June 2017

Express Export Wins New Client Contract

By why-us On Friday, June 30 th, 2017 · no Comments · In
We're delighted to have played a key role in helping our client win a new contract in their first venture exporting to Europe. Over the last few months, we have been working closely with a client that is an established UK manufacturer, but wanting to expand into...

Increase in Fraudulent Waste Transport

By why-us On Tuesday, June 27 th, 2017 · no Comments · In
1st European Transport Warn Haulage Companies About Fraudulent Waste Management We have recently seen an increase in the fraudulent transportation of waste goods to Europe and call on all Logistics and Freight haulage companies to be on the alert. Transporting waste is a...
February 2017

Big Changes to Polish VAT Freight

By why-us On Friday, February 17 th, 2017 · no Comments · In
Reports via BIFA are suggesting big changes are on the way, that will affect Polish VAT on goods travelling to, from the through Poland.  The changes, similar to EKAER implemented in Hungary in January 2015, are designed to tackle the revenue loss induced by Polish VAT...
January 2017

Austria Introduce Truck Toll 2017

By why-us On Wednesday, January 18 th, 2017 · no Comments · In
New truck toll introduced in Austria January 2017 sees the introduction of a new emissions toll in Austria, as a surcharge for noise and harmful emissions. This will have a two fold impact on cargo that is: Delivered to the Consignee end point in Austria Cargo that...
December 2016

Christmas Transport

By why-us On Tuesday, December 20 th, 2016 · no Comments · In
Christmas and New Year Transport Times 2016/17 Here are the updates for cargo collections and deliveries over the festive period 2016/2017.   Express Services Collections and Deliveries can be arranged throughout the festive period - Contact 01282 839525 to book...
September 2016

How do you value Cargo Insurance

By why-us On Sunday, September 25 th, 2016 · no Comments · In
Do you value your Cargo and is it suitably insured? Are you put off from insuring the full value of your cargo because of excessive premiums charged by insurance companies? We find this is a common perception when we ask customers if they have suitable cargo insurance to...

Ocean Freight Services

By why-us On Wednesday, September 14 th, 2016 · no Comments · In
Managing Your Ocean Freight Port to Port Do you import and export goods via Ocean Freight? Are you considering reducing your logistics costs by shipping via the sea, rather than Air? At 1st-European we manage your cargo Port to Port and via road, at either end. Managing...
August 2016

Major Transport Closures – August 2016

By why-us On Tuesday, August 09 th, 2016 · no Comments · In
Monday 15th August sees many road closures across Europe   As detailed in our previous post detailing European Road Closures in August, you should be aware there are major transport road closures across Europe on Monday 15th August 2016. Transport road closures on a...
June 2016

Manufacturing Closures

By why-us On Thursday, June 30 th, 2016 · no Comments · In
With August looming large, we are entering holiday season across Europe.   What does this mean to Manufacturers, importers and exporters in the UK? … Quite a lot! In short there are 2 elements that will affect your cargo transportation costs over the...

EU Referendum Imports and Exports

By why-us On Tuesday, June 21 st, 2016 · no Comments · In
Keeping the EU Referendum simple: Import and Export Administrative processes.   The squabbling, fear mongering and cloudy statistics game is over for politicians this Thursday 23rd June.  Thursday June 23rd is the date the UK collectively decides whether to stay...
May 2016

Timber Homes Road Export

By why-us On Tuesday, May 31 st, 2016 · no Comments · In
Case Study: Timber Exports to France In our latest Case Study we look at how we manage the transportation of timber goods from the manufacturing plant in the UK, exporting to France. We details how we consider the best routes, weather and navigation conditions and cost vs time. CASE STUDY...

Driving Bans Delay Hauliers in France

By why-us On Tuesday, May 10 th, 2016 · no Comments · In
Driving Bans Delay Hauliers in FranceUnlike the UK, many European countries place driving bans on specific roads on public holidays and weekends. Make sure you are up to date with the latest closure dates and driving ban delays in France....
April 2016

Transporting Plastic Moulding to France

By why-us On Tuesday, April 26 th, 2016 · no Comments · In
Case Study: Transporting Plastic Moulding to France In our latest Plastic Moulding Case Study we look at how our customers benefit from our Groupage service to France.  As a manufacturer of plastic mouldings, we explain the how the customer chose the most cost and time efficient service from a...

