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Chinese New Year Information

Chinese New Year Information

Chinese New Year Information

Our Chinese Freight Partner will be closed from the 23rd of January until the 30th of January due to Chinese New Year.

Please contact one of the team if you need an urgent freight shipment before or straight after these dates.

Most factories will close from 15th of January gradually until 3rd Feb. This could impact a shipment, get in touch if you have any questions regarding this.

If you want to discuss how we can support your freight journey, please don’t hesitate to call me on +44(0) 2476 343 037 and we can work through a support plan.

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10 reasons to choose road freight

10 reasons to choose road freight

10 reasons to choose road freight

Transporting goods is the most integral part of a business, so it’s vital you make the right choice in how your goods are transported. Most freight shipping companies provide road freight, as well as air freight services and sea freight services. Below, we have outlined ten reasons why you should choose road freight.

1. Just one carrier

Road freight is an all-purpose option for transportation. Asian and European destinations can be reached via road freight shipping. This means that you wouldn’t need to use multiple carriers for the same item(s).

2. Flexibility and convenience

Road freight provides flexibility in delivery and collection times, offering a convenient alternative to customers.

3. Speed

Unrestricted by flight times and railway times, road freight can deliver throughout the day at a time convenient for the customer, so they get their delivery quicker.

4. Door to door

Door to door delivery is a key advantage of road freight. There is no need for collection or other delivery arrangements to be made.

5. Damage control

Road freight can be used for transporting delicate or fragile goods safely and in a timely manner.

6. Delivering to rural areas

Some areas are hard to reach. Most hard to reach areas can be reached via road, making road freight the best alternative.

7. Short distance delivery

Road freight is the best method for short-distance deliveries. Goods can be loaded and delivered straight to the customer.

8. Freight forwarding

If goods need to be transported by sea, air or rail, then road freight can act as a feeder to these other methods of transport.

9. Packing costs

Packing costs are significantly reduced by road freight. Packing is not as complicated and can be done quicker and more efficiently, saving time and money.

10. Unrestricted goods

Dependent on the vehicle being used for road freight, goods of any size or dimension can be transported.

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Brexit Update

Brexit Update

Brexit update

A brief summary of 2019 – focusing on the Brexit process now that the General Election has taken place.

  • The Conservatives Government won the General Election with a large Majority on the 12th of December.
  • This will most probably mean the Withdrawal Bill is passed before the end of the Month.
  • We should then leave the EU on the 31st Jan 2020.

  • Although we leave the EU there will then be a 12 months transition period where nothing will change as such.
  • This will mean that business have 12 months to prepare for Brexit.
  • There is an option to extend the Transition period by a further 1-2 years – if by June 2020 negotiations for a future Deal before the end of Dec 2020 are looking unlikely.
  • However, as we now go to press the PM has announced that there will be a new Bill which rules out an extension to the Transition period.

Following on from this, the likely outcome is a pretty basic trade deal with the EU which will be implemented at the end of Jan 2021.

However, we now appear to have a timeline and a framework for what trade will look like with the EU, over the next 12 months we will continue to send out blogs updating our customers and providing them with more information on how to ship goods to other international markets, such as the USA and Canada, the Far East, Middle East, South America, Africa and Asia…



Whatever you need to transport and wherever it needs to go, Independent Freight can meet your freight challenge. Some of our core services include:

The key to our success is the competence of our staff. Whether you are new to importing or exporting we go out of our way to make sure that your shipment moves completely to plan.

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Air Freight

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Sea Freight vs Air Freight: Pros and Cons

Sea Freight vs Air Freight: Pros and Cons

Sea Freight Vs Air Freight: Pros and Cons

If you have goods you need to ship, you may be asking yourself whether sea or air freight would be more effective for your logistics management. Below we outline the pros and cons of sea and air freight to help you make the right decision for your business.

Sea Freight Services

Pros

Weight

The weight of sea freight is almost unlimited, if your goods are particularly heavy this is an ideal transportation method as you will be able to pack more products into one shipment.

• Cost-effective

As sea freight can carry an almost unlimited volume of products, it is far more cost-effective to use sea freight to ship bulk orders, as sea freight can move large quantities of goods in one shipment.

Cons

Time

Sea freight can take weeks or even months to arrive at its final destination so should be avoided for shipments that need to be delivered in a short time frame.

Admin

For sea freight, customs paperwork is unavoidable, and often very complicated. Without logistics management services to handle such matters for you, the admin of sea freight can be very time-consuming.

Air Freight Services

Pros

Speed

A journey that may take sea freight a month can be completed by air freight in days. This makes air freight a much faster method for transporting goods.

Tracking

Almost all air freight has advanced tracking technology that allows shipments to be tracked effectively. This is ideal for businesses who want real-time updates of their shipments.

Cons

Cost

As air freight is measured by volume, rather than weight, it can be more expensive to use air freight, even if only travelling a short distance. It is also less cost-effective to ship bulk amounts of product as space on air freight is more limited, and therefore, more expensive.

Weather

Air freight is much more weather dependent than sea or land freight as conditions such as hurricanes, snow and blizzards can prevent air freight from completing their journeys. It is, therefore, important to consider where and what time of year you hire air freight services.

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Air Freight

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Sea Freight

Comptitive rates ensuring cost efficiency + reliability

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A Beginners Guide to Sea Freight

A Beginners Guide to Sea Freight

A Beginners guide to Sea Freight

Whether your UK business is importing or exporting goods, it’s important to research the most cost-effective shipping methods. In most cases, sea freight will be far more affordable than air freight, however, time constraints can be a drawback and it’s also not the most cost-effective method of shipping smaller packages.

That said, here are the Independent Freight guidelines to sea freight shipping for your information.

Different Types of Sea Freight

You can choose a range of solutions when you send goods by sea. These include:

 Full container load shipments where all your goods are loaded into one container (these can be varying lengths).

• Shared container shipments, known as less than container load, which can be arranged by your freight forwarding company.

• Roll on and roll off shipments, which as the name suggests relate to lorry loads which can be driven onto the cargo ship and then driven off at the arrival port.

• Dry bulk shipping is reserved for dry materials, like aggregates and metals which can simply be poured into the hold of the cargo ship, then offloaded at arrival ports.

Benefits of Sea Freight

One of the main advantages of sea freight is that it’s so cost-efficient for transporting larger quantities and heavier loads over long distances. When you shop around you will find that sea freight can be up to six times cheaper than air freight. Many countries apply lower duties to goods arriving by sea, as these are often calculated as a percentage total cost of goods. In addition, from an environmental perspective sea freight is far less harmful to the planet.

If you would like to learn more about sea freight into or out of the UK, why not speak to the experts here at Independent Freight? We also offer a Customs Clearance Service and a Brokerage Service. Get in touch today to find out more!

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Air Freight

Tailor made solutions to meet your requirements

Sea Freight

Comptitive rates ensuring cost efficiency + reliability

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