Freight Forwarder Services between the UK and Germany

Germany is one of the UK’s top European trading partners.  As the UK and Germany are in the EU, there is currently a free trade agreement between the two countries.  This means that when your import arrives into the UK from Germany, there will be no import VAT & Duty to pay in order to clear customs.  Likewise, when your export shipment arrives in Germany there will be no local taxes to pay.  This is an attractive proposition for importers and exporters considering trading with Germany: not only is Germany is short distance away (reducing freight costs) but the nil rate of import taxes is an important factor.

As the majority of Germany’s border is with neighbouring countries, there are just two sea freight ports: Hamburg and Bremerhaven.  Some routes between Hamburg and Felixstowe (for example) can take just two days on the water, whereas some others could take up to a week (depending upon the routing and the destination port).


Importing into the UK from Germany

A vast amount of UK imports from Germany comprises vehicles manufactured on the continent.  A bulk of the rest of imports consist of German manufactured goods, including engineering machinery and components, foodstuffs, medical equipment and technology.

Sea freight is generally a better route for UK imports from Germany vs road freight.  As the route via water is not only shorter, but it could also be faster if your ultimate destination in the UK is not a great deal of distance from the arrival port.

We have a partner agent based in Hamburg, Germany, thanks to our founding membership of the freight forwarder network MarcoPoloLine (MPL).  Our agent in Germany will be able to arrange pick up of your goods from the manufacturer in Germany and deliver your shipment to either Hamburg or Bremerhaven port.  From there we will be able to arrange the ocean freight to the UK, any paperwork that may be required (depending upon the nature of the shipment) and onward delivery from the UK port to your door.  We can make your imports from Germany simple and stress-free.

We also handle urgent air freight shipments from Germany to the UK.  For any shipment which is of particularly high worth, delicate, urgent or light weight, import air freight from Germany might be your choice.  In this case, the process is similar to that of air freight.  We can take care of every aspect of your import shipment so you can focus on running your business.


Exporting to Germany from the UK

The UK export market to Germany is about half the size of the UK import market from Germany.  However, in 2013 the UK export market to Germany was worth approximately £30bn.  The UK exports various commodities to Germany including cars, parts for aircrafts and vehicles, engineering equipment, machinery components and medical equipment.

The quickest port to export to Germany from is Felixstowe.  One of the larger carriers offers a service which takes just two days from Felixstowe, UK to Hamburg, Germany.  This is great news for UK exporters as this routing can be quicker than road freight.  The positioning of Felixstowe within the UK also makes it an easily accessible port from most parts of the country.

Mercator’s exporting services cover UK pickup and delivery to port, ocean freight (or air freight) to Germany and onwards delivery in Germany to your customer’s door.  Our assistance in your UK export process will enable you to focus on the running of your business, it’s a straight forward solution to your export problems.

Our export service to Germany also covers air freight for more urgent or high value shipments.  Air freight also opens Germany as a country as you could ship your consignment to a destination further south of the country, rather than having to rely on trucking down the country.


Mercator handles palletised cargo for LCL (less than container load) and full container loads between Germany and the UK.  Whether you have urgent air freight that needs collecting from Berlin and delivering to Liverpool, or a multi shipping container load from Hamburg to London, we have the contacts, experience and knowledge to make it happen for you: +44 2392 756 575, or email


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    Please note we are unable to handle personal shipments.