The Chancellor deferred the proposed increase due in January 2013 due to continued high fuel costs - see link below for current rates;
Members are reporting that insurance rates are softening and substantial reductions are available; there are at least three providers to the Irish market including;
Brennan Insurance – Eamon Doherty on 003531 639 5589.
Open & Direct Commercial - Roisin Boyle on 028 777 41404.
Oamps – 01372 467266
Before you accept the first quote you receive make sure you get alternative quotes.
HMRC have released their activity report for Northern Ireland (2012) which makes interesting reading. See:
Any member with difficulty accessing the report can request a hard copy from the office.
Wet Line Contamination
As we continue to report in NIOF news sheets Customs have adopted the protocol for wet line contamination http://www.nioil.com/WetLineProtocol.pdf
and if members stick to these guidelines they will not receive punitive action on discovery of an accidental contamination.
Customs are finding more and more cases of contamination and members must ensure they can dempnstrate compliance with the code to minimise the chance of punitive fines and or prosecution. NIOF will not support any case of wet line contamination unless the member can demonstrate compliance with the code.