Container Shipping to and from the UK
Do you want to know more about prices for container shipments to the UK? Are you aware of specific shipping documents you might need to get your freight moving? Here you’ll find all the answers related to your questions around container shipments to the UK.Get started
Relevant shipping information
- What is the estimated transit time for shipping a container to the UK?
Transit times depend on the vessel rotation, and whether containers need to be connected to other vessels on their journey and how many calling ports there are on the route.
For example, you can ship a container from China to the UK from 28 days, from a main port like Shanghai.
Twill, supercharged by Maersk, offers market-leading transit times for the UK from all its key markets. Our strong transit times ensure you keep your lead times to a minimum, while being able to keep cargo moving at a good pace.
- Do I need insurance to ship from China to the UK?
Insurance is not necessarily required to ship to the UK but you should review whether this is something you should consider based on the Incoterms you have agreed with your supplier.
Dependant on the Incoterms chosen, the risk associated with your purchase moves at a specific point in the shipping process. For example, if you chose to work with DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) terms then the Seller bears all Risk until the Buyer receives the goods, while if you chose FOB (Free On Board) terms the Risk moves to the Buyer at the point it loads on the vessel at Origin.
You should always ensure you read the fine print to ensure insurance coverage meets your needs, with policies varying on commodities, routes and value. Only specific policies cover delays, while most do not. Other policies cover you only for General Average Contribution, which are the costs associated with loss or damage to a ship or its cargo, with costs shared between the owners of the ship and owners of the cargo on board.
If you’re shipping your cargo across the sea, you want to know that you won’t lose money if your cargo is damaged or lost. This is why Twill offers Value Protect, giving you peace of mind that your cargo is protected during the transportation with us.
Ports and offices in UK
Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 3SY
Stirlingshire FK3 8UE
Liverpool L21 1LA
The Plaza, 12th Floor
100 Old Hall Street
Liverpool L3 9QJ
Leslie Ford House
Tilbury, Essex RM18 7EH
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