Freight & Shipping Terms

The freight forwarding and logistics industries are full of obscure and interesting terms. Many originate from shipping, or from the legislation that governs different aspects of the process.

This page provides a glossary of the most common shipping terms and freight forwarding terms. The acronyms are given in brackets in the title of the term, followed by the explanation of the meaning and its use.

Many of these terms are marked as Incoterms: these are a set of definitions of the most commonly used trade terms in foreign trade, used all over the world and issued by the International Chamber of Commerce.

Click here to go to the Incoterm definitions page on this portal.

Alternatively, take a look at the definitions at their source by visiting the ICC website

 

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A


Ad Valorem

Ad Valorem means "according to the value": it’s a percentage of the value of goods that is used to calculate customs duties and taxes.

AEO (Authorised Economic Operator)

An Authorised Economic Operator is an individual who has been certified by their national Customs organisation as complying with security standards set by the World Customs Organisation.

Agent

Someone who sells something on behalf of an overseas supplier (called a Principal) and earns a fee or commission.

AWB (Air Waybill)

An Air Waybill or Consignment Note is the document airlines issue when they accept cargo for shipment. It is provided as evidence for the contract to transport the consignment, but does not offer or imply any ownership of the goods. The document includes an 11-digit Air Waybill number that you can use to track your goods in transit.

ATR1

This is a customs document that allows goods moving between an EU country and Turkey to benefit from cheaper rates of duty.

 

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B


BAF (Bunker Adjustment Factor)

The Bunker Adjustment Factor, or BAF, is one of the charges levied on goods transported via Sea Freight. It is designed to cover those costs that can fluctuate wildly over time, such as oil prices.

BIFA (British International Freight Association)

BIFA is a trade association for UK registered freight companies. They publish Standard Trading Conditions to provide industry standards for members.

Beneficiary

The seller who is named as the person who will benefit from a Letter of Credit.

Bill of Exchange

This document is an instruction from a seller to a buyer to pay for goods within a particular time period.

B/L (Bill of Lading)

A Bill of Lading is a document that shipping companies issue when they accept cargo for shipment by sea. It is a contract to transport the goods, providing evidence for the contract of carriage. As well as setting out all the details for each shipment, it includes a Bill of Lading Number you can use to track your goods in transit.

A Bill of Lading also defines ownership of the goods so that this ownership can be transferred from seller to buyer. It’s usually produced in triplicate: the carrier signs it and leaves a copy with the person sending the goods as a receipt, while the recipient can produce a copy to prove their ownership of the goods on the other side.

  • Combined Transport / Multimodal B/L
    A B/L covering transport by shipping container to and from the loading port. Most freight forwarders and shipping companies call their B/Ls "Bill of Lading for Combined Transport or Port-to-Port shipment" or something similar.
     
  • Congen B/L
    A kind of Bill of Lading used in shipments by chartered ship.
     
  • Clean B/L
    A Bill of Lading indicating that the goods were received by the carrier in good condition, without fault notices or damaged packaging.
     
  • Dirty, Foul or Claused B/L
    A Bill of Lading that declares faults with the goods or packaging.
     
  • House B/L
    A Bill of Lading used when a freight forwarder acts as a carrier.
     
  • Master B/L
    The kind of Bill of Lading issued by a shipping company to a freight forwarder for all of the goods covered by one or more House B/Ls on the one ship going from one loading port to one destination port.
     
  • Ocean B/L
    A Bill of Lading covering port-to-port shipment.
     
  • On Board or Shipped On Board B/L
    A Bill of Lading showing that the goods were loaded onto the ship in good condition and without damage to packing, and ‘Shipped’ shows that the ship has left the port.
     
  • Order B/L
    A Bill of Lading used when the goods being shipped don’t have a buyer, so the seller or consigner signs it, and only someone presenting the Bill can take delivery of the goods.
     
  • Straight B/L
    A Bill of Lading that names a consignee but does not imply or allow a transfer of ownership.

BIP (Border Inspection Post)

Border controls run by the Port Health Authorities

Bonded Warehouse

A warehouse or area that is controlled by Customs so that goods can be stored or worked on with officially entering the country – so that they’re not liable to customs duties whilst they’re there.

Breakbulk

Cargo that is not shipped in shipping containers.

BTIS (Binding Tariff Information System)

A system created by the EU to classify products to a specific Customs commodity code in order to establish the amount of VAT and Duty applicable to it.

 

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C


C of O (Certificate of Origin)

A document issued by national authorities to prove where goods come from.

CAF (Currency Adjustment Factor)

The portion of a freight charge that covers variations in the international currency exchange rates.

CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight)

The computer system used by the UK’s HMRC to manage both the declaration and movement of goods into and out of the UK. The system also manages the movement of goods owned by UK residents and businesses across EU borders.

Commercial Release

A document sent to a warehouse operator to notify them that goods are ready for release to an authorised collector, and that all applicable taxes and duties have been paid.

Consignee

The individual shown on the Bill of Lading or Air Waybill to whom the shipment is being sent.

Consolidation

Where a freight forwarder groups together, or consolidates, one or more shipments for one or more shippers to a single destination as a single shipment.

Container Demurrage

If a container is used for longer than it was booked for, the extra time is referred to as demurrage.

CPT (Carriage Paid To) (Named Place of Destination) – Incoterms

A contract in which the seller has to pay the costs and freight required to bring the goods to their destination, but the risk of loss of or damage to the goods is transferred from the seller to the buyer when the goods have been delivered into the custody of the carrier. Being based on FCA, this term may be used for any mode of transport.

Customs Cleared

Goods becomes customs cleared once they have gone through Customs at their destination point, and all required taxes and duties have been paid. Once cleared, goods are ready for onward shipment.

Customs Commodity Code

A 6, 8 or 10-digit code that identifies exactly what the cargo is to the Customs authorities. See also Harmonised System Code.

Container Stuffing List (CSL)

This is a list of the goods in a shipping container which also indicates how they are stowed.

CVC (Certificate of Veterinary Check)

A Certificate of Veterinary Checks/Inspection is issued by a vet to confirm that the information contained in the other documentation required to ship livestock is accurate.

CWD (Container Weight Declaration)

A Container Weight Declaration shows the weight of a container, and is required in many jurisdictions before containers can be transported by road or rail.

 

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D


DAF (Delivered at Frontier) (Named Place) – Incoterms

A contract in which the seller has to pay the costs and freight to bring the goods to a land border, but before the customs border of the next country. This term is for land transport only.

DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) (Named Place of Destination) – Incoterms

Under this contract, the seller bears all the costs of transport to the delivery point, including any taxes due. This term can be used for all modes of transport.

