Autor: 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.

Brexit Update November 2020


We are ready for Brexit! Whatever the outcome of the ongoing negotiations, we are determined our current level of service will remain unchanged.

How have we prepared?

  • Our in-house Transport Management System (C4 SightTM) has been re-developed, maximising automation and incorporating new customs support features. We have focused on creating a user-friendly experience to maximise our customers’ control over their own shipments.
  • Company communication networks have been upgraded to increase customer access to our customs support specialists. Our state of the art “Aircall” system allows our customers to speak with the most appropriate transport operator for their shipment from anywhere in the world.
  • We have created a team of dedicated in-house customs specialists who can complete import/export declarations and transit documents to provide our customers with the option of a “one-stop” approach to their transports. As an alternative, we have also become a member of a customs network based at key shipping ports. This will allow our operations team to choose the fastest and most cost-effective customs process for each job – maximising flexibility and efficiency for our customers.
  • Expansion of our network of local customs representatives in key shipping hubs will ensure there will always be someone available to meet shipments where customs documents must be presented in person.
  • Expanded our operations team to include over 85% bi/multilingual staffto ensure effective communication with local customs officials in all major EU countries.
  • Obtained our Authorised Economic Operator certification (AEO) and created the necessary EDI connection to allow submission of the mandatory Entry Notification Document (END) to French customs.

For further guidance on how we can support you with post-Brexit transports, please contact our operations team on ops@c4logistics.com or visit our website at www.c4logistics.com

Covid-19 Update November 2020


November 2020 has been a month of contrast for supply chain logistics. The disruption of increased travel restrictions worldwide and a return to lock down in several European countries, followed by the fantastic news of a potential vaccine by the end of the year! News of a vaccine has already fueled an increase in manufacturing confidence, but meanwhile we still need to navigate the difficulties caused by the current restrictions.

At C4 Logistics we have evolved our working practices to guarantee the premium level of service our customers expect. Below are the most common obstacles currently faced by logistics companies and how we have adapted our working processes:

Local lockdowns/Closure of a local office:

Our Transport Management Systems have been updated to facilitate remote working if necessary. We have invested in an Aircall system which allows seamless transfer of calls to our employees when working remotely and centralized our operations to ensure consistency in level of service. More than 85% of C4 employees are bi/multilingual so we can always communicate effectively with our customers in their preferred language, even in the event of office closures.

Changes to travel restrictions

Our operations team are constantly monitoring travel restrictions worldwide and updating our Transport Management Systems to reflect the current guidance. Updates to our in-house software, C4 SightTM, allows us to source the best transport routes using real-time data. We can also create multiple contingency plans, giving our customers a rapid response and complete peace of mind. Carrier availability is updated throughout the day to ensure that changes to planned transports can be implemented immediately and there will be no delay to transports.

Whatever challenges the second half of November may bring, we can reassure our customers that C4 Logistics are ready and here to keep your supply chain moving!

UK Travel Restrictions Update


From Saturday 6th November, the UK government has implemented immigration powers to extend the travel ban for Denmark and remove the current travel exemptions for freight drivers. Non-UK resident freight drivers coming from, or passing through, Denmark since 23rd October will now be denied entry to the UK upon arrival.

Any UK residents (including freight drivers) who have arrived from or passed through Denmark since 23rd October, must now self-isolate with their households for 14days.

These restrictions are due to be reviewed after 7 days.

In response to these new restrictions, our operations team have already reviewed all pending transports, implemented alternative travel routes, and reassigned carriers where necessary. We want to reassure our customers that there will be no disruption to our services.

C4 Logistics Group COVID-19 Bulletin: 23th March 2020 at 12pm GMT


The European Union

Brussels has announced a 30-day travel restriction into the European Union because of the coronavirus pandemic. This was announced by Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission. This restriction does not apply to freight transportation.

Please see below for the specific restrictions in place in individual countries:

United Kingdom

There are currently no travel restrictions in place.

France

On Monday evening, President Macron announced that France would enter a period of enforced lockdown from midday on Tuesday 17th March.  International freight transport is not included in the lockdown.

Austria

The weekend traffic ban for all heavy goods vehicles above 7.5 tonnes has been suspended until 3 April 2020. According to IRU, this measure has been discussed and coordinated with Italy and Bavaria in order to avoid border waiting times where possible.

