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?
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 an email 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 also email
you with 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, 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 or mail.
How are the freight charges calculated when shipping by sea
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 as the pictures on this page show.
Once a pallet has been built we would measure the dimensions of
the pallet to determine how many cubic metres you finally have, and
therefore the cost.
Whilst it is perfectly ok to use your own boxes, and suitcases
etc. they 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, Tudor stock different cartons which are
manufactured specifically so that they can be built onto our
pallets in the most cost affective method possible, provided you
follow the guidelines below.
- 8 x carton 50 (45 x 45 x 50 cms each) on a pallet = 1 cubic
- The photographs here show how you can use other
Tudor boxes instead of carton 50's if they suit your needs better.
For example, 2 x carton 25's takes up the same space as 1 x carton
50. These cartons are ideal for heavier items such as books and
- The target is to ensure that when the pallet has been built it
resembles a large cube or block with a flat top side. If you have
individual items which protrude from the top of the pallet you are
paying for all of the wasted space around it.
- We charge just £20 for every pallet built.
What am I not allowed to send?
are extremely strict rules which regulate what you can and cannot
send by sea freight. These fall mainly into the following 2
- Dangerous goods: Many
items which seem harmless to an individual are regarded as
"dangerous goods" when being shipped by sea freight. It is against
the law to send these items in your packages if they are not
declared on the shipper's inventory. If you do have "dangerous
goods" to send they must be packed and handled in a specialist
manner. Dangerous goods are more expensive to send than general
cargo: We do not accept valuable cargo. This includes cash,
traveller's cheques, stamp collections, deeds, tickets, jewellery,
watches or similar highly valuable items.
- Junk / Waste Materials for example scrap metal or used tyres
What documentation is required?
require the completion of a detailed shipper's inventory for every sea
freight shipment. This can be completed online or in person when
our driver collects. For some destinations we will also require a
copy of the shippers' passport. You will also require either an
original or copy of your bill of lading. Check your destination
country guide for more details.