Belfast Shipping & Freight Forwarding

Shipping from Belfast – Transatlantic Shipping are an independent freight forwarding company providing sea, air and road freight solutions for shippers in Belfast. If you are shipping from Belfast commercial goods, vehiclesplant and machineryhousehold removals and personal effects, we can arrange to ship your goods to worldwide destinations. We have been established since 2000 and have arranged shipping from Belfast for many shippers in Belfast.

We provide both Full Container Load (FCL) and Less than Container Load (LCL) services for your shipments as well as out of gauge and break bulk services for non-containerized cargo. We ship worldwide with partners situated throughout the world which enables us to provide you with the best possible service at very competitive rates.

Shipping from Belfast -Sea or Air Freight?

How you ship your goods from Belfast depends on many factors, time, volume and budget, all play a part in determining how you ship. The general rule is that for time critical shipments or small volume, lightweight goods then air freight may be the best solution. For larger volume less urgent shipments then sea freight is your best option.

Air Freight/ Cargo Shipments

Air Freight charges are calculated on the basis of the chargeable weight of the cargo. However to determine the chargeable air freight rate we need the length, width and height of each packed piece/box/crate etc which then allows us to calculate the volumetric weight. Air freight charges are based on which weight is greater, either the volumetric weight or the actual weight. The actual weight is easy, just place it on scales and weigh. The volumetric weight calculation is based on: Length (cm) x Width (cm) x Height (cm) divided by 6000 (equals the volume weight in Kg)

Example You are shipping from Belfast 8 boxes with a total actual weight of 45kgs. All the boxes are the same size, 60 x 40 x 20cms. Using the above calculation, the volumetric weight is 64kgs which is higher than the actual weight of 45kgs so the chargeable weight would be 64 kgs. 8 boxes at 60 x 40 x 20cms = 384,000cm3 Divide 384,000cm3 by 6000 = 64kg volumetric weight (Please note depending on the destination the volume weight can be 5000 or 4000)

Where can we ship Air Freight Cargo to? We send air freight worldwide and we are fortunate to have several receiving centres throughout the UK including Belfast, Cork and Dublin.

We would require the following information to be able to quote:

Dimensions of the piece/pieces i.e. length, width and height in cms

Is door to door required or door to Airport or for our commercial shippers, door to door duty paid

Collection postcode

Delivery destination including any area code or for the USA, a zip code

Description of the goods – this is important as different countries have different regulations regarding the importation of goods and we need to ensure that whatever you are shipping will be allowed in.

Once we have the above we can give you a quote. If you have several items and are unsure whether to ship by air or sea we will also give you the sea freight rate and also the date of sailing of the ship and the ETA (estimated time of arrival). Many of our shippers are surprised at the quick transit times for some destinations. Shipping from Belfast to Port New York USA is a 7/8 day transit from Port to Port and is a weekly service as USA is a very high volume destination. So if you would like a quote for  Air Freight and Sea Freight shipping from Belfast please call us on 0800 999 2100 or email [email protected] or submit the contact form.

Shipping from Belfast – Sea Freight – Shipping Worldwide We ship full loads (FCL) and groupage (LCL) to destinations worldwide from the USA to Africa to Asia to Europe. We also ship vehicles and plant and machinery in containers and also on the RO-RO service which means roll on and roll off. The RO-RO service is for those vehicles which are self-propelled. If they cannot be driven then they may be containerised. We can arrange for the loading, lashing and securing of vehicles and plant and machinery in containers. A shipper sending a high value vehicle or costly or sensitive plant and machinery may prefer to containerise rather than use the cheaper RORO service. The cargo might be too big for a container so may need to be shipped on a flat rack or other special equipment. Whatever your requirements there will be equipment available to do the job.

Whether it is a commercial shipment requiring a full container load or a smaller shipment of household goods and personal effects we can provide you with competitive rates and direct, weekly services to many destinations with fast transit times. So if you would like a quote for Sea Freight shipping from Belfast please call us on 0800 999 2100 or email [email protected] or submit the contact form. We do respond promptly to enquiries.

