GC Sea Freight Information


Sea Freight is an extremely cost-effective means of shipping large or bulky goods internationally. While air freight has
experienced intermittent periods of stagnation since the economic downturn of 2008, sea freight has seen a gradual rise in
volume, as shippers seek to reduce freight costs wherever they can.


Sea freight services were revolutionised by the introduction of containerisation after the Second World War: loading ships
with containers of standardised sizes enabled a greater volume of cargo per vessel, did away with the need for
warehousing and reduced congestion in ports and losses from damage and theft.


Containerisation therefore dramatically decreased transport costs and supported a boom in international trade. Today, the
majority of sea cargo is transported in TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) or FEU (forty foot equivalent unit)
containers. If you have enough cargo to fill a container, you will need to book a full container load (FCL) service. Less than
container load (LCL) services are for shippers who do not have the volume of cargo to fill a container.


Given its long history and the fact that many agents and specialised services can be involved in organising an ocean
freight shipment, the terminology associated with sea freight and the different documentation you need can seem confusing.


Given its long history and the fact that many agents and specialised services can be involved in organising an ocean freight
shipment, the terminology associated with sea freight and the different documentation you need can seem confusing.


We provide a range of sea freight services:


Complete visibility of the sea freight services we provide. Simply enter the weight and dimensions of your consignment to
view our quote screen:


  • Compare internationally renowned sea freight service providers and our best possible rates within a few seconds.

  • View a variety of available departure dates, vessels and routes on a single quote screen.

  • Our online quotation tool is free to use and there is no obligation to book.


Port-to-port services operate from seaport to seaport.

  • You can drop off your goods at one of the available depots where they will be processed and loaded onto container
    ships.
  • You’ll need to ensure that all necessary documentation is attached and ready before dropping off your goods. Our
    customer service team is always happy to help you with this.

If you require a direct collection service from an address of your choice to the destination seaport, we can arrange this for
you.

  • Your goods will be collected by a courier and transported to the chosen seaport depot.

  • Please make sure that you have completed and attached the shipping documents.