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Russian Port set to Increase Container Handling Capacity

A large investment for Russia’s gateway port, St. Petersburg container terminal has been announced. The investment aims to increase the port’s container handling capacity by twenty percent. The Russian operating company (Global Ports) report that the $120 million investment will also increase the port’s Ro-Ro and automobile services at the terminal, which has seen a large consumer demand for the import and export of vehicles. The money will also go towards improving the rail networks linking the container port at the far East of the country, Port of Vostochny.

Global Ports handles thirty percent of Russian port container volumes and twenty-three percent of fuel exports from the country.

Mercator can handle all kinds of shipment of cargo to and from Russia, including Ro-Ro services, reefer containers, and the transit of perishable or dangerous goods.

To discuss your sea freight to or from Russia, call Mercator today – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email: sales@mercatorcargo.co.uk.

 

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Importing Supercars into the UK from Dubai and Saudi Arabia

Mercator has over twenty years experience in the freight forwarding business and has imported various supercars and luxury cars into the UK from all over the Middle East including Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Let Mercator guide you through the process of importing your supercar into the UK with a comprehensive, personal service.  Our experienced team of freight forwarders can advise on all matters including transit methods (i.e. sea freight or air freight), transit times, options to securely fasten the car in its shipping container, import VAT and duty, and loading options.

We understand that the safety of your vehicle is paramount, and so will go to lengths to ensure that the car is secured safely in its shipping container, or on the airplane.  Fastening will only be undertaken in full knowledge that no marks will be made to the car.  Options such as using webbing and padded straps can be discussed.

Mercator can organise everything for your shipment of your supercar from its destination in the Middle East.  We can arrange the sea or air freight, the collection of the car when it arrives into the UK for delivery anywhere across the country, the import VAT and duty payable upon arrival in the UK, and all measures to ensure a safe transit.

Ferrari UK to Australia - Ocean Freight Forwarder

The Ferrari above is a car that we shipped for a customer. As you can see, it has been containerised in order to minimise the risk of damage in transit and has been secured in the container to ensure that it does not move around during transit. We have contacts at most ports who can arrange the secure loading of your car, do a full inspection before the vehicle is loaded and ensure the car is securely fastened into the container for transit.

If you’re looking to import a supercar from Dubai, Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, contact us today to see how we can help – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email: sales@mercatorcargo.co.uk.

 

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RoRo and Vehicle Shipping

Roll-on/Roll-off (otherwise known as RoRo) is a freight forwarding service for wheeled vehicles whereby they are roll on and off the car transporter ship.  Suitable for trucks, caravans, vans and cars, Mercator can arrange the shipment of your vehicle to almost any destination worldwide.

An alternative freight forwarding service for importing or exporting vehicles is via a shipping container.  If shipping a vehicle for export or import in a container, Mercator will arrange for your cargo (be it a car, caravan, or motorcycle) to be secured in its container to ensure safety in transit.  This is secured using webbed netting, so that no marks are left on the vehicle whilst it is being transported.

RoRo (roll-on/roll-off) and vehicle container shipping are two of the services offered by freight forwarding company Mercator Cargo.  Whether you’re looking to export or import a car, a van, motorcycles, or even caravans, Mercator Cargo has the experience and contacts to help you with your shipment.

Contact us today to speak to a member of the Operations Department to discuss your RoRo or vehicle shipping requirements – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email: sales@mercatorcargo.co.uk.

 

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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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