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Category Archives: Freight Forwarder Experience

Freight Forwarding to China

Mercator Cargo’s global network of 225 individual freight forwarding companies across 82 countries around the globe gives the company connections to ensure that your cargo can be transported at reduced costs and ensure that there is a safe, secure and timely arrival of your goods to China.

Ocean Container Freight Forwarding to China is available on a regular basis as well as Air Freight Forwarding. We use reliable and reputable airlines and shipping companies to Mercator Cargo is very experienced in arranging clearance of freight at customs across the globe. The services that we can offer include:

  • Customs Clearance
  • Duty and Tax Planning
  • Tariff Clarification and Advice
  • Carnets
  • Licences
  • Preferences and Quotas
  • Temporary Imports
  • All UK Ports and Airports covered

Once your goods have cleared customs we are able to call upon a number of expert haulage companies to guarantee that your goods get to their final destination by using our road or rail freight forwarder services.

As part of the Marco Polo Line, Mercator Cargo can call upon offices in virtually every corner around the world to discuss specific Freight Forwarding issues that arise. These offices are all intentionally based near ports, by airports, main railway stations or arterial roads. Mercator ships to a number of ports in China, most notably Beijing, Xiamen, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Whether you are looking to transport a whole container full of goods or a part load, Mercator Cargo will be able to offer you a range of options to suit your needs.  Call our sales team today to discuss your individually tailored freight forwarding service directly to China on 02392 75 65 75.

 

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National and International Car Container Shipping and RoRo Transport Specialists

 

Working alongside many of the world’s largest shipping and highly experienced haulage companies, our knowledgeable team at Mercator Cargo are able to organise the timely delivery on car shipping to national and international locations. At Mercator Cargo we are able to arrange haulage of your car from a location to its final destination worldwide.

There are frequent Ro-Ro services (roll on – roll off car transporter ships) from the UK to international ports organised by Mercator Cargo who are well practiced at balancing the most cost effective and fastest delivery services for your car to be shipped to its destination.

Cars transported to destinations worldwide can be relocated in our shipping containers that are always inspected prior to shipment.Soft webbing secures each car into place in the container to ensure that no marks are left on the vehicle during transportation. The container is then sealed and secured by our packers to safeguard the car from damage. With these regulations in place high value cars are safe in the hands of our Car Shipping specialists at Mercator Cargo.

Vehicle shipping is also available by road whereby individual vehicles can be transported on the back of a trailer. Through Mercator Cargo’s global network of independent freight forwarders we can offer fast and economical transportation of your vehicle nationally and internationally.

With effect from 1st January 2012, there will be various changes to international car shipping. The following vehicles and engines will be re-listed as hazardous according to the UN number 3166 and are will need to be accepted individually by the vessel owners prior to confirmation of booking:

  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Flammable Gas Powered Vehicles
  • Flammable Liquid Powered Vehicles
  • Vehicles Powered by Liquid, Gas, or Solid State Fuel Cells.

Any of these vehicles or engines could be declared as non-hazardous if all fuel tanks/fuel sources and other liquids are completely drained and batteries are disconnected.

To discuss your requirements on national or international car shipping call Mercator Cargo today on 02392 75 65 75 and our experienced team will be able to talk you through the car shipping process.

 

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MarcoPoloLine 4th Annual Conference

As co-founders of MarcoPoloLine (MPL), Mercator Cargo Systems Ltd attended the fourth MPL annual conference in Sicily from 14th until 18th October 2011. Mercator was represented at the event by Paul, CEO; and James, Sales Executive.

Over 130 people representing 84 freight forwarding companies from 53 countries attended the event at the Etna Golf Resort hotel.

There were two full days of face-to-face meetings, one day playing golf and the last day was celebrated with a trip to the summit of Mount Etna followed by a party in the evening.

“This was a great opportunity to meet new business partners and cement relationships with established contacts” said Paul Goehlert, director of Mercator.  “There is a great family feeling amongst the members of MPL; we do business together, play golf together, eat together and have fun together”.

The MPL conference has become an established part of Mercator’s calendar and is a great opportunity to discuss anything from sales strategies to financial and operational matters.  Paul commented “We had the opportunity to meet partners from all over the world, so when one of our clients has a logistics issue almost anywhere in the world, we have a personal contact we can call on for local knowledge and help.”

MPL is a global association of small to medium sized freight forwarders committed to personal attention and professional customer service.

 

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Airport Cargo Scissor Lift from Heathrow to New Zealand

We were instructed to arrange the shipping of an Airport Cargo Scissor lift machine from Heathrow to final destination Christchurch, New Zealand.  Due to the extremely low ground clearance of the machine we had to position a mobile crane to lift the item up on the back of the trailer we had positioned. As we were operating within restricted airspace it was necessary to notify the airport authorities that there would be a crane operating with an extended jib in the air within close proximity to the run way.  Once the item was loaded to the trailer we had it delivered to our cargo handling partners in Southampton docks and it was then loaded to a 40’ Flat Rack container for export to New Zealand.  This whole process only took 4 hours to complete on a Friday afternoon, the key to a smooth operation is good planning.

If you have some bulky cargo or a project shipment of several items coming up be sure to give our experienced team a call us on 02392 75 65 75 to discuss your options fully.

 

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Mercator Cargo Systems Attending 4th Marco Polo Line Annual Conference: Italy

Mercator Cargo Systems will be attending the 4th Annual Marco Polo Line conference from the 14th – 17th October in Scily, Italy.

More details to be released soon. To find out more about Marco Polo Line please click here.

 

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MarcoPoloLine Success at Intermodal 2011

Paul Goehlert, Managing Director of Mercator Cargo Systems and partner in Marco Polo Line (our Global Network of freight forwarders) has just returned from the Intermodal exhibition in San Paulo, Brazil.

