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Britannia Southern has been in the business of importing and exporting household goods and personal effects in shipping containers for well over thirty years. Organising shipments to & from Canada, Australia, Malta, Turkey, Cyprus, Qatar, Thailand, New Zealand, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), India, South Africa and the United States has allowed us to acquire invaluable knowledge and expertise in the complex world that is international shipping. Shipments are divided into three categories:
- FCL or Full Container Load: The consignee has exclusive use of a dedicated shipping container, meaning that it will only contain the client’s consignment(no space sharing takes place). To warrant an FCL shipment the customer ought to be able to fill a considerable proportion of the container to make it cost effective. In most cases the goods are loaded directly at the client’s address(subject to good access & parking) where the seal is placed onto the container door. Cargo exclusivity also guarantees added security.
- LCL or Less than Container Load: Various consignments will be consolidated into one single container to make the shipment viable. This option is used when the cargo volume doesn’t warrant an entire shipping container. Cargo must be placed on pallets or crates, not loose. The client pays only for the space used in the container. Transit times are generally slower.
- Groupage load: The grouping together of several consignments into full container loads, also referred to as consolidation. It is important to note that the word groupage is in reference to the service offered by a freight forwarder as opposed to when a shipping line consolidates small loads, in this case it is classed as an LCL service. Consignments don’t need to be crated but a full export packing and wrapping service is still required.
Destination agents for Southern Spain
As destination agents we liaise with the customer, the moving company and our customs clearing agent to make certain all the necessary documentation submitted to us is in order. Once the consignment has been cleared by Spanish customs we can take delivery of the container. On unloading, the inventory lists provided to us by the moving company at origin will be carefully verified by our staff and any signs of damage will be noted. If the final delivery address can be verified as being good for the truck transporting the container (no narrow roads or difficult parking), then we can arrange for the container to be positioned directly outside your new address. Otherwise we can unload the goods into our own warehouse and arrange for prompt delivery using Britannia’s smaller vehicles. The main ports close to Britannia Southern are Malaga, Algeciras and Cadiz.
The preferred option if you need to send a small load to any major international airport. Rates are per kilo and consignments need to be export packed. All the paperwork is handled by us, including the labelling and listing of the consignment. Our proximity to Malaga international airport AGP enables us to offer our customers a prompt and reliable freight forwarding service to all major destinations worldwide. Popular destinations include Johannesburg, Toronto, Montreal, Dubai, Kuwait, Riyadh, Bangkok, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland.