T Ward Shipping Blog

Welcome to our blog, we post occasional articles of interest in this area related to shipping and freight forwarding and management.


Space shortages when exporting from the UK to the USA

17th March 2022

We discuss the current space shortages when exporting from the UK to the USA, and how we can help


HGV Shortage and shipping goods to and from the UK

10th September 2021

The driver shortage has inevitably had an impact throughout the supply chain. We look at the current situation and what can be done to minimise the impacts on business.


Exporting - Keeping your costs down

01st June 2021

Global shipping rates have been under tremendous pressure in 2021, with a number of issues coming together to affect prices. What can you do to manage your exporting costs?


Importing from India to the UK

19th April 2021

India is one of the world's major exporters. We discuss importing from India to the UK - transit times, customs and your options.


Importing from Asia - Manage your costs

17th March 2021

Several factors over recent months have led to a sharp rise in global shipping rates, which have impacted businesses worldwide. What can you do as a business to minimise these costs and keep them under control?


Importing from China - What are your options?

01st February 2021

With the New Year holiday looming in China, what are your options for importing?


Preparing for Brexit

02nd November 2020

Brexit will impact the whole supply chain, and the arrangements for businesses after December 31st are still unclear. There are, however, ways your business can prepare for the looming deadline.


Importing and Exporting - focus on Japan

28th October 2020

We export and import and export sea freight shipments to and from the UK to all over the world, including Japan.


Customs Clearance - A quick guide for 1st time importers

18th August 2020

We discuss the role of a customs clearance agent, and why you need one.


Importing to the UK to sell on Amazon, ebay and other online market places

08th July 2020

The last few years has seen a surge in businesses and individuals importing goods from China, India, USA and many other countries to sell online.


Importing from China to the UK during the Covid 19 pandemic

20th May 2020

Goods are moving in and out of China, but there are some restrictions in place. Find out more..


Northern Europe by Sea

11th March 2020

It can be more cost effective and reliable to ship from Scotland to Northern European cities like Hamburg, Gothenburg, Rotterdam or St Petersburg by sea.


Shipping goods and your carbon footprint

27th January 2020

Shipping your goods by sea is the most environmentally friendly option.


Shipping in time for Chinese New Year - Get your skates on

08th January 2020

Chinese New Year is early this year (25th January) so make sure you have all your shipments in order asap to ensure your goods are safely at their destination before the country shuts down.


Shipping goods over the Christmas period 2019

27th November 2019

Advice and information on transporting your goods in the run up to Christmas 2019


Exporting to the EU - What does brexit mean for your business?

02nd September 2019

As the rhetoric and speculation ramps up and a ‘no deal’ brexit seems ever more likely, is your business prepared? It is difficult to separate the solid business advice for companies who import or export goods from the general noise and panic.


Advice for first time importers

20th May 2019

Importing for the first time can be daunting, even with the wealth of advice out there. Here's a quick guide to some of the requirements and procedures to get you started.


Europe by Sea

03rd April 2019

Do you get a better deal transporting your goods from the UK by sea?


Last minute shipping for Chinese New Year

23rd January 2019

Chinese New Year celebrations officially begin on the 5th February and can last for up to ten days. We take a look at how this impacts importing and exporting.


Christmas Delivery 2018

17th December 2018

Transporting goods over the Christmas period? The pallet delivery services work right up to the last minute, with express options for next day delivery within the UK and Europe.


What is the role of a ship broker?

31st October 2018

A ship broker plays a very important role in the transport of goods by sea, and the broker’s main role is to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible, bringing all the parties involved together and resolving any issues as they occur.


Grangemouth and Greenock - Scottish gateway to the rest of the world

25th October 2018

If you're exporting or importing goods to/from Scotland Grangemouth and Greenock are the two main container ports on your door step. From these two ports you can import/export cargo to/from all over the world!


Importing from China or India to sell at Christmas

17th May 2018

If you need to import items from China, India or the rest of Asia to sell for Christmas, here's why it makes sense to start ordering now.


The Port of Burntisland

10th May 2018

We serve the Port of Burntisland as Ship's Agents. It has been a major Scottish port for 150 years. 


LCL and FCL explained

25th April 2018

A short and sweet explanation of the difference between shipping your goods using LCL (part of a container) and FCL (a full container)


The Port of Grangemouth

17th April 2018

Grangemouth is Scotland's largest container port, and is an ideal location for access to Edinburgh and Glasgow.


