Ocean Freight

Ocean Freight


As one of the UK’s leading providers of ocean freight services, Arbour Shipping offers complete door-to-door ocean export and import services due to their extensive knowledge and dedicated network of overseas agents.


We are able to combine our forwarding expertise and negotiation skills for both land and sea on a global basis to ensure you, our client, obtain the best service and price level at all times.


With our liner agency agreements and our extensive NVOCC buying structure, we are able to offer the very best deal for any origin, destination or preferred carrier. Together we provide streamline freight forwarding for all your shipping needs.


Please see our various ocean freight products we offer.


For more information contact us on 01942 885 690 or email [email protected]

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Full Container Load (FCL)

With our liner services and NVOCC contracts with all major shipping lines, we are able to offer weekly Full Container Load (FCL) services from all major North European ports to all global destinations.


Our services include not only General Purpose or High Cube containers but also Flat Rack, Open Top, Reefer (temperature controlled) and 45ft Super Cube containers.


Our key features include:

  • Dependable transit schedules and sailings from all major ports around the world
  • Access to negotiated contract rates which we pass on to our clients
  • Access to space allocations with all major carriers
  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) connectivity with vessel operators
  • Door-to-port and door-to-door services
  • Multiple destination options which allows you to choose the right service for you
  • Global destinations on offer

Less Container Load (LCL)

Arbour Shipping has access to a variety of Less Container Load (LCL) services through their liner agency network Continental Container Line. Our consolidation team, expertise and regular worldwide connections enable us to provide the most reliable, cost effective method of getting your shipment to its final destination.


Key feature of using our LCL service:

  • Multiple receiving points globally
  • Competitive pricing
  • Global network coverage
  • Frequent sailings with fast transit times
  • Reliable and on time deliveries
  • Professional documentation support
  • Door-to-door and door-to-port services
  • Warehousing, de-consolidation and storage
  • Transport options at origin and destination

Non Containerised Load (NCL) / Out of Gauge (OOG)

Arbour Shipping prides itself on offering the most cost effective solutions for NCL / OOG movements. In fact, over the years, it has become the core of our day to day business. Accordingly, we have developed a world class reputation in the movement of Out Of Gauge non-containerised cargoes, utilising specialised container equipment; such as:

  • Open Top containers
  • Platform containers
  • Flat Rack containers
  • Mafi Units


With the majority of our NCL work, we try to utilise Line’s equipment wherever possible. However, on occasions when the special equipment is not available, we are able to utilise our own stock of containers that ensures your shipment is exported within the required time frame.


Furthermore, due to us having the ability to use our own equipment, we are able to provide Out Of Gauge movements to any part of the globe, even those hard to reach destinations that the majority of carriers cannot offer.


We strive to continually developing our NCL / OOG services. Please see our cases studies page to see some of the work we have done.

Conventional / Break Bulk

With our 30 years of expertise in Conventional and Break Bulk movements, Arbour Shipping’s project services are customised for each individual contract to satisfy these often complex tasks. Our teams consisting of specialists in their fields are able to put together their extensive knowledge, skills and creativity to ship any sized cargo from any origin to any destination worldwide.


Our team have their own specific skill set and knowledge of global networks and trade lanes which allows us to offer a variety of products and services


Key features of our Conventional / Break Bulk services

  • Competitive rates
  • On site management at origin and/or destination
  • Single point of contact throughout the movement
  • Heavy lift and abnormal loads
  • Continuous project management
  • Surveys and studies (route, port, weather and political climate)
  • Stevedoring, port lashing and port storage facilities
  • Liner agents for Atlantic Pacific Line and Project Arabia Line


Anything heavy and oversized gets our special attention this is why we ensure that our project team is available at all times to ensure a smooth delivery of your cargo.


Not only are we a liner agent, we are also pride ourselves on being a Non Vessel Owner Common Carrier (NVOCC). Our extensive knowledge, agency network and negotiating skills enable us to choose the right carrier to suit your shipping requirements.


As we don’t need to concentrate on maintaining equipment, running and the management of the vessels, we can concentrate on getting your cargo where it needs to go whilst giving you the full quality of service you can expect during the entire process.


We have an extensive array of contract and rate agreements with all of the major shipping lines which allows us to pass these savings on to our client’s whilst still maintaining the level of service level that carriers are unable to offer.

Cross Trades

Cross Trade traffic requires an understanding of local procedures in countries where you don’t have a presence. Arbour Shipping can provide that knowledge with its experience in cross trade traffic. We understand the importance that shippers are making when it comes to out sourcing their product manufacturing services, but still controlling the shipping.


That’s why, through our strong agency network links and our liner agencies in all major trading lanes, we are able to negotiate and accommodate a variety of cross trade options while still allowing the principle to having full control in whatever country they reside.


Key features we provide are:

  • Competitive pricing structures
  • Full Container Loads, Less Container Loads, Non Containerised Loads
  • Conventional, Break Bulk and Project Movements
  • A full range of additional services (cargo handling, warehousing, multimodal, surveys)
  • Integrated online systems though our liner agency
  • Step by step tracking facility


There may also be general forwarding requirements, letters of credit and insurance work required. Our experienced team allows us to combine all these elements into one smooth communication so that our customers know and trust their contact who will remain constant in whichever area of the supply chain you are discussing. Like many of our other products and services, we pride ourselves in being able to offer one key contact on all your cross trade movements.

Customs Clearance

Customs clearance is an integral part of everyday shipping. We are able to provide a comprehensive customs clearance facility on a global basis for both inbound and outbound movements.


Incomplete or Incorrect customs documentation can cause considerable delays in transportation thus reducing supply chain and delivery reliability.


To minimise Customs issues, Arbour Shipping provide the follows services:

  • Import and export brokerage systems integrated into our global sea and airfreight products
  • Information system interfaces that are connected to customs authorities
  • Import and export declarations
  • Customs classification
  • Binding Tariff Information (BTI)

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