International Trade Documentation and Publications

UK car production up sharply in June!

Created: 27 July 2015

British car production rose sharply last month, helped by an upturn in the number of cars built for export and capping the strongest half-year performance since 2008, an industry body said last week.

Total production within the sector rose 5.4 percent in June compared with the same month a year ago, to 143,759 cars, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

Cars built for export, which account for around four in five of all British-made cars, rose 9% on the year to 115,408. But there was a 7.1% fall in cars built for the domestic British market.

The SMMT said a total of 793,642 cars rolled off the production lines during the first six months of 2015 – a 0.3% increase on the same period last year and the best performance in seven years.

New figures also suggested a sharp increase in productivity among car producers over the last few years, with the sector producing 100,000 GBP in added value per employee in 2014 compared with 74,000 GBP in 2010.

By contrast, productivity growth across the economy as a whole has been dire over the same period.

“This success has been built on significant industry investment and has also relied on a positive relationship with government, essential if the industry is to maintain its international competitiveness,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive.

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Export Documentation: Dangerous Goods Notes

Created: 12 April 2013

SHIPPER’S DANGEROUS GOODS NOTE DGN

This is used instead of the SSN (Standard Shipping Note) to accompany hazardous goods to a forwarder, inland clearance depot or seaport. It may be used only for surface carriage and this includes the Channel Tunnel. It must be submitted to a port authority at least twenty four hours in advance of the arrival of goods to satisfy the requirement of the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas DSHA regulations 1987 for notification in advance. Like the SSN, the DGN can be used as a pre-shipment advice when using HM Customs’ simplified clearance procedure for exports to countries outside the EC.

The DGN must be signed by the consignor, not for example by a forwarding agent, and gives the status and contact details of the signatory. It is a seven-part self-copy form set and unlike most export documents it must be printed in red with distinctive flashing down the right side All the information needed must be given because an inadequately-completed DGN may endanger lives and property. Different or incompatible dangerous goods should be entered on separate DGN’s. Some receiving authorities will not accept continuation sheets. Small quantities of dangerous goods may be accepted for groupage by road and sea, but the carrier will ensure that incompatible hazardous goods are not carried in the same unit and that they do not endanger other consignments.

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