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Freight Forwarding to Brazil, South America from the UK

Mercator Cargo is a founding partner of a global network of independent freight forwarders.  With our 20 years’ of experience in freight forwarding, we can arrange for your export goods to Brazil, South America from the UK.

There are several freight forwarding options to consider when arranging your export to Brazil.  One important first consideration is how big your load is.  Mercator can offer services including:

–          Full container load by ocean freight
–          Half container load by sea freight
–          Smaller load via air freight
–          Or less than container load (LCL) – where your goods are combined with other specially selected cargo which can reduce the shipping costs.

Other information required includes whether your cargo has any special requirements.  For example, Mercator can accommodate for unusual or sensitive loads including:

–          Dangerous Goods
–          Hanging Garments
–          Precious Cargo
–          Special Merchandise
–          Perishable Goods.

Mercator offers a comprehensive freight forwarding service, giving advice on options such as documentation; transit routes; customs clearance; transit times; and transport options.

Mercator can arrange your customs clearance for you as your cargo arrives in San Paulo, Brazil.  These customs charges can be calculated in advance, so that all charges are clear and upfront.  Once the customs clearance charges have been settled, we will call on our contacts locally in San Paulo – thanks to our global network of independent freight forwarders.  Using their local freight forwarding knowledge and contacts with hauliers and rail networks, we can arrange your cargo’s onward journey to its final destination.

Whether you’re a new business expanding into exports, or you’re an established company looking for a freight forwarding partner, contact us to discuss your shipment to Brazil.
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Air Freight Cargo Picks Up

After a very slow and somewhat dismal start to 2011 it looks like Airfreight Export and Import cargo is finally picking up with growth since January around 4% and the annual forecast should be between 5-10% up on the second half of 2010.

However rising fuel prices have squeezed margins for most carriers with increases in Fuel meaning that to secure business the carriers have had to cut basic Airfreight Rate per KG to hold onto and increase market share.

It remains to be seen if traditional Summer and Christmas “peak seasons” will drive volume up, it seems likely that the costs incurred for exporting or importing by air could well result in volumes remaining low until first quarter 2012 when the London olympics should begin to increase overall Import Volume, especially into London Heathrow.

For more information, or air freight rates, services and general guidance please contact one of our expert team at Mercator Cargo Systems on 02392 75 65 75

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Court overrules planning decision for much neede rail terminal

The developer of a proposed huge new rail freight terminal using Green Belt land at Radlett in Hertfordshire, UK, is celebrating a victory following a High Court decision to overturn the government’s denial of planning permission.

The ruling means that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government will have to reconsider his decision made in July last year.

HelioSlough’s proposed Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) had been opposed by campaigners arguing that the terminal would erode the Green Belt and increase the level of noise and traffic in the area.

The developer wants to build the 350,000sq metre depot on the former Radlett Airfield.

A spokesman said: “The SRFI is important for sustainable economic growth – some £250 million (US$402m) will be invested by the private sector in this development, with some 3,000 jobs being generated over the long term.

“It will also generate significant carbon savings by switching freight onto the railways that would otherwise have been moved by road.”

It added: “In the light of this ruling, we now await to hear from the secretary of state what his next steps will be and we will be engaging fully in that process.”

The Secretary of State has until 11 July to challenge the court ruling.

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail’s Manager, said, “Without road and rail transfer points in the right locations, long-distance road freight cannot be removed from our congested road network.

“The planning inspector recommended granting planning permission for this strategic interchange, so we urge the secretary of state to support this application, which ticks all the right boxes in terms of location, stimulation of the green economy and green jobs.”

She added: “Not only is this decision crucial for relieving road congestion around Greater London, it is a key test for wider strategic planning versus localism in the new planning regime.

“The country needs the Localism Bill and the forthcoming National Planning Policy Framework and National Policy Statements to support strategic planning, and, in particular, rail freight terminals of varying sizes in order to reduce road congestion and tackle climate change.”

For more information on this, or any other Rail, Road Sea or Air shipments, please contact our expert team at Mercator Cargo on 02392 75 65 75

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China/Europe Freight rates still on the slide

Freight rates in the Far East/Europe trade have been falling for the past 6 months or so and are currently 40-50% lower than November 2010. Carriers have tried to increase freight rates in 2011, but the hikes have failed to stick. This is bad news for shipping lines as they enter peak season, traditionally the time of year when demand for shipping space is high resulting in firmer freight rates. The causes are weaker than expected demand linked with new, bigger vessels entering service.

For more information on this, or any other international shipping, freight forwarding, import, export and international trade requirements call our freight forwarding experts on 02392 75 6575

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Port of Tyne Undergoing Dredging

The port of Tyne is undergoing major dredging works to allow ever larger vessels to call at the multi function berth at the Riverside Quay.

The dredging forms part of a major £4 million investment in the port infrastructure.

This will open up the North East port as more and more carriers and Importers use the port for Northern delivery points. Mercator cargo have been using this and other ports in the north of the UK for some time, cutting down on UK haulage prices, with the added benefit of reducing carbon footprint.

