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Rail Terminal at the Port of Felixstowe

Rail activity at the Port of Felixstowe in the UK is the biggest and busiest in the country.  Operating over 60 rail journeys in and out of the port per […]

Common Mistakes Made in International Shipping and how to avoid them

Choosing the Cheapest Quote We all know that cheapest isn’t always best.  In some instances there is no difference between a costly and a cheaper option.  However, in international shipping, […]

Biggest Export Markets by Country

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch published this insightful world map which displays each country’s largest export market.  The map does not cover exported services, but exported commodities and produced […]

Exporting to Chile – A Freight Forwarder Case Study

Mercator was recently asked to arrange the export shipment of a handmade wooden dinghy.  The boat was hand crafted by a company in Plymouth, and they approached Mercator looking for […]

Importing from China into the UK – A Freight Forwarding Case Study

We were recently approached by a UK based company, Nim’s Fruit Crisps, to assist with the import shipping of some machinery that they were purchasing from China. Nim’s had purchased […]

Hong Kong Sets New Air Freight Record

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has announced a record 4.38 million tonnes of air freight handled in 2015.  The figures are up 0.1% since 2014, however, the 4.38 million tonnes […]

UK Ports Announce Measures to Help UK Exporters Comply with the New VGM Regulations

The new SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations will require all sea freight cargo to be weighed prior to shipping.  The weight will need to be verified, so it […]

The Panama Canal Expansion 2016

The Panama Canal was originally constructed in the early 1900s.  It was built to offer a connection between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, particularly for international trade so that vessels […]

APL Vanda Runs Aground on way to Southampton Port

The huge vessel APL Vanda ran aground on Saturday night (13th February 2016) in the same area as the Hoegh Osaka fell into trouble this time last year. The 14,000 […]

Important Changes to Freight Shipping Regulations

SOLAS Convention initiation (Safety Of Life At Sea) 1st of July 2016 – VGM (Verification of Gross Mass) Container Weight Implementation With less than six months to go before the implementation of […]