands.

The notification must be filed online before the start of the work in the Netherlands. Foreign employers will have to report the following:

  • the identity of the person submitting the notification
  • the details of their company
  • the contact person
  • the identity of the client in the Netherlands (i.e., the recipient of the services provided by the foreign employer)
  • the sector in which the activities will be carried out in the Netherlands
  • the address/place where the work will be performed
  • the expected duration of the work
  • the identity of the person responsible for payment of salary/wage
  • the identity of the employees coming to the Netherlands to work
  • the presence of an A1 declaration, or other type of evidence that shows where the social security contributions are paid for the employee(s), because of the contribution for the relevant social security scheme

Online portal

The Dutch Ministry of SZW has opened a special website: www.postedworkers.nl. You will find further information under transport sector and one-year notification. The website is also available in English and German.

Go to the website www.postedworkers.nl.

  • Click on ‘I have a temporary assignment in the Netherlands’.
  • Click on online reporting: https://meldloket.postedworkers.nl/runtime/?lang=en
  • Make sure to select the one-year notification.
  • Instead of place of work, please register the licence plate, you only have to register one licence plate, even though you have more.
  • With one registration, you can register all your drivers.
  • You must register a contact person in the Netherlands. This contact person does not need to speak the Dutch language but must speak English, French or German.

Enforcement and penalties:  

Non-compliance with the obligations created by the WagwEU of the Service Provider (employer or self-employed), the client or other parties falling under the scope of WagwEU, can be sanctionized with penalties.  

The Inspectorate SZW monitors the execution of the WagwEU and the compliance with Dutch labour laws.

If a check by the Inspectorate SZW reveals non-compliance with the WagwEU or Dutch labour laws, penalties may be imposed. The social partners monitor compliance with the provisions in the CAO’s.

If a check of other information or a visit to the workplace reveals that the arrival of the foreign employees has not been properly or timely notified, penalties may be imposed on both the employer and the client.

We trust to have you well informed. However, if you have any further question, please check the FAQs pages on the website:

https://english.postedworkers.nl/faq or the contact page: https://english.postedworkers.nl/contact.

Dedicated courier service for regular contract

How to choose a local courier for regular contract

Do you need to ship lots of packages daily, but are finding it difficult to know what the best shipping option is? Or are you using a range of postal options and finding it expensive. Well, look no further, because we will go through the key features you need to consider when choosing a dedicated courier service. 

There are many different reasons why people may start to look in to or consider a dedicated courier service. It is essential to understand what your requirements are as a business, so you know what you need from a courier. As well as this, when you are looking for a local courier, you need to enquire the speed that they can offer you. Most local couriers should be able to provide you with same-day deliveries. Moreover, choosing the correct dedicated courier service will allow you to be able to build a relationship and put a lot of trust in this company. Have a look at our top tips below to ensure you make the right choice:

Make sure they a reputable company.

The best courier service is one that meets all of your business’s needs. Before you commit to a courier service, ask some of your colleagues or associates which companies they have used and if they have any recommendations.

You need to make sure the courier service you chose are a reputable and reliable company. You are going to be trusting them to deliver your products quickly and efficiently, so you need to make sure they are going to fulfil this. The best way to do this is to check out the reviews and testimonials a company have. Moreover, you could ask around to see if any associates have previously used a company. Furthermore, reaching out and contacting a local courier company will help you understand if they are right for you. Having a phone call with them will give you a good idea if they are reliable or not. 

Do they offer the shipping option that you need?

Before choosing a dedicated courier service, you must ensure that they are entirely able to cover the different shipping options that you require. A vital example of this is that your company needs to send temperature-sensitive items, and need to be kept cold. You must check that your courier has the vans and facilities to complete this deliver. Do you need same-day delivery, and the parcels need picking up from an unstaffed facility, or do you need large pallets delivered? It is essential you communicate your requirements, and ensure that your dedicated courier service can provide you with these. 

The key benefits of choosing a dedicated courier service over a postal service are that you’re not dealing with shipping giants. You are much more likely to be able to connect with a dedicated individual directly, working in a much smaller company. They will then take a lot of time and effort to focus on their clients’ needs precisely. The dedicated courier service you decided to go with will be representing your business. They might be the only people that your customers see, and therefore, they will link them to your business. Therefore, so you should make sure they are professional and are going to be safely, effectively and carefully fulfilling your deliveries.

