Transportation England with Seacon Logistics  

Seacon Logistics is your logistics service provider and central point of contact for transport to and from England. From strategic locations and together with our worldwide network of agents and partners, we quickly, smoothly and cost-effectively take care of your transport. From full loads (FTL), part loads (LTL), pallets, intermodal to special transport

England has been one of the most economically powerful locations in Europe for many decades. The United Kingdom has more than 55 million inhabitants and is relatively densely populated. It is also an internationally well-connected logistical location with few constraints. At Seacon Logistics, we have been active in the UK market for a long time, together with our local partners, we offer all prerequisites for fast and uncomplicated delivery. 

Although the economic and political situation has changed with Brexit in 2020, Britain still maintains strong ties with international and especially European countries. The main partner countries are Germany, China, Norway, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States. The major commodities include mechanical engineering, petroleum, pharmaceutical, automotive and manufacturing industries. 

Because of its position as an island state in Europe, the location is particularly interesting. England occupies most of the southern island portion of Britain. The country borders Scotland (north), the North Sea (east), Wales and the Irish Sea (west) The English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean (south). International sea freight via one of the many deep-sea ports is therefore particularly appealing to numerous companies. 

For transport to and from this interesting transport country, it is only logical for you as a company – together with Seacon as your professional partner – to take your logistics to a higher level. On this page, you can read more about our transport solutions for England. 

Key transport routes in England and your benefits 

England has a powerful transport network spread across the entire island, connecting all neighbouring countries.It is also well developed at different levels of transport, this is due to government investments, which promote transport by road, rail, sea and air. This also enables intermodal transport within and beyond the country's borders. 

Since 1994, a direct connection between Europe and the UK has been established through the completion of the Eurotunnel. In addition to major motorways such as the A1 Great North Road (which runs through the east of England and connects London to Newcastle), a dense road network of four-lane roads has also been built, making road freight fast and efficient. 

In addition to the road network, a significant portion of freight transport passes through the English rail network. With more than 30,000 kilometres of track, fully privatised railway companies enable rail transport across the country to one of its many ports. The framework is formed by five main lines running out of London, supplemented by regional and suburban rail networks. 

Due to England's insularity, shipping plays the most important role in transport. In fact, more than 90% of merchandise reaches England by sea freight. This is mainly because, until 1994, transport was not feasible via the road network and long-distance transport. England's main deep-sea ports are Teesport, Southampton, Felixstowe and Tilbury (near London). Inland shipping (short sea) incorporates around 600 kilometres of waterways. 

The UK's air transport is also well-developed. National and international freight traffic is primarily handled through airports near London. The country's largest airport, London-Heathrow, is one of the main international hubs for air freight. London Gatwick, London Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle airports are also important transport hubs. 

Air cargo plane taking off from London Heathrow, England | Seacon Logistics
Aerial view of motorway junction near the city of Birmingham in England | Seacon Logistics

Major cities for freight transport in England 

Although England is spread over many different cities, the capital London is by far the largest city with a population of more than 8 million. The economy and industry (especially the financial and service sectors) have also expanded significantly. Numerous international companies have established themselves in the capital London, forming a central logistics hub for global transport. 

England's second-largest city, Birmingham, has for a long time struggled with its reputation as a grey industrial city but has been modernised substantially in recent years hosting a large number of businesses in the Birmingham-Wolverhampton conurbation area.

Alongside Birmingham and London, Manchester is a particularly strong economic region.The city in the north of England has a population of 3 million in the conurbation. It also has a large service industry, ensuring a high level of economic growth. 

Looking for a well-thought-out logistics solution for your transport from or to England? Then contact our specialists. Together with our local partners, we will draw up a suitable logistics solution for you, with which we will transport your goods safely and efficiently to or from England.

Transport solutions from Seacon Logistics

We offer different types of transport to and from England. Whether it concerns general cargo, less-than-truckload or full-truckload shipping, air freight, sea freight or freight transport – we will ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. Below you will find our transport solutions to and from England:

  • Groupage transport to England 
  • Pallet shipment
  • Partial loads (LTL / LCL)
  • Full loads (FCL / FTL)
  • Rail transport
  • Deliveries in the city centre
  • Delivery with tailboard
  • Express delivery to England
Big Ben and Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) on the banks of the Thames and near Westminster Bridge | Seacon Logistics

Groupage England - LCL and LTL

The term LTL (Less Than Truck Load) is used in freight transport to indicate that only part of the available cargo space of the truck is filled. In the logistics industry, it is therefore common to combine several partial loads at one loading point or to add a partial load. In short, groupage or LTL is therefore the merging of several smaller loads into one larger load. This optimises the use of the freight container during road freight.

The abbreviation LCL stands for Less than Container Load and in sea freight refers to shipments that do not fill an entire container and are combined with other general cargo in a consolidated container. LCL transport mainly offers price advantages and some benefits in practical handling and stowage. For general cargo, only proportionate transport costs are incurred for the use of the container volume.

Full loads England - FCL or FTL

The abbreviation FCL (Full Container Load) is used in sea freight for full container loads. Unlike LCL: a load that only partially fills a container. With FCL loads, the container is loaded by a shipper and unloaded at the destination by a consignee.

