International Sea Freight Shipping Services

Are you looking for a cost-effective
way to transport your goods?

Sea freight, or ocean freight, is one of the oldest forms of trade transporting goods from country to country for thousands of years. Even before the time of Julius Caesar there were multiple combined land and sea trade routes.

Today it is still one of the most economical ways to transport your goods from country to country and is the favoured option by many businesses and sole traders looking for that less costly answer to their shipping needs.

Whether you are a global multi-national company or a small business looking to reduce costs and save money or even a private non business-related individual looking to relocate, you should consider sea freight as an option for your goods.

What Sea Freight services are there on offer?

Port to Port

This means the supplier would take the goods to a port and would require collection from a port

Door to Port

Collection from the door, delivered to a Port

Port to Door

Supplier drops at a Port, goods delivered to door

Door to Door

Collection from the door, delivered to door
The benefit of using ATWS Logistics Ltd is we can manage this process start to finish.

All our pricing can include:

  • Arranging a pickup - be from a port or a customer’s warehouse/factory/office.
  • Preparing the export paperwork for customs to ensure it can leave the country.
  • On arrival we would prepare the import customs paperwork.
  • Residential Customers including eBay and Etsy shops
  • We can advise on the duties and taxes and how to pay them.
  • Once the goods are customs cleared, we would deliver to the door.

Terms to familiarise yourself with if you are new to seafreight

What is a LCL
If someone mentions to you the phrase ‘LCL’ they are talking about goods that are less than a container load, or a part container load. In other words what you are moving isn’t enough to fill up a 20” or 40” container load. Perhaps just a single pallet or maybe you have 10, 20 or 30+ boxes. This can be perfect freight as you are likely to get a beneficial rate to help the shipping lines to consolidate your cargo with another part container load.
What is a FCL

The term ‘FCL’ means a ‘full container load’ whether that be a 20ft or 40ft container.

To work out whether you would require this for your shipment a guide to the size of these containers is:

20ft containers

19’ 4” long x 7’ 9” wide and 7’ 10” high which in metric terms would be 5.898m long x 2.352m wide and 2.393m high.

40ft containers

39’ 6” long x 7’ 9” wide and 7’ 10” high which in metric terms would be 12.025m long x 2.352m wide and 2.393m high.

You can also get something called a ‘high cube container (HC Container) this will give you an extra foot in height with all other dimensions the same.

How many pallets can you fit in a 40-foot container?

There are 2 common types of pallets, firstly the Euro pallet, with dimensions of 1.2m x 0.8m. The base of a 40-foot container can hold up to 25 Euro pallets but only as long as any load on the pallet is not over hanging any of the sides.

The other type of pallet is the standard American Pallet which has dimensions of 1.02m x 1.22m or 40” x 48”. The base of the 40 foot container in this case can cold 21 pallets again as long as any load on the pallet is not over hanging any of the sides.

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ATWS Logistics are a logistics consultancy based in Sheffield. ATWS can handle all your transportation needs, we also love to advise on how best to transport your products.

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