DDU (Delivered Duty Unpaid) (Named Place of Destination) – Incoterms

Under this contract, the seller bears all the costs of transport to a specified point in the destination country, but the buyer is then responsible for paying taxes and duties so that the goods can proceed to the delivery point. This term can be used for all modes of transport.

Deferment Account

This is a credit account with HMRC in the UK: duties and VAT are added to the account and paid up at intervals rather than being payable on each cargo individually.

Demurrage

If a container is used for longer than it was booked for, the extra time is referred to as demurrage.

DEQ (Delivered ex Quay) (Named Port of Destination) – Incoterms

A contract in which the seller makes the goods available to the buyer on the wharf or quay after having unloaded it from the ship at the destination port, and is responsible for all costs and risks until that point, as well as arrival within the given period. This term is usually used for bulk cargo on a chartered ship.

DES (Delivered ex Ship) (Named Port of Destination) – Incoterms

A contract in which the seller makes the goods available to the buyer on board the ship at the destination port, and is responsible for all costs and risks until that point, as well as arrival within the given period. This term is usually used for bulk cargo on a chartered ship.

Devan

To unload or unpack goods from a shipping container.

DGN (Dangerous Goods Note)

A Dangerous Goods Note is usually completed by a specialist within the consignor company who is certified competent to complete the document. The DGN contains all the hazardous information required for the goods to be transported safely, and is required for all hazardous goods shipments by air or sea.

DIM weight – (Dimensional Weight)

Also referred to as the volume weight, cubed weight or measurement weight, the dimensional weight is a method of calculating freight transport fees based on the cargo height, width and length.

DTHC (Destination Terminal Handling Charges)

The charges levied for handling the cargo at the terminal.

Dunnage

This is a term for the packaging material used to protect and support cargo in transit including pallets and bracing etc.

 

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E


End-Use Relief

This is an arrangement to make certain goods exempt from tax and duties, including some foods, and aircraft and ships parts.

ERTS (Enhanced Remote Transit Shed)

A warehouse outside the port controlled by HMRC where goods can be held as un-cleared (Duty VAT unpaid, Non EEC status). For example a groupage container might be moved to these locations for unloading and then each individual shipment can be cleared separately through customs.

EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification scheme)

Organisations have to register with HMRC in the UK before they start shipping goods in or out of the country. An EORI number, formerly TURN number or VAT Number is a number, unique throughout the European Community, assigned by a customs authority in a Member State to economic operators (businesses) or individuals. By registering for customs purposes in one Member State, an Economic Operator (EO) is able to obtain an EORI number which is valid throughout the Community. They can then use this number as an identifier in all communications and paperwork - for example in customs declarations.

EORI Number (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number)

EORI numbers are unique identifiers used to identify individual shipping operators to customs throughout the EU. Those issued in the UK start with the letters GB. Most are then followed by 12 digits based on the trader’s VAT number.

EUR1

An EU-specific form that entitles exporters to lower or zero-rated import duties when importing certain goods to countries with an EU trade agreement.

Express Release Bill

An EU-specific form that entitles exporters to lower or zero-rated import duties when importing certain goods to countries with an EU trade agreement.

EXW (Ex Works) (Named Place) – Incoterms

This contract places all costs and risk and responsibility for shipping and taxes onto the buyer: the seller just makes the goods available at their premises – whether a warehouse or manufacturing unit.

 

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F


FAF (Fuel Adjustment Factor)

This is the part of a transport cost that covers fluctuations in fuel prices. The equivalent sea freight surcharge is BAF (Bunker Adjustment Factor).

FAK (Freight All Kinds)

This term is a general description of the goods on a master Bill of Lading covered under the one freight rate regardless of what the individual goods are.

FAS (Free Alongside Ship) (named port of shipment) – Incoterms

In this contract, the seller just has to bring the goods up to the ship ready for embarkation. The buyer is responsible for all costs and risks on the goods from then on. The term is only used with chartered ships or goods that aren’t shipped in a container.

FCA (Free Carrier) (Named Place) – Incoterms

In this contract, the seller is responsible for getting export clearance, but is only responsible for costs and risks on the goods until they are handed over to a carrier, or another person, named by the buyer at the Named Place or point. This term can be used for any mode of transport, including multi-modal transport.

FCL (Full Container Load)

Full Container Load, generally but not always indicating that goods in the container are from one seller who packed the container, going to one buyer who will unpack the container.

FI (Free In)

In ocean freight terminology, the word “Free” means “Not included”. So if Free In, then the shipper is responsible for the cost of loading goods onto a vessel for shipping overseas. So it kinda means the opposite of what it says, because they have to pay the costs on it because these have not been paid already.

FO (Free Out)

In ocean freight terminology, the word “Free” means “Not included”. So Free Out is the international shipping term in ocean freight that indicates that the consignee (recipient) is responsible for the cost of unloading cargo from the vessel at the destination. So it means the opposite of what it says if you’re receiving the goods, because the recipient has to pay the costs on it because these have not been paid already.

FIO (Free In & OUT)

In ocean freight terminology, the word “Free” means “Not included”. This term is used in the ocean freight industry and means that the carrier is not responsible for the cost of loading and unloading goods onto or from the ship.

FIS (Free Into Store) – Incoterms

This term means the same as DDP - Delivered Duty Paid: that the seller pays all the costs of shipping, including taxes, up to delivery to the buyer.

FEU (Forty Foot Equivalent Unit)

The length of a container in foot. Also written as 40’ or 40ft. A FEU is twice the size of a TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit).

FIATA (International Federation of Freight Forwarding Associations)

International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations is a non-governmental organisation representing about 40,000 forwarding and logistics companies in 150 countries.

Flat Rack

A device which is designed for cargos which will not fit into containers to be shipped on container ships, it consists of a base and two ends of the same dimensions as an ISO (standard) container.

FOB (Free On Board) (Named Port of Shipment) – Incoterms

This contract passes responsibility for costs and risks of transport from the seller to the buyer once the goods are cleared for export and have passed over the ship's rail at the named port of shipment. This term can only be used for sea or inland waterway transport when using a chartered ship, or when goods are not containerised.

Force Majeure

A clause in a contract which protects all parties in the event that part of the contract cannot be complied with for reasons outside the control of the signatories. It broadly means things like natural disasters, civil disturbances or outbreaks of war.

FOS (Financial Ombudsman Service)

The Financial Ombudsman Service is the UK’s official organisation to deal with customer complaints relating to financial and insurance products and services.

Free Circulation Goods

Goods on which all import taxes and duties have been paid so that they are no longer subject to Customs control.

 

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G


General Cargo

Any cargo that isn’t packed into a standard container for shipment, either because it’s being transported in bulk or because it’s an item that is too big for a container.

Groupage

Another term for Consolidation – when smaller shipments are grouped together into a single container going to a single port of destination.

