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We are a small UK importer with a need to ship from different locations in Asia, can GBS offer this service?

Yes, GBS offer sea freight and air freight services from origins across Asia to the UK and can also arrange shipment to other destinations. See our freight services by regions

My company is UK based and our export shipments are executed under Letters of Credit. Can GBS handle the shipping and help us to comply with the terms of the Letter of Credit?

Yes, Our export department work with customers to ensure that the shipping requirements of the L/C are met and GBS also offers additional services to help negotiate letters of credit.

What is a Bill of Lading?

A Bill of Lading is a transport document issued in sea freight. It is a document normally required to be presented at destination to obtain the release of cargo.

What is an Airwaybill?

Transport document for Airfreight. The Airwaybill (AWB) number and flight information enables tracking of your consignment.

Can GBS ship very small consignments?

It is usually cost effective if your shipment weight is more than 50 kilos.

What sort of Customers work with GBS?

GBS work with all sorts of clients, from very small business’s to large multinationals.
Our White goods service, personal effects and auto divisions also deal with sole traders as well as members of the public.

Does GBS work with customers outside Europe?

Yes, we already represent Customers located in different parts of the world that need us to act on their behalf in the UK.

Does GBS ship all types of goods?

Yes we have a varied customer base involved in all types of industries.

Where does GBS arrange shipping to?

GBS operates Import and Export services on a worldwide basis.

Do I need Insurance?

Carriers’ terms and conditions can limit liability in the event of loss or damage. There is no guarantee of a recovery against a carrier for loss or damage to goods and if a recovery is successfully made it is frequently not for the full amount of the loss because the law sets limits on the compensation carriers are required to pay. Cargo insurance In these circumstances is, at the very least, desirable. GBS recommends goods are adequately covered by insurance.

Can GBS arrange cargo insurance cover for me?

Yes in most cases GBS can arrange insurance cover.

What does FCL and LCL mean?

FCL = Full Container Load. LCL = Less than Container Load (see FCL/LCL ).

How much can I fit into a sea container?

Please see our approximate guide to sea container specifications .

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