Austria is refusing entry to anyone arriving from Italy without a valid health certificate. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday morning. “In order to prevent the further spread of coronavirus, the Austrian government has issued a regulation for health checks upon entry from Italy. From Tuesday morning, two mobile health check teams will carry out selective health checks in the Brenner border area (motorway, state road and train traffic) and at the Sillian and Reschenpass borders. During the health checks, temperature measurements will be carried out at random. Also, the medical team will ask standard questions, such as whether the trip was started from a risk area and whether the people being checked have flu-like symptoms.”

Denmark

The Danish government have suspended the rules governing drivers’ hours and working time in road transport for 10 days. From 23rd March, drivers carrying groceries will not have to comply with the 24 and 45-hours rest regulations.

Bulgaria

As of 00:00, 18 March, entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria for people coming from the following countries is forbidden: China (the People’s Republic of); Iran (the Islamic Republic of); Bangladesh; India; Maldives (the Republic of); Nepal (the Federal Democratic Republic of); Sri Lanka (the Democratic Socialist Republic of); Spain; Italy; Korea (the Republic of); United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland; France; Germany; the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Norway

Travellers who want to enter Norway from countries outside Scandinavia must enter quarantine for two weeks or will be refused entry.

Germany

From Monday morning, Germany has closed its borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark. Only German citizens, those who reside in the country and work in a neighbouring nation, and physical goods, can now cross the German border. International freight transport will also be allowed to cross the borders.

The federal police have tightened controls on the French border in Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg. People travelling from France will be asked about their health, and officials will measure body temperature. A checkpoint is also in place on the A8 near Perl, where drivers from Luxembourg are checked. The German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein have relaxed the ban on delivery trucks on Sundays and holidays. However, this will only apply to transports of hygiene products and non-perishable foods.

Latvia

A state of emergency has been declared and will remain in force until 14 April. Currently we do not have information about any difficulties for transport or border controls.

Lithuania

Lithuania has introduced a quarantine. Foreigners will not be able to enter the country, except for those who deliver goods. People entering from Italy, France, Germany, Spain, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Korea, Singapore and Japan will be subject to health checks. The Ogrodniki-Lazdijai border crossing is open to all drivers, there are no tonnage restrictions at the crossing.

Poland

Between 15th March to 24th March, border controls will be in force on the Polish borders with Germany, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Polish borders can only be crossed at designated places. Checks will also be carried out at seaports and airports.  Restrictions will be introduced for foreigners on entry to Poland but those who carry goods, including truck drivers, will be allowed to enter the country. Poland has also introduced health checks at its border crossings with Germany, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

List of road border crossings with EU countries that will be OPEN:

Czech Republic

  • Cieszyn – Chotebuz
  • Gorzyczki
  • Chałupki
  • Trzebinia
  • Kudowa – Salty
  • Jakuszyce

Germany

  • Jędrzychowice
  • Olszyna – Forst
  • Świecko – Frankfurt
  • Lower Krajnik – Schwedt
  • Kołabaskowo – Pomellen
  • Świnoujście – Garz

 Slovakia

  • Periwinkle
  • Chyżne

Lithuania

  • Budzisko

Switzerland

Random checks are taking place on the Italian-Swiss border and people entering the country will asked about the reason of their journey. 83 control points have been established and nine smaller border crossings with Italy are closed in the Canton of Tessin: Pedrinate, Ponte Faloppia, Novazzano Marcetto, San Pietro di Stabio, Ligornetto Cantinetta, Arzo, Ponte Cremenaga, Cassinone and Indemini.

Spain

On Thursday evening (12th March), the Catalan government decided to quarantine four towns in Spain’s north-eastern autonomous region of Catalonia:

  • Igualada
  • Vilanova del Camí,
  • Santa Margarida de Montbui,
  • Enadena.

There is no information about the impact on freight transport yet.

 Czech Republic

There are random health checks being conducted at the borders with Germany and Austria. Entry is being refused for foreigners coming from the most infected countries (China, Italy, Iran and South Korea.)

A 30-day state of emergency was declared from 12th March. From 14th March, border controls with Austria and Germany will resume. Entry will be restricted to 11 designated crossings. Necessary documents and an updated list of active border crossings can be found on the website Czech Ministry of the Interior: https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=22239800&doctype=ART

Estonia

Estonia has introduced health checks at its borders to identify people with possible coronavirus symptoms. Travellers arriving in Estonia must fill in a document to declare which countries they have recently visited.