GSP (Generalised System of Preferences)

A scheme that allows organisations in developing countries to ship goods into the EU and other developed countries and pay lower or zero rates of duty.

 

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H


Haulage

The process of moving goods to or from a port.
The transport of goods by road.

Haulier

A person or company responsible for moving goods by road.

HAWB (House Airway Bill)

A House Airway Bill is used to describe the contents of a container when Freight Forwarders offer a consolidation service to combine goods from several different shippers into a single container.

HiAb

A lorry or truck that comes with a small crane attached. The name comes from the original manufacturer of the crane - the Swedish firm, Hydraliska Industri AB.

HS Code (Harmonised Code / Tariff Heading)

A six-digit identification number scheme that is used to describe goods being shipped. The system was developed by the World Customs Organisation and is used around the world.

 

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I


IATA (The International Air Transport Association)

The International Air Transport Association is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing about 265 airlines worldwide.

ICD (Inland Clearance Depot)

An inland area that operates as an extension to a port and offers similar services as an approved Customs warehouse where cargo can be stored before being customs cleared.

Import Quota

The quantity of a commodity that can be imported at a lower rate of duty than would otherwise apply.

INCO Terms

International Commercial Terms

Incoterms 2000

A set of definitions of the most commonly used trade terms in foreign trade, recognised throughout the world, issued by the International Chamber of Commerce.

https://www.iccwbo.org/incoterms/id3040/index.html

IPR (Inward Processing Relief)

An exemption from taxes and duty on goods being imported from outside the EU simply to be processed in some way before being exported outside the EU.

IVA (Individual Vehicle Approval)

Approval and certification that a vehicle complies with UK standards and regulations.

 

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L


Landed Cost

The total cost which an importer pays to have goods delivered into their premises. This includes the costs of the goods, international transport, insurance, port charges, customs duties, delivery charges, bank charges etc.

LC (Letter of Credit)

A letter of credit is a letter from a bank guaranteeing a buyer’s payment for goods. If the buyer is subsequently unable to pay for the goods, the bank is required to cover any outstanding costs.

Letter of Credit - Confirmed

A letter of credit which has been further guaranteed by a local bank, usually in the exporter's country.

Letter of Credit - Irrevocable

A credit which cannot be revoked, cancelled or amended unless the beneficiary agrees.

Letter of Credit - Discrepancy

Where a document does not comply strictly with the terms and conditions of a Letter of Credit.

Letter of Credit - Under Reserve

Where documents don’t comply strictly with the terms of a Letter of Credit, a bank can make a provisional payment, subject to confirmation from the issuing bank that the payment will be met. In the event the documents are refused, the bank reserves the right to claim the money back.

Liner terms

Freight rates with regular shipping lines which include loading and unloading charges.

LCL (Less than a Container Load)

This describes a shipment that is too small to fill a container on its own. The shipment will be grouped with other shipments to the same destination in order to fill a container.

LO-LO (Load-On, Load-Off)

This term refers to the charge made for loading and unloading goods onto a lorry.

 

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M


Manifest

A list of all the shipments being carried on a ship or aircraft.

MAWB (Master Airway Bill)

The Master Airway Bill is the receipt and statement of terms issued by the main carrier of goods when they receive them from a freight forwarder to deliver to their destination.

Moffitt Truck

A type of lorry with a fork-lift attached.

 

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N


NCTS (New Computerised Transit System)

The computer system traders use to declare goods that will be moved by road across borders between EU countries.

NIRU (National Import Relief Unit)

The department of HMRC in the UK that manages imports from outside the EU in cases that have particular processes to go through, or reliefs or exemptions to apply.

Notify Party

The person or company to be informed by the carrier when goods arrive at their destination port.

NOVA (Notice of Vehicle Arrival)

This is a statutory notification of arrival into the UK for all vehicles, and has to be made to HMRC within 14 days. No vehicle can be registered with the DVLA without a NOVA declaration.

 

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O


Original Bill of Lading

The bill of lading is given to the shipper as a receipt for the goods. Shipping lines may require this document to be given to them before they will release the goods at their destination port.

Overlanded

The term used to describe goods or containers that arrive unexpectedly at a port because they are not declared on the ship’s manifest. So it means that a ship has landed an goods over its manifest statement – rather than that goods have arrived overland.

 

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P


Packing List

A document which details the contents, and often dimensions and weight, of each package or container.

Port Health

The organisation responsible for protecting the public against contamination and disease from ships or imported goods.

Pre-Lodged

This refers to goods that are registered with the tax authorities before they arrive at a port.

 

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Q


Quota

The Import Quotas system allows the import of limited amounts of goods at a rate of duty lower than would otherwise apply. Quotas apply to certain goods from particular countries - so they are very specific.

 

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R


REDS (Registered Excise Dealer & Shipper)

A Registered Excise Dealer and Shipper is authorised for EMCS (Excise Movement & Control System) by the UK tax authorities – so they are able to arrange for the Customs clearance and payment of excise duty on alcohol imported for EU member states.

Release

A document sent to a warehouse operator to notify them that goods are ready for release to an authorised collector, and that all applicable taxes and duties have been paid.

Restitution

The return of a container to a port or other holding location.

RoRo (Roll On / Roll Off)

The term for lorries and vans that can be driven on and off a vessel via the ramp.

 

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S


Sea Waybill

The document shipping lines issue on receipt of cargo for shipment.

Sight Draft

A Bill of Exchange drawn "at sight" means that as soon as the drawee accepts the bill, they have to pay it.

STC (Said To Contain)

This term is used in the description of goods on a Bill of Lading when the carrier does not actually know the nature or quantity of the goods placed in the packages or the containers.

Short-Landed

The term used to describe goods or containers that are recorded but have not arrived as expected, because they were not loaded on board a vessel or aircraft. See also Short Shipped.

Short-Shipped

The term used to describe goods or containers that are recorded but have not arrived as expected, because they were not loaded on board a vessel or aircraft.

See also Short-Landed, listed above.

Shunt

The term used to describe a movement of a container over a short distance such as from the quayside to a warehouse in a port.

SSN (Standard Shipping Note)

A standard shipping note is a form that contains information about the goods and the companies involved in sending, shipping and receiving goods overseas.

SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)

The former name of the vehicle approval process now called IVA (Individual Vehicle Approval).

SWB (Sea Way Bill)

A Sea Waybill is the document shipping lines issue when they load cargo for shipment. It is provided as evidence for the contract to transport the consignment, but does not offer or imply any ownership of the goods.

 

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T


T1 / TAD (Transit Accompanying Document)

A document generated by the EU’s transit system that accompanies uncleared goods as they move from one authorised location to another.

Tare

The weight of packaging or of an empty container.

Tenor

The period of time before a bill of exchange falls due for payment.

