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T Ward Shipping Blog
India is one of the world's major exporters. We discuss importing from India to the UK - transit times, customs and your options.
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?
With the New Year holiday looming in China, what are your options for importing?
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.
We export and import and export sea freight shipments to and from the UK to all over the world, including Japan.
We discuss the role of a customs clearance agent, and why you need one.
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.
Goods are moving in and out of China, but there are some restrictions in place. Find out more..
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 your goods by sea is the most environmentally friendly option.
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.
Advice and information on transporting your goods in the run up to Christmas 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.
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.
Do you get a better deal transporting your goods from the UK by sea?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We serve the Port of Burntisland as Ship's Agents. It has been a major Scottish port for 150 years.
A short and sweet explanation of the difference between shipping your goods using LCL (part of a container) and FCL (a full container)
Grangemouth is Scotland's largest container port, and is an ideal location for access to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
We recently transported some original artwork for the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
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.<