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Our Daily Spanish Service – All You Need To Know!

Whether it be Murcia, Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona or Irun, we are proud to be one of the very few UK operators who are able to offer genuine daily departures to Spain, with several depots littered across Spain and Portugal.

Thanks to Spain’s booming tourism industry, the country boasts a huge number of thriving companies and small businesses. That’s why whilst many UK based companies only offer a weekly service, which means holding back your goods until the weekend, we see offering a daily service as key to keeping your customers happy and their expectations in check. 

As a company we specialise in “Just In Time” deliveries, where we work with our long-standing and trusted local agents to deliver your goods on time to their destination. Due to our depots in Murcia, Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona or Irun we can offer this service country-wide, while you can rest assured that your goods will be delivered efficiently and professionally no matter the location. 

Our services don’t just stop in Spain, with depots in Porto and Lisbon we are able to provide complete coverage of Portugal, including express deliveries with guaranteed transit times if your goods are required quickly. 

Still in need of more information? Contact the team: 01765 641510

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Nidd Transport Joins 700 UK Logistics Businesses To Offer Emergency Delivery Service

Ripon-based Nidd Transport has joined over 700 logistics businesses, all members of the UK’s eight major distribution networks, to put their combined fleet of 23,500 vehicles at the government’s disposal.

In an unprecedented move headed by the Association of Pallet Networks (APN), the networks have joined forces to offer their services for the express distribution of critical emergency and food supplies. 

Between them they have 30,000 employees, over 750 depots, and offer 100 per cent national coverage by postcode. As a member of the Palletforce network, Nidd Transport is a leading distribution specialist within its own region, with knowledge of local distribution centres, essential businesses, hospitals and community hubs.

Tony White at Nidd Transport, said: “We are proud to play our part in this unique collaboration as the entire UK industry joins forces to transport the most vital supplies. Collectively our sector has unrivalled resource and the individual companies are local experts with vast experience of express distribution as a key link in the UK supply chain.”

Michael Conroy, Palletforce chief executive, said: “With members delivering to every UK postcode daily, Palletforce is uniquely placed to offer express distribution of critical goods – safely, quickly and reliably – underpinned by unrivalled local knowledge.”

APN chairman Paul Sanders says: “We are uniquely placed to offer our services to ensure that emergency supplies coming from anywhere and destined for any corner of the UK, can be delivered quickly, safely and reliably to support critical services, whether in rural or urban settings. The distribution of emergency supplies for critical operations – not least ensuring food in our supermarkets and well stocked pharmacies and hospitals – is one of the most important aspects of protecting the UK public during this crisis.”

Pallet networks are one of the most efficient forms of freight distribution enabling overnight deliveries of consignments of any size from a single pallet upwards, anywhere in the UK. Regional members collect freight from their local area, and transport it to the most appropriate regional Hub, where it is reloaded onto vehicles returning to its destination area.

This model is particularly important at a time when many users of essential goods are requiring small frequent deliveries of vital goods with many drop points within a given locality. In 2019 UK pallet networks delivered 26 million pallets of goods. 

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COVID-19 update: Nidd Transport

Nidd Transport would like to make it clear that we are still fully operational and open for business during this time. Whilst we are continuously monitoring the ongoing situation, we are still able to fulfil deliveries throughout the UK and Europe.

Goods to and from Europe may face some delays but the traffic is currently still moving.

As always, everyone at Nidd hopes you stay safe and well!

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Brexit and the Haulage Industry

As you will be aware, the UK ended its partnership with the European Union on Friday 31st January 2020, entering us into a transition period (also known as the implementation period) that’s likely to last until the end of December 2020. Whilst in this transition period the UK will still follow EU rules.

Once the transition period ends there will be changes to the travel and haulage industry and the rules that we must follow.  One of the biggest changes Brexit may bring is customs procedures both for importing and export goods to/from the UK.

Nidd Transport have already taken steps to ensure that we are ready for these new procedures, such as investing in customs software and training courses for our dedicated team.

There are a number of steps you can now take to be prepared for the new  procedures coming into play from January 2021, most importantly registering for an EORI number.

Other steps include:

  1. Appointing an agent, such as Nidd Transport, to handle customs declarations on your behalf
  2. Confirm the Shipping Terms for your job
  3. Determine the Customs Procedure Code (CPC), relevant to your goods
  4. Clarify if your products are controlled goods (e.g. wines and spirits) and are they subject to an Export or Import Licence
  5. Provide a Commercial Invoice for every job – details to be included on this are:
  • Your company name and address
  • Description of the type of packaging
  • Description of product(s) together with Commodity Code(s)
  • The total gross and nett weights of the shipment
  • The total sales value of the shipment and currency
  • A declaration that the goods are of UK manufacture and origin. If the goods are not of UK manufacture or origin then the Country of Origin must be shown

For all up to date information regarding Brexit please click here.

