Use a freight forwarder to export

Last updated 19 March 2019

A freight forwarder will save you time and money if you’re exporting large volumes or high-value goods. If you’re exporting smaller numbers you could use a parcel courier.

A freight forwarder will:

  • prepare shipping and export documents
  • negotiate freight charges and arrange cargo insurance
  • book cargo space - saving you money by consolidating your shipments
  • advise on a country’s rules and regulations
  • take care of customs clearance or import duty
  • arrange and manage several different transport methods for a shipment

You should use an experienced operator who is a member of the British International Freight Association (BIFA).

Find a freight forwarder on the BIFA website.

Read more on freight forwarding.

Choose your transport

You can use any combination of road, rail, air or sea to transport your goods. Take into account:

If you’re working with a freight forwarder to help you manage transport and logistics, discuss the options thoroughly with them. Get information on the different types of international trade transport.