We are recruiting!!

We are now looking for a trainee shipping clerk to join our busy shipping department.   You will learn the basic duties of shipping goods all over the world from a simple shipment via courier service to the management of the more complex shipments where specific documents are required.

Internal training will be provided and the successful candidate will be assigned a mentor.  Educated to a minimum of ‘A’ level with strong communication skills, be IT literate and organised with ‘a can do’ attitude, the successful candidate has the opportunity to take on further responsibility and ultimately gain a qualification in International Trade.

If you feel that you would like to take on this challenge and would like further information about the role then please call us on 0115 727 0018 to discuss further.

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Qatar Crisis

Qatar is currently being blockaded by many of its Gulf neighbours in a dispute that came to a head last month. As of 5th June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt and Bahrain have closed all of their land, sea and air routes into and out of Qatar. As a result, moving goods into Qatar has become extremely difficult. Flights to and from Qatar cannot pass through airspace of the four countries mentioned above.

It is unknown how long this crisis might go on for. The opposing countries sent a list of 13 demands to Qatar in order to end the dispute; however, these have been formally rejected by Qatar and the blockade remains in place.

A list of the 11 countries that have cut or limited diplomatic ties with Qatar is as follows: Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Senegal, Jordan, Djibouti. If you plan to export any goods to Qatar, be prepared for massive delays and very high costs, as routes into Qatar have become very restricted. Imports have been limited to food and other urgent supplies, which are being flown in.



Exporter Services Sponsor John Duncan Racing

John Duncan Racing – Mini Cooper Cup Championship 2017

Exporter Services is proud to sponsor John Duncan Racing this year in the Celtic Speed Mini Cooper Cup Championship.

Round 1 was held on 9th April at Knockhill Racing Circuit, and despite a few problems, John did well to get a podium finish on the final race, qualifying in 6th place overall. Well Done John! We wish him the best of luck in his next race.

You can find out more about the weekend of racing and find some great photos on John’s Facebook page


2017 Changes to Lithium Battery Regulations

As we settle in to 2017 we’re already seeing changes in some of the regulations that affect our day to day shipping procedures. For those of you who ship lithium batteries by air, a change in freight operators’ attitudes to certain parts of IATA packing instructions (PI) could affect the way you move your goods.

As of January 1st this year, many freight operators no longer allow lithium batteries to be shipped under reduced regulations, which cover the following PI:

Section II of Packing Instruction 965 for UN3480 lithium ion batteries.

Section II of Packing Instruction 968 for UN3090 lithium metal batteries.

 This means that any packages that would normally meet the specifications of Section II of either of these packing instructions are now treated as Section IB, and are consequently subject to all the regulations associated with Class 9 hazards, including the requirement for a Shipper’s Declaration.

Although the IATA regulations have not yet been changed to reflect the above, the freight operators are entirely within their rights to refuse any packages that do not meet their own safety regulations, so it is important to always check with freight operators for any additional requirements when using them for hazardous shipments.       

We have moved!


Exciting times in Exporter Services land! We have now moved into new premises in Castle Donington, which will allow for us to grow and progress even further. The whole team is very excited and we look forward to what this move will bring with it. Feel free to come and visit us, we have some beautiful views and lots of cafes around! 

Brexit – Keep calm and carry on!




The decision has been made to exit the EU, however in the case of moving freight within the EU, nothing has changed for the time being.

Please let your customers know, as soon as you can, that we are still trading in the same way as we were before the referendum. This will at least give them some reassurances. We are seeing that some of our customers in Europe are feeling anxious and asking for clarification.

From your perspective as the suppliers, you must still insist on proof of export to satisfy HMRC requirements just as you did before.

Should you require support or information please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Further information to follow as developments arise.