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.
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.
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 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
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
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.
C4 are proud to have achieved Cyber Essentials Accreditation for the fourth year running! This certification provides evidence of robust company IT systems, protecting us and our customers from cyber-attack.
The offices at C4 UK were visited by an independent assessor from IASME who conducted a rigorous internal audit. IASME is one of only five companies who are accredited to certify businesses against the Government’s Cyber Essential Scheme.
Our cyber security systems were assessed against five essentials: boundary firewalls and internet gateways, secure configuration, access control, malware protection and patch management. These were tested alongside the physical security measures, staff awareness and data backup systems in place. C4 systems were found to be excellent in all areas.
Sebastien Barth (C4 Group Managing Director,) explains why C4 Logistics chooses to be externally audited by IASME: “At C4 we rely heavily on technology and IT systems to provide an exceptional service for our customers. Currently there are no legal requirements for freight companies to maintain any level of cyber security, but at C4 we are acutely aware of the risks of potential cyber-attacks. It is essential to us that we keep our data secure because our customers trust us to keep their sensitive data safe. Achieving Cyber Essentials accreditation is evidence that C4 maintains the secure and robust systems to do this.”
The uncertainty surrounding the withdrawal agreement put forward by the government makes it difficult to assess whether the United Kingdom will exit the European Union with or without a deal. Consequently, there is currently no concrete information available about the future trade arrangements with the EU.
At C4 Logistics we are aware that a “No Deal Brexit” has the potential to be disruptive for the supply chain. For this reason, we have been pro-actively preparing for this possibility over the last 12months, to ensure any disruption to our clients will be kept to a minimum.
This communication details some of the preparations we have made to ensure we are best placed to continue to provide the service you expect, whatever the Brexit outcome.
Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status
C4 Logistics has been certified AEO since 2012 for customs simplification, security and safety. This certification is official acknowledgement that our role within the international supply chain is secure and our customs controls and procedures are both efficient and compliant. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officials regularly assess our company’s finances, site security, shipping procedures, compliance with customs requirements and fulfilment of the relevant legal and safety regulations.
The benefits of being AEO certified include simplified customs declarations, transit simplifications and priority treatment of consignments if selected for control. As a result, our clients will benefit from a reduced risk of customs delays, greater transparency and peace of mind.
Customs declarations and documentation
C4 Logistics is implementing a state-of-the-art, high performance customs clearance platform called Sequoia. Sequoia is the leading UK customs system supplied by ASM, providing connections to customs and the port community systems. Through this platform, C4 Logistics can now create and manage customs declarations and documentation.
Senior staff members have recently undertaken a Customs Competency course: “Customs in Action – Practical Compliance” provided by Morley Consulting Training Ltd, London. During this intensive week-long course, every aspect of the customs declaration process was reviewed, and staff competency assessed. This additional training will allow us to help our clients with completing the necessary procedures while continuing to provide a pertinent and valuable premium customer service.
Crossings to and from the Continent
Since its creation in 2001, C4 Logistics has established and maintained strong partnerships with ferry companies and Eurotunnel. Regarding the main links between the United Kingdom and France (Dover/Folkestone – Calais/Dunkirk), we work with P&O ferries, DFDS and Eurotunnel. C4 Logistics is currently Eurotunnel’s main UK customer for van crossings. This special relationship allows us to benefit from guaranteed crossing capacity at peak-times.
The Calais and Dunkirk crossings remain the shortest and most frequent, these are therefore the most effective for our clients’ needs. There are currently 100 daily crossings with crossing times ranging from 35 minutes to 2 hours.
In comparison, there are only three daily sailings from Newhaven to Dieppe with a crossing time of 4 hours and three daily sailings from Portsmouth to Caen with a crossing time of five hours and 45minutes. These are currently the only two alternative crossings running with a frequency of more than one sailing per day.
