UPDATE 15th of January
DPD have communicated to us today they expect to start collecting shipments again for EU and ROI shipment from tomorrow, so that means that we will be able to continue to ship out those orders we have been holding next week.
We will of course be updating customers as we ship their individual order to them.
Once we have cleared the back log of orders we will be able to update your when we expect to open the site for new orders to be placed.
UPDATE 13th of January
We have received a further update from DPD who continue to suspend the collection of orders shipping to ROI and the EU.
This is due to the changes with the customs clearing and the New Computerised Transit System which the UK government has offered for clearing of goods. They will be issuing a further update on Friday the 15th.
We know that this is frustrating and we are investigating other courier services that we can use to get orders shipped out to you and to use to allow the site to open to our ROI and EU customers.
In terms of opening the site for new orders, we have decided to delay this until to ensure that the orders we have are prioritised first before taking any new orders. We expect the site to open again week commencing 25th of January.
Thank you for your patience at this time.
UPDATE 8th of January
So as we started to make good progress sending out the orders we have been holding since the port shut down before Christmas, we have just received the news that our courier is suspending EU collections due to the volume of parcels and delays at the ports. This suspension is until Tuesday 12th of January, as soon as we can we will continue to send out these orders. We are expecting some of what we sent out yesterday to be returned to us again, as before we will hold onto these, ensuring any yeast is refrigerated etc. until we can send them out again.
UPDATE 7th of January
As of the 6th of January we have started to ship the orders from outside of the UK that we received before the issue with the ports. We are aiming to have all of these out of the premises by the end of this week. As with any new systems there are teething issues to be worked out and we are liaising with our couriers to work these bugs out. Once they have finalised the processes we will complete the final amends and tweaks to the new systems and processes required on our website to open the site for customers outside of the UK. We very much expect that we will be able to accept new orders next week if all goes well. We will of course keep you all updated and announce the reopening on all of our social media accounts the minute the site opens. Thank you for your patience whilst we do this.
UPDATE 5th of January
Couriers have implemented an electronic system to upload commercial invoices that are now necessary for our EU customers to receive orders. We had been working with DPD to get this system working for most of last year and preparing our website with all the new information needed. It went live on the 4th of January, and as you would expect with any new electronic implementation there were a few teething problems. We are giving this our full attention and waiting for the courier to resolve the issues found on their system, we fully expect that we will be able to open the site for new EU orders, but we can’t give you an exact date, I would like to think that its possible from next week (week commencing 11th) and will continue to update as we progress these changes. As always we very much appreciate the support that our customers show and we are doing our level best for you.
EDIT 30th December.
Well the good news is that at least “some sort” of deal was agreed on the 24th December and the details were released to the public on the 29th December. Having poured through as much of the agreement as I am able, we are still none the wiser. I am expecting information from DPD and DHL which will hopefully shed some more light. At present our plan is to resume taking EU and Northern Island orders as soon as possible after the 4th January.
18th of December
I sit at my desk thinking back to when The Malt Miller was in its infancy, what we set out to do, did right, didn’t get quite right and learnt from? Amongst our greatest achievements is looking at customers across Europe and not seeing our own Island as a boundary to trade. We have and always will, see our customers as just that, where they reside is immaterial. The same is true of suppliers, it has never mattered as to where they are located, both suppliers and customers are seen as friends.
Which brings me to the dreaded subject that is Brexit. Apparently we have been in a “transition period” Well not from where we have been trading because nothing had changed, whatsoever. Right until about now, our transition period has started but with just a few days to go, our governments are unable to tell us what we are transitioning to.
As a company we have spent vast sums of both time and funds on getting ourselves in a position to be able to keep trading with our European friends come what may.
It maybe that by the time I have finished writing the situation has changed, again, more information has come to light perhaps, who knows?
But, we do need to make some decisions, this, perhaps, fluid in an evolving position and as such I will be updating this post as and when new information comes to light. It maybe that our hand is forced by the couriers handling our goods however, our plan was to suspend EU and outside of UK mainland order placement on the 28th December and restart after the 4th January with new systems on our website and with our couriers new systems.
EDIT: Well our hand has been forced due to the French port suspension on Sunday the 20th because of COVID19 and the couriers now suspending shipments to Europe I’m afraid. So from this point forward (Wednesday 23rd) we are going to have to suspend orders from our customers in Europe. Those customers who have orders placed with us, we will contact you directly today and tomorrow to let you know what is happening.
As far as the future position stands we are able to :-
- Process orders without VAT for all EU orders if needed
- Automatically produce fully conforming commercial invoices that are electronically uploaded to the couriers.
- Use two different couriers using both road and airfreight
The above is what is required when we send outside the EU at present and with our best judgement will be what is required if we leave with “no deal”. Suspending is not ideal for us or you, but will allow these systems to be implemented, and prevent any orders sitting in an almost limbo state of in-between old and new ways of working.
As always we thank all our customers and suppliers for their support, see you on the other side.
Rob & team TMM
Summary of Change Implementation
20th of December – Ports to Europe closed due to COVID19. Courier collections suspended.
23rd of December – Courier collections suspended for EU deliveries until 4th of January. ROI and NI continue.
28th of December – Planned suspension of orders for remaining customers outside of UK mainland (ROI, NI, Channel Islands)
4th of January – Planned switch on of ordering for outside of UK mainland customers. Courier collections resume.
15th of January – Update from DPD due with regards to collecting EU, ROI and NI orders.
18th of January – If DPD reinstates collections we plan to ship orders received again to customers waiting
25th of January – If all orders are cleared we expect to open the site for new orders