Term Draft

A Bill of Exchange drawn for a period of time other than ‘at sight’ or ‘on demand’.

Tremcard (Travel Emergency Card)

A document that all hazardous goods have to have when in transit. It identifies the hazard, explains how to handle the goods, and what should be done in the event of a spillage or other accident.

Turn Number (Traders Union Reference Number System)

The unique identifying number system for shipping that has been replaced by the EORI identification system.

TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit)

The capacity of container ships is measured by the number of 20-foot containers they can carry (the smallest container size), so the unit of measurement is TEU – the number of twenty-foot equivalents. So a twenty-foot container is 1 TEU and a forty-foot container is 2 TEU.

Transhipment

Describes goods being transferred from one ship to another during a transit. It can also refer to goods being transferred from one mode of transport to another – so from lorry to rail, for example.

 

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U


UCN (Unique Consignment Number)

The unique identifying number that is used to identify a shipment in transit anywhere in the world at each stage of the journey. Sometimes called the UCR - Unique Consignment Reference.

UCR (Unique Consignment Reference)

The unique identifying number that is used to identify a shipment in transit anywhere in the world at each stage of the journey. Sometimes called the UCN - Unique Consignment Number.

 

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V


Value for Duty

The value of an import declared to the customs, which is then used to calculate any taxes due.

Volumetric

This is the basis of charging for sending goods by air – based on the volume as well as weight of the goods. It’s generally stated as 6000 cm3 = 1 kg, meaning that the total volume in cubic centimetres is divided by 6000 to give an equivalent weight in kgs. The airline or forwarder will charge whichever is the greater of the actual weight and volumetric weight. It can also be shown as 167 kg = 1 cbm

VBS (Vehicle Booking System)

This is the system used to control the flow of traffic arriving in many UK ports to drop off and pick up containers and cargo. It requires vehicles to book a specified time slop in advance.

VGM (Verified Gross Mass)

This is a statutory statement of the gross mass of a container, which has to be supplied to the shipping line before they can load a container. It can either be calculated by adding together the weight of everything in the container, including packaging, or by simply weighing the container on approved equipment.

 

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W


Wharfage

Wharfage is the charge made for loading and unloading goods from a ship.

Wet Bond

This is a term used to describe a bonded warehouse that handles alcoholic drinks, tobacco and other goods subject to excise duties. A Dry Bond handles anything else.

 

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New Air Charter Programme Europe-China

Kerry Logistics is launching a new air freight charter programme from Frankfurt-Hahn, Germany, to Nanjing, China, reinforcing its comprehensive air freight capabilities.


New Managing Directors in Spain, Portugal and Germany

Kerry Logistics has appointed two new Managing Directors: Marc Porta will oversee growth for the entities in Spain and Portugal, while Oliver Loch will drive business development in Germany.


EU-Japan Trade Agreement

EU-Japan Trade Agreement: Kerry Logistics helps European companies benefit from lower hurdles in accessing the Japanese market.


Cooperation Optimises Digital Document Exchange

We are working with Deloitte and CargoSmart to digitise and optimise document exchange in the supply chain.


Kerry Logistics Aiming to Enhance Trade Relationship Between India & Europe

Guido Nazzari of Tuvia Italia meets with Kerry Indev to strengthen the network cooperation between Europe and India. 


VBO Helps Optimise Sourcing Activities

Kerry Logistics’ Virtual Buying Office helps our German customer HYDROTEC to optimise their complex sourcing activities. 


At a glance

Kerry Logistics is Asia’s premier logistics service provider with extensive operations across Greater China and the ASEAN region, including the largest distribution network and hub operations in these regions. Leveraged by our powerful network we successfully drive your business at the global, regional and local level.

Headquartered in Hong Kong
More than 47,000 employees worldwide
10,000+ self-owned operating vehicles
53 countries and territories
Managing 60 million square feet of logistics facilities worldwide
2018 Turnover: US$48,69 million / HK$38,139 million

 

Kerry Logistics is member of the Kuok/Kerry Group, one of the largest conglomerates in Asia with diversified interests and six decades of heritage and experience in Asia.

 

 

The industries we serve

Our client base includes multinational corporations as well as small and medium-sized companies across a spectrum of industries that strive to expand and grow successfully in new markets. Many of the world’s “TOP 100” brands have chosen Kerry Logistics as their logistics service provider.

We offer a range of specialised services for businesses operating within specific industries:

  • Fashion and Lifestyle
  • Electronics and Technology
  • Food and Beverage
  • FMCG
  • Industrial and Material Science
  • Automotive
  • Pharmaceutical and Healthcare

What we offer

Our core business encompasses international freight forwarding services, integrated logistics capabilities, and supply chain solutions. Within these areas, we are able to provide the following services and more:

 

International Freight Forwarding

Shipping by ocean, air, courier, rail and road freight

Integrated Logistical Services

Upstream value-added services such as QC, labelling, reworking, etc

Supply Chain Solutions and Consultancy Services

Vendor and PO management, visibility solutions

 

At our core is a commitment to provide real value for our clients through innovative solutions. Offering seamless, flexible and transparent services our clients benefit from tangible results such as:

  • Lowered inventory
  • Shortened delivery lead time
  • Significant cost saving

Container Specifications / ULD

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Ocean Freight Container Specifications

General Purpose

Container External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,637 x 2,338 x 2,238mm 2,338 x 2,280mm 33.2cu.m 30,480kg 2,250kg
40' 12,192 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 12,032 x 2,350 x 2,392mm 2,338 x 2,280mm 67.7cu.m 30,480kg 3,700kg
20' - HIGH CUBE 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,896mm 5,898 x 2,350 x 2,697mm 2,338 x 2,585mm 37.4cu.m 30,480kg 2,400kg
40' - HIGH CUBE 12,192 x 2,438 x 2,896mm 12,032 x 2,350 x 2,697mm 2,338 x 2,585mm 76.2cu.m 30,480kg 3,820kg



Double Door

Container External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,952 x 2,286 x 2,316mm 2,338 x 2,280mm 32.8cu.m 30,480kg 2,350kg
40' 12,192 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 11,978 x 2,350 x 2,370mm 2,341 x 2,258mm 66.7cu.m 30,480kg 4,050kg
20' - HIGH CUBE 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,896mm 5,844 x 2,350 x 2,697mm 2,338 x 2,585mm 38.0cu.m 30,480kg 2,550kg
40' - HIGH CUBE 12,192 x 2,438 x 2,896mm 11,978 x 2,350 x 2,628mm 2,338 x 2,516mm 74.0cu.m 30,480kg 4,250kg



