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Charleston Port Sees Increase in Container Traffic

The freight forwarding port of Charleston, South Carolina in the USA, has seen a recent increase in shipping container traffic; handling over 1.5 million equivalents of 20ft containers at its two container terminals last year.

Charleston container port has been named the fastest growing container port on the USA’s East Coast between January and November last year.  This increase in size and capacity makes it an ideal port for freight forwarders to ship cargo via sea freight to and from for an efficient and reliable service.

Part of the port’s successes in the increase of container traffic is due to the improved export services and new carrier services to places such as Vietnam and Australia via ocean freight.  These improved links between (for example) the USA and Vietnam add to the sea freight forwarding list of options of routes and destination ports.

Charleston container port has stated that it wishes to continue this growth, in particular increasing refrigerated cargo (in refrigerated containers sometimes known as reefers), forest and agricultural products and container imports for e-commerce retailers.

If you would like to speak to a member of the Mercator Cargo team today to discuss your import from Charleston, USA, or an export to the United States, call us today- Tel. 02392 756 575. Email:


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Persistent ice in St Petersburg

Severe ice conditions are affecting Ocean Freight shipments to Russia and St. Petersburg. Freight forwarders have been warned that ice could last until the middle of May. This is because wind is now coming from the north and west, compacting the ice.

Freight forwarders have been recommended to use other neighbouring ports for some time to come. There has also been severe congestion in St. Petersburg as a result.

Although pack ice now covers most of the eastern Baltic region, neighbouring gateways in Finland, Estonia and Latvia were still good substitutes. St Petersburg’s ice is worse because of its shallow waters.

Several operators have been forced to introduce an emergency winter surcharge for cargo to/from St Petersburg and Rig.

Should you have any concerns regarding a your current shipment with Mercator Cargo, or a shipment you will be shortly shipping to or near the St. Petersburg area of Russia or Eastern Europe, please contact Mercator Cargo today to discuss your shipment 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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