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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 Year at the Johnston Press South Business Awards 2015.

awards logo grey side‘To have been shortlisted for Team of the Year at the Business Excellence Awards was exciting for the whole team here at Mercator’, MD Paul Goehlert recalls, ‘but then to go up onto the stage and receive the trophy was the perfect acknowledgement of our team’s hard work and dedication to Mercator’.

The freight forwarding firm hit a rocky patch in 2013 when the MD and FD had to take an unexpected step away from the business leaving Myles Daly (Director) at the helm.  But with the support and teamwork of all members, Mercator is thriving more than ever with increases in UK import and export shipping traffic.

Now to have been shortlisted for the Johnston Press South Business Awards is the cherry on the cake for the Portsmouth based freight forwarder.  The award ceremony takes place on 2nd October in Brighton, and shortlisters are coming from all across Hampshire and Sussex.

After 10 years out of the awards spotlight (Mercator last won acclaim in 2005 with Finance Director Julie Goehlert scooping the Business Personality of the Year trophy), Paul (MD) and Julie (FD) are absolutely delighted for the team to be receiving the recognition of their determination and true team work.

Mercator celebrates entering its 25th year in the freight forwarding business this year.  As an active member of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, Mercator is keen to assist other local firms with their freight forwarding needs, covering all industries and specialising in air, sea, road and rail freight. The beauty of being a family business is that we take time to get to know our customers, their shipping needs and offer a comprehensive shipping service no matter the destination or origin.

If you have a shipping task you might like Mercator to assist you with arranging, then get in contact: +44 2392 756 575, or email

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Mercator’s Success at The News Business Excellence Awards 2015

On Friday 6th March, members of our freight forwarding team attended the Portsmouth News’ Business Excellence Awards.  The awards night was a chance for local businesses in Portsmouth to get together and celebrate a year of success.

Mercator was nominated for three categories: Small/Medium Business of the Year; International Development of the Year; and Team of the Year.  We are absolutely delighted to have been Highly Commended for International Development of the Year, and to be named Winner for Team of the Year.

cropped teamWinning Team of the Year is a really special achievement for us at Mercator.  ‘We pride ourselves on customer care – that is what really makes us stand out in such a competitive market’, George Goehlert explains.  ‘How can you do that without an exceptional team?  You just can’t.  All of our team has been 100% focused on keeping our customers happy.’

Mercator is a family business, with 6 out of 9 members of staff from the same family, working together closely comes naturally to the team.  What really tests the strength of a team is a challenge, and when there was a large shift in management with the MD and FD taking an unexpected step away from the business in 2013, the team at Mercator really stepped up to the mark.  Myles describes the team as ‘exceptional, supportive, understanding, always willing to get involved and go that extra mile for the business.’

Through the determination and teamwork of everyone at Mercator, crisis was averted and the firm has gone from strength to strength.  ‘The team at Mercator just gels, everyone does their bit, and we have a good atmosphere in the office.  We all get on so well, and would choose to socialise together, which I think is a great mark of a team’, Sophie (Finance Manager) sums up.

Business Awards Logo (1) (1)In the past year Mercator has seen a huge development in its export trade traffic.  This is in part due to our founding membership of the
international shipping agent network, MarcoPoloLine (MPL).  The members-only network was founded in 2007 by our MD (Paul Goehlert) and three other European shipping agents who all were experiencing the same problems: the mega players of the freight industry were handling the majority of the shipping traffic, but not offering the same customer service experience that the smaller freight forwarders have to offer.  The group was formed with the ideals of only allowing vetted and recommended members; a source of new business with referrals between members; and buying power with the shipping suppliers.

‘Being a part of MPL is a fantastic string to our bow’, George Goehlert explains.  ‘It allows us to offer our customers a fully comprehensive shipping service, which is what everyone is looking for these days.  Most of our customers are busy focussing on running their businesses, they want someone who can take care of their whole shipping task, which is what we’re able to do’.

A large part of Mercator’s diversifying has been into handling more car shipping consignments, these include importing or exporting vehicles for dealers, or shipping someone’s family car because they are moving abroad.  We have also seen a bigger drive for freight forwarders to handle personal effects shipments: shipping someone’s personal goods because they are moving abroad.

‘People are beginning to look elsewhere from the traditional removal firms.  Most of our personal effects clients are happy to muck in, pack the container themselves and then unload it at their new home.  Doing it this way is more cost-effective as you’re cutting out a great deal of manpower’.

Mercator offers sea, air and road freight across the globe.  If you have a shipment you would like to discuss or have a shipment ready to go, then do get in touch either by calling +44 2392 756 575 or emailing


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Freight Forwarding from South Africa to the UK

Mercator Cargo has been handling regular imports from South Africa to the UK for many years now. We are an independent freight forwarder, based in the UK and have a team of experienced forwarders with experience in importing from South Africa.

We have recently seen trends for vehicle imports from South Africa. These are either an individual purchasing a vehicle for their personal use, or a business buying stock for their UK market.

Another field of our experience in importing from South Africa are used, and in some cases, classic cars. The climate in South Africa means vintage cars are, for the most part, not affected by rust or perishing. We have imported a number of interesting vehicles over the years, and are in regular contact with some vehicle sourcing and exporting companies.

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As part of a worldwide network of freight forwarders, we have personal contacts around the globe with local knowledge. Our Partner in South Africa is able to assist with Export Customs, transport and other associated activities. We can advise our customers on all aspects of exporting from South Africa to the UK. Our services for importing from South Africa can be fully comprehensive including insurance, door-to-door imports, or as little as arranging your ocean or air freight.

If you’re looking for a freight forwarder with experience in importing from South Africa, then give us a call today to discuss your requirements – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email:


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