Sea Freight

Sea Freight

Extensive relationships with global shipping alliances

IFE Global is a member of the Global Alliance Corporation, the CrossTrades Network and has access to all shipping alliances. Read more about our global alliances.

These alliances enable IFE to maintain competitive rates, and to negotiate favourable ‘named account’ arrangements with carriers to provide stability in a sometimes volatile marketplace. We work closely with clients, sometimes months in advance, planning movements of cargo internationally to meet targets or projects.

Our smart logistics portal takes the complexity out of your logistics operation & gives you more visibility and control over shipments than ever before. The portal provides you with real-time tracking and collaboration, automatic updates and powerful reporting to improve your productivity, lower your inventory costs as well as provide you with the resilience to handle unexpected events.

Consolidation / NVOCC

Cargo consolidation provides an important service for all shippers/consignees dealing with smaller orders which do not fill a shipping container (Less than Container Load – LCL)

Cargo is consolidated either for several consignees shipping many shipments in a single container, or for a single consignee who buys from several shippers and combines these shipments into a single load.

Containers destined for the UK are placed under a Customs bond and unpacked at our Customs approved terminals in London, Felixstowe or Southampton to facilitate the submission of documents for Customs clearance.

Linked to the consolidation activities, IFE Global also operates as an NVOCC (Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier), issuing our own bills of lading for the international carriage of cargo. The issue of a bill of lading provides both shipper and consignee the convenience of having negotiable documents available quickly, with the full protection afforded by IFE insurers.

Far East and Indian Subcontinent Service

We are one of the UKs leading forwarders operating in the competitive markets of the Far East and the Indian Subcontinent.

We have weekly consolidation services operating from the main ports in China, India, Pakistan, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. We also operate the UK’s largest LCL (Less than Container Load) business from Southern India to the UK, with containers being loaded daily at Chennai and Tuticorin.

USA Service

IFE Global and its dedicated USA specialists can tailor your supply chain throughout the USA.

We offer full coverage of the US Mainland, consolidating weekly and bi-weekly via the main Ocean and Air gateways of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles & Atlanta. We control the contents of our containers minimising risk of delay with Customs upon arrival at US or UK ports, where we undertake swift transferral for road or rail delivery. If required our carefully selected unpacking facilities ensure safe, timely retrieval and unpacking of airline pallets and ocean containers for onward despatch.

Projects / Out of Gauge Cargoes

Although most activity is related to container movements, a significant part of our business involves cargo which does not lend itself easily to containerisation. Click here for a fuller description of these services.

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