First European Members of BIFA

By why-us On Tuesday, April 12 th, 2016 · no Comments · In
FIRST EURPOPEAN are BIFA Members For your protection and peace of mind, we are pleased to say we are members of BIFA. That means the company (First European) operates under BIFA standard trading conditions latest edition, a copy of which can be found by clicking here The British International...
March 2016

Brussels Attack Updates

By why-us On Tuesday, March 22 nd, 2016 · no Comments · In
Following the tragedy in Brussels Please be advised that due to the sad happenings in Belgium, 22nd March, all the ports have been closed. Therefore we are unable guarantee any collections/deliveries for the next few days. All customers that have loads booked...
February 2016

First European Joins the Bondholders Scheme

By why-us On Wednesday, February 10 th, 2016 · no Comments · In
Connecting with the World through local initiative Local and European, we like to keep good company, so our operations office in Burnley Lancashire has recently joined their local 'Business Bondholder Scheme'. This is an innovative and powerful network of organisations who...
November 2015

Business Funding For Exporters

By why-us On Monday, November 16 th, 2015 · no Comments · In ,
Funding support for new business exporters Did you know that funding is now available for businesses looking to export to Europe and beyond?  The Government backed initiative 'Open to Export' provides a new online service that produces a focused Export Action Plan to...
October 2015

We’re Recruiting! Join Our Sales Team

By why-us On Wednesday, October 28 th, 2015 · no Comments · In
We're recruiting and you could join our team We are pleased to announce, First European Freight Forwarders are growing again. Following another record breaking year, we are now growing our sales team and need a dynamic sales individual to join our team.    Job...
July 2015

Calais Secure Zone A Step In The Right Direction

By why-us On Wednesday, July 15 th, 2015 · no Comments · In ,
Calais Secure Zone A Step In The Right Direction We were pleased to hear steps are finally being taken to protect our Drivers and customers cargo, in yesterdays 'Secure Zone' announcement by the UK home secretary Theresa May. At the same time the announcement was made in the...
May 2015

In Line for ‘Deal of The Year’ Award

By why-us On Friday, May 01 st, 2015 · no Comments · In
Finalists in 'Deal of the Year' Award We are delighted to announce we have been selected by the judges, to be put forward as finalists in the Burnley 'Deal of the Year' award for 2015. The awards recognise excellence in manufacturing, innovation, new starts, young employees,...
March 2015


By why-us On Friday, March 20 th, 2015 · no Comments · In ,
EASTER Collection and Delivery The Easter weekend bank holidays will affect some collection and delivery services across Europe. The majority of services affected are 7.5 tonne vehicles or larger. Here we detail the timetables from Tuesday 31st March to Tuesday 7th April...


By why-us On Wednesday, March 18 th, 2015 · no Comments · In
First European ship daily to Switzerland but there are several considerations you need to make before arranging transportation of your cargo.We've created a useful page detailing what you need to know when exporting and importing to and from Switzerland including: To find out more about...


By why-us On Wednesday, March 11 th, 2015 · no Comments · In ,
GROUPAGE SERVICES REDUCE YOUR COSTS In our recent customer interview, we spoke to a manufacturer of powders and food particles about how using Groupage transport services reduces their costs and improves processes. You can read the full interview here 'Read Groupage...
January 2015


By why-us On Wednesday, January 21 st, 2015 · no Comments · In ,
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO VAT FREIGHT New rules have been imposed on freight services within Hungary as from 1st January 2015, though the Government has allowed a grace period of 30 days before they come into force. The new ruling, named EKAER, stands for Electronic Trade and...
December 2014

Christmas & New Year 2014/15 Delivery Times

By why-us On Monday, December 22 nd, 2014 · no Comments · In ,
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR SERVICES Here are the Collection and Delivery times over the Christmas 2014 and New Year 2015 festive period across Europe. GROUPAGE Services… Our last Groupage Service collection and departure for Europe is on Friday 20th December.Group...

Export Freight to Romanian Charity

By why-us On Tuesday, December 16 th, 2014 · no Comments · In ,
FIRST EURPOPEAN EXPORT CLOTHING TO ROMANIA We've recently delivered a part load trailer to Romania for the Jacodu Childrens project. We were really pleased to get the call and find our more about the Team LoveLight Charity, who collect unwanted clothes and shoes to be...
November 2014

4 Day Strike at Portsmouth Ports

By why-us On Tuesday, November 18 th, 2014 · no Comments · In
We've been reading today that there is a 4 Day Ports Strike proposed to take place from 15:00 on Sunday 23rd November. The strike will include 15 quay assistants following a dispute over annual leave and staffing levels. Members of Unite are looking to take the action following a number of...

National Transport Strike Spain

By why-us On Wednesday, November 12 th, 2014 · no Comments · In ,
Spanish National Transport Strike Be prepared for the National Spanish Transport Strike! Once again Freight Forwaders, importers and exporters transporing cargo across Europe will be affected by the proposed National Transport Strike in Spain. The strike will take place on...
September 2014

10 things you need to know about the abolition of the tax disc

By why-us On Tuesday, September 30 th, 2014 · no Comments · In ,
Fleet owners be aware - changes to the processes and administration of vehicle tax duty. Today marks a major change in the process of displaying vehicle tax duty within the windscreens of cars, vans and trailer cabs. After 93 years, the paper, tax duty disc has been abolished...


By why-us On Thursday, September 04 th, 2014 · no Comments · In , ,
First European Celebrates 5 Years with Continued Growth Lancashire based Freight Forwarders First European are this week celebrating their 5th birthday of trading and on the cusp of reaching their first £1 million turnover. Director Jenna Tattersall opened the road cargo haulage business in...