Shipping Between the UK and Belgium
Trading with Belgium has several benefits including proximity to the UK (reducing transit times and shipping costs), English is widely spoken in Belgium, and currently both are members of the EU which allows for the free movement of goods between the two countries. The latter means that no VAT or duty is payable upon import of goods in either country with this trade route and also does not need customs clearance. Belgium is a generally affluent country with a strong sector in manufacturing and research.
Importing Goods from Belgium to the UK
Mercator handles all modes of shipping from Belgium to the UK. We have access to weekly truck departures (full loads and part loads), regular air freight to London Heathrow and sea freight routes from both Zeebgrugge and Antwerp.
The mode of transport you choose will depend on three factors: time constraints, size/weight/nature of the shipment and budget. The fastest route is air freight but it comes at a premium, especially if the goods are particularly heavy or large in volume (air freight is calculated on a combination of size and weight). Sea freight might be your preferred option if you have a large load you wish to transport in a container. Sea freight from Belgium to the UK takes between 2 and 7 days depending on origin and destination port.
If you have a less than container load, trucking is a good option as consolidator sea freight services are not common. There are regular truck loads between Belgium and the UK taking just a few days in transit. Mercator handles regular less than truck load shipments from Belgium to the UK of merchandise and also hazardous chemicals.
Exporting Goods to Belgium from the UK
We have a trusted freight forwarding partner located in Antwerp who we have been working with for over 6 years. Having this contact in Belgium allows us to be able to complete deliveries to door for export sea and air freight to Belgium.
Sea freight exports to Belgium take just a few days on the water (plus time either side for trucking, and loading and unloading from the shipping vessel). Air freight to Belgium takes a matter of hours (again, adding time either side for collection, airline handling and delivery). Trucking to Belgium can take around 7 days door to door depending upon the origin in the UK and destination in Belgium.
Mercator handles shipments of all sizes, and across all industries for shipping to Belgium. Whether you have a single pallet you wish to truck in a shared load, a couple of boxes for air freight, or multiple containers (or even out of gauge), Mercator can handle your export shipment to Belgium, leaving you time to focus on running your business.
If you would like further information about shipping to or from Belgium, would like to discuss the best shipping option or if you would like a quote, get in touch with one of the team who will be happy to help: +44 2392 756 575, or email email@example.com