The port will now be able to accomodate the larger vessels, upto and including the current largest “Panamax” range.

The move follows the increase in orders from many carriers, such as Maersk who have recently ordered TEN 18000 TEU Vessels for delivery in 2013, they are also expected to take the option to increase the order to a further ten vessels for delivery in 2015-2015. With the possibility to order a further ten in addition.

EMC (Evergreen)  has ordered thirty five 8800teu vessels, twenty or so of which are scheduled for completion in 2013.

CMA CGM has increased the capacity of  three ships in production from 13800teu to 16000teu.

To discuss this, or any other Import, Export or Container shipping please contact a member of our experienced freight forwarding team on 02392 75 65 75

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Hong Kong Port Container Volume Increases in April 2011 but can it make NUMBER 1 Port for 2011?!

April 2011 saw Hong Kong Port handle 2,020,000 TEU. This is a 4 per cent increase on April 2010 throughput of 2,000,00 TEU. The port of Singapore registered  impressive growth of nearly 6 percent to 2.5 million TEUin April 2011 from 2.4 million in April 2010

Currently the worlds top 10 ports stand as follows (Approx figures based on industry sources)

1- Singapore in 2010 handled around 25.8 MILLION TEU

2 – Shanghai in 2010 handled around 25 MILLION TEU

3 – Hong Kong in 2010 handled around 21 MILLION TEU

4 -Shenzhen in 2010 handled around 18 MILLION TEU

5 -Busan, South Korea in 2010 handled almost 12 MILLION TEU

6 -Guangzhou in 2010 handled just over 11.1 MILLION TEU

7-Dubai UAE in 2010 handled around 11.1 MILLION TEU

8- Ningbo in 2010 handled around 10.5 MILLION TEU

9- Qingdao in 2010 handled around 10.2 MILLION TEU

10- Rotterdam, the only port in EUROPE in the top 10 in 2010 handled around 10 Million TEU

SIX of the top 10 ports in 2010 are located in China, which goes to show the growth and strength of the Chinese economy, Singapore and Shanghai are set to slog it out for the TOP Port of 2011 with Shanghai narrowly leading the race!

For more information on Import, Export, Freight Forwarding and import from any of the TOP 10 ports in the world, and beyond please call our Experts on 02392 75 65 75

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New Cranes Add Additional Capacity to Southampton Container Port

Southampton Port, the UK’s Second Busiest, has increased port operational capacity by adding two new cranes this week.

The addition of the latest pair of super-post panamax cranes to Southampton Port’s operation has increased the total number of cranes to 12, the cranes nicknamed Delta and Charlie unloaded their first containers this week from vessels APL Turkey and MOL Charisma.

The cranes form part of the ports development plan along with the recent rail upgrade and future development of a new port area.

This is an important addition to Southampton port, it means that Import and Export Containers can load and unload quicker making Cargo available sooner to Freight Forwarders, making the Import and Export cargo operations run more efficiently and smoothly and ultimately means that cargo can arrive at destination that little bit quicker!

For more information on Southampton Port, Import and Export from the UK please call us NOW on 02392 75 65 75 to discuss your requirements with an experienced member of the Mercator  Cargo Team!

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Expansion at the Port of Liverpool (Mersey) offers potential to Freight Forwarders

The Port of Liverpool (Mersey) has recently taken delivery of a new harbour crane which is due to begin operating at the Port of Liverpool later this month. This makes Liverpool an increasingly viable option for freight forwarding in and out of the UK via the port or down the Manchester Ship Canal.

The installation of the additional lifting machinery marks the start of a planned expansion at the port over 2011, demonstrating a commitment to investment and growth in the port. This is great news to freight forwarders looking to use the Port of Liverpool and the Manchester Ship Canal for freight forwarding services in the future. The use of the port for the import and export of ocean container freight is becoming an increasingly viable option. Liverpool is ranked as one of Britain’s major container ports and handles around 700,000 containers each year.

For more information on the above developments and the potential the Port of Liverpool will start to offer importers and exporters over the coming years please contact freight forwarder Mercator Cargo Systems today on 02392 75 65 75 to speak to an experience members of our team.

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Second Terminal for Vietnam

The growth potential of Vietnam was highlighted earlier this week when the second of two major container terminals was opened within two weeks of the last.

The Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) handled its first vessel earlier this week, when the CMA CGM Columba arrived at the port. With a capacity of 11,500 containers, the Columba is also the largest ever vessel to call in Vietnam.

The terminal has a capacity of 1.1 million containers. It is located 50km south-east of Ho Chi Minh City and it is the first to offer shipping lines direct access to the newly dredged 14 metre draught Cai Mep Terminal Channel.

To discuss the possibilities the opening of this new container terminal brings to world trade possibilities and the implications of its opening on your shipping requirements, please contact Mercator Cargo Systems today on 02392 75 65 75.

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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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: Your password is guest2011


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