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.