Shipping goods and your carbon footprint

27th January 2020

Shipping your goods by sea is much more environmentally friendly than other methods of transport. It produces less carbon dioxide (CO2) per ton/mile of cargo than any other method. The graph below illustrates this.



By working with some key container transport companies, we can offer 20’ and 40’ container transport to destinations around the world by sea freight, transiting from a variety of UK ports. The overall transit time for goods is longer than air or road, but this is not always the case. Additionally, the overall cost can also be slightly cheaper.


Source: Graph provided by Network for Transport and the Environment


Additionally, over the last twenty years, the shipping industry has worked hard to improve the efficiency of container ships. However, commitments made by the United Nations and the International Maritime Association will see these emissions half by 2050. This pledge has been signed by 170 member countries.


When shipping goods, the size and weight of shipment will dictate whether they require part of a container (LCL) or a whole container (FCL). If your cargo is too big for a conventional container, you may need an Open Top or a Flat Rack container, or even ship your goods by Break Bulk or RO/RO. Good requiring refrigeration on route are transported in reefer ships.


You may already be shipping goods by air freight and have considered sea freight in the past, we can talk you through the process and help find ways so the service you get causes no disruption.  We’re here to help.