Crossings to Holland and Belgium operate twice daily and crossing times vary from 7 hours to 15hours and 45 minutes. These sailings are not currently suitable for time critical shipments as they do require advance bookings.
In December, the government announced it was awarding £102.9m to three crossing providers. This funding will create extra capacity to ease congestion at Dover if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal. We are still waiting for specifics on how these investments will translate to increased capacities and potential new routes.
C4 Logistics will of course remain attentive to all crossings to the Continent in order to assess the best options for our clients.
All time critical shipments carried to and from Europe, on behalf of our clients, are transported by approved European suppliers permanently resident in European member states. In the event of a “No Deal Brexit”, there are currently no restrictions on EU drivers being able to drive in the UK. The latest no-deal communication states that “The UK does not require EU drivers to hold a separate IDP (International Driving Permit) to guarantee the recognition of their driving licence”.
Brexit impact on our business
Since 2012, C4 Logistics has been increasing its footprint in Europe. Today, we have 7 offices in 6 countries (France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Romania and the UK) offering total coverage across Europe. Most of our customers are now based outside of the UK with the UK only representing 19% of the C4 Group’s total turnover and gross margin. In the future we anticipate the UK share in our Group results will continue to reduce thanks to the rapid expansion we are currently experiencing in our other European offices. Although we are actively preparing for a “No Deal Brexit”, our European ambitions over the next few years and our strong financial health means we are extremely confident about our future.
Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
Finally, as a preventive measure and if you have not done so already, we encourage you to register for your EORI number at www.gov.uk/hmrc/get-eori.
We hope this communication will answer all the questions you may have regarding our readiness in case of a “No Deal Brexit” and will also give you the confidence that we will continue providing our clients with the highest level of service excellence for all their time critical logistics requirements.
However, should you need any further information, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Of course, we will keep you updated once we have a better understanding on the future trade arrangements with the EU.
C4 France are proud to have achieved ISO accreditation for a further 3yrs. An international standard for quality management systems (QMS), ISO 9001-2015 is a government recognised certification specifying the requirements a QMS must meet to achieve international accreditation.
During a rigorous two-day inspection, a representative from the NQA (an independent awarding body) assessed the QMS procedures at C4 France against multiple industry standards. Operations staff were individually assessed for competency and adherence to risk management, service quality, carrier selection and monitoring. After a thorough audit, implementation of all quality standards was found to be excellent.
Speaking about the audit, C4 France Country Manager, Benoit Kermarrec said: “we are delighted to have achieved such positive feedback from the NQA. The operations team are extremely dedicated to implementing our QMS and this was listed as one of our real strengths. The NQA were also particularly impressed by our bespoke IT systems and our capacity to update customers on their shipments in real time.”
Adhering to ISO 9001-2015 standards ensures that C4 Logistics are perfectly placed to provide exceptional service for any time-critical freight requirements.
To find out more about how C4 Logistics can work for you visit our website at www.c4logistics.com
The team at C4 Germany were contacted this week by a customer needing an urgent road delivery to Italy via Austria. Delivery was essential within 24hrs and the customer’s regular transport could not deliver in time. Heavy snowfall across Austria complicated things further. 90% of the roads were snow covered and only specialist 4×4 vehicles were permitted to travel. Many delivery companies had completely suspended operations in the area.
Rising to the challenge, C4 Germany utilised their specialist logistics knowledge to source a carrier with the appropriate 4×4 vehicle and negotiated a cost to the customer equivalent to a regular transport. With the forecast of more heavy snowfall, the customer was anxious to be updated on the progress of their shipment. The C4 Sight app allowed C4 operations staff to track the vehicle throughout the transit, updating the customer on its progress every 2hrs.
With extreme weather events increasing each year, road transports during winter months are becoming ever more challenging. Despite these obstacles, the team at C4 Logistics continue to deliver with the efficiency and great value for money our customers have come to expect.
To find out more about the services offered by C4 Logistics visit our website: www.c4logistics.com