Sea Freight

Sustainable sea freight solutions, seamlessly delivered.

Sea freight is the backbone of international trade.

With around 80% of goods moved by sea, it plays a pivotal role in connecting businesses and consumers across the globe. Sea freight is reliable, environmentally friendly, and capable of handling a wide range of cargo types, from raw materials to finished products.

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Denholm Good Logistics’ rich shipping heritage and relationships with our overseas network enable us to secure capacity, negotiate competitive rates, and adapt quickly and efficiently to fluctuating ocean freight volumes.

We understand the importance of lead times and real-time visibility of how orders are progressing to our customers. This is why we ensure our clients can access Connect, our real-time tracking solution, via our digital portal.

Denholm Good Logistics’ dedicated sea freight team offers a very personal service. Throughout the years, we have established a global infrastructure capable of servicing individual customer requirements across all industries.

We offer a comprehensive range of flexible sea freight services, including Deep Sea and Short Sea shipping, through strategic partnerships with all the major global carriers built over many years.

Our short sea freight services are an alternative to using road freight. They help reduce road congestion, lower emissions, and offer flexible transportation options, especially for perishable goods and time-sensitive cargo.

Besides expert sea freight solutions, we offer complete warehouse and distribution services ranging from unloading and warehousing storage to onward distribution and a comprehensive customs clearance solution.

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Our Sea Freight Services

At Denholm Good Logistics, we provide a whole host of sea freight solutions tailored to your business’s specific needs and requirements. Our ocean freight services include:

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Full Container Load (FCL)

FCL is suitable for businesses with large volumes of cargo to transport and want greater control and security over their shipments, faster transit times, reduced handling, and flexibility in packing and loading. We offer the option of 20ft, 40ft, and 45ft containers plus flat racks, open tops, and out-of-gauge services.
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Consolidation Services

Less container load (LCL) is a cost-effective and efficient sea freight shipping option for businesses that do not have enough cargo to fill an entire shipping container. Our in-house consolidation services allow multiple businesses to share space within a single container, reducing costs and environmental impact.

  • Order visibility
  • Real-time shipment visibility
  • Analytics & insights
  • Centralised documents
  • Easier exception management
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Reefer Services

Reefer, shortened for refrigerated, refers to specialised sea freight containers and vessels with temperature control technology. This service plays a vital role in the global supply chain, ensuring that perishable goods like fruits, vegetables, seafood, and pharmaceuticals reach their destination in pristine condition.

  • Order visibility
  • Real-time shipment visibility
  • Analytics & insights
  • Centralised documents
  • Easier exception management
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Roll-on/Roll-off Services

Ro-Ro, short for Roll-on/Roll-off, provides a dynamic and efficient sea freight shipping solution for businesses wishing to ship vehicles, heavy machinery, heavy ceramic products, or oversized cargo. It eliminates the hassle of crane-loading and unloading by allowing cargo to be rolled on and off specially designed vessels. Not only does this save time, but it also reduces the risk of damage to valuable equipment.
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Dry Bulk

Dry Bulk vessels are specially designed to carry large quantities of loose, dry commodities such as grains, minerals, coal, and metals. If your business is in agriculture, mining, or manufacturing, dry bulk sea freight service is a cost-effective way to ship your goods, as these commodities are loaded directly onto the ship's hold without packaging or containers.

  • Order visibility
  • Real-time shipment visibility
  • Analytics & insights
  • Centralised documents
  • Easier exception management
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Go Green

Traditional logistics practices can contribute to pollution, increased carbon emissions, and environmental degradation. Our teams are on hand to provide greener alternatives to conventional ocean freight services, including eco-friendly packaging, efficient route planning, and innovative supply chain practices. Not only do these green sea freight solutions reduce your carbon footprint, but they also enhance operational efficiency and minimise costs. In addition to reducing your carbon emissions, we can also record and provide solutions to offset them, helping you on your journey to net zero.

