Freight forwarding is essential for contributing towards international trade. Whether you are importing or exporting your goods to/from the UK, having a reliable and trustworthy freight forwarder and shipping company can enhance your company's exporting and importing appeal.
Active members of BIFA
BIFA is the UK trade association representing UK freight forwarders, of whom t.ward shipping ltd have been active members for many years.
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 your freight terms are (i.e. door to door or door to port/airport). Whether you are importing or exporting the cargo we can offer all your shipping services.
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 shipping for exporting or importing your goods there are several issues to consider, but the defining factors are:
- any cost restrictions
- transit time requirements
- your time spent on the job
We will work closely with our customers to create a package that suits their indvidual needs.
Sea freight – FCL/LCL and RO/RO
The shipping world is full of jargon!! When shipping your goods by container shipping, there are three main options: LCL, FCL or RO/RO.
LCL = Less than Container Loads
FCL = Full Container Loads
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 RO/RO or FCL/LCL.
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 as 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.
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 economicaly and efficiently as possible ensuring that cargo arrives at the right destination and on time.
Contact us for more information.