Shipping in United Kingdom

Get up-to-date local information about export procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container drop-offs and more.

Customs House Brokerage

To ship your cargo from A to B, it is important that you have cleared your cargo with customs. Our team uses our global knowledge and local expertise in customs formalities to ensure a seamless and reliable service for moving your freight across borders.

T2L - If your container is moving within the European Union, we are able to arrange a T2L for you. Simply download the relevant T2L form.

Please submit your completed T2L form to gb.export@sealandmaersk.com at least 24 hours before vessel departure.

We charge £35 per booking for this service and additional charges may apply if you need your T2L sent by courier to an overseas location.

If we do not receive your form in time a retrospective T2L will be required. The cost for which is £50.00 per booking and can take up to 7 days to process. Sealand cannot not be held responsible for any additional charges incurred at destination due to delayed T2Ls.

UCR – If your container is moving to a non-EU destination we calculate the costs of moving your cargo, prepare the paperwork that is needed and facilitate communication between government authorities so you can rest easy knowing your shipment is in safe hands.

You can request this when placing your booking and upload your documents through our quick and easy platform. If you have any questions about how to use this, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Restrictions

Max. road limitation: 44,000 kgs (combined weight of truck, chassis, container & cargo cannot exceed 44000kgs). Legal road limit is 26,000 kgs gross cargo weight for a 40ft Dry unit and 27,000 kgs for a 20ft Dry unit.

Special cargoes: OOG, B/B & IMO cargo subject to our standard Sealand approval procedures.

Verified Gross Mass

What is Verified Gross Mass (VGM)?

Effective from 1st July 2016, with the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) amendment covering container weighing regulations, a packed container will no longer be allowed to be loaded on board vessels unless its VGM has been provided by the shipper to the ocean carriers and/or port terminal representatives prior to the load list cut-off date. For the UK the deadline is 24hrs prior to vessel arrival.

The new regulation was adopted by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) to increase maritime safety and reduce the dangers to cargo, containers, and all those involved in container transport throughout the supply chain.

The Verified Gross Mass (VGM) is the contents of the container added to the tare weight of the container carrying the cargo, to give a total weight. SOLAS requires the shipper to provide VGM in a “shipping document,” either as part of the shipping instruction or in a separate communication, before vessel loading.

The shipper is obliged to verify the gross mass of the containers carrying their cargo by either of two permissible weighing methods before these containers can be loaded on a vessel.

Method 1 Requires weighing the container after it has been packed.

Method 2 Requires weighing the contents of the container and adding that weight to the container’s tare weight as indicated on the door end of the container.

Method 2 will not be practical for shippers of bulk commodities like scrap, grain, etc., and it will be up to local authorities to grant permission to use this method.



How can Verified Gross Mass information be submitted for shipments originating in the UK?

Shippers or their agents can submit VGM information online using our online platform when submitting shipping instructions or using the VGM functionality under the Documentation Tab. VGM information can also be submitted on shipping instructions, preferably via an E Channel. This is free of charge.

Alternatively VGMs can be submitted using Destin8 (www.destin8.co.uk) – the local port system covering Felixstowe, Grangemouth, Liverpool, South Shields, Teesport and Immingham. This portal can be used to submit VGM information, request a terminal weigh or to advise the port that the VGM will be submitted after the deadline. If you would like more information on how to register to do this and the associated costs please refer to www.mcpplc.com

If no VGM information is received by the VGM deadline (24 hours prior to vessel arrival) our terminal partners (except Belfast) will provide a terminal weigh for the unit. Sealand will in turn pass on £65.00 per container for the service.

If you have any questions regarding VGM please do not hesitate to contact our Export team.

Demurrage / Detention / Free time

Area : United Kingdom & Ireland Area
Country : United Kingdom
Direction : Export
Effective Date : 15/09/2019
Expiry Date : Until further notice
Free time : Calendar day
Currency : GBP
Invoiced : Per container, per calendar day, per container size type

Export Detention (all UK ports/terminals including Belfast)

Equipment detention commences on and includes the day that the empty container is picked up and ends on the day that the full container is gated-in to the terminal/port.

Tariff charges:

Days 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’hc 45’ DRY 20’ Flat & Open top 40’ Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
1 to 7  free  free free  free free free free
8 to 14  free  free free free free 55  55
15 onwards 25 25 25 55 55 75 75

NOR will be charged as DRY equipment
SOC will not be subject to equipment detention charges
New Year, Easter and Christmas holidays count unless they fall within the allowed free time period

Export Demurrage (all UK ports/terminals except Belfast)

Demurrage (including equipment & storage) commences on and includes the day that the container is gated-in full at the port/terminal and ends on the planned arrival day of the vessel on which the container is booked to load at time of gate-in.

Days 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’hc 45’ DRY 20’ Flat & Open top 40’ Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
1 to 4  free free free free free free free
5 to 8 free free free free free 25 25
9 onwards 35 50 50 50 65 105 105

NOR will be charged as DRY equipment
Reefer demurrage includes plug-in/electricity charges
SOC are subject to demurrage at the rate applicable to the equipment size/type
New Year, Easter and Christmas holidays count unless they fall within the allowed free time period

Export Demurrage (Belfast only)

Demurrage (including equipment & storage) commences on and includes the day that the container is gated-in full at the port/terminal and ends on the planned arrival day of the vessel on which the container is booked to load at time of gate-in.

Days 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’hc 45’ DRY 20’ Flat & Open top 40’ Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
1 to 4 free free free free free free free
5 to 8 free free free free free 29 29
9 to 14 35 50 50 50 65 64 79
15 onwards 55 70 70 70 85 84 99

NOR will be charged as DRY equipment 
Reefer demurrage includes plug-in/electricity charges
SOC are subject to demurrage at the rate applicable to the equipment size/type
New Year, Easter and Christmas holidays count unless they fall within the allowed free time period

Email your local office

If you want to speak to a sales person about a new shipment or have a question about your existing shipment, you can email us. If you have a more immediate question, you can search for help online or contact us by phone