At Seaspace International, we set high standards for ourselves to ensure our customers receive the best quality and care from our services and team.
Over our 30+ years we have won acclaim and approval from industry-leading Associations and are delighted to be members of the following:
The International Air & Shipping Association (IASA) was the original global freight forwarders network, established in 1971, as a not for profit and exclusive association for independent logistics companies.
Membership is by invitation only, with just one member per country, excluding China and the USA, which are regionalised. Invitees have to pass a rigorous due diligence application process, including examination of accounts and an interview with the Board of Directors. This ensures a strong, principled and integrated worldwide network of like-minded forwarders.
Seaspace International is proud to be the exclusive UK member for this prestigious organisation and to have our Managing Director, Gordon Humphrey, as a Director on the IASA Board.
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is the trade association for UK-registered companies in the logistics and supply chain management sector. Seaspace International has been a BIFA registered forwarder since 1991.
BIFA members trade under a nationally accepted set of Standard Trading Conditions that are backed in the insurance sector. Membership demonstrates industry specific integrity, expertise and security. Internationally recognised training in all areas of logistics is also provided by BIFA, as well as representation for the membership at all levels of UK government and other international representative bodies.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines formulating industry policy and regulations on critical aviation issues, including cargo.
An important element of this regulation covers the air transport of hazardous goods and only IATA qualified cargo agents such as Seaspace International can handle and book dangerous goods. Seaspace’s IATA accreditation is achieved by regular and rigorous training and examination.
Membership of IATA also enables Seaspace to book direct with almost 300 IATA airlines, all of which adhere to strict organisation terms and conditions.
Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is an internationally recognised quality mark indicating that our role in the international supply chain is secure, and that our Customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.
Qualification for this marque entails an exhaustive examination of company procedures, policies and protocols by HM Revenue and Customs.
Holders also benefit from arrangements under Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs). MRAs are negotiated by the EU with third country customs authorities. Normally the benefits will reflect those for AEO, for example faster clearance at the frontier, less interventions and lower risk scores.
The EU and UK currently has MRAs with:
- Norway (security declarations only)
- Switzerland (security declarations only)
We are also proud to be a Gold Member of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce works closely with local businesses to create connections, develop skills and strategies and ensure they are adopting best practices.
They also have connections with key decision makers within the government, both local and central, which gives them influence when policies are being developed that impact businesses.
Being a Gold Member gives us access to a range of different companies and networking opportunities, as well as training and growth into new markets.