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Our trucks are ready for an extra load: VAT

  So, the VAT-era is almost upon us. This is uncharted territory for sure, and each of us must find our own route through it. But before we launch into how VAT-ready Allied Transport is, let’s get down to the facts of this new taxation system. A lot has already been said – in newspapers, on television, on the web – but how will it truly affect the common man? Expect respite as commodities such as basic food items, education, essential medicines, and the import of goods & services will be exempt. While the effect on personal pockets will vary, from product to product, the bigger question is whether and how it will affect businesses. Will it influence supply chain processes and the way goods are distributed? Will it increase distribution costs, and dent overall profit margins? The answer is both, yes and no. Let’s suppose you are importing goods into the UAE from, say a supplier in KSA, you can take advantage of the reverse charge mechanism, which means you don’t have pay VAT at the point of import. The same thing will apply to a merchant in KSA if the scenario is reversed. But, if you are moving goods from Dubai port to a store in Fujairah, you must pay VAT, unless your cargo falls under the exempt list. Having said that, VAT doesn’t only pose challenges, it also offers an opportunity for companies to restructure their business for better processes while mitigating tax exposure. At Allied, we are all geared up for the implementation of VAT (5%) to ensure a smooth flow of goods for you....

Logistics outsourcing is only logical

Sure, logistics play an important role in your business growth, just like it does in every other product-oriented industry. In many cases, it’s only true that successful logistics operations are the basis for an organization’s success. Transportation helps to maintain the balance between supply and demand and to expand your business network across the globe. Now, it all sounds so easy – moving products from centers of production to centers of consumption. But, it can turn out to be too complicated and costly, especially when your business is going from strength to strength and growing at a fast rate. So, it only makes sense to outsource your logistics requirements to an external service provider. Top 9 reasons to outsource 1. Focus on what’s important. Your business. Outsourcing your logistics needs to an expert will free up your time and resources allowing you to concentrate on your business growth. 2. Transfer the costs and hassles of logistics to a transportation solutions provider who can offer modern warehousing, technology, and transportation. 3. A good 3PL service provider will take responsibility for your business and be held accountable to your standards. 4. Sure, you know your business better than anyone. With that same logic, can you say that you know logistics better than a logistics expert? Logistics companies keep investing in newer technologies to improve the efficiency of their services. 5. 3PL providers enjoy access to a vast network of resources and established relationships with other vendors to offer you the most cost-efficient service possible. 6. Logistics companies are usually technologically adept. They can offer real-time tracking and visibility of loads. By being able to track your shipments with ease, you spend less time worrying and...

Customs Clearance Service

With Allied, quick clearance is customary Customs clearance requires a mountain of paperwork, which can quickly turn into an iceberg that could threaten the proverbial ‘Titanic.’ A web of fees, rules, and regulations that differ from port to port can further confound the problem for organizations. In a nutshell, it’s a time-consuming process that organizations shouldn’t have to go through every time send cargo across borders. Allied Transport operates offices at all GCC borders. The idea is to ensure a smooth and easy customs clearance experience for our clients so that they can focus on their core business. In fact, we have nominated clearing agents at Levant borders, and it’s our constant endeavor to minimize delays and clearance times. How we do it? With years of experience in the transportation industry, we’ve come to value the importance of accurate paperwork when it comes to customs. We ensure that the correct shipment information is handed over to the appropriate customs authorities who work with us to expedite the process. Our comprehensive range of customs clearance services includes: Import and Export clearance Clearance authorization Multi-line entry clearance Bonded clearance Advice on content classification Bonded transit Disbursements Documentation Our experts offer complete peace of mind with a truly professional service. They’ll attend the on-site inspection, arrange the sealing of trucks, provide detailed clearance status, follow-up with customs authorities, minimize clearance times and wait times to ensure the goods reach their destination as per the client’s delivery schedule. They even provide an online bill of entry for both, bonded and non-bonded shipments plus an online certificate of origin and an online health certificate....

The safe way

At Allied, we recognize that a single accident is one accident too many. In fact, road accidents are the leading cause of death and injury in the workplace, especially for the transportation industry. With this in mind, the Allied Safe Driving Initiative (ASDI) was developed & implemented in January 2016 with the goal to completely eradicate work related road accidents. ASDI offers in-depth and rigorous safe driving training to over 1,000 drivers and is based on three important parameters, which have helped us enhance our road safety record. Empowering Drivers We ensure that our drivers have their hands of the wheel of ‘safety’, so to say. That is why we impart training to them periodically throughout the year. We emphasize on driver training, including increasing the frequency as well as continually improving the content & delivery of our training sessions in order to provide maximum benefit to our drivers & ensure their safety & competency is of the highest possible standard. We have developed a robust in-class training program with modern & precise methods of instruction based on driver feedback. These sessions provided us with the perfect platform to make case studies of past incidents & investigations that were directly linked to our workplace, which made the training sessions personal & relevant to the drivers. As well as theoretical classroom-based training, new drivers also receive 2-week on-the-job training with our most experienced drivers who train them in applying the best driving practices. This has allowed trainees to witness firsthand safe driving skills and learn the nuances of driving in the ‘safe lane’. We have also made competency testing mandatory...

Because every cargo is valuable

Cargo theft is a big challenge for the transport industry. It’s not just high-value products that are at risk but every type of cargo, be it food grains or construction equipment. Organized crime rings across the world are using more and more violent tactics to achieve their selfish goals, which adversely impacts the overall business environment. But the transportation industry is fighting back, and Allied Transport too has geared up to push back against this menace. Our first step was to achieve the TAPA TSR level 3 certification, which we achieved through SGS in April 2016. In fact, we became one of the first trucking companies in the UAE and the region to do so! What is TAPA? Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is a non profit organization set up in 2000 by representatives from the various electronics and semi‐conductor manufacturers, high tech industries, freight forwarders, and professional consulting companies. It is a global initiative to complement ISO 28000, AEO Safety and other regional supply chain security programs. TAPA Security Standards were established to ensure the safe and secure transit, storage and warehousing of TAPA members’ assets throughout the world. It outlines the minimum acceptable security standards and the methods to be used in maintaining them. We were measured on the following factors: Load collection and vehicle sealing, delivery operations, route scheduling, incident reporting, vehicle maintenance, and secure parking Satellite tracking, navigation and route-deviation alerts, and home base/third-party alerts Driver training on security awareness, collection/delivery procedures, and robbery response We also implemented other security initiatives such as: Unique RFID Cards for drivers & vehicles In-Cab two-way voice communication via...
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