Freight forwarding is an essential element contributing towards international trade, whether you are importing or exporting your goods to or from the UK. Having a reliable and trust worthy freight forwarder and shipping company can greatly enhance your companies exporting and importing appeal.
Active members of BIFA
The UK trade association representing UK freight forwarders is BIFA, to whom t.ward shipping ltd are active members.
Freight forwarders for importing and exporting cargo
As a UK freight forwarder and shipping company t.ward can arrange all the shipping and transport requirements for moving your goods around the world, no matter what the terms (i.e. door to door or door to port/airport) whether you are importing or exporting the cargo.
We also arrange customs clearance of goods, maintain all documentation, oversee cargo packing and deal with the movement of dangerous goods and project/oversized cargo.
When choosing the best method of exporting or importing your goods there are several issues to consider but the defining factors are whether you’re trying to save money, transit time, your own time spend on the job or all three - the main shipping methods for your goods:
Sea Freight Forwarding – LCL and RO/RO
LCL & FCL shipping by sea is Less than Container Loads and Full Container Loads. If transit time is not key and you want to save money we would recommend shipping goods by sea.
If you just have a few pallets or anything up 15m3 this is when you would opt for LCL over FCL in container shipping.
FCL is using the whole 20ft or 40ft container rather than LCL which is sharing a 20ft or 40ft container.
- RO/RO is another type of sea freight service which means Roll On / Roll Off.
- Ro/ro shipping is ideal for cargo such as cars, tractors, building machinery and even oversized project cargo such as those found in the oil & gas and energy industry.
Generally speaking UK exporters and importers opt for sea freight shipping when goods are too large or heavy for air or sea either by RoRo or FCL/LCL.
Air freight forwarding
Exporting your goods by air freight is the quickest method of transport for more time sensitive cargo and particularly for light small goods. It can sometimes be the same price as exporting or importing by sea freight.
It is also the preferred method of transport for perishable goods such and food and plants. t. ward shipping can offer a full range of services for the import or export of your air freighted goods. Everything from full door to door movement to customs clearance.
Courier services for importing and exporting
Working with some of the international courier companies such as TNT and DHL t.ward shipping offer a range of Export and Import courier services within UK, Europe and worldwide straight from your door to your customer’s door.
Cargo from 1-50kgs is more economical to move on a courier service with an international courier company. It also means your customer benefits from working with an experienced freight company when your goods arrive in the country of destination, as they can assist your customer with any customs and vat/duty formalities.
When it comes to arranging your courier movement’s, t.ward will arrange absolutely everything for you, once you’re on our system we just need to know the details of the goods, invoices and your customers address and we take care of the rest.
If you are importing or exporting your goods within Europe and close territories road freight can often be the most economical and quickest method of transport.
We can offer a groupage service within Europe for part loads – groupage is where you share space of trailer and benefit from a network of European hauliers to transport your goods.
We also offer full load trailer to/from the UK to all over Europe and Eastern Europe.
Freight forwarding is all about moving goods from one part of the world to another as economical and efficiently as possible ensuring that cargo arrives at the right destination and on time.
Contact us for more information.