Your nearest pallet delivery express courier

If you are looking for a local express courier to carry out your pallet delivery, then look no further. Here at Transporterio – Getshipment Ltd, we offer all of the above and more. We have two locations that we operate out of one in Chester and the other in Bagillt and look after the delivery aspect for many businesses located anywhere from Deeside to Chester. As well as this we are happy to pick up your parcel from a staffed or unstaffed location, and deliver it to UK mainland destination the very same day! 

There are many different reasons why your business may need a pallet delivery, and there are various goods that you may have on the pallet. Whatever products you require shipping for, we are here to guarantee fast and secure delivery. Choosing a local express delivery courier for your pallet delivery is an effective and economical solution for small to medium-sized businesses. 

We have a large fleet consisting of small vans to curtain side vans with a tail-lift platform, ensuring we can cater for a range of different requirements. The vehicles provide up to 1.3t load capacity and 4m+ load space, which is large enough to accommodate 8 EUR-pallets or 6 UK pallets of your goods for pallet delivery at a time. 

There are many benefits to choosing your nearest pallet delivery courier such as: 

Quickly contact a person directly

By choosing a local pallet delivery service, you can talk to a real person directly, instead of an automated system. Moreover, the person you are talking to is more likely to know who you are and what services you are after. As well as this, choosing a company that is local to you, increases the likelihood that you can organise a face to face meeting if required, and meet the people handling your pallet deliveries. 

Cost-effective 

Choosing a local delivery courier is usually cheaper and more cost-effective than larger companies. Our price is per loaded mile one way calculated individually. So, get in contact with us for a quote today. 

Parcels will reach their destination faster

We are proud to offer timely and professional pallet delivery, ensuring even perishable goods arrive at their final destinations without spoiling. It is vital to small companies that you be getting superior quality and exceptional delivery times.

We also offer a range of other services, so get in contact to see how we can help you.

Same Day Courier For Manufacturing

The current situation is one that we could have never anticipated would occur. A nation-wide lockdown has seen many businesses having to adapt very quickly. Never before have same day courier services been more critical for your manufacturing business than now. Many manufacturing companies are having to up their production line to meet the demands, with many companies also adjusting the products they are manufacturing to help out where they can. If you are one of these companies that are manufacturing essential commodities, the likelihood is that you will also have a million tasks to carry out before the end of the day. Therefore, the last thing you need to be worrying about is your product or package, making its way to its final destination on time. 

Why Chose Us?

Here at Getshipment Ltd, we can take away this worry for you. We have a fleet of vehicles, with dedicated couriers that cover the whole of the UK. So, our first-class same day courier service makes sure that your products reach their destination as quickly as possible during this time-critical circumstance. 

What can we offer?

For your manufacturing company, we understand how important it is that you know and trust that your crucial products will be delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible, as keeping your supply chain going is vital. This is why we offer collection Monday to Sunday across the UK mainland. We guarantee that your package will be picked up within the specified day and during a one hour slot chosen by you. We then deliver the parcel to its final destination, all within the same day, taking the stress and worry away from you. 

Regular Contract Runs 

We can cater for all different types of manufacturing businesses and can offer you incredibly impressive benefits through our regular contract runs. These include cost savings and improved efficiency and processes. This is the perfect option if your business requires multiple deliveries, both urgently and over a more extended period. We also offer a 24/7 service, with flexible scheduling. Our large scale trusted network of verified carriers, enables us to deliver, wherever you need us and however you need your contract runs to operate. 

Large range of vehicles

We can collect any package from very small to large oversized pallets. As well as this, we are happy to collect your parcels from either a staffed or unstaffed location. Our vehicles from small vans, such as a Peugeot Partner size, to large Luton vans, with different body types and wheelbases. We include a pump truck every luton van to ensure the collection and delivery of your parcel is as efficient as possible. 

We can respond to your requests very quickly and take responsibility for your crucial deliveries today, so get in touch with us for a quote.

