Shipping in United Kingdom

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

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 standard Sealand approval procedures.

Services & Cut-offs

Sealand operates three dedicated export services from Felixstowe, as well as having access to an extensive Mediterranean, Black Sea and European network. The export deadlines can be found below:


Booking Deadline Signed DGN Deadline Cargo Cut Off UCR Cut Off
Levant SLA 1000hrs Tuesday Noon Tuesday Noon Thursday Close of Business Wednesday
North Sea SLB Close of Business Thursday Noon Friday Noon Saturday Noon Friday
Aegean SLC Close of Business Thursday Close of Business Monday 0001hrsWednesday Noon Tuesday

If you require more information regarding the port of Felixstowe you can contact us or use www.portoffelixstowe.co.uk or www.destin8.co.uk

We offer regular feeder services from Grangemouth and Belfast, please contact us for the most up to date information regarding feeder services.

Demurrage / Detention / Free time

Area : United Kingdom & Ireland Area
Country : United Kingdom
Direction : Export
Effective Date : 10/04/2019
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.

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF
Days 14 14 14

Tariff charges:

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’hc 45’ DRY 20’ Flat & Open top 40’ Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
1 onwards 25 25 25 55 55 55 55

SHIPPER OWNED CONTAINER(SOC) not subject to detention
NON-OPERATING REEFER(NOR) will be charged as DRY equipment
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 (subject to gate-open/receiving limitations imposed by ports & terminals) and ends on the day that the container is loaded onto the vessel.

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF
Days 10 10 10

Tariff charges:

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’hc 45’ DRY 20’ Flat & Open top 40’ Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
1 onwards 35 50 50 35 50 105 105

SHIPPER OWNED CONTAINER(SOC) are subject to export demurrage at the rate applicable to the equipment size/type
NON-OPERATING REEFER(NOR) will be charged as DRY equipment
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 (subject to gate-open/receiving limitations imposed by ports & terminals) and ends on the day that the container is loaded onto the vessel.

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF
Days 14 14 10

Tariff charges:

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’hc 45’ DRY 20’ Flat & Open top 40’ Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
11 to 14 - - - - - 29 29
15 to 21 35 50 50 35 50 64 79
22 to 28 45 60 60 45 60 74 89
29 onwards 55 70 70 55 70 84 99

SHIPPER OWNED CONTAINER(SOC) are subject to export demurrage at the rate applicable to the equipment size/type
NON-OPERATING REEFER(NOR) will be charged as DRY equipment
Holidays count unless they fall within the allowed free time period

Email your local office

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