• Cargo services in the UK

    Posted on March 23, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    What particular service will you choose to transport your consignment from the UK?

    You can go for road transportation which seems to be the most practical alternative for exporters specifically within the European Union. The highway network is traversable and crossing over national borders is generally fast and cost-effective. It is possible to schedule conveyance or opt for next-day delivery because of the massive road networks. You can conduct GPS tracking of commodities while on the way to its destination. 

    However, there are hazards in land cargo services. It takes more time and additional delays can take place because of vehicle breakdown and traffic conditions. The risk of damages is greater because of long distances. Toll charges are also expensive in certain countries. Entrepreneurs must expect varying road and traffic rules. Types of carriers used in the UK include hauliers or transporters which pick up the consignment from your warehouse and transport these though roads. Freight forwarders consolidate cargo before transporting the same.  Couriers specialise in express delivery of small parcels.

    Cargo service by sea is the most common transportation for international trade not only in the UK buy most nations as well. If you need to transport huge volumes, shipping by sea is the most appropriate. Through this mode of transport, it is possible to send huge volumes at very economical costs. The forwarder can combine commodities to bring down fees. However, transport by sea can be slower compared to other methods and inclement weather can lead to more delays. Moreover, routes and schedule are more often than not fixed. Monitoring is relatively hard and you still have to use land transportation from the harbour to your final destination. It is necessary to pay port duties while basic freight costs depend on fuel and legal tender surcharges.

    See to it that you protect your cargo with the appropriate insurance coverage. Under conventions governing maritime transportation, there is limited insurance coverage because of Hague Visby Rules.

    This is a set of international rules for transport of goods by sea. The formal description is the “International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules of Law relating to Bills of Lading.” It was drafted in Brussels in 1924. In 1968, the Rules became known as the Hague-Visby Rules. A final amendment was developed during the SDR Protocol in 1979. The principle of the Hague-Visby Rules (based on the English Common Law) is that the carrier has more bargaining power compared to the shipper. It is meant to protect the interests of the shipper or cargo-owner. The law imposes minimum obligations on the carrier.

    Due to this policy, the most ideal recourse for shippers is to apply for general cargo insurance.

    For cargo transport, all shipments should be accompanied by the Bill of Lading or Sea Waybill. These documents specify the consignment owner as well as terms and conditions of the haulage contract. Air transport is the last option for cargo service in the UK. It is fast and more secured but fairly expensive. The rules are similar to shipping and land transportation.

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