- Family-run local business, established 25 years
- Fully trained, professional
and friendly staff
- All work is
- Exclusive containers to most
- Groupage service to most worldwide destinations
- Packing & export wrapping
carried out by full-time staff
- No use of sub-contractors
throughout the UK
What is groupage?
If you do not have enough volume to fill an exclusive container, we can ship a small quantity of furniture and/or cartons in a container with consignments from other customers. This service means that your goods will be in a shared container with other customers possessions.
We will give you a written estimate based on a list supplied by you, a video estimate, or our estimator will visit you to view the goods you need to ship. If we give you an estimate based on a list and when our crew arrives there are additional items, our charges will increase.
We can pack and wrap your goods ready for shipping and offer comprehensive insurance based on a valuation form completed by yourself. We will also complete a full numbered inventory of the goods. Our agent will contact you when they are ready to deliver your goods the cost of which is included in our charges. This service is called groupage.
How groupage works
In the yard where the shipping process begins, there are containers on the ground for each worldwide destination that we ship to. TFM and other contractors bring in consignments and the cargo goes directly into the container that it is going to be shipped in.
Once the container is full the doors are closed and it is returned to port to be loaded onto a ship which will sail to the destination. The container will then pass through customs and immigration and then our agent will unload the container and deliver all of the individual consignments to the customers.
The price we give you will include the delivery of your goods to your address, the terminal handling of the container and normal customs clearance. It will also include the disposal of packing materials and empty cartons but only on the day of delivery.
Our price will not include inspection by either customs or immigration, storage if required at the destination and any taxes or duties that are applicable.
How long does groupage take?
It depends how much cargo there is at the time of year you ship, which will determine how long it takes to fill up the container. It will then depend on how often a ship sails to the destination, the time the ship takes to reach the destination and then the time it takes to have the container released to our agent. We will try to give you an indication of time but apart from the collection of goods the whole process is out of TFM’s control and our indication of timescale is an educated guess.