This is entirely dependent on the specific nature of the hazardous cargo. There are some consignments we will not carry, either on legal, ethical or environmental grounds. Contact us for further clarification.
If your cargo is not one of those prohibited, then we will be happy to transport it. We have experienced teams all over the world that can help you through the whole shipping process. Our global chemical support department (based in Antwerp), meanwhile, is on hand to ensure that your shipment meets the stringent compliance requirements of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code. They can also deal with any contingency along the way.
Yes. We have an extensive containers including 20’, 40’ and high cube boxes. Click here for Container Type Guide.
Importing private and personal effects can be stressful and time consuming. There are lots of HMRC formalities involved in this type of import which can be confusing and can result in further charges being incurred. SCJ’s in-house experts are fully trained in handling shipments of this nature.
We can offer guidance throughout the process, ensuring that your household goods or vehicles reach you with minimal delay. We can provide a dedicated point of contact who will oversee every part of the shipping process, including quotation, clearance and delivery, and will also provide you with any forms required by HMRC and will even help you complete them if you’re uncertain about how to do so.
The time taken to clear goods is dependent on certain information provided to Customs on the import declaration. Upon arrival into the UK, for example, UK Customs (HMRC) will assign a ‘route’ to the entry. Below is a list of the most common routes, and the approximate time it takes for clearance to be issued.
Route 1 – This is a full documentation check whereby customs require sight of original paperwork for a detailed check of the declaration, this can take up to three working hours to clear. The time starts when customs receive your paperwork.
Route 2 – This is a customs examination as well as document check. Customs require original paperwork before they request the container be presented and out-turned for examination. There is no time limit allocated to this routing as customs rely on the port service providers to present the container.
Route 3 – This route sees clearance being given within approximately 10 minutes. Customs still require us to present original paperwork within 24 hours. Although this type of clearance can be issued within 10 minutes we request customers allow one hour for clearance to be issued.
Route 4 – Instant clearance pending funds being in place for Duty and VAT. Usually clearance is issued within 10 minutes of the declaration being accepted. Customs do not require presentation of any documentation.
There’s really no such thing. The physical size of a piece of out-of-gauge cargo is only one consideration when assessing how to transport it most safely and efficiently. As such, there aren’t actually any maximum dimensions. Every single load is approached as a bespoke operation, assessed on an individual basis. Contact your local MSC office to discuss your requirements.
When trading internationally, you will need the correct commodity code for your goods so customs declarations can be completed accurately. The code is a ten-digit number for imports from outside the EU. Once you know the commodity code, you can look up other important information such as duty rates and any import or export restrictions.
An EORI number is a number, unique throughout the European Community, assigned by a customs authority in a Member State to economic operators (businesses) or persons. By registering for customs purposes in one Member State, an Economic Operator (EO) is able to obtain an EORI number which is valid throughout the Community. The EO will then use this number in all communications with any EC customs authorities where a customs identifier is required for example customs declarations.
Please click here for more information about EORI.
Describing itself as an ‘e-marketplace’ for ocean shipping, INTTRA is an online portal providing a range of operational, strategic and data provision services for organisations looking to find and book the international transit of cargo. Its development, in which MSC invested both time and money, was prompted by the desire to streamline the online sea freight booking process.
Its ship management services include:
- Shipment Management
- Ocean Schedules
- Cargo Insurance
- Container Booking
- Shipping Instructions
- Shipping Order
- Bill of Lading
Our refrigerated container equipment can maintain temperatures between -25.0c – +30.0c. However, for some commodities for which lower temperatures are required (such as ice cream) we can go to -28.0c.
If the item or items to be transported are too large to fit inside a standard container, it is deemed to be ‘out of gauge’ (OOG). Such cargo might require an open top container, platform or flatrack.
If, however, the cargo is too big to be loaded onto a single flatrack, it is termed as ‘breakbulk’ or project cargo. Typically we have to load this type of cargo across multiple flatracks on the deck of a vessel.
The role of Customs is extremely varied, ranging from checking of documents for accuracy to physical examination of cargo and preventative controls to check on the movement of drugs etc.
Their remit includes:
- Controlling the movement of imports and exports.
- Collecting revenue from traders on imported goods.
- Protecting society from prohibited or explicit materials.
- Acting on behalf of other government departments with import/export trade.
- Undertaking law enforcement where necessary.