Pallet Wide

Container External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,952 x 2,426 x 2,392mm 2,338 x 2,280mm 32.8cu.m 30,480kg 2,350kg
40' 12,192 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 12,050 x 2,426 x 2,392mm 2,334 x 2,280mm 66.9cu.m 30,480kg 4,050kg
20' - HIGH CUBE 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,896mm 5,952 x 2,390 x 2,695mm 2,358 x 2,585mm 38.1cu.m 30,480kg 2,550kg
40' - HIGH CUBE 12,192 x 2,438 x 2,896mm 11,978 x 2,390 x 2,695mm 2,358 x 2,585mm 78.7cu.m 30,480kg 4,250kg
45' - HIGH CUBE 13,716 x 2,500 x 2,896mm 13,556 x 2,420 x 2,697mm 2,338 x 2,585mm 88.5cu.m 30,480kg 4,800kg



Open Top

Container External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,898 x 2,350 x 2,298mm 2,338 x 2,092mm 31.8cu.m 30,480kg 2,200kg
40' 12,192 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 12,032 x 2,350 x 2,298mm 2,334 x 2,280mm 66.9cu.m 30,480kg 3,990kg
20' - HIGH CUBE 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,896mm 5,898 x 2,350 x 2,697mm 2,358 x 2,585mm 37.4cu.m 30,480kg 2,400kg
40' - HIGH CUBE 12,192 x 2,438 x 2,896mm 12,032 x 2,350 x 2,697mm 2,358 x 2,671mm 75.5cu.m 30,480kg 4,120kg



Open Hard Top

Container External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,898 x 2,350 x 2,298mm 2,338 x 2,092mm 31.8cu.m 30,480kg 2,700kg



Side & End Door Open

Container External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,898 x 2,287 x 2,301mm 2,114-Rmm / 5,702-Smm x 2,187-Rmm / 2,176-Smm 31.0cu.m 24,000kg 3,200kg



Side Door Open

Container External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,952 x 2,286 x 2,316mm 5,655 x 2.239mm 31.5cu.m 20,950kg 3,050kg



2 Side & End Door Open

Container External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,898 x 2,224 x 2,301mm 2,114-Rmm / 5,702-Smm x 2,187-Rmm / 2,176-Smm 30.2cu.m 24,000kg 3,750kg



Both Side Door Open

Container External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,898 x 2,224 x 2,301mm 5,840 x 1,948mm 30.2cu.m 24,000kg 3,900kg



Bulk

Container External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,844 x 2,350 x 2,357mm 2,340 x 2,277mm 32.4cu.m 30,480kg 2,400kg
40' 12,192 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 11,981 x 2,350 x 2,357mm 2,340 x 2,277mm 66.4cu.m 30,480kg 3,850kg



20' Container - Tank

Weight 4,100kg 4,020kg 3,950kg 3,850kg
Capacity 24,000 litres 23,000 litres 21,000 litres 17,500 litres



Flat Rack

Flat Rack External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 1,500mm 5,972mm / / 30,480kg 2,400kg
40' 12,192 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 12,106mm / / 30,480kg 4,400kg



Roll Trailer

Roll Trailer External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,163 x 2,500 x 800mm / / / 44,130kg 4,130kg
40' 12,346 x 2,500 x 765mm / / / 90,000kg 8,700kg



Half Height - Open Top

  External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,898 x 2,352 x 1,075mm 2,292 x 978mm 14.9cu.m 30,480kg /
10' 2,981 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 2,903 x 2,286 x 1,115.5mm / 7.40cu.m 11,130kg /



Reefer

  External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,438 x 2,266 x 2,240mm 2,286 x 2,240mm 27.5cu.m 30,480kg 2,800kg
40' 12,192 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 11,561 x 2,266 x 2,240mm 2,280 x 2,205mm 59.3cu.m 30,480kg 4,200kg
40' - HIGH CUBE 12,192 x 2,438 x 2,896mm 11,628 x 2,294 x 2,509mm 2,290 x 2,535mm 66.9cu.m 30,480kg 4,400kg
45' - HIGH CUBE 13,716 x 2,500 x 2,896mm 13,102 x 2,294 x 2,509mm 2,290 x 2,535mm 75.4cu.m 30,480kg 5,400kg



Explosive

  External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
20' 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,891 x 2,266 x 2,112mm 5,616 x 2,076mm 28.2cu.m 24,000kg 5,600kg



Special

Container External Dimensions Internal Dimensions Door Opening Width & Height Internal Volume Max. Gross WT Tare
53' 16,154 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 15,994 x 2,350 x 2,370mm 2,341 x 2,258mm 89.9cu.m 30,480kg 4,850kg
20' - DOUBLE TEN 6,058 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 5,844 x 2,350 x 2,390mm 2,338 x 2,280mm 32.8cu.m 30,480kg /
6' 2,438 x 1,950 x 1,760mm 2,287 x 1,884 x 1,565mm 1,854 x 1,480mm 6.7cu.m 4,700kg 700kg
8' 2,750 x 2,250 x 2,200mm 2,599 x 2,162 x 1,959mm 2,145 x 1,845mm 11.0cu.m 4,850kg 850kg
10' 2,991 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 2,831 x 2,350 x 2,390mm 2,342 x 2,280mm 15.9cu.m 10,160kg 1,300kg
10' - SIDEDOOR 2,991 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 2,919 x 2,298 x 2,336mm 2,910 x 2,238mm 15.8cu.m 9,500kg /
12 - SIDEDOOR 3,658 x 2,438 x 2,591mm 3,568 x 2,298 x 2,336mm 2,910 x 2,238mm 19.3cu.m 9,500kg /


Capacity Internal cubic volume
Rating / Max Gross WT Weight of container plus payload
Tare Weight (Mass) Weight of empty container
Payload Weight of cargo calculated from rating minus tare weight (mass)
Marking of Container Rating / tare mass / payload is marked on its wall & end (rear) door in the case of an end-loading dry cargo container
Identification of container 4-letter characters to identify owner / operator & 7- numeric characters to identify the container. These are found on the container outer & inner walls. The container number is entered on the bill of lading to facilitate the identification and tracking of the container and the cargo.


