Several of the EFS team are broadcast specialists, dealing with some leading broadcast equipment suppliers based in the UK and elsewhere.
For some customers the team deal with simple exports and imports, either permanent sales or hire and return shipments. For other clients, the work involves clearance under IPR (Inward Processing Relief), duty and VAT suspended, due to the type of businesses that are involved.
In this instance, the team also get involved in assisting shipper’s with the paper trail required to facilitate IPR movements, and are virtually on first name terms with NIRU (Northern Ireland Revenue Unit – HMRCs IPR office).
Typically the transport involves air freight world-wide, however moving fully completed outside broadcast vehicles (OB Vans) occurs by Ro/Ro ocean freight (Roll On / Roll Off), and in some cases such as over the last world cup in South Africa, On Board Couriers are arranged for more critical shipments (staff hand carry items as passengers to destination). EFS has even chartered air craft for specific contracts, and also arranges crosstrade movements such as shipping goods from Hong Kong to India or, for example, consolidating in Dubai free zone for air freighting to Rwanda.
The type of kit moved can be anything from a carton with camera lenses in it, to digital cameras through to satellite dishes and or course OB vehicles. Some bigger projects that are looming include shipping three OB vehicles to Lagos, Nigeria next month and in October two fully kitted out OB Trailers shipping by road freight to Ankara, Turkey. This latter contract has involved a visit to Turkey to smooth over the clearance by Rob Mitchell (MD). Additional documents such as an ATR customs document (specific to Turkey) are also to be arranged through our nominated consular specialist.