Slovakia

Temporary border controls have been reintroduced at crossing points with Austria, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Hungary. Only people with a permanent or temporary residence permit in the Slovak Republic and Slovak citizens will be allowed to enter the territory of the Slovak Republic. For persons living abroad and commuters in Slovakia, priority border controls have been introduced – proof of employment is required.

Further measures:

  • introduction of a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals from high-risk countries.
  • suspension of international transport (except supply and transit);
  • no controls will be introduced on the Slovak-Polish border
  • closure of international airports for passenger traffic (Bratislava, Košice, Poprad);
  • suspension of international passenger transport (air, rail, bus) 

Hungary

Hungary closed its borders foreign nationals on 16 March midnight. Only Hungarian nationals can enter the country, but international freight transport is still allowed. The government has created freight corridors for trucks. Trucks can enter the country at designated border crossings, they must then follow a designated transit route, they can re-fuel only at designated fuel stations.

Border-crossing open for international freight traffic:

  • Rajka (SK)
  • Hegyeshalom, Sopron, Rabafuzes (Austria)
  • Redics (Slovenia)
  • Letenye (Croatia) Udvar (Croatia)
  • Roszke (Serbia)
  • Csanadpalota (Romania)
  • Zahony (Ukraine)
  • Tornyosnemeti (Czechia)

Turkey

All Turkish border crossings were closed yesterday for travellers from the following countries: Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Turkish truck drivers entering the country from one of these countries will be quarantined for 14 days at home. Foreign truckers entering Turkey from one of these countries will be quarantined for 14 days at the border and will not be able to enter the country during the quarantine period. Truck drivers who are nationals of these countries will not be allowed to enter Turkey.

Italy

The quarantine of Italy does not apply to road transportation of goods. However, drivers carrying out transportation in zones subject to exceptional measures, and now, de facto the whole country should have a statement with them, which includes the origin and the destination of their travels, the route between the two points, and the employer’s declaration of the driver’s job.

Collections and deliveries from/to Italy are becoming increasingly challenging.

Romania

Romania has closed its border to freight traffic arriving from northern Italy. The border lock is in force until 31 March. Drivers are currently reluctant to go back to Romania as they are subject to a 14 days confinement.

Serbia

Serbia is closing its borders with immediate effect for those coming from areas that are the focal points of the new type of coronavirus. According to the Serbian Public Service Television (RTS) report, the President of the Republic has explained that people from parts of China, South Korea, Iran and Switzerland, as well as northern Italy, are temporarily denied entry to Serbia.

Serbia has introduced a state of emergency – access is banned for all foreigners except diplomats and Chinese citizens. Penalty for non-compliance – 3 years in prison. These measures, however, do not apply to freight traffic when performing international road transport. In the case of international road traffic burden, the stay is limited to a period of no longer than 12 hours from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

Slovenia

Slovenia has closed its border with Italy however this does not apply to the transportation of goods. To be able to enter Slovenia, drivers and passengers should be able to present a negative coronavirus health certificate issued by the competent authorities within the preceding three days. Otherwise, their entry will be refused. The border will not be closed for road transport because that would cause further damage to the economy.

Belarus

Foreign truck drivers travelling through Belarus will be able to stop to rest and refuel only in places designated by the Belarus Ministry of Transport from midnight 19 March. Sanitary and epidemiological controls will be introduced at fuel stations. Compliance checks will be carried out by road transport inspectors. The measure will be in force from midnight 19 March.

C4 Logistics Group COVID-19 Bulletin: 18th March 2020 at 12pm GMT


The European Union

Brussels has announced a 30-day travel restriction into the European Union because of the coronavirus pandemic. This was announced by Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission. This restriction does not apply to freight transportation.

Please see below for the specific restrictions in place in individual countries:

United Kingdom

There are currently no travel restrictions in place.

France

On Monday evening, President Macron announced that France would enter a period of enforced lockdown from midday on Tuesday 17th March.

International freight transport is not included in the lockdown.

Austria

The weekend traffic ban for all heavy goods vehicles above 7.5 tonnes has been suspended until 3 April 2020. According to IRU, this measure has been discussed and coordinated with Italy and Bavaria in order to avoid border waiting times where possible.