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Unit Load Device Specifications

Type AMA Container
IATA Contour Code M1
Internal Volume 621 cu. ft.
17.58 mc
Tare Weight 360 kg
Max. Gross Weight 6,804 kg
Loadable Aircraft Type 747 F


Type AAU Container
IATA Contour Code LD 29
Internal Volume 505 cu. ft.
14.3 mc
Tare Weight 355 kg
Max. Gross Weight 4,626 kg
Loadable Aircraft Type 747
747F


Type RKN Cooltainer
IATA Contour Code LD3
Internal Volume 125.41 cu. ft.
3.55 mc
Tare Weight 190 kg
Max. Gross Weight 1,588 kg
Loadable Aircraft Type 747
747 F
777
Airbus


Type AKE
IATA Contour Code LD3
Internal Volume 152 cu. ft.
4.3 mc
Tare Weight 73 kg
Max. Gross Weight 1,588 kg
Loadable Aircraft Type 747
747 F
777
Airbus


Type AKE Container
IATA Contour Code LD3
Internal Volume 152 cu. ft.
4.3 mc
Tare Weight 100 kg
Max. Gross Weight 1,588 kg
Loadable Aircraft Type 747
747 F
777
Airbus


Type AMP
IATA Contour Code P
Internal Volume 403 cu. ft.
11.4 mc
Tare Weight 266 kg
Max. Gross Weight 5,035 kg
Loadable Aircraft Type 747
767
A330


Type AA2, AAP
IATA Contour Code P
Internal Volume 374 cu. ft.
10.6 mc
Tare Weight -
Max. Gross Weight 4,626 kg
Loadable Aircraft Type 747
767
A330


Type DLF, DQF
IATA Contour Code F
Internal Volume 253 cu. ft.
7.2 mc
Tare Weight 128 kg
Max. Gross Weight 2,449 kg
Loadable Aircraft Type 767


Type AAF
IATA Contour Code F
Internal Volume 459 cu. ft.
13.0 mc
Tare Weight 268 kg
Max. Gross Weight 4,626 kg
Loadable Aircraft Type 747
A330


Type PAG Pallet
Size - Base 96" x 238.5"
Size - Height *96"
**118"
Tare Weight 480 kg
Max. Gross Weight 11,340 kg
Loadable Aircraft Type 747 F


Type PMC, PQP, P6P Pallet
Size - Base 96" x 125"
Size - Height #64"
*96"
**118"
Tare Weight 105 kg
Max. Gross Weight 5,035 kg (LD)
6,804 kg (MD)
Loadable Aircraft Type 747
747 F
777
Airbus


Type PAB Pallet
Size - Base 53" x 88"
Size - Height 84"
Tare Weight 55 kg
Max. Gross Weight 1,800 kg (B-HIH 1,300 kg)
Loadable Aircraft Type 747 F


Type P1P, PAG Pallet
Size - Base 88" x 125"
Size - Height #64"
*96"
**118"
Tare Weight 105 kg
Max. Gross Weight 4,626 kg (LD)
6,033 kg (MD)
Loadable Aircraft Type 747
747 F
777
Airbus


# Passenger Flight

* Q6 Contour

** Q7 Contour


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Industry Links

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UK

Germany

Spain

Switzerland

Netherlands

Portugal

Czech Republic

Italy

Industry Solutions

Fashion and Lifestyle

From buyers’ consolidation to freight and PO management, combined U-turn model and more. We provide professional, cost-effective and trusted supply chain solutions tailored to each brand’s needs.

Our fashion and lifestyle logistics solutions include:

  • In-depth consultancy on government regulations
  • Local import and export services
  • Duty and VAT payment
  • Quality and safety testing
  • Nationwide warehousing and distribution
  • Return management
  • Value-added services

  • Fashion Lifestyle Flyer

    Electronics and Technology

    Our seamless supply chain fully encompasses inbound and manufacturing, outbound and distribution, and after-sales and reverse logistics.

    Our comprehensive range of services include:

  • Return and repair management
  • Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI)
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Value-added services
  • Fulfilment distributor
  • Food and Beverage

    We adhere to the highest standards of hygiene, as endorsed by the appropriate Food Hygiene Licenses. Through strict SOP execution and best practice, all products remain at their ideal temperature.

    Our food and beverage solutions include:

  • Stringent measures and control
  • Strict standard operating procedure
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Sophisticated inventory management
  • Value-added services

  • Food and Beverage Flyer

    Fast Moving Consumer Goods

    Kerry Logistics understands demands placed on producers and manufacturers in highly competitive industries who rely on moving high volume goods with a low market price quickly and smoothly.

     

    Whether fast moving goods or perishable items, our priority is to get your products to the market, unspoilt and damage-free, with superior efficiency and speed.

     

    We have the know-how and experience called for in managing each stage of the FMCG supply chain. We further recognise the complexity and great need for flexibility in catering to various product life-cycles in a strong, cost-effective supply chain.

    Industrial and Material Science

    Kerry Logistics is your specialists in industrial and material science logistics. We fully comply with health and safety laws, rules and regulations of both our clients and world environment standards.

    Our extensive solutions include:

  • Customised supply chain solutions
  • Warehousing & material handling
  • On-site logistics
  • Value-added services

  • Industrial and Material Science Flyer

    Automotive

    Whatever your automotive logistics needs, we provide timely response and action. Our experts manage the sourcing and supply of raw materials, manufacturing plants, outbound automobiles to end customers, and aftermarket logistics.

    Our geared-up automotive solutions include:

  • Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI)
  • Sub-assembly and kitting
  • Spare and service parts logistics
  • After-sales logistics
  • Value-added services

  • Automotive Flyer

    Pharmaceutical and Healthcare

    Kerry Logistics takes the utmost care when handling sensitive medical devices, high-tech appliances and a broad range of healthcare products. Whether OTC, vaccine and blood serum, medical equipment or health supplements.

    Our smart pharma and healthcare solutions include:

  • Complete cold chain integrity
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Value-added services

  • Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Flyer

    Client Reporting & Dashboard

    Coming Soon!

    We are currently developing powerful client reporting & dashboard tools that you will be able to access from this page. 

    Below is a series of concept images to give you an idea of what to expect from the reporting & dashboard system.

     






     

    Incoterms

    Service
    Export customs declaration Carriage to port of export Unloading of truck in port of export Loading on vessel / airplane in port of export Carriage (Sea/Air) to port of import Insurance Unloading in port of import Loading on truck in port of import Carriage to place of destination Import customs clearance Import duties and taxes
    Incoterm  2010 EXW
    FCA
    FAS
    FOB
    CPT
    CFR
    CIF
    CIP
    DAT
    DAP
    DDP
    Responsibility of Cost:   Buyer   Seller   Buyer / Seller

    Rules for any mode / modes of transport

     

    Click on the bars below to view Incoterm descriptions and the allocation of risk.

     

    EXW - Ex Works

    “Ex Works” means that the seller delivers when it places the goods at the disposal of the buyer at the seller’s premises or at another named place (i.e.,works, factory, warehouse, etc.). The seller does not need to load the goods on any collecting vehicle, nor does it need to clear the goods for export, where such clearance is applicable. The seller makes the goods available at their premises, or at another named place. EXW means that a buyer incurs the risks for bringing the goods to their final destination.

    FCA - Free Carrier

    “Free Carrier” means that the seller delivers the goods to the carrier or another person nominated by the buyer at the seller’s premises or another named place. The parties are well advised to specify as clearly as possible the point within the named place of delivery, as the risk passes to the buyer at that point.

