Sea Freight

Sea Freight from Zambezi Freight Services Limited

By: Zambezi Freight Services Limited  06/07/2011
Keywords: worldwide shipping, Boxes to South Africa

Sea Freight

Why choose sea freight?

Sea freight may be your preferred choice of transportation if you have lots of heavy packages to send, or several very large items.

How long does it take?

The transit time will vary from destination to destination but obviously sea freight is a much slower service than air freight. Depending on the final destination, most transit times will be between 4 and 12 weeks.

Once we have booked your shipment onto a vessel, you will receive confirmation with the relevant shipping details. This will include the name of the vessel, the approximate date of arrival at the destination port, and contact details of the shipping line’s agent at the port. These will be your first point of contact in order to retrieve your documentation and begin the process of customs clearing your shipment.

After the vessel has actually left the UK port we will send you a copy of your “bill of lading” which is the actual transportation document. To most destinations this copy will be sufficient to present to the local customs officials (along with other required documentation such as inventory, invoices, passport etc) in order to obtain your freight. However, some countries still insist on an original bill of lading rather than a copy. In such a case, we will send an original to your preferred address in either the UK or at the destination by courier.

How are the freight charges calculated when shipping by sea freight?

Unlike air freight, it is primarily the volume of your shipment which determines the cost. Sea freight shipments are charged “per cubic metre” therefore we would always need to know the size of the shipment before we can advise the final cost.

Although we can ship a consignment which consists of several individual packages, we would always advise that it is much safer to palletise them. This means that we would bring your packages to our warehouse and build them onto a strong wooden pallet base before wrapping and strapping them all together to build a single large unit.

Once a pallet has been built we would measure the dimensions of the pallet to determine how many cubic metres you finally have, and charge on this basis .

Whilst it is perfectly ok to use your own boxes, and suitcases and other packages thi will inevitably leave spaces between them when we build the pallet. As you are charged for all of the space used it is in your interest to try and use packages which will stack together in a tighter fashion, leaving as few empty gaps as possible. To assist you in this purpose, Zambezi Freight stock different cartons and custom made pallet boxes which will save you space whilst reducing the cost shipping your goods.

Keywords: Boxes to South Africa, worldwide shipping,

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