FREIGHT SERVICES

WE OFFER YOU A RANGE OF FREIGHT SERVICES ACROSS EUROPE - Call us on +44 (0)1282 839525



Freight Forwarder – Taking Care Of Your Cargo

Would you like support Importing, Exporting and Transporting your goods around Europe and the UK?

As an established Freight Forwarder, you will benefit from our knowldge and complete management of your cargo, including collection, best route planning, delivery to it’s destination and all necessary inventory, security and policy documentation requirements.

We Answer Your Questions

If you would like help with any of the following, call us on +44 (0)1282 839525 …

  • How to plan the most Cost Effective routes across European countries
  • Which trailer size should you use to maximise your budget?
  • How to understand driving hour restrictions and the effects on delivery times?
  • What paperwork is required dependent on your Cargo and intercepting countries?
  • Negotiation with foreign speaking nationals
  • How to understand Customs requirements to get clearance
  • What types of goods are classed as hazardous or dangerous materials?
  • How to liaise with 3rd party transportation including sea, train, road and air?
  • Negotiating prices for both 1 way and 2 way journeys
  • At First European, we always work closely with you, your clients, our colleagues in the booking and distribution offices, and third parties such as customs, portal and rail offices. That means we can ensure a smooth operation and meeting your delivery deadlines.


    Saving our customers time and money through planned and efficient work.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Groupage

    What is Groupage into Europe?

    Groupage, also known as consolidation, is the grouping of many different consignments in order to create a Full Trailer or Container load which provides a much more cost efficient way of transporting goods.

    How does Groupage benefit me?

    In many cases, companies that need to ship freight are not always able to fill a container or trailer meaning they are essentially paying for unfilled space. By using a logistics specialist such as First European, we can ‘Group’ freight together so the cost of the shipping can be shared and with volume discounts available, it makes shipping far more cost effective for all parties. This makes shipping accessible for Micro, SME and Large organisations.

    How do I know when my Cargo will arrive?

    We use the latest I.T. in tracking satellite systems to monitor our cargo across Europe, meaning we can pin-point all our vehicles at any time of the journey. All our road freight is managed in the same high quality and through our friendly customer service team who can provide you with expected arrival times. Simply call us on +44 (0)1282 839525.

    Does this mean shipping time takes longer?

    Despite grouping all cargo together, we still deliver to many European destinations within 2 days of departure from our Distribution Centre. If you require a quicker service, you can take advantage of our Express Services by clicking here. To view our Groupage delivery times, check the table above or contact us on +44 (0)1282 839525

    What about shipping cargo with other material products?

    Our Groupage service includes ADR Trained drivers and with strict operational guidelines, meaning we ensure all our goods are segregated to remove risk of damage, or contamination. From food and drink to clothing, or hazardous materials to machinery, all cargo is treated with extreme care and caution and separated as required.

    Where do you collect from in the UK?

    We collect from all round the UK and consolidate all freight at our depot in Feltham Middlesex. Our Distribution Centre is next to all motorway connections, just 30mins from London and 1 hour from Dover; the main gateway to Europe. Our network connects from our London depot to our other depots in each country.

    Do I need specialist equipment to load onto your Lorries?

    You must state at the time of booking how your cargo will be loaded onto our Lorries. For example if you require tail lift services we arrange this, but this would need to be confirmed at the time of booking. We offer you a complete service from collection, tracking and customs clearance to delivery.

    How soon can you arrange collection?

    We collect from around the UK daily, with as little as 24hours notice, simply phone us on +44 (0)1282 839525 to determine your collection date and time.



    Groupage Service – Money Saver for Smaller Loads

    Don’t have a full load? A Groupage service is ideal if you are looking to transport cargo around Europe or the UK, but you don’t have a full load and don’t want to pay a premium for small goods.

    We collect and deliver from all around the UK, which is all consolidated at our depot in Feltham Middlesex.

    Essentially, we collect all our customers cargo and load onto trailers that aren’t full. This means that even though you only have a small load, you only pay for your load, rather than unused space on a empty trailer.

    As a specialist in pallet and freight consolidation, by grouping our freight from a range of customers, we are able to provide highly competitive ‘Groupage’ quotes for shipping across Europe.