Shipping from Belfast – How we calculate the rate – FCL The rate is determined by several factors. Does the nature of the shipment require that the container be placed on the floor or does it need to be left at the premises overnight or maybe for a few days? What size of container is required – we have 20ft, 40ft and 40ft HC – and also special equipment such as reefers for frozen, chilled food, flat racks to ship plant and machinery, open tops for goods that are out of gauge and need craning into a container – so many different types of equipment available for whatever requirement you may have Where are you shipping to and from where – need postcode for loading and if you want to door will need area code, zip code of final destination Is the cargo hazardous – a Dangerous Goods Note will require completion which we can submit Is the cargo overweight – will it need a tri-axle Is it time critical – we have direct services and what we call trans shipment services where for example a container to Vancouver can go on a direct service to Montreal or Toronto and then be railed to Vancouver, transit time of approx. 24 days. A trans-shipment service could be, as an example, that the container for Vancouver is shipped via Cartagena, Colombia with a transit time of 34 days. The longer transit time is reflected in the price we charge you because the rate is less on an indirect service and we pass that saving to you the shipper. If it isn’t time critical then you might be able to make a saving.

All the above factors determine the rate charged. A shipper sending household goods in a 20ft container from Belfast to Port Melbourne, loading in 3 hours with a weight less than 18 tonnes will pay considerably less than a shipment of heavy goods in a 20ft container from Belfast to Port Melbourne, left on site for 2/3 days and needing a tri-axle.

Sea Freight  – LCL / Groupage If you are shipping from Belfast a small volume then you would ship LCL which means your goods are shipped in a container with other small shipments being shipped to the same Port. For example, you might be shipping from Belfast 10 boxes to New York USA.  The container your goods would be shipped in would be one to Port New York and would contain goods not just for New York but for Maine, Boston and New Hampshire to name but a few possible destinations. This is called consolidation and enables us to give exceptionally good rates for groupage shipments.

How we calculate the rate – LCL LCL shipment rates are determined by the volume of your shipment. To calculate the volume, multiply the Length (cm) x Width (cm) x Height (cm) of each packed piece. The minimum chargeable by sea is 1cbm.

Example You are shipping from Belfast 8 boxes. All the boxes are the same size, 60 x 40 x 20cms. Using the calculation above: 1 box at 60 x 40 x 20cms = 0.048cbm 8 boxes at 60 x 40 x 20cms = 0.384cbm So the volume is 0.384 cm. The minimum chargeable by sea for groupage/LCL is 1 cbm.  So in this instance, we would also compare the rate by Air freight. We would advise you that you could send another .616 cbm, approx. another 12 boxes of the size above by sea without incurring any additional charge for sea freight. It may well be that you have more items to ship that can then increase the volume and make it more cost effective or you may decide that it is a better option to ship by Air. The destination, volume, collection point will all impact on the rate.

Do you require a standard collection or is a tail lift vehicle required? Do you want packing service, do you require boxes? Each shipment is different and unique to you the shipper. We have over 20 receiving depots so you may want to deliver your goods into our depot and save on collection. We have several receiving depots convenient for Belfast shipments and you are more than welcome to deliver the goods, if you prefer, to one of our depots. We do have hauliers collecting daily in Belfast and indeed throughout the UK.

Your shipment is unique to you and although you may get an idea of costs completing an online quote request, I assure you it will not be accurate, as you need to discuss or email your requirements in detail so we can find out the relevant details to enable us to advise you of your best options at the most cost effective rate. We are here to advise, guide, assist in any way we can. We can provide packing materials, packers and people to load your container if required. So if you would like a quote for LCL Sea Freight shipping from Belfast please call us on 0800 999 2100 or email [email protected] or submit the contact form. We do respond promptly to enquiries and look forward to your enquiry.


I recently had four plastic storage boxes shipped from England to Saskatoon, Canada. They arrived in perfect condition 5 weeks to the day from when they were picked up at my former home in Pickering. All I had to do was go to Customs and have them cleared from bond here in Saskatoon. Glyn Windsor provided outstanding service in arranging pickup and shipment, advising me what could and could not be shipped overseas, and being all around helpful. Time taken for delivery to the city of my choice was as good as any other company offered, and none of them could deliver closer than 400 miles away, necessitating an extra delivery charge. All this was done at a cost better than any other company I contacted was able to offer. Absolutely superb.

Michael Thompson

Hi. They were absolutely wonderful, Glyn helped us through a very stressful time throughout our long removal process. All inquiries were answered promptly in a most friendly yet professional manner. We were extremely satisfied with all aspects of our move with Transatlantic Line (UK) Ltd and would recommend your company to others, in fact have done so already. Thanks again,


Glyn has helped me with all the process of the shipping my items to Libya. She is great, she managed to bring a truck to my place to pick up all of my items. I recommend you to have Transatlantic Line (UK) to ship your items.

Munir Elgajiji


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Import & Customs Clearance

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