Austria is refusing entry to anyone arriving from Italy without a valid health certificate. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday morning. “In order to prevent the further spread of coronavirus, the Austrian government has issued a regulation for health checks upon entry from Italy. From Tuesday morning, two mobile health check teams will carry out selective health checks in the Brenner border area (motorway, state road and train traffic) and at the Sillian and Reschenpass borders. During the health checks, temperature measurements will be carried out at random. Also, the medical team will ask standard questions, such as whether the trip was started from a risk area and whether the people being checked have flu-like symptoms.”

Denmark

The Danish government have suspended the rules governing drivers’ hours and working time in road transport for 10 days. From 23rd March, drivers carrying groceries will not have to comply with the 24 and 45-hours rest regulations.

Norway

Travellers who want to enter Norway from countries outside Scandinavia must enter quarantine for two weeks or will be refused entry.

Germany

From Monday morning, Germany has closed its borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark. Only German citizens, those who reside in the country and work in a neighbouring nation, and physical goods, can now cross the German border. International freight transport will also be allowed to cross the borders.

The federal police have tightened controls on the French border in Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg. People travelling from France will be asked about their health, and officials will measure body temperature. A checkpoint is also in place on the A8 near Perl, where drivers from Luxembourg are checked.

The German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein have relaxed the ban on delivery trucks on Sundays and holidays. However, this will only apply to transports of hygiene products and non-perishable foods.

Latvia

A state of emergency has been declared and will remain in force until 14 April. Currently we do not have information about any difficulties for transport or border controls.

Lithuania

Lithuania Introduced health checks on the border with Poland and Latvia. The authorities are conducting random checks on travellers and truck drivers.

Poland

Between 15th March to 24th March, border controls will be in force on the Polish borders with Germany, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Polish borders can only be crossed at designated places. Checks will also be carried out at seaports and airports.  Restrictions will be introduced for foreigners on entry to Poland but those who carry goods, including truck drivers, will be allowed to enter the country.

Poland has also introduced health checks at its border crossings with Germany, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

List of road border crossings with EU countries that will be OPEN:

Czech Republic

  • Cieszyn – Chotebuz
  • Gorzyczki
  • Chałupki
  • Trzebinia
  • Kudowa – Salty
  • Jakuszyce

Germany

  • Jędrzychowice
  • Olszyna – Forst
  • Świecko – Frankfurt
  • Lower Krajnik – Schwedt
  • Kołabaskowo – Pomellen
  • Świnoujście – Garz

Slovakia

  • Periwinkle
  • Chyżne

Lithuania

  • Budzisko

Switzerland

Random checks are taking place on the Italian-Swiss border and people entering the country will asked about the reason of their journey. 83 control points have been established and nine smaller border crossings with Italy are closed in the Canton of Tessin: Pedrinate, Ponte Faloppia, Novazzano Marcetto, San Pietro di Stabio, Ligornetto Cantinetta, Arzo, Ponte Cremenaga, Cassinone and Indemini.

Spain

On Thursday evening (12th March), the Catalan government decided to quarantine four towns in Spain’s north-eastern autonomous region of Catalonia:

  • Igualada
  • Vilanova del Camí,
  • Santa Margarida de Montbui,
  • Enadena.

There is no information about the impact on freight transport yet.

Czech Republic

There are random health checks being conducted at the borders with Germany and Austria. Entry is being refused for foreigners coming from the most infected countries (China, Italy, Iran and South Korea.) A 30-day state of emergency was declared from 12th March.

From 14th March, border controls with Austria and Germany will resume. Entry will be restricted to 11 designated crossings. Necessary documents and an updated list of active border crossings can be found on the website Czech Ministry of the Interior: https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=22239800&doctype=ART

 Estonia

Estonia has introduced health checks at its borders to identify people with possible coronavirus symptoms. Travellers arriving in Estonia must fill in a document to declare which countries they have recently visited.

 Slovakia

Temporary border controls have been reintroduced at crossing points with Austria, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Hungary. Only people with a permanent or temporary residence permit in the Slovak Republic and Slovak citizens will be allowed to enter the territory of the Slovak Republic. For persons living abroad and commuters in Slovakia, priority border controls have been introduced – proof of employment is required.

 Further measures:

  •  introduction of a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals from high-risk countries.
  •  suspension of international transport (except supply and transit);
  •  no controls will be introduced on the Slovak-Polish border
  • closure of international airports for passenger traffic (Bratislava, Košice, Poprad);

Hungary

Border controls at Slovenian and Austrian borders have been reintroduced.

