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    Exporting Chemicals from the UK

    If you’re looking to export chemicals, Mercator Cargo can help. With trained staff and over 20 years’ experience in international freight forwarding, Mercator has the knowledge and contacts to arrange your export of chemicals from the UK.

    Even hazardous, dangerous or restricted chemicals are in our remit. When your chemicals both leave the UK and arrive at their destination country, hazard restrictions and regulations may apply, it is vital these are understood. Mercator is able to assist you in understanding these regulations and offer advice with regards to labelling, packaging and documentation.

    There may be specific regulations about how your chemicals need to be packaged, classified and labelled. Mercator can offer advice with regards to any queries you may have. Still managed and owned by the founding family, we pride ourselves with offering the best customer service at a personal level.

    Mercator is able to offer a bespoke service to aid you in organising your export shipment of chemicals from the UK.

    Call today to speak to a member of our Export Department to discuss your export of chemicals from the UK – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email: sales@mercatorcargo.co.uk.

     

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      Refrigerated Container Imports and Exports

      At Mercator we can offer a variety of options for refrigerated container transport (also known as reefers) for import into the UK and export from the UK.  Some goods will need to be kept at a cooled constant temperature, for example frozen food stuffs, whilst other items (for example candles) may need to be protected from heat or cooler temperatures in a controlled temperature environment.  Reefers allow the transportation of perishable goods at any time of year, safe in the knowledge your goods will not spoil.

      Available in either 20 foot or 40 foot containers, and even part loads – where we can combine your goods with other loads (provided that all the goods can be kept at the same temperature).  Combining your load with other goods can keep your costings down.

      Examples of refrigerated container transported goods include:

      • Paintballs
      • Frozen meat
      • Scented candles
      • Chocolate
      • Pharmaceuticals
      • Fruit & Vegetables

      Mercator also offers comprehensive advice and services in all Port Health matters.  If importing or exporting food stuffs, your goods will be subject to Port Health clearance.  Our experienced team of freight forwarders can advise on all Port Health queries.

      When importing into the UK your goods will be subject to VAT and Duty charges through customs.  We are able to calculate this rate and deal with HMRC clearance.  Once your goods have arrived in the UK and your VAT & Duty charges have been settled, Mercator can make arrangements to deliver your shipment to door, either via road haulage or rail.

      Call today to speak to a member of our Operations Department to discuss your refrigerated shipment – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email: sales@mercatorcargo.co.uk.

       

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        Marco Polo Line 5th Annual Conference – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

        This October, Marco Polo Line (MPL) held its 5th Annual Conference in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.  Mercator enjoys an organising role in MPL as a founding partner in the global network of freight forwarders.  The network consists of small to medium sized freight forwarders, all committed to professional and personal customer service.

        This year, Mercator was represented by Paul, CEO; and Julie, Finance Director (pictured above).  The conference consisted of two days of face-to-face meetings between the organisations from around the world.  This gives great opportunity for MPL members to discuss business from operational to sales matters.  This year offered Mercator a chance to build stronger relationships with other independent freight forwarders from across the globe.  With these links, Mercator is able to offer its clients a more comprehensive and effective freight forwarding service.  Not only that, if a client has a logistics issue, we have a local (and personal) contact for almost anywhere in the world.

        The global network consists of other independent freight forwarders from all around the world, such as Mercator.  Our connection with these international offices allows Mercator local knowledge at your cargo’s destination country.  Not only does this give us information of local customs charges, but also contacts with local, trusted hauliers and rail networks to safely, and efficiently deliver your goods “to door”.  Delivery services include ‘delivery duty paid’ (DDP); ‘delivered at place’ (DAP) and ‘delivered at terminal’ (DAT).

        Call today to speak to a member of our Freight Forwarding Team to discuss the transportation of your goods around the world – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email: sales@mercatorcargo.co.uk.

         

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          Freight Forwarding to Brazil, South America from the UK

          Mercator Cargo is a founding partner of a global network of independent freight forwarders.  With our 20 years’ of experience in freight forwarding, we can arrange for your export goods to Brazil, South America from the UK.

          There are several freight forwarding options to consider when arranging your export to Brazil.  One important first consideration is how big your load is.  Mercator can offer services including:

          –          Full container load by ocean freight
          –          Half container load by sea freight
          –          Smaller load via air freight
          –          Or less than container load (LCL) – where your goods are combined with other specially selected cargo which can reduce the shipping costs.

          Other information required includes whether your cargo has any special requirements.  For example, Mercator can accommodate for unusual or sensitive loads including:

          –          Dangerous Goods
          –          Hanging Garments
          –          Precious Cargo
          –          Special Merchandise
          –          Perishable Goods.

          Mercator offers a comprehensive freight forwarding service, giving advice on options such as documentation; transit routes; customs clearance; transit times; and transport options.

          Mercator can arrange your customs clearance for you as your cargo arrives in San Paulo, Brazil.  These customs charges can be calculated in advance, so that all charges are clear and upfront.  Once the customs clearance charges have been settled, we will call on our contacts locally in San Paulo – thanks to our global network of independent freight forwarders.  Using their local freight forwarding knowledge and contacts with hauliers and rail networks, we can arrange your cargo’s onward journey to its final destination.

          Whether you’re a new business expanding into exports, or you’re an established company looking for a freight forwarding partner, contact us to discuss your shipment to Brazil.
          Tel. 02392 756 575 or Email:sales@mercatorcargo.co.uk.

           

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            Freight Forwarding to Argentina, South America

            Mercator can offer several different freight forwarding services to export your cargo to Argentina, South America.  With comprehensive sea container freight and air freight options, Mercator can assist in exporting your goods to South America.

