An introduction to International Freight Solutions (IFS)

International Freight Solutions (IFS) can arrange Express or Economy services for your Documents, Parcels, Pallets, Part or Full Trailer/Container Loads, either by Road, Ocean, Air or Rail.

Over the last twenty five years, we have worked closely and built up trusted relationships with all the major international carriers and shipping companies, allowing us access to high level support and heavily discounted rates. Depending on the size of freight, the destination and how quickly (or slowly) you want to get it there, we will select the most suitable partner to work with.

IFS has a dedicated team of knowledgeable staff who will help you every step of the way in processing your shipment to ensure a seamless delivery. Guidance is provided in all aspects of worldwide shipping documentation with advice on customs regulations. We are here to take care of your International shipping leaving you free