There is no entry to Hungary for people coming from the territory of Italy, China, South Korea and Iran but this measure does NOT affect the transportation of goods.

Italy

The quarantine of Italy does not apply to road transportation of goods. However, drivers carrying out transportation in zones subject to exceptional measures, and now, de facto the whole country should have a statement with them, which includes the origin and the destination of their travels, the route between the two points, and the employer’s declaration of the driver’s job.

Collections and deliveries from/to Italy are becoming increasingly challenging.

Romania

Romania has closed its border to freight traffic arriving from northern Italy. The border lock is in force until 31 March. Drivers are currently reluctant to go back to Romania as they are subject to a 14 days confinement.

Serbia

Serbia is closing its borders with immediate effect for those coming from areas that are the focal points of the new type of coronavirus. According to the Serbian Public Service Television (RTS) report, the President of the Republic has explained that people from parts of China, South Korea, Iran and Switzerland, as well as northern Italy, are temporarily denied entry to Serbia.

Slovenia

Slovenia has closed its border with Italy however this does not apply to the transportation of goods. To be able to enter Slovenia, drivers and passengers should be able to present a negative coronavirus health certificate issued by the competent authorities within the preceding three days. Otherwise, their entry will be refused.

However, the border will not be closed for road transport because that would cause further damage to the economy.

Business as Usual!


C4 Logistics are continuing to operate as normal during the Coronavirus outbreak. Our business continuity plan has been thoroughly tested and we will continue to deliver our usual level of service.

How have we prepared:

  • All our operations employees are equipped for homeworking.
  • In the event of a large level of sickness in any hub office, all calls and transports will be transferred to an alternative office.
  • Transports will be organised on a solution basis and customers will be advised of any restrictions to movements at the time of booking.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us directly. Contact details can be found at www.c4logistics.com

Congratulations C4 Germany, C4 Ireland and C4 Spain!


C4 Logistics Germany, Ireland and Spain are celebrating achieving ISO accreditation for a further 3yrs!

ISO 9001-2015 is the internationally recognised standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS.) A government-recognised certification, ISO 9001-2015 dictates the standards a QMS must satisfy in order to achieve international accreditation.

Assessed by an independent awarding body, C4’s QMS procedures were appraised against multiple industry standards including risk management, service quality, carrier selection and ongoing staff training. The awarding body found C4’s QMS to be excellent in all areas.

By adhering to ISO 9001-2015 C4 Logistics ensures their customers always receive the best possible service.

To find out more about how C4 Logistics maintains it exceptional standards visit the website at www.c4logistics.com.

Covid-19 Update 11th March


With the outbreak of COVID-19 worsening in Italy, the decision has been taken to restrict movement across the country until the 3rd of April. Transports for supply chain and working needs are exempt from these restrictions. Pickup and delivery of goods will still be allowed, along with free movement of shipments in and out of the country.

It is necessary to highlight that some transports maybe be subject to extra checks by the Italian authorities on main highways. We also appreciate that some drivers may be unwilling to enter the restricted areas.

C4 Logistics are committed to continuing to provide transport solutions on a case-by-case basis. We would encourage any customers who want further information on the latest restrictions to get in touch with our operations team directly. Visit our website at www.c4logistics.com for contact information.

COVID-19 Update


As of the 8th March, Italy has introduced widespread quarantine measures to its worst affected regions. Travel has been restricted in 14 Northern and Central provinces, limiting transports to and from these regions.

While local access will need to be checked on a case-by-case basis, there are plenty of transport options still available. We would encourage our customers to get in touch to discuss what solutions are available. Contact us at www.c4logistics.com

Think we only deliver within Europe? Think again!


C4 Logistics already deliver to over 160 countries worldwide and we are always adding new destinations to our catalogue. When destinations are hard to reach quickly by road, we enlist the skills of our specialist air transport team (C4 Air) to find a bespoke solution.

For example, when key automotive parts needed to reach Thailand from France on a tight 24hr deadline, we organised a bespoke hand-carry service including door-to-door delivery and customs clearance. C4 employ a specially selected catalogue of hand-carry couriers who are trained in customs clearance and security. This ensures shipment can clear customs quickly and high value or sensitive items are always delivered safely.

To find out more about our hand-carry services contact C4 Air at air@c4logisics.com or visit our website www.c4logistics.com.