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Nidd Transport and Palletforce – Our Partnership

Since joining as a founder member of the Palletforce network 19 years ago, it’s been a privilege to see the brand grow and go from strength to strength. To this day Palletforce boast 1,000+ years members’ experience in the industry, helping to cover over 25 European countries along the way. 

Being a part of one of the leading overnight pallet operators in the UK, our membership allows us to work together with other highly respected transport companies to enhance and complement our operations so that we work in a smart and efficient way for the benefit of our customers, other road users and the environment.

Here at Nidd, we look after the Spanish & Portuguese import and export traffic for the network. Thanks to our depots in cities such as Irun, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Porto, Valencia and Murcia, we are able to offer genuine daily departures to Spain and Portugal with guaranteed transit times.

Being one of the very few UK operators who are able to offer the above service, we prove to be a key part of the network. Our work allows fellow members to offer complete coverage of the Spain and Portugal area.

We are very proud to be a part of this fantastic network, who were kind enough to vote us “Depot of the Year” for the past 4 years (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), something which couldn’t have been done without the whole team at Nidd Transport.

Here’s to the future!

If you’d like to find out more about the services we offer, contact the team.

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Brexit Communication

As you will be aware, on Friday 31st January 2020 the UK will end its membership with the European Union and enter a transitional period where all parties will work toward an agreement on the future relationship between the UK and the EU. 

A lot of customers have asked what does this mean for them – The transitional period to negotiate a deal will run from 1st February 2020 until 31st December 2020 and during this time nothing will change with regards how you import and export goods within the EU, the outcome of any agreement reached during this time will take effect from 1st January 2021.

Nidd Transport will be working with all of our customers during 2020 to ensure they are prepared for Brexit and will be available to answer any questions that you may have as the year and negotiations move forward.

Please get in touch should you have any queries in relation to the above and we will be happy to help.

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How to plan your day as a truck driver

As the saying goes “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”, with the same principles applying if you’re a truck driver. It’s always important to lay out your day ahead of schedule to ensure that you’re using your time efficiently. Planning simply helps drivers know where they’re going, when they’re going to get there and if there could be any issues along the way, here’s our top tips:

Check the weather

It may sound simple but checking the weather before you set off on your journey is always important. As we outlined in our previous blog, the changing weather conditions can make your job as a driver much more difficult, so knowing how you may need to prepare your vehicle can go a long way. 

Plan fuel stops in advance

There’s not much worse than realising you’re running low on fuel when you’ve got no idea where the closest station is. There are plenty of apps out there which can tell you where all the fuel stations are, so pre-planning where you may need to fill up will save you a lot of hassle. Price can fluctuate between different stations also, so it’s important to do your homework before you begin your journey to see where you can pick up the best deal, and whether they accept your fuel card.

Plan your breaks

With a maximum of 56 hours weekly driving limit, along the course of your journey you will have to take regular stops. Depending on whether you’re taking a 45-minute break or you’re settling down for a 9 hour stop over, there are plenty of places up and down the UK that are suitable. Most service stations along the motorway have dedicated truck stop destinations, or you can book yourself in to local hotels that are close to your route. Pre-planning where you are going to take your stops can save you valuable time that you may have spent searching for a suitable location, helping you make sure your goods are delivered on time. 

Use traffic warning apps

In the modern era, mobile phone apps usually know about upcoming RTA’s before we do. Therefore, it’s important you have an up to date application on your phone that can warn you about upcoming accidents on route. If this is done in time, it can allow you to find an alternative route that won’t make you sit in traffic for hours on end. 

Manage expectations 

A key part of your day should always be to keep your customers up to date with your movements. Whether that’s letting them know you’re running slightly behind schedule, or even that you’re going to be there earlier than expected, telling your customers your ETA can help keep their expectations in check. Customer satisfaction should always be at the top of your list as a business, so clear communication is always a good way to make sure they have the best experience possible.

Do you need help with your haulage? Call the team with your requirements to see how we can help. 

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5 reasons you should work with Nidd Transport

As far as big decisions in a business go, choosing the right haulage company is right up there. Get the decision wrong, and you could risk delivering goods late to your customers and potentially risking any future business. However, get it right and you’ll be left with nothing but good reviews and increased business.

