A CMR document is a contract of carriage for goods being transported internationally by road.

Yes, we can arrange for your goods to be sent on a temperature-controlled service. Just let us know at the time of quoting that your goods are temperature-sensitive and provide the minimum and maximum storage temperatures. We can then offer you the relevant service options.

‘Cross trade’ describes a shipment transported from one country to another and arranged by a business based in a third country. For example, a shipment from the USA to France arranged by a UK business would be classified as a cross trade shipment.

Whereas stackable pallets can have other freight stacked on top of them during transit, non-stackable pallets cannot. When your shipment is quoted you will be asked to confirm whether your pallet is stackable, as this will affect the price provided.

A groupage service describes a part-load road freight shipment. Instead of paying for an entire vehicle to carry your goods, you only pay for the space taken up by your freight, as freight from other shippers would be consolidated with yours on the same vehicle. A groupage service from the UK to Europe would be slightly slower than a dedicated service.

For any freight requirements, please email us at freight@ilguk.com and a member of our freight team will be happy to help.

The short answer is ‘yes’. But limits depend on factors such as the service required or the origin and destination of shipment. For example, if you are shipping via air freight, 160cm is the maximum height that a passenger aircraft can accommodate. If your shipment is larger, then a cargo aircraft would be a better (but more expensive) alternative. If shipping by road, a load of 10 pallets is too large for a single van, so a larger vehicle would be required.

FCL (Full Container Load) refers to a shipment where all the container’s contents are owned by a single party. FCL is ideal for bulk shipments as you are paying for the use of an entire container.
LCL (Less than Container Load) describes a shared container where multiple shipments from multiple shippers are consolidated. Typically, LCL is used for smaller shipments which do not require an entire container and can share the space with other freight.

FCL shipments are usually a quicker way to ship compared to LCL shipments. Depending on the origin, destination, routing and other factors, FCL shipments can be anything from a few days to a couple of weeks faster.

An airway bill (AWB) is a document that accompanies goods shipped via an air freight service. It serves as a receipt of goods for an airline as well as a contract of carriage between the shipper and carrier. The AWB is a legally binding document issued by a carrier or agent and provides details about the goods being shipped. The AWB is a standard form, distributed by IATA (International Air Transport Association).