  • Order visibility
  • Real-time shipment visibility
  • Analytics & insights
  • Centralised documents
  • Easier exception management

Keep Track of Your Shipment

As part of our sea freight UK services, we offer our intuitive, easy-to-use digital platform Connect, allowing you to save time, reduce manual operations, and increase efficiencies.

  • Order visibility
  • Real-time Shipment visibility
  • Analytics & insights
  • Centralised Documents
  • Easier Exception Management
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You may also be interested in the following services

Road Freight

Air Freight

Projects

Consolidation

“Since partnering with Denholm Good Logistics, with their knowledge and expertise we have been able to simplify our logistics process. Our account manager ensures the whole process runs smoothly with no hiccups, from booking our shipments, customs, and delivery to our warehouse. Knowing we can rely on our logistics partner 100%, allows us to focus on what we are good at. I would highly recommend Denholm Good Logistics, they have been a great growth partner”

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have further questions about our sea freight services, kindly see the section below to find the answers to frequently asked questions.

What type of shipping container should I use?

The type of container you need will depend on the goods you need to transport. Here is a list of the most common sea freight containers and what they are used for.

  • Standard – a standardised metal box usually measuring 20ft or 40ft in length.
  • Dress hanger – sea freight container used to transport clothing items, such as evening and bridal wear, without folding.
  • Flat racks – sea freight container without two side walls or a roof and is often used for oversized cargo.
  • Flexi tank – a sea freight container with a flexible tank inside that transports non-hazardous liquid.
  • High cube – sea freight container taller than the standard 8ft 6in.
  • Insulated – sea freight container used to maintain the temperature of the goods inside.
  • Open top – sea freight container that opens from the top to simplify loading and unloading of heavy, bulky, tall, or awkward goods.
  • Reefer – refrigerated sea freight container used to keep perishable goods, such as food, at a constant temperature of lower than 15 degrees.
  • Ventilated – sea freight container used for transporting items requiring protection from moisture and condensation.

How many pallets can you fit in a shipping container?

It will depend on pallet and container size as the pallets used in sea transport differ. The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) recognises three popular pallet sizes for efficient shipping:

  • Standard/EUR2/ISO2 – measures 1200mm x 1000mm (47.24in x 39.37in). A 20ft container can fit 10 standard pallets, while a 40ft container can fit 20-21.
  • North American Standard/GMA – measures 1016mm x 1219mm (40in x 48in). A 20ft container can fit 10 GMA pallets, while a 40ft container can fit 20.
  • EUR/EUR1/ISO1 – measures 800mm x 1200mm (31.5 x 39.37in). A 20ft container can fit 11 EUR1 pallets, while a 40ft container can fit 23-24.

When is the next available space, and how stable are your rates?

We use a two-tier selling system as part of our commitment to delivering reliable sea freight solutions. We work with our distribution partners to ensure the stability of our sea freight rates and continuous space availability for new and existing clients.

Which is more expensive to ship, FLC or LCL?

At Denholm Good Logistics, we handle all the paperwork for your shipments to make air freight much easier and more convenient. Our team of experts will ensure that export and import customs formalities (NES customs entry, Intrastat, CFSP Messaging) at all main UK ports are completed efficiently and promptly. By choosing our services, you can sit back and relax as we do all the work on your behalf.

Events and News

How to Avoid EU to UK Shipping Delays

How to Avoid EU to UK Shipping Delays

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union in January 2021 saw the introduction of new rules and procedures for shipping goods between the two regions. As a result, shipments from the EU to the UK are now subject to stricter customs checks, tariffs and other...

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How to Avoid EU to UK Shipping Delays

How to Avoid EU to UK Shipping Delays

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union in January 2021 saw the introduction of new rules and procedures for shipping goods between the two regions. As a result, shipments from the EU to the UK are now subject to stricter customs checks, tariffs and other...

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