Author: Sébastien Barth

Founder and Managing Director of C4 Logistics, Sébastien Barth manages the international operations teams and growth strategy of C4 across Europe. With more than 20 years’ experience in premium freight services, Sébastien brings a wealth of experience to his role. Prior to C4 Logistics, Sébastien was UK Manager of Gefco Special (a former subsidiary of the Peugeot Group) and has delivered outstanding customer service to a variety of industries including the automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical sectors. Sébastien has an MA in Business and Logistics from ESIDEC Ecole Supérieure Internationale de Commerce, Metz University in France.

France on strike! Who you gonna call?……C4 Logistics!


Did you know that C4 Air are “on call” to arrange air charters 24/7?

With the announcement of widespread worker strikes in France, customers have found themselves unable to rely on their scheduled transports. Facing flight cancellations, blockades on the roads and congestion at the ports, many customers have turned to C4 Air for help.

A valued customer found themselves facing a costly line-stoppage if they could not source an immediate transport from Italy to the UK. Road transportation was not an option with congestion at the ports causing delays, so C4 Air stepped in to arrange for an immediate air charter. However, when the shipment arrived for loading it was significantly larger than described and would not fit on the plane! Undeterred, the team at C4 Air arranged for the shipment to be re-packaged onto smaller pallets to avoid any delay to the customer. The goods arrived in the UK ahead of schedule, preventing the line stoppage for the client.

Our amazing team of air transport experts are specially trained to react proactively to changing conditions, ensuring we always deliver for our customers.

To find out how C4 Air can support your business, contact us at Air@c4logistics.com or visit our website at www.c4logistics.com

Welcome to Hollywood!


Did you know that C4 Logistics are working in Hollywood?! You might not see us in the next Hollywood blockbuster but if you enjoy shopping, you will see stores who have benefited from our services.

C4 Air recently completed a transport for a new Hollywood store whose regular supplier were unable to provide their shop fittings in time for their grand opening. The retailer contacted C4 Air who immediately created a bespoke transport plan to ensure the Melrose Place boutique would receive all their goods as soon as possible. Providing a door-to-door service, the team at C4 Air organised collection of the goods and transport to Paris CDG airport. From there the journey continued with a flight to Los Angeles with onward shipment to Hollywood, arriving on Saturday morning in time for the store’s grand opening event.

To find out more about the services offered by C4 Air and our associated offices, contact Air@c4logistics.com or visit www.c4logistics.com.

Introducing C4 Spain!


C4 Logistics are delighted to announce that our extensive network of European offices now includes Spain! From today our Spanish customers will benefit from a local office, including access to a dedicated Business Development Manager and Spanish operations team.

Speaking about the expansion, Group Managing Director Sebastien Barth said: “It is extremely exciting for us to have a dedicated office serving our Spanish customers. The emergency transport market in Spain is flourishing and we have received multiple requests, from manufacturers across Spain for a dedicated service to the area. It is excellent evidence that C4 Logistics continues to grow in reputation and market share, expanding where other companies are struggling to maintain their existing customer base. C4 Spain is an excellent addition to our already established Europe-wide network of local offices, providing transport expertise to the Spanish region”

To find out more about C4 Spain visit our website at www.c4logistics.com or email Spain@c4logistics.com.

Brexit Update


The UK is due to leave the European Union on the 31st October 2019, with “No Deal Brexit” looking considerably more likely. This is an update of what C4 Logistics have been doing to minimise the impact on our customers.

How have we prepared?

  • We have certified as an automated economic operator (AEO), allowing simplified customs declarations.
  • Senior staff members have been trained in customs competency to aid and advise our customers.
  • We have implemented a state-of-the-art customs clearance platform, “Sequoia”, to create and manage customs declarations and documents.
  • We have expanded our network of customs agents across Europe and world-wide.

How can you prepare?

  • Apply for your UK EORI number
  • Calculate the value of your goods to determine how much duty will be paid
  • Obtain a commodity code for your goods and a CPC code.
  • Check the contractual Incoterms on your shipments to determine who will pay the import/export duty.
  • Decide how you will pay duty and VAT. You can visit www.gov.uk to view the options available.
  • Determine if you qualify for Government schemes such as Transitional Simplified Procedure (TSP) or Customs Simplified Freight Procedure (CFSP)

Please contact us if you need any further information or support. Contact details can be found on our website at www.c4logistics.com.