With an FTL delivery (Full Truck Load), the shipment fills the entire available cargo space. The truck transports this shipment to its destination without reloading. This is for one recipient. This completely utilises the truck’s transport capacity. 

Fast delivery is the main advantage of FTL. This is because there is no need for transhipment or extra route planning to different recipients. The truck drives directly to one destination. It is the most effective method of transporting goods by road to a final destination. 


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Special transport England

In our wide range of transport services, we also offer special transport to and from England. This is the worldwide transport of long, high and heavy goods that do not fit in a container or truck. We believe it is important to comply with all international regulations and guidelines in this type of transport. Especially when transporting dangerous goods, regardless of whether they are transported to or from England to abroad. Below you will find an overview of all goods that Seacon Logistics transports: 

  • Long goods
  • Dangerous goods (ADR)
  • Boxes (KTN)
  • Boxes (BOX)
  • Bundles
  • Heavy load
  • Pallets (PLT)
  • Gitter boxes (GIBO)
  • Barrels (FSS)
  • Other loose goods

Transport options England: to and from Asia, America, Europe and Africa

At Seacon Logistics we understand that, in addition to the quality of your products, fast shipping and associated satisfied customers are of great importance. That is why we facilitate the worldwide transport of your goods in all aspects. Goods transport within Europe is usually handled via road freight, but for shipments to and from Asia, North and South America and Africa, we of course also have sea freight and air freight at your disposal.

From our locations at strategically located terminals, we supply all major consumer markets. By outsourcing your transport to and from England to Seacon Logistics, you benefit from the advantage that you do not have to worry about complicated coordination across different continents and time zones. With us, you are guaranteed – partly thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partner network – a fast, efficient and well-organised shipment. 

Container terminal from above, showing a container ship loading sea freight and moving trucks (road transport). | Seacon Logistics

Transit and delivery times for transport to England

To satisfy you and meet all your requirements, reliability and speed are paramount at Seacon Logistics. That is why we work closely with a worldwide partner network and can plan, execute and organise your transport efficiently. 

It is also possible to send express shipments, we arrange this in collaboration with our network. Fast transport services and our in-house customs clearance ensure that your transport from England arrives at your customer faster than usual. 

For daily updated information and reliable transport planning, please contact us directly. Our specialists are always ready to help you. 

Customs: the correct import and export documents

Our focus is always on the entire logistics chain. To serve you even better, our in-house customs department takes care of the necessary import and export documents and transport certificates. Our Compliance Desk checks whether your goods comply with all guidelines and sanction regulations at the place of destination. This way you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and you can concentrate on your core business. Thanks to our status as Authorised Economic Operator (previously AEO-certified) and 'preferred supplier', we can minimise delays. An important advantage for you as a customer.

Want to know more about how we unburden you in terms of customs and customs declarations? 

More about customs

Incoterms®: Protect your international trade with England

As a global logistics chain director, Seacon Logistics deals a lot with Incoterms®. Although we are not involved in the commercial agreements between buyer and seller, we are often consulted about the dangers and consequences of the various Incoterms® before a transaction is concluded. In practice, many companies still underestimate the risks.

To ensure that contractual formulas in the trade of goods are interpreted equally by buyer and seller, we have created a white paper and an infographic. 

View our Incoterms® page

Important additional information: Public holidays, driving bans and local details

England, part of the United Kingdom, is no longer part of the European Union and has been an independent European trading partner since 2020 (Brexit). Certain laws are therefore no longer valid and new trade agreements have been drawn up between the individual states. In addition, there are some other details you need to consider. We have listed important additional information for you: 

  • Brexit and customs: After Brexit, a new trade and partnership agreement became valid between the EU and the UK. As a result, different regulations are likely to apply to your freight transport. Seacon takes care of this for you.
  • Tolls: In England, trucks are subject to tolls on certain motorways, bridges and tunnels. Surcharges may also apply for driving in low-emission zones or city centres.
  • Traffic drives on the left: Different traffic rules are in force in England, for example - unlike most European countries - traffic always drives on the left.
  • Transportation of freight to Ireland: Since 1 January 2021, a special status between the United Kingdom and Ireland applies. Customs declarations are not required but must be reported in the EU's intra-community statistics. Of course, Seacon can take care of this for you.

If you have more detailed questions about the specifics or rules in England, please feel free to contact our team. In a joint logistic analysis, we examine which aspects are relevant for your goods transport. 

The strength of Seacon: logistics at its heart since 1985

Since the establishment of Seacon Logistics, we have been building our organisation as a leading logistics chain director. Today, Seacon Logistics has over 700 employees at various strategic locations throughout Europe. Yet the origins of the family business can still be felt in our organisation. And that is precisely where our strength lies. Logistic services from the heart, that's what we are all about!

With a strong we-feeling, we take on logistical challenges and work together to serve you as our customer in the best possible way. With innovative and efficient solutions, we take your logistics to a new level. Transparent communication, personal approach and entrepreneurship are the basis of our customers' trust. 

Are you interested in a transport solution to a country other than England? Then take a look at one of our many other partner countries:

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Then please do not hesitate to contact us. We know the logistical challenges of our customers and have been optimising their logistics chains for decades. No distance is too far or challenge too great. Are you ready to take your logistics chain to the next level? Then be sure to get in touch with us.

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