At Nidd Transport, we pride ourselves on our customer service and ability to deliver on all our promises. Here’s 5 reasons you should choose us:

Customer Service 

Reputation is everything in the haulage industry, and that’s why we’re so proud that all of our customers will back us up in saying that we guarantee you a highly reliable service. Based from our office and warehouse in Melmerby, we believe in establishing long-term partnerships with our customers. This allows us to understand how their business works, ensuring we can offer on-time deliveries with competitive prices.  

Experience

Our team at Nidd Transport has many years’ experience of working in the international groupage industry. This means that no matter how large or small the enquiry, we have the team that can meet all of our customer’s needs. We can provide a tailor-made and bespoke service to fulfil any requirement, with a transparent pricing structure.

Environmental Awareness

It’s well known that the transport industry isn’t the cleanest business out there, which is why we are constantly looking to improve our carbon footprint. We aim to improve our efficiency wherever possible, shown by our investment the latest low-carbon vehicles with Euro 6 engines.  

European Distribution 

We are one of only a few U.K. operators who offer daily services to Spain, France, Ireland and Germany, as well as twice-weekly services to Italy. We are constantly improving our European distribution, so keep an eye on our social media channels to keep up to date with the latest news. 

Our range of services 

At Nidd Transport, we pride ourselves on our ability to meet our customers’ requirements, no matter the request. That’s why we’re proud to offer a range of service which include UK & European distribution, warehousing and freight forwarding, get in touch to see how we can help you. 

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How to prepare your HGV for winter

Having been in the haulage industry for such a long time, we like to think we know the ins and outs of driving in winter. There is a lot that goes into preparing your vehicle for the winter months, so here we’re going to highlight how you can do exactly that.

Monitor your vehicles temperature 

You can never be too prepared when it comes to looking after your vehicle, as the unpredictability of the weather always has potential to create issues. Also, as obvious as it may sound, the temperature of your vehicle can massively fluctuate in winter which is why it’s important to know what to look out for and how to fix potential problems. Always remember to plug in your engine block heater each night, to make sure that your vehicle is not under or overheating. 

Be prepared for every eventuality 

When it comes to driving in winter, you can never be too prepared. Therefore, before any journey you should make sure that you have all the equipment required just in case any problems arise. Here are some things you should have with you at all times:

  • De-icer
  • At least half a tank of fuel at all times 
  • A thick blanket
  • A mobile phone and charger (never use your mobile when driving)
  • A first aid kit
  • A high visibility jacket
  • A flash light 

Always drive carefully

It’s no coincidence that 17% of all road accidents occur during wintery conditions. As the temperature becomes colder, ice will form on the roads (especially in the morning) making it more difficult to drive like you normally would. To help avoid a potential accident make sure you slow down to a sensible speed, allowing you enough time to accustom yourself to the road and react in case of emergency. It’s also worth noting that stopping distances typically times by 10 during the Winter months, so always be alert and note that you have to slow down much earlier than normal. 

Check your tyres

As mentioned above, stopping distances dramatically increase in winter so it’s important to make sure your tyres are up to the job before travelling anywhere. Before any journey they should always be checked for their wear, pressure and balance. Choosing the right tyres can mean the difference between stopping safely and having an accident. The tread on summer tyres begins to harden when the temperature drops below 7°C, which reduces the tyre’s ability to grip the road. 

To find out more about our range of services, get in touch.

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How you can improve your environmental impact

The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is at a record high across the world and it’s no secret that the Haulage industry has had a big impact on the environment in recent history, mainly due to the increased distances we are travelling on the roads. However, at Nidd Transport we are always looking for ways to reduce our impact, as well as helping others to do the exact same. Where do you start?

Awareness

Awareness is key in all walks of life, and the Haulage industry is no different. Effectively teaching all employees about how they can reduce their impact can go a long way to helping the business as a whole, so it’s important to start with the drivers. Driving more efficiently can be done in a wide variety of ways, such as combining drips and doing multiple loads at once, so you aren’t driving extra miles for the sake of it. The more you know, the more you’ll save!  

Keep up to date

New methods for collecting and delivering consignments are being thought of every single day, so keeping an open dialogue between clients and staff is vital. If there is a new method that proves to be more energy efficient than the one you currently have in place, then it’s important to know and get it implemented as soon as possible. 

Ensure you have the latest low-carbon vehicles

European Regulations have been imposed on new cars now for over 25 years, with the aim of improving air quality. Investing in the latest environmentally friendly engines will go a long way to showing your commitment to improving your carbon footprint. The latest to be imposed was the Euro IV engines in 2012, with diesel engines now having a permitted level of NOx emitted of 80mg/km, which is 100 less than their Euro 5 emissions standard. 

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