Always on your doorstep


C4 Logistics can collect from anywhere in Europe within 2hrs! Our vast network of carriers gives us the full coverage required to collect any shipment within 2hrs of contact. Can our competitors do the same?

Our dedicated carrier team ensure only the most reliable carriers are trusted with your transport.

To find your local office or book a transport visit our website www.c4logistics.com

Who are C4 Logistics?


C4 Logistics may not be a household name (yet!) but did you know that we are currently the 2nd largest time critical network in Europe?!

We have offices across Europe including France, Germany, Hungary, Romania Poland and the UK, giving us essential local knowledge.

Choose your local experts, send us a message or visit www.c4logistics.com to find your nearest office.

C4 Logistics Celebrate New Partnership With Renault


We are extremely proud to announce that C4 Logistics has been selected as the new supplier of time-critical transports for car manufacturer Renault. Based in Romania, the Renault supplier panel coordinates time-critical transports for all Renault plants across Europe. Our teams in C4 Romania and C4 UK will work alongside Renault to fulfil their transportation needs.

Speaking of the new partnership, Group Commercial Director Frederic Cesarion said: “It is a great achievement that C4 Logistics has been selected to provide Renault’s European time-critical transports. The negotiation process has been extremely positive, and we are looking forward to creating a long-standing partnership with Renault. Renault’s representatives were particularly impressed by our technological advances in live tracking and the expertise of our local Business Development Manager, Simona, who drove the negotiations from initiation to completion.”

For further information on how C4 Logistics can support your time-critical transports, visit our website at www.c4logistics.com

C4 Logistics Hungary and C4 Logistics Poland Celebrate ISO Accreditation


C4 Logistics Hungary and C4 Logistics Poland are celebrating achieving ISO accreditation for a further 3yrs! ISO 9001-2015 is the internationally recognised standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS) within businesses.

Through an external audit, the processes at C4 Hungary and Poland were assessed against multiple industry standards. Operations staff were assessed for competency and adherence to risk management, service quality, carrier selection and monitoring. All quality management standards were found to be excellent and both offices were praised by the assessor for having “The best QMS he has seen in his career!”

Speaking about the audits, C4 Logistics Managing Director, Sebastien Barth said: “Of course I am extremely proud of the achievements of both C4 Logistics Poland and C4 Logistics Hungary. Both teams are extremely dedicated to implementing our company QMS flawlessly and it is a delight to have achieved such positive feedback from the ISO assessor. Both offices have shown they always put quality and consistency at the forefront of everything they do and should be proud of their achievements.”

To find out more about how C4 Logistics can work for you visit our website at www.c4logistics.com

 

C4 Maintain GDPR Certification


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became enforceable in May 2018. It is now a legal requirement for all companies to comply with EU regulations to protect personal data.

C4 Logistics have been GDPR compliant for over 4 years, maintaining robust processes to ensure maximum protection for our customers’ valuable data.

C4 Group Managing Director, Sebastien Barth, explains: “With Cyber-attacks becoming increasingly more common, we want our customers and partners to have the peace of mind that their data is secure with C4 Logistics. Our procedures are assessed via regular external audits and always exceed the minimum requirements for certification in all areas. Technological advancement is something we champion at C4 Logistics and we are constantly reviewing our IT systems to ensure our data is as secure as possible.”

To find out more about the services offered by C4 Logistics please visit our website at: www.c4logistics.com

Brexit Update


The UK is due to leave the European Union on the 29th March 2019. With still no clarification on how this will be managed, C4 Logistics are committed to minimising the impact Brexit on our customers.

How have we prepared?

  •  C4 have certified as an authorised economic operator (AEO), allowing simplified customs declarations.
  • Senior staff members have trained in customs competency to aid and advise our customers.
  • We have implemented a state-of-the-art customs clearance platform, “Sequoia”, to create and manage customs declarations and documents.
  • We have expanded our already extensive network of customs agents across Europe and world-wide.

How can our customers prepare?

  • Apply for a UK EORI number.
  • Calculate the value of your goods to determine how much duty will be paid.
  • Obtain a commodity code for your goods and a CPC code. You will need these for your customs declarations.
  • Check the contractual Incoterms on your shipments to determine who will pay the import/export duty.
  • Decide how you will pay duty and VAT. You can visit www.gov.uk to view the options available.
  • Determine if you qualify for Government schemes such as Transitional Simplified Procedure (TSP) or Customs Simplified Freight Procedure (CFSP).

As always, our dedicated staff are here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about shipping post-Brexit. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information. Contact details can be found on our website at www.c4logistics.com.