International Transport Workers Certificate

The French government announced last night that they would be introducing a new certificate ‘Attestation de Deplacement International’ for international transport to France as of 6pm Monday 6th April.
All travellers will be required to present this to confirm that their trip meets the criteria for essential travel – this includes goods carriers and cross border workers amongst others.

New certificate required for international transport in European Union countries. A travel certificate is now required for entry or transit through countries. Each driver entering territory must have the certificate available to present to border control authorities.

Please ensure that your drivers have completed the certificate and ticked the appropriate box required. It is really important that your drivers are fully aware of this requirement.

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Lorry driver and satnav technology

Being a lorry driver isn’t an easy job contrary to what some may think. Besides the long hours and sometimes physically demanding days, moving a huge vehicle through sometimes unbearable traffic can be quite a task especially for those who have to travel through busy cities and towns where there are tons of restrictions and spaces that your lorry just won’t fit into.

Luckily for some more fortunate lorry drivers, they have set routes which they get used to over time and after a few months with know the area like the back of their hand. Unfortunately for others, they will have to head off in a new direction almost every day and not knowing exactly where you can and cannot go due to traffic restrictions, low hanging bridges and narrow alleys. This can quickly become a nightmare, especially since most navigation systems were designed with cars in mind and thus don’t take into account large, abnormally shaped and heavy vehicles.

Navtruck

Navtruck however provides such drivers with a great alternative to getting around without having to worry about backing their lorry up for an eternity, because their GPS sent them down the tiniest road in the city. Not only does this app take into account lorry restricted roads when planning your route, it also avoids any low bridge overpasses with width and height restrictions.

This alone is something which can make life so much easier but some of the other commercial considerations just take this app to the next level. This app not only allows you to input the dimensions of your lorry to ensure that all roads selected are appropriate, it also allows you to change between vehicles of different sizes which have already been inputted automatically. This means that no matter which type of lorry you have to drive around for the day switching is quick and simple.

Smartphone app

There are several other ‘little’ features that also enhance this app just a little more, such as the fact that highways are preferred to smaller roads or that it avoids U-turns at all costs. These of course are apart from conventional navigation system add-ons such as live traffic and weather updates or points of interest- although the points of interest are custom designed for lorry users such as truck stops or weigh stations or rest areas.

This app is available on IPhone platforms through IOS and can easily be downloaded and installed. There are of course customised extras which can also be purchased with this app such as special features including alerts for mixer which optimised safety when transporting a mixer.

It goes without saying that just like most IPhone apps worth mentioning, you have a wide selection of languages, the app can be used while on phone calls or while other apps are also being used. All in all a great app for any lorry driver, making life just that much easier and working that much safer.

What to do when your parcel is damaged?

So, you finally mustered up the courage or saved up the cash to order that something indulgent you’ve been eyeing online since forever and even though the website said shipping time was only a few days you knew it was going to take a week or two, but you waited patiently none the less. Then all of a sudden you doorbell rings out of the blue just before you forgot about the parcel and suddenly you exited because it finally arrived!

Most times you get so excited you just sign and run back inside to unfurl you long awaited treasure and to your utter shock and horror, your parcel arrived damaged. This must have happened to everyone at least once in their lifetime- for regular shoppers at least once every couple of months, but what should you do?

Don’t panic!

Well before you start to panic (even though this is still most frustrating either way), this doesn’t mean that all is lost. Most online vendors will gladly refund your money or more likely replace the damaged item at no charge to you. Yes, you will have to wait for the new one to arrive in the post again, but it will come. For these types of situations there will usually be a process to follow, which could either entail calling a customer care centre or e-mailing the company with your complaint. You may have to at this point supply copies of your purchase, fill out a claim form and even sometimes end a picture of the damaged item- mostly companies use this information to track the cause and deal with the delivery service, or branch of their company.

Is parcel insurance worth it?

On the other hand, sometimes parcels sent by friends or relatives can arrive damaged and at this point there’s only one important question to answer. Did you or the sender take out insurance on the parcel?