    Groupage Timetable to Europe

    DEPTDESTINATIONSHUTTLE DAYSDOOR TO DOOR TRANSIT
    LONBRUSSELS1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONDUBLIN1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONBELFAST1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONPARIS1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONAMSTERDAM1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONDUSSELDORF1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONWEIL AM RHEIN1/2/3/4/53 DAYS
    LONGRASSE1/2/3/4/53 DAYS
    LONLYON1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONGENEVA1/2/3/4/52 DAYS (PC)*
    LONBUDAPEST1/2/3/4/54 DAYS
    LONBARCELONA1/2/3/4/53 DAYS
    LONMILAN1/2/3/4/53 DAYS
    LONLISBON1/2/3/4/54 DAYS
    LONWARSAW1/2/3/4/54 DAYS
    LONVIENNA1/2/3/4/53 DAYS
    LONSTOCKHOLM1/2/3/4/54 DAYS

    ADR Trained and Box Vehicles

    In addition to our competitively priced and quick transit times, we also offer fully trained ADR Drivers.

    ADR trained drivers are an essential and legal requirement for vehicle transportation should your cargo contain dangerous goods.

    Our entire fleet of vehicles for the Groupage network is also run with boxed vehicles for extra security amd your peace of mind..

    Simply contact us to advise if any of these are a specific requirement.

    Above is a list of major cities in Europe including ‘days of departure’ and ‘transit times’. All other European destinations are also available, simply add 1-2 days transit time as a guide, or contact us on +44 (0)1282 839525 for more detailed information..

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    First European Work In The Following European Countries

         
    Åland Islands (Finland)AlbaniaAndorraAustriaBelarus
    Belgium
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Bulgaria

    CroatiaCzech Republic
    Denmark
    Estonia
    Faroe Islands (Denmark)FinlandFrance
    Germany
    Gibraltar (UK)Greece
    Guernsey (UK)Hungary
    Iceland
    Ireland
    Isle of Man (UK)
    ItalyJersey (UK)
    Kosovo
    Latvia
    Liechtenstein
    LithuaniaLuxembourg
    Macedonia
    MaltaMoldova

    Monaco
    Montenegro
    Netherlands

    NorwayPoland
    Portugal
    Romania
    Russia

    San MarinoSerbia
    SlovakiaSlovenia
    Spain
    Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway)
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    Ukraine
    Ukraine
    United Kingdom
    Vatican City

    ^ Data provided by Department for Transport annual report, issued 22/05/15

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    Specialist in Road Cargo – On all roads through Europe

    Our primary focus is Road Cargo delivered through a variety of Services.

    Through our extensive network of depots and agents around the UK and Europe, First European support the 2.7million roads good vehicles travellling annually from the UK to mainland Europe^.

    We manage your shipment, understanding and negotiating local transporting laws and regulations, to ensure your cargo is collected and delivered safely and cost efficiently, by one of the UK’s fastest growing road freight specialists. .

    Our drivers are experienced and established truckers and have travelled hundreds of thousands of road miles.

    As more coutries join the EU, we expand our network. This means not only do we distribute through the popular trading and access countries of Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Italy and adjoining (non EU members) like Switzerland; we have also developed new and now established networks with countries including Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, who have increased their percentage of number of trailers on the UK and European roads.

    As a specialist in pallet and freight consolidation through road and port distribution, we are able to provide highly competitive rates and delivery times for shipping across Europe.


    ADR Trained and Box Vehicles

    In addition to our competitively priced and quick transit times, we also offer fully trained ADR Drivers.

    ADR trained drivers are an essential and legal requirement for vehicle transportation should your cargo contain dangerous goods.

    Our entire fleet of vehicles for the Groupage network is also run with boxed vehicles for extra security amd your peace of mind..

    Simply contact us to advise if any of these are a specific requirement

    Tel: +44 (0) 1282 839525

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    Managing Your Ocean Freight Port to Port

    Would you like support Importing, Exporting and Transporting your goods around via Ocean and Road Freight

    Managing freight yourself is not an easy process. Using 1st-European Ocean Freight services, we use our specialists freight cargo expertise and network, to ensure your cargo is efficiently collected and delivered to it’s end point. Simply phone us with details of the goods and we arrange the rest including:

    We Answer Your Questions

    If you would like help with any of the following, call us on +44 (0)1282 839525 …

  • How to plan the most Cost Effective routes across Road and Ocean freight
  • Which trailer and container sizes should you use to maximise your budget?
  • Understanding driving hour restrictions and the effects on delivery times?
  • What paperwork is required dependent on your Cargo, Tariff Codes and intercepting countries?
  • Negotiation with foreign speaking nationals
  • How to understand Customs requirements to get clearance
  • What types of goods are classed as hazardous or dangerous materials?
  • How to liaise with 3rd party transportation including sea (ocean), train (modal), road and air?
  • Negotiating prices for both 1 way and 2 way journeys
  • At First European, we always work closely with you, your clients, our colleagues in the booking and distribution offices, and third parties such as customs, portal and rail offices. That means we can ensure a smooth operation and meeting your delivery deadlines.