Packaging goods for shipping

29th March 2018

It is essential that your goods must be properly packaged and labeled before shipped. They must also meet certain packaging requirements, to ensure that they are delivered safely to their destinations. Here are some ways you can help ensure items are p


The Turing Trust experience exporting from the UK

21st March 2018

T.Ward have been working with the Turing Trust since 2014, helping them with shipments to Ghana, Malawi and Liberia. We asked them some questions about their experience exporting from the UK and how working with us has improved things.


First Time Importers Paraiba Beachwear

01st March 2018

We helped Paraiba Beachwear ship their clothing from Mexico to the UK. They had never imported anything to the UK before and describe themselves as ‘complete novices’. We asked them about their experience.


Chinese new year and freight movements

17th January 2018

Now Christmas is out of the way, the next big date in the international calendar is Chinese New Year. This year the date is 16 February, which means the next month will see significant disruption to international freight movements that affect impo


Shipping goods over the Christmas period 2017

28th November 2017

Arranging transport for your goods over the Christmas period can be tricky business - with holidays, variable weather conditions and increased demand. Here are a few of our hints and tips for transporting your goods over Christmas.


Importing for the first time - Q and A by Dr Gorka

20th November 2017

We continue our series of question and answer sessions by asking Agata Gorka of Dr Gorka Trading and Consulting about her experience importing to the UK for the first time.


Shipping for Chippendale School of Furniture

24th October 2017

For over 15 years, T.Ward have been shipping precious cargoes of handmade furniture for students from the Chippendale School of Furniture, many of whom are sending their works home at the end of the year. 


What does a Ships Agent do

17th October 2017

We offer a full service ships agency with a wide range of services to help clients import, export and transport their cargos with as little fuss as possible. As ship’s agents, we aim to get things moving quickly and make sure that vessels spend a


Winter laying up services

10th October 2017

It’s  common in the oil and gas industry for ships to seek refuge in a port over the months of December and January, especially in the North Sea – and so laying up


Importing to the UK - Stretch Tents Scotland's experience

19th September 2017

We regularly import for local company Stretch Tents Scotland. They hire out ‘stretch tents’ for functions such as weddings, parties and other events.  Their freestyle tents are st


Helping businesses understand imports

14th September 2017

The eBay and Amazon success stories have led to a surge in small businesses importing goods for sale in the UK, and opportunistic sellers looking for ways to make money have been getting their hands on anything from textiles to e-cigs, cables and packa


Transporting your artwork

14th September 2017

Works of art are often unique, valuable and irreplaceable. Different countries have different laws for the import and export of goods, making the process more complicated. How do you ensure your work of art arrives at its destination legally and in one


Shipping in time for Christmas

05th September 2017

If you are thinking of importing goods for yourself or your business in time for Christmas, now is the time to start thinking about your requirements. Here we discuss some typical LCL and FCL shipping times for importing goods.


Insurance cost of badly packed and stowed cargo

01st September 2017

The packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs) is high on the agenda for the shipping industry, and correctly stowing your freight is absolutely imperative – you might have thought that was obvious, perhaps, but according to The TT Club, a leading p


Importing for the first time

28th August 2017

We recently imported an ice cream machine and Gazebo from China for Michael Notarangelo of Edinburgh start-up Rolly’s Ice Cream. We asked him about his experience.


Common Incoterms Explained

02nd August 2017

You’ll probably come across the phrase ‘Incoterms’ while working with shipping, transport and freight forwarding companies, and many people aren’t sure what these terms actually mean, so here’s the t ward Shipping guide to


Guide to British International Freight Association (BIFA)

21st June 2017

Freight Forwarding firms have their very own trade association - The British International Freight Association (BIFA) BIFA is there for companies using any type transport to move freight around the world; air, road, rail and sea.


Our top 5 tips for first time exporters

05th June 2017

Exporting your goods for the first time can seem daunting but it has never been a better time to explore overseas markets. Here are our tips.


Exporting from the UK

10th April 2017

The new government initiative - Exporting is great - is encouraging more businesses to sell their goods globally. Cross border trade intiatives and platforms like amazon and Ebay have opened up international sales for retailers of all sizes.


2017 - Time to review your transport and shipping services?

19th January 2017

With the demise of Hanjin causing freight rates to rise, 2017 is a great time to compare your shipping and transport costs to and from the UK.


Transporting Artwork for The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

05th December 2016

We recently transported some original artwork for the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.


Shipping cars with t ward shipping

14th November 2016

If you’re thinking about selling a commercial vehicle such as a van, tractor or bulldozer, or even considering sending your own car, classic or otherwise, abroad, we know everything you need to know about the regulations and procedures involved.<


Exporting - Keeping your costs down

01st January 1970

Global shipping rates have been under tremendous pressure in 2021, with a number of issues coming together to affect prices. What can you do to manage your exporting costs?