More than 45,000 visitors attended Latin America’s leading integrated exhibition and conference event for international trade and logistics handling held from 5th till 7th April 2011 at Transamerica Expo in Sao Paulo Brazil.

MarcoPoloLine (MPL), the fastest growing global network of small to medium size independent freight forwarders was amongst more than 450 exhibitors at the conference. Twenty members of MarcoPoloLine, including Mercator Cargo Systems from UK had representatives on the stand.

The MarcoPoloLine group, who only admits new members by recommendation and other strict criteria, made contact with more than 50 potential new partners from all over Latin America.

“It was a very productive three days meeting up with existing partners. There were also many companies interested in finding out more about MarcoPoloLine at their first ever exhibition. The investment was really worthwhile. New business enquiries are already coming in.”

Paul Goehlert, Managing Director, Mercator Cargo Systems 

 

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Your MarcoPoloLine Invitation to Intermodal 2011

The MarcoPoloLine Group was established to benefit the needs and requirements of small to medium sized freight forwarders.

In less than 5 years we now have
220 offices in 82 countries worldwide.

We invite you to visit us on Stand D9, so as to introduce you to The MarcoPoloLine Group, and answer any questions you may have.

Please make an appointment here: http://www.marcopololine.com/onetoone. Your password is guest2011

 

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Mercator Cargo Exhibiting at Intermodal South America

Mercator Cargo will be at the Intermodal Exhibition from the 5th to the 7th April 2011 in Brazil. The Latin American market is currently the fastest growing economy in the world. The conference is held in São Paulo, the business capital of South America.

This is Mercator Cargo System’s first exhibition and we will be exhibiting on the Marco Polo Line stand D9.

Marco Polo Line is a network of small to medium sized independent freight forwarders under one global banner, who offer a real alternative to the giant forwarders, offering specialist local knowledge and a comprehensive service in almost every corner of the world.

Mercator Cargo will be the only UK agent on the Marco Polo Line stand (D9), along with partner agents from the Middle East, Far East, Europe, Africa, North America and India.

Look out for Paul Goehlert, Managing Director of Mercator Cargo Systems in his Union Jack waistcoat!

Mercator Cargo is an established freight forwarder in the UK. Celebrating its 20th year in business in 2011 it is a long standing member of the British International Freight Association.

With extensive experience in all aspects of freight transport, customs clearance and international shipping, the companies dedicated team of freight forwarders are able to find you the most reliable and cost effective international sea, road, air and rail freight forwarding services for your cargo.

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Mercator Saves Clients Money by Thinking Outside the Box

Mercator Cargo Systems were recently instructed to organise the shipping of a large crane from the UK to Thailand. This project required substantial planning and pre-shipment organisation to ensure the most efficient transit cost and speed.

We shipped the boom sections, counterweights, winching system and hooks in multiple containers whilst the main crane body was shipped on MAFI trailers using roll-on-roll-off (RORO) cargo vessels.

The total weight was approx. 152,000kgs. We had to carefully plan every stage from arrival at the load point, to handling into the containers and then moving the laden containers and platforms to ships side. The cargo was then transported by sea from the Port of Southampton to Taichung, Taiwan.

The cargo was a tricky mixture of voluminous pieces and smaller denser pieces (for example, the 14m long section of luffer was only 1.5t in weight, whereas the counterweights, although only 25cms thick were over 12t each).

This meant we had to carefully plan which containers we would require, where in a container the components would sit (taking into account weight distribution and floor strength), what we could load with what based on the shape of the cargo, and how to secure the cargo once manoeuvred in to the container or on to the platform.  It was a challenge to get it right.

We were successful first time round and even managed to consolidate the number of containers required down from 8 to 7, meaning we saved our clients even more money. By sending the boom sections, counterweights, winching system and hooks in containers rather than with the main crane body as part of the RORO cargo, we managed to save our clients a substantial sum of money.

If you are looking for a freight forwarder who looks outside the box and can think their way around problems like this, call us on 02392 75 65 75 or request a quote online.

Mercator Cargo is an established freight forwarder in the UK. Celebrating its 20th year in business in 2011 it is a long standing member of the British International Freight Association.

With extensive experience in all aspects of freight transport, customs clearance and international shipping, the companies dedicated team of freight forwarders are able to find you the most reliable and cost effective international sea, road, air and rail freight forwarding services for your cargo.

 

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Ferrari Shipped to Australia

Mercator Cargo Systems was recently instructed to arrange for the transportation of a Ferrari to Australia. Our experienced freight forwarding team decided that the safest way to do this would be to ship the Ferrari in a standard 20ft shipping container and ship the car using road haulage and ocean freight services.

Great care had to be taken to ensure that the car was not marked or damaged in any way whilst being loaded into a container, and that it was sufficiently secure for the transport around the world by both sea and road freight.

The Ferrari was carefully driven up a ramp and strapped into a 20 foot container by our packers. It was secured into place using special soft webbing and lashing that wouldn’t leave marks/rub on the tyres, with further padding provided by cotton wool around the alloy wheels to ensure that even with a lot of movement the lashing would not mark the car.

Special wheel surrounds were also made and secured to the container floor that fitted around the wheels to ensure the Ferrari couldn’t roll forwards, backwards or even sideways towards the edges of the container, whatever the conditions were like at sea or on the road during transit to Australia.

Mercator Cargo is an established freight forwarder in the UK. Celebrating its 20th year in business in 2011 it is a long standing member of the British International Freight Association.

With extensive experience in all aspects of freight transport, customs clearance and international shipping, the companies dedicated team of freight forwarders are able to find you the most reliable and cost effective international sea, road, air and rail freight forwarding services for your cargo.

 

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