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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 […]

What you need to know about Importing from China – Advice from a Freight Forwarder

Thinking of importing goods from China?  Make sure you read this before you commit to anything. It is becoming more of an issue that when goods are purchased in China […]

UK’s Empty Shipping Container Exports

Export trade for the UK is gradually improving however the volumes that we import still out stretches the volumes of UK exports. When more full containers arrive in the UK […]

How many Pallets fit in a Shipping Container?

The answer to how many pallets fit in a container can be answered by first establishing what kind of pallets you have, and what size container they will be loaded […]

Shipping an Airstream Caravan to New Zealand

Mercator was recently tasked with shipping this 1967 airstream caravan from the UK to New Zealand.  This particular consignment was requested because the caravan dealer in the UK had sold […]

Freight Forwarder News – Peak Shipping Season 2015

What is Peak Shipping Season (PSS)? Peak Season is a term used within the shipping and Forwarding community to describe the increase in volume of both air and sea traffic […]

Car Shipping from the USA to the UK

Mercator has seen an influx of requests to arrange shipping of cars (particularly classic cars) from the USA to the UK.  We were recently asked to arrange the import shipping […]

Award Winning Freight Forwarder up for Further Award

Following Hampshire based freight forwarder Mercator Cargo’s recent success at the Portsmouth News Business Excellence Awards, we are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for Team of the […]