Well unlike online vendors, postal and parcel services are unlikely to replace the item or refund you for its value, unless it’s a private delivery vendor which provides insurance as a standard feature. However you look at it, these instances where privately sent packages were damaged are usually going to be more of a pain to recoup your losses. As mentioned it is highly possible and if you have taken out insurance it could be a simple process if the insurance provider or customer service branch of the postal service is easy to deal with- not likely but possible.

It is important when claiming damages on privately sent parcels that all criteria are met. This usually refers to commonly excluded items from parcel insurance such as crockery, cameras or monitors. Additionally there may also be specification as to how the parcel should be packaged to be covered but this may vary from one delivery services or insurance provider to another.

The easiest solution is usually just to make sure that you package you parcels as safely as is humanly possible- loads of bubble wrap, reinforced boxes and just an extra hint of care.

Freight Forwarders are a Game Changer

You may be surprised to learn that not every business is willing to ship to certain places or countries in this day and age. It’s hard to imagine but this is sadly still a reality, and then of during course sales or exchanges between private persons, most sellers will most certainly not go through all the trouble of packing your purchase and having it send half way across the world to you.

There is still hope and this is evident through the rising popularity of freight forwarders, also sometimes calls forwarders, forward agents or more formally as non-vessel operating common carriers-NVOCCs. Well essentially these freight forwarders simply arrange for goods to get from one place to another, such as a manufacturer to the client. This is perhaps a dramatic oversimplification of the long list of services which they could offer you.

The type of freight forwarding agent or their speciality

Depending on the type of freight forwarding agent or their speciality, they could arrange for collection, transportation and shipping of goods, in addition to preparation of required paperwork when shipping items out of a specific country or to your specific country. For smaller clients however you could also arrange with such an agent for storage of parcels and goods  in their specific region or country and when several items have accrued over time they can ship every together as one parcel to your desired address.

These types of transactions can vary in nature as some agents will be more flexible while other can be quite rigid with the list of services offered or the manner in which they are offered. Mostly you would have access to a variety of shipping methods, which could include aeroplanes, trucks, trains and private courier vehicles, each of course with its own cost.

Cost and fees

Additionally you should expect to cover the cost of documentation or handover fees, in addition to the actually shipping and storage fees which you might incur. What makes these agents so unique is that many of them will have forwarding locations, offices or partner companies in most major cities around the world which means that if you need to do business in multiple locations one agent would most likely be able to take care of all your logistical needs.

Unique feature

Another unique feature of their services is that most freight forwarding agents are more approachable and more flexible than bigger companies, which means that you can discuss unique requirements you may have and together come up with feasible solutions, which many bigger companies don’t have available to smaller buyers.

However, as with most things in life, quality usually costs. Often we can be easily taken in by low shipping or storage rates but this does not necessarily mean that your items will arrive in a time or safe manner. Because you will in most cases not meet with the agent in person, or the agent will not have a local branch in your country it may be wise to first check out the company before entrusting them with your valuable goods.

How to Load and Secure Load on a Vehicle

According to the HSE, dangerous loading on vehicles accounts for more than 1,200 injuries each year and millions of pounds of damaged goods in British businesses. Correctly secure load is good for business – this means items are delivered on time and safely.

You must follow all guidelines and precautions before you carry out any form of loading on vehicles otherwise you risk messing up and putting not only yourself in danger, but also everyone else as well as the goods.

5 Quick Tips to Ease Loading:

  • Avoid loading unless you have enough light. Make sure you have appropriate lightening in the area, and you can see what you are doing.
  • You must have a detailed inspection of the vehicle. Make sure everything (horns, reflectors, lights) are present and working in their best conditions.
  • Use a bubble wrap or tarp to cover small objects.
  • If it is a passenger vehicle, then make sure unsecured objects must not be loaded loosely. Upon stopping, it might jerk off and hit the passenger.
  • When on the way, keep checking from time to time to guarantee that everything is in its place.