    CPT - Carriage Paid To

    “Carriage Paid To” means that the seller delivers the goods to the carrier or another person nominated by the seller at an agreed place (if any such place is agreed between parties) and that the seller must contract for and pay the costs of carriage necessary to bring the goods to the named place of destination. The goods are considered to be delivered when the goods have been handed over to the first or main carrier, so that the risk transfers to buyer upon handing goods over to that carrier at the place of shipment in the country of Export.

    CIP - Carriage And Insurance Paid To

    “Carriage and Insurance Paid to” means that the seller delivers the goods to the carrier or another person nominated by the seller at an agreed place (if any such place is agreed between parties) and that the seller must contract for and pay the costs of carriage necessary to bring the goods to the named place of destination.

    “The seller also contracts for insurance cover against the buyer’s risk of loss of or damage to the goods during the carriage. The buyer should note that under CIP the seller is required to obtain insurance only on minimum cover. Should the buyer wish to have more insurance protection, it will need either to agree as much expressly with the seller or to make its own extra insurance arrangements.”

    DAT - Delivered At Terminal

    “Delivered at Terminal” means that the seller delivers when the goods, once unloaded from the arriving means of transport, are placed at the disposal of the buyer at a named terminal at the named port or place of destination. “Terminal” includes a place, whether covered or not, such as a quay, warehouse, container yard or road, rail or air cargo terminal. The seller bears all risks involved in bringing the goods to and unloading them at the terminal at the named port or place of destination.

    DAP - Delivered At Place

    “Delivered at Place” means that the seller delivers when the goods are placed at the disposal of the buyer on the arriving means of transport ready for unloading at the named place of destination. The seller bears all risks involved in bringing the goods to the named place.

    DDP - Delivered Duty Paid

    “Delivered Duty Paid” means that the seller delivers the goods when the goods are placed at the disposal of the buyer, cleared for import on the arriving means of transport ready for unloading at the named place of destination. The seller bears all the costs and risks involved in bringing the goods to the place of destination and has an obligation to clear the goods not only for export but also for import, to pay any duty for both export and import and to carry out all customs formalities.

     

    Rules for sea and inland waterway transport

    FAS - Free Alongside Ship

    “Free Alongside Ship” means that the seller delivers when the goods are placed alongside the vessel (e.g., on a quay or a barge) nominated by the buyer at the named port of shipment. The risk of loss of or damage to the goods passes when the goods are alongside the ship, and the buyer bears all costs from that moment onwards.

    FOB - Free On Board

    “Free On Board” means that the seller delivers the goods on board the vessel nominated by the buyer at the named port of shipment or procures the goods already so delivered. The risk of loss of or damage to the goods passes when the goods are on board the vessel, and the buyer bears all costs from that moment onwards.

    CFR - Cost and Freight

    “Cost and Freight” means that the seller delivers the goods on board the vessel or procures the goods already so delivered. The risk of loss of or damage to the goods passes when the goods are on board the vessel. the seller must contract for and pay the costs and freight necessary to bring the goods to the named port of destination.

    CIF - Cost, Insurance and Freight

    “Cost, Insurance and Freight” means that the seller delivers the goods on board the vessel or procures the goods already so delivered. The risk of loss of or damage to the goods passes when the goods are on board the vessel. The seller must contract for and pay the costs and freight necessary to bring the goods to the named port of destination.

    “The seller also contracts for insurance cover against the buyer’s risk of loss of or damage to the goods during the carriage. The buyer should note that under CIF the seller is required to obtain insurance only on minimum cover. Should the buyer wish to have more insurance protection, it will need either to agree as much expressly with the seller or to make its own extra insurance arrangements.”

     

    This is an abbreviated extract of the full wording, which may be obtained from the ICC Business Bookstore

    Ocean Freight

    Make our strength work for you

    Kerry Logistics has an unrivalled global network across six continents, saving time and money by getting you closer to your suppliers and clients. Through our very significant buying programme, we are able to deliver fast, cost-efficient and reliable ocean freight services across all trade lanes and based on a number of approved ocean carriers.

    Kerry Logistics offers an extensive range of products and ocean services, including

     

     

    Service portfolio

    • Imports, exports and cross-trade
    • Full Container Load (FCL)
    • Less than Container Load (LCL), with our own weekly consolidations
    • Gateway consolidation
    • Buyer’s consolidation
    • Project Logistics / Charters
    • Break Bulk services
    • Multi-Modal transportation
    • Warehousing & distribution
    • In-house Customs Brokerage
    • Ocean Cargo Management
    • NVOCC
    • Booking Agent

    Range of products

    • Overweight, oversized cargo
    • High value cargo
    • Dangerous goods
    • Bonded goods
    • Temperature controlled shipping
    • Garment-on-hangers
    • Special commodities
     



    Track and Trace

    Our KerrierVision IT solutions programme allows you to track and trace the progress of your shipment online 24/7.

     

    Tailored Ocean Shipping programmes

    Let Kerry Logistics assess your ocean freight needs and recommend the optimum way to ship your goods. We will seek to minimise origin pre-shipment costs, consolidate LCL into FCL where possible, and use different routings and delivery modes to help save time and money.

     

    Good to Know

    Kerry Logistics is a pioneer in the China- Europe rail service. This mode of transportation is much quicker than ocean freight and much cheaper than air freight.

     

    Click here for more information about the rail service

    To enquire about our Ocean Freight services, please click here.

    Supply Chain Solutions

    Specialised solutions for your own supply chain

    Effective supply chain management means delivering seamless and integrated solutions that bring tangible results to cost-efficiency, customer satisfaction and bottom-line results.

    To support your sourcing and distribution activities in multiple countries, Kerry Logistics offer customised and integrated solutions in highly sophisticated supply chains.

     

     

     

    Supply chain solutions operation models

    • Purchase order and vendor management
    • Buyers’ consolidation
    • Multi-country consolidation
    • DC bypass
    • Regional distribution centre
    • Freight management
    • Vendor managed inventory
    • Direct store delivery
    • Quality inspection
    • Customs brokerage
    • Return material authorization
    • Last minute customization
    • B2C and e-commerce solutions

    Approach to supply chain optimisation

    • Consultation
    • Analysis
    • Solution design
    • Implementation
    • Regular performance reviews
    • Continuous improvement
     

     

    Advanced visibility throughout your supply chain

    Virtual Buying Office (VBO) is a highly functional supply chain visibility and management tool ensuring visibility from PO creation through final delivery. If your supplier base and order book takes a lot of managing in order to reduce inventory risk, then look no further than Kerry Logistics’ VBO system.

