Shipping from Sri Lanka

Our freight forwarding services for shipping from Sri Lanka to the UK can be a complete door to door shipping service. The level of service you require us to complete on your behalf will entirely depend on the INCOTERM that you have agreed with your supplier in Sri Lanka.

Sea freight vessel loaded with shipping containers

Shipping from Sri Lanka

If you have agreed a FOB (free on board) term, then your supplier will be responsible to complete the export customs and arrange for the shipment to be taken to the port and loaded onto the vessel.  In this instance, we will take over and arrange the ocean freight aspect of your import shipping from Sri Lanka, and complete UK customs clearance and delivery to your door.  If you have agreed an EXW (ex works) term, then we will arrange the whole process of the import shipment from your supplier’s door in Sri Lanka through to your door in the UK, including UK customs clearance, all documentation and Sri Lankan export customs.

Sea & Air Freight Shipping from Sri Lanka

Our freight services from Sri Lanka include sea freight and air freight.  Sea freight from Sri Lanka departs from Colombo, which calls at various UK ports including Felixstowe and Thamesport.  Sea freight from Sri Lanka takes around 25 days.  We can handle both LCL (less than container) loads, pallets and FCL (full container) loads for import from Sri Lanka into the UK.

Air freight from Sri Lanka generally departs from Colombo and arrives into London Heathrow.  Air freight is much quicker than sea freight, however there is a premium price to pay.  If your cargo from Sri Lanka is particularly urgent, light or small, air freight might be your preferred option (air freight prices are calculated on weight and size).  Air freight from Sri Lanka takes a matter of hours, but you will need to factor in time either side for loading, unloading and customs clearance.

Sea freight shipping Vessel loading at port

Exports to Sri Lanka from the UK

There is a market for exporting to Sri Lanka.  Over the years we have handled various export commodities such as machinery, construction equipment and trucks.  Mercator can handle both sea and air freight consignments from the UK to Sri Lanka.  We handle the export customs clearances in house, arrange pick up and air or sea freight to Sri Lanka.  Once arrived in Sri Lanka, we can call on our partner agent based in Colombo to handle the rest of your shipment’s journey, thanks to our founding membership of the freight forwarding network MarcoPoloLine.

Sea freight to Sri Lanka from the UK takes around 25 days (plus time either side for loading, unloading and clearance in Sri Lanka).  Mercator can handle any size of shipment from single pallets to multiple container loads.  Air freight to Sri Lanka departs from London Heathrow daily and arrives into Colombo.  Air freight to Sri Lanka is a preferred option if you are short on time, however it is more expensive than sea freight.

Get in touch for your free quote today

If you would like to discuss your shipment to or from Sri Lanka and to obtain a quote, please get in contact via telephone: +44 2392 756 575, or email