When you load…

  • Do not overload. You know how much your vehicle can load, therefore utilize that capacity in the best way. Overloading can cause serious issues.
  • Pick a suitable vehicle for each type of goods. Raw materials, fabrics, liquids, company goods, in fact, everything has its particular kind of car.
  • Use hooks, eyes, rails, anchors, clamps, straps, chains or ropes to hold the load in its fix place.
  • It is preferred to pack everything in even boxes or wrappings such as cartons to keep them super secure.
  • Keep the locks and lashings tight. And cover the goods with sheets of plastic or fabric so that they are secured in unexpected and unsuitable weather.
  • Don’t pile the objects on the top of another. This means attaining height, which is risky. Carriers with a high centre of gravity are expected to become unstable when overloaded.
  • You must not leave space between load and headboard.

How to properly secure load?

  • There are multiple options to be used for securing loads on a vehicle. There are combinations as well, which can be used at a time for proper stability and safety of loads.
  • Blocking and Bracing: Lumber, metal and even plastic bars are used to inhibit front to rear shifting of loads in a vehicle.
  • Fasteners: Nails and bolts are used to brace the loads. They are either used separately or on wood blocks which help to hold goods.
  • Dunnage: Scrap wood is used to fill voids. They fill the space between the goods and prevent the shifting of the load.
  • Strapping: Steel, polyester, nylon, paper strapping’s are used to hold the loads tightly in its place. They offer strength, elasticity and ability to withstand various environments. Very easy to use and safe. They are available at affordable costs.
  • Lashings: Ropes, chains, wires, nets and cables are used to secure the load. It minimizes the shifting of goods.

Carelessness can lead to….

Many times drivers and people who load goods on vehicles leave everything on luck. They don’t take guidelines seriously and show carelessness in taking safety precautions. The repercussions are inevitable. In such conditions, injuries and deaths are a common occurrence.

  • Vehicles which are overloaded or improperly loaded lose their balance and overturn.
  • When there is space left between the headboard and loaded goods, braking can be fatal for the driver.
  • When goods are not packed in a satisfactory way, then, they either fall off or bang against each other resulting in damage.
International Driving – What Documents Do You Need?

When embarking on a journey abroad, it is common to find some folks going for the option of renting vehicles. This highlights some of the most exhilarating feelings during travelling, whereby you have the freedom of hopping into a car and driving to a destination of your choice. However, driving in foreign countries is not as straightforward as it is made to sound.

There are some documents that you require to show that you are legally allowed to travel in these countries. This article gives a great insight into some of the documents that you should ensure you have within your reach so as to ensure that you are within the confines of the law when driving abroad.

International Driving Permits

One of the essential documents that you need to have with you in order to be on the safe side when driving a vehicle abroad is the International Driving Permit (IDP). In regard to this, the question of what an IDP is could quite easily crop up. So what really is an International Driving Permit?

The International Driving Permit (IDP), which can also be referred to as the International Driving License, refers to a type of document that allows you to drive a vehicle legally while abroad. It is important to note that this license is used in conjunction with your home country’s valid driver’s license. The IDP is not meant for replacing the driver’s license issued in your home country. Instead, it is used as some form of language translator of the validity of your driving license. Some of the features that it packs include; your name and relevant information regarding you as a driver.

Passports

For you to drive in foreign countries without having to keep looking over your shoulder, you should always ensure that you have a valid passport with you. In addition to this, always ensure that you’ve checked the passport’s expiry date as well as the rules of entry of all the countries that fall within the route you will be using to travel. This is because some countries require you to have a certain amount of time left in your passport before it is declared to be expired. A good example is a country like Turkey whereby you need a minimum of 6 months to the expiry date of your passport for you to be allowed entry.

Visas

Visas are among the essential documents that you can have when it comes to international travelling. The use of a visa is not only restricted to boarding a plane to foreign countries, on the contrary, it can be applied in a number of many other scenarios such as international driving. If you have a passport from the UK or even a member country of the EU, you do not require a visa to drive in EU member countries. However, in the event that you are travelling to countries out of the EU, then ensure that you have your Visa with you.

Conclusion

International driving is one of the most exciting activities that one can take to when visiting a foreign country. However, there are some things that one must take into consideration before embarking on driving in foreign countries. These range from learning the specific traffic rules of that particular country to abiding by the regulations that govern drivers in that country. Having the correct documents to allow you to validly drive abroad is an essential hurdle one must jump. So, next time you’re planning on driving through foreign countries, make sure you have these required documents!

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