Shipping in United Kingdom

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Custom House Brokerage

At Sealand- A Maersk Company we use our global knowledge and local expertise in customs formalities to ensure a seamless and reliable service for moving your freight across borders. We calculate the cost of moving your cargo, prepare the paperwork that is needed and facilitate communication with government authorities, so you can rest easy knowing your shipment is in safe hands.



Sealand- A Maersk Company are able to arrange export customs formalities on your behalf.

UCR - for non EU destinations.

T2L - for cargo moving within the EU.

We charge £35.00 per booking for this service, an additional charge may apply if you need your T2L sent by courier to an overseas location.

Please download the relevant form T2L or UCR


Please submit your T2L form to no later than 24hrs prior to vessel departure.

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 will not be hold responsible for any detention or demurrage incurred at destination due to delayed T2Ls.



If you have Import cargo arriving in the UK please send your T2L to our Liverpool office.

Unfortunately we do not arrange import clearance from non EU countries. We would recommend clearance agent DAMCO.

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Phone Number – 0844 264 3477

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 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 ( – 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

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.

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