            As a founding partner in our global network, we have representing offices in Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Rosario, Argentina.  This provides us with invaluable local knowledge of customs procedures and contacts with reliable and trusted local hauliers and rail networks.  Our contacts with these local freight forwarders mean that we can offer a “to door” service, including delivered at terminal (DAT), delivered at place (DAP) and delivered duty paid (DDP).

            Mercator is a UK-based independent freight forwarder with over 20 years of experience of shipping goods all around the world.  With our knowledge, we can discuss with you your requirements, and advise on matters such as:

            –          Documentation
            –          Shipping Routes
            –          Transit Times
            –          Customs Clearance
            –          Warehousing and Distribution

            All customs clearance charges can be calculated in advance of you shipment departing for Argentina, South America – so there are no hidden charges or nasty surprises.  Once the clearance charges have been settled, your cargo can be released and continue its onward journey to its destination.  Onward transportation includes road haulage and rail options using our local freight forwarding network office and knowledge.

            So with assistance in exporting your goods to Argentina, either via ocean container freight or air freight, call Mercator today to discuss your requirements and arrange a tailor-made freight forwarding solution. Tel. 02392 756 575 or Email sales@mercatorcargo.co.uk

             

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              Freight Forwarding to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

              As part of an international network of independent freight forwarders, Mercator can assist in transporting your goods to or from United Arab Emirates.  With a partner freight forwarding office locally in Dubai, we can arrange for your goods to be delivered to anywhere in UAE, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

              As an independent freight forwarder, Mercator can take the time to work closely with its customers, offering advice on:

              –          Transit Times
              –          Customs Clearance
              –          Duty
              –          Documentation

              Mercator only uses reliable and trusted shipping companies and airlines to transport your goods to UAE.  Arrangements for special cargo can be made for the following:

              –          Dangerous Goods
              –          Perishable Cargo
              –          Hung Garments
              –          Precious Goods
              –          Special Merchandise

              Our link with our Dubai, United Arab Emirates freight forwarding partner gives invaluable local knowledge that means that your cargo is in safe hands.  Understanding of customs clearance and contacts with experienced hauliers means your products can reach their destination in a safe and timely manner.

              Mercator’s freight forwarding customs clearance services include:

              –          Customs clearance
              –          Licences
              –          Carnets
              –          Duty and tax planning
              –          Temporary imports

              Once your cargo has reached its destination port and customs charges have been settled (calculated prior to departure), Mercator can arrange the final part of your cargo’s journey using the afore-mentioned local road and rail contacts via our freight forwarding partner office in Dubai.

              To arrange a shipment to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), call us to speak to a member of our sales team and discuss a tailored service for your goods
              Tel. 02392 75 65 75.

               

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                Exporting Goods from the UK Worldwide

                At Mercator, we have seen an increase in freight forwarding exports from the UK.  When considering expanding your business and beginning to export your goods from the UK, it is important to understand the procedures required to allow this process to run smoothly.

                The majority of Mercator’s current client base is small to medium sized enterprises.  For over 20 years, we have assisted hundreds of UK-based companies establish protocols for UK export.  As such we are used to guiding our customers through the freight forwarding export process, offering advice on transport options, routes and documentation, thus creating a seamless process for exporting your goods.

                So if you require a UK-based expert freight forwarder to assist in exporting your goods, contact us to see how we can help
                Tel. 02392 756 575 or Email: sales@mercatorcargo.co.uk

                 

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                  Container Freight Rate Increase on Hold

                  Many carriers are putting planned GRI (General Rate Increase) for the 1st of August on hold due to lower than forecasted Peak Season Container bookings, a number of carriers are already announcing the scrapping of increases way ahead of the proposed implementation date, with most citing growth and volumes at low levels even as we approach the traditional peak season for Christmas goods to begin shipping.

                  Some industry sources say that peak season this year will fail to materialise, due to the historically low freight rates but also due to some customers getting burnt in previous years with space problems, some of them having already arranged shipment and in some cases already fully stocked for Christmas.

                  For more information on this or any other container, import or export, freight or international trade matters please call the expert team at Mercator Cargo on 02392 756575

                   

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                  Shipping Industry Confidence Not Good!

                  As we enter the 3Quarter of 2011 the shipping line industry is facing doom and gloom with rising fuel costs and over capacity on most trade lanes leaves the shipping lines with a problem, however things should start to improve during the last quarter, with Christmas peak season kicking in and leading to a possible increase in ocean freight rates.
                  It is more than likely that capacity will outstrip demand for the next two to three years, leading to speculation that freight rates will remain at a historically low level for next six months to one year, however the industry will try to push a series of GRI (General Rate Increase) to cover rising costs, probably using “back door” methods such as increases to CAF, BAF and other surcharges.

                  For more information on Freight Forwarding, Ocean Freight Rates or other Import and Export requirements please call our dedicated team of professional freight forwarders on 02392 75 65 75

                   

                   

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                  China/Europe Freight rates still on the slide

                  Freight rates in the Far East/Europe trade have been falling for the past 6 months or so and are currently 40-50% lower than November 2010. Carriers have tried to increase freight rates in 2011, but the hikes have failed to stick. This is bad news for shipping lines as they enter peak season, traditionally the time of year when demand for shipping space is high resulting in firmer freight rates. The causes are weaker than expected demand linked with new, bigger vessels entering service.

                  For more information on this, or any other international shipping, freight forwarding, import, export and international trade requirements call our freight forwarding experts on 02392 75 6575

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