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Importing and international freight from Vietnam

At Mercator Cargo we closely monitor worldwide manufacturing and sourcing trends. The recent increase in trade from Vietnam shows the move away from China to other countries, demonstrating the region […]

Land Rover and Vehicle Shipping

For many years Mercator Cargo have been involved in international vehicle shipments. We have had the pleasure of moving hundreds of vehicles both to and from the UK, from the […]

Importing Vehicles from South Africa to the UK

Mercator has seen consistent requests over the years to arrange shipping of cars from South Africa to the UK. We receive the vehicles in Durban, organize the secure loading into […]

Rail Terminal at the Port of Felixstowe

Rail activity at the Port of Felixstowe in the UK is the biggest and busiest in the country.  Operating over 60 rail journeys in and out of the port per […]

Common Mistakes Made in International Shipping and how to avoid them

Choosing the Cheapest Quote We all know that cheapest isn’t always best.  In some instances there is no difference between a costly and a cheaper option.  However, in international shipping, […]

Biggest Export Markets by Country

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch published this insightful world map which displays each country’s largest export market.  The map does not cover exported services, but exported commodities and produced […]

Exporting to Chile – A Freight Forwarder Case Study

Mercator was recently asked to arrange the export shipment of a handmade wooden dinghy.  The boat was hand crafted by a company in Plymouth, and they approached Mercator looking for […]

Importing from China into the UK – A Freight Forwarding Case Study

We were recently approached by a UK based company, Nim’s Fruit Crisps, to assist with the import shipping of some machinery that they were purchasing from China. Nim’s had purchased […]

Hong Kong Sets New Air Freight Record

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has announced a record 4.38 million tonnes of air freight handled in 2015.  The figures are up 0.1% since 2014, however, the 4.38 million tonnes […]

UK Ports Announce Measures to Help UK Exporters Comply with the New VGM Regulations

The new SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations will require all sea freight cargo to be weighed prior to shipping.  The weight will need to be verified, so it […]