    You upload your order data into VBO and we help ensure that your vendors book each PO on time and in full. Kerry uses that order data to create freight shipments timed to arrive at the destination within your deadline. All this is backed up with highly configurable tracking and reporting systems.

     

    Click here to enquire further about our Supply Chain Solutions

    Cross-Trade Solutions

    Your Global Trade Arranged Locally

    If you need to organise shipments between third countries without routing them via the UK, look no further than Kerry Logistics. Your local office will be able to coordinate quotations, bookings, collection, transportation and delivery across the globe by Sea, Air, Road, Rail and Courier.
     

    Scope of Services

    • Locally based, single point of contact at a branch near you
    • Value-adding origin services available, such as supplier liaison, goods inspection, document processing, packing, consolidation, loading, etc
    • Wide choice of transportation services to meet your deadlines in the most cost-effective way with full track and trace via our website
    • Destination services available, such as deconsolidation, distribution, storage, etc
    • Marine insurance also available
     

    Find Out More

    Ask us how we can facilitate your cross-trade business to give you the best choice routing and a wide range of services at the origin and destination.

    To enquire about our Cross-Trade Solutions, click here.

    Air Freight

    A global choice of services to meet your needs

    Kerry Logistics provides Air freight services across the globe. Our product range provides a choice of services for our clients with the goal of getting that urgent shipment to its destination within its own time scale and as economically as possible.

    Kerry Logistics offers a full range of products and services, including:

     

     

    Service Portfolio

    • High value cargo
    • Dangerous goods
    • Bonded goods
    • Perishable goods
    • Time definite products
    • Temperature controlled shipping
    • Special commodities

     

    Range of Products

    • Import, export and cross-trade
    • Gateway consolidation
    • Project Logistics / Charters
    • Multi-Modal transportation
    • Ground handling
    • Warehousing & Distribution
    • In-house customs brokerage

     

     

    Economy 5-7 days * - Normally moves on the most economic routing within the defined time frame.

     
     

    Saver 3-5 days * - Normally moves on the next consolidation, minimum twice weekly.

     
     

    Priority 1-3 days * - Normally moves on a direct flight on its own air waybill.

    * - Port to Port
     

     
     

    Our service provision starts from pick up at origins, multiple consolidation, customs clearance, through to door-to-door delivery to end customers.

    Our air freight experts operate around the clock to ensure your products reach their destinations with the quickest transit time, optimal routings and maximum cost-efficiency.

    Kerry Logistics has the right solution for your air freight needs.

     

    Good to Know

    Kerry Logistics is a leading partner in the China-Europe rail service – the New Silk Road.

    Click here to request details about how rail can save you considerable expense compared to air freight

    Samples Management

    A Comprehensive Solution To Moving Your Samples

    Managing samples at key times of the year presents unique challenges. Kerry Logistics has developed special solutions to help coordinate and track your samples shipments from the moment of order placement through to delivery at destination. Urgent samples may be booked via courier and bulk samples may be consolidated and shipped by air freight.
     

    Scope of Services

    • Project planning
    • Market-leading office network close to your suppliers to facilitate coordination and transportation from origins
    • Wide range of time-definite air services to allow you to choose the most cost-effective service that will meet your deadlines
    • Full track and trace online 24/7
     

    Find Out More

    Ask us to help you plan your samples projects to get better control and visibility in the most cost-effective way.

    Click here to enquire about our Samples Management solutions.

    Warehousing & Distribution

    End-to-end solutions with high supply chain efficiency

    Kerry Logistics Europe provides you easy access to and from the China and Asian markets. Your local Kerry Logistics office is part of a global network and will grant you unique advantages of our asset-based organisation in the Asia Pacific region.

    By managing more than 60 Mft² warehouses and logistics centres worldwide, our experts provide you with exceptional reliability and flexibility to support your future expansion and long-term growth.

    Our logistics facilities are strategically located in all parts of Greater China, as well as throughout Asia and worldwide, right next to your manufacturing base, suppliers and customers in the region.

    Our warehousing & distribution services include:

    • Dedicated and shared warehousing and distribution operations
    • Online access 24/7 via our Kerry Warehouse Management System
    • EDI interfaces across a multitude of industry standards
    • Customs bonded operations
    • Ambient, chilled and frozen facilities
    • Specialised facilities for hazardous cargoes
    • Cross-border network connecting China to ASEAN Regional Express Solutions
    • Last Mile Fulfillment B2B, B2C, B2B2C

    We offer customised value added services for different verticals. Our range of services include:

    • Fashion & Lifestyle
      GOH/Price Tagging & RFID/Label Sewing/ Chinese Information Tag (CIT), Chinese Care Label
    • Electronics & Technology
      Case Conversation/Kitting/Firmware Upgrade
    • Food & Beverage
      Gift Packing/labelling/Scanning
    • FMCG
      Stock Take/Trading & Merchandising/Call Center Support
    • Automotive
      Parts Assembling/Parts Sorting/Tire Racking
    • Pharmaceutical & Healthcare
      Shrink Wrapping/Date Printing/GMP Secondary Packaging
    • Industrial & Material Science
      Sorting/Scanning/Labelling
       

    Customs Brokerage & Consultancy Services

    AEO Accreditation

    Kerry Logistics is AEO accredited in the UK, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.

     

    How we can help you with your Customs programme

    Kerry Logistics has the resources and expertise in-house to work with your business in the following areas:

    • Rules of Origin
    • Global Trade Compliance
    • Duty and VAT liability analysis
    • Identifying the most appropriate customs regime for your business
    • Advice on import licences, classification, valuation, duty reliefs, preferences, end-use etc
    • Preparing fully documented audit procedures to save time and effort during official customs audits
    • Negotiating and liaising with customs on behalf of the client to ensure agreements of concessions to support business practices and regimes
    • Working with customs and clients to gain approval and authorisation for CFSP, and supporting customs regimes
    • Identifying and delivering specialist customs training or workshops where required
    • We can help you with Fiscal Representation in Benelux countries to allow deferment of VAT payments
     

    To find out how we can help with your Customs programme, please click here.

    Rail Freight China - Europe

    Faster than Ocean Freight. Cheaper than Air Freight

    Kerry Logistics is a leading partner in the China - Europe rail freight service. Railway transportation is much quicker than ocean freight and much cheaper than air freight, providing standard lead times from 17 to 20 days.

    With our extensive network of own offices throughout China and Hong Kong, we are ideally placed to help you benefit from this exciting new option:

     

    We provide the following services:

    • Domestic pick-up
    • Warehouse Receipt
    • Customs Declaration (Export / Import)
    • Cargo Tracing
    • CFS
    • Delivery Station Terminal
    • Destination Devanning
    • Final Delivery
    • Value Added Services
    • Container return (FCL)

     

     

    Contact us for further information on our Rail Freight China - Europe Services .