    Saving our customers time and money through planned and efficient work. Call 01282 839525

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    Safe and Reliable Transit Across Europe and the UK

    First European Express Freight Services handle freight shipping for small, commercial and industrial customers.

    We welcome pallets containing anything from fragile to heavy items or valuable to awkward items. No consignment is left unattended and additional Tracking services can be offered for precision GPS monitoring and delivery confirmation.

     

    For complete Peace of Mind, we also provide additional Insurance Services

     

    Cargo Insurance

    Express UK & Europe within 24 Hours

    Urgent Delivery Required? Our Express Service enables you to send goods to areas of Europe and the UK, same day and within 24 hours

    First European Express Service offers same day and 24 hour collection and delivery to anywhere in the UK and to many areas of Northern and Western mainland European countries.

    Delivery times are dependant on your location in the UK and vehicle size.

    For Example:

    Luton Van Cargo CarrierSmall Courier vans carrying under 7.5 tonnes do not require a tachograph and can have both 1 driver or accompnanied drivers. Typical destinations within 24 hours can include:

    • Northern France
    • Ruhr (Industrial) Germany, Dusseldorf, Cologne
    • Belgium
    • Holland
    • Switzerland
    • Denmark (South)

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     7.5-TonneA 7.5 tonne vehicle (and some Artics like a Euro Liner) require a tachograph, however they can still reach a limited number of areas within 24 hours including:

    • Northern France
    • Ruhr (Industrial) Germany, Dusseldorf, Cologne
    • Belgium
    • Holland

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    7.5For more Eastern and Southern Europe Express Services, or large consignments, we can get your goods to their destination within a two-day service. Areas typically include:

    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Poland (areas of)
    • Germany
    • France
    • Belgium
    • Holland
    • Denmark

    For more detailed information, please contact us on +44 (0)1282 839525

     

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    ADR Trained and Box Vehicles

    In addition to our competitively priced and quick transit times, we also offer fully trained ADR Drivers.

    ADR trained drivers are an essential and legal requirement for vehicle transportation should your cargo contain dangerous goods.

    Our entire fleet of vehicles for the Groupage network is also run with boxed vehicles for extra security amd your peace of mind..

    Simply contact us to advise if any of these are a specific requirement.

    Below is a list of major cities in Europe including ‘days of departure’ and ‘transit times’. All other European destinations are also available, simply add 1-2 days transit time as a guide, or contact us on 01282 839525 for more detailed information.

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    Daily Shipping to Europe

    First European has daily departures to most of Europe including – Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Italy and Spain with excellent transit times. From one pallet to a full load, no shipment is too big or too small to be considered for our daily departures with First European.

    We collect and deliver from all around the UK, which is all consolidated at our depot in Feltham Middlesex.

    Essentially, we collect all our customers cargo and load onto trailers that aren’t full. This means that even though you only have a small load, you only pay for your load, rather than unused space on a empty trailer.

    As a specialist in pallet and freight consolidation, by grouping our freight from a range of customers, we are able to provide highly competitive ‘Groupage’ quotes for shipping across Europe.

    Groupage Timetable to Europe

    DEPTDESTINATIONSHUTTLE DAYSDOOR TO DOOR TRANSIT
    LONBRUSSELS1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONDUBLIN1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONBELFAST1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONPARIS1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONAMSTERDAM1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONDUSSELDORF1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONWEIL AM RHEIN1/2/3/4/53 DAYS
    LONGRASSE1/2/3/4/53 DAYS
    LONLYON1/2/3/4/52 DAYS
    LONGENEVA1/2/3/4/52 DAYS (PC)*
    LONBUDAPEST1/2/3/4/54 DAYS
    LONBARCELONA1/2/3/4/53 DAYS
    LONMILAN1/2/3/4/53 DAYS
    LONLISBON1/2/3/4/54 DAYS
    LONWARSAW1/2/3/4/54 DAYS
    LONVIENNA1/2/3/4/53 DAYS
    LONSTOCKHOLM1/2/3/4/54 DAYS

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