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Sea Freight

Sea Freight

We can offer FCL (Full Container Load) or LCL (Less Than Container Load) services for import, export and cross-trade movements.

Sea freight is usually considerably cheaper than air freight therefore making it a more attractive mode of transport to use and with the advent of larger and faster container ships the transit times are becoming faster.

Containerisation has undoubtedly made it much easier to move goods around the world: it has facilitated the world’s trade and opened up opportunities for many countries, businesses and people.

FCL Shipments:

Containers can be loaded at a shipper’s premises and sealed, so the boxed container(s) could travel from the point of loading to the final destination and even despatched up to the consignee’s premises (where permitted) with no interference.  Movement of one entire load in one single movement also means quicker transit times, less handling and improved security for loads with less potential for damage. Container movements can also be ‘tracked’ online by their unique numbers allocated by the shipping line.

Container sizes/information:

•    Containers can be either 20 or 40 foot configurations and can usually carry loads of general cargo up to a maximum of approximately 24 tons.

•    There are also ‘open top’ containers for heavy loads that need to be lifted into the container by crane, for example.

•    Refrigerated containers are available for carriage of frozen foods and perishable items.

•    If a consignment is too large to fit into a 20 or 40 foot container then it can still be sent on a conventional vessel but will need to be stowed either on the deck or kept in the cargo hold inside the vessel.

•    Movements of vehicles, eg. cars and trucks are sent on roll on / roll off vessels.

LCL Shipments:

For shippers who have less than a container load, these can still be sent as groupage shipments loaded into containers to a particular destination.  Most of the world’s ports can be reached from the UK by container movements including full container loads and groupage movements.

We can offer a full customs clearance service and arrange delivery anywhere in the UK for FCL or LCL shipments arriving into the UK.

We keep up-to-date with all the latest information on tariffs, quotas, import licences, duty rates and much more.  We would be pleased to assist you with any enquiries.

We can also offer an inbound door-to-door service through our network of partner agents from many regions of the world into the UK.

If you would like any advice about these matters, or if you would like a quotation please contact us.

JEM Freight Services 25 Years

IC Optical Systems Ltd have been exporting precision optics around the world, and beyond, for many years and we wish we had found JEM sooner. When we were asked by a customer to use JEM for a shipment to India we found that Emily and the crew were friendly, knowledgeable, efficient and great to work with - and the shipments reached their destinations on time and in the correct number of pieces! JEM is our first choice whenever our customers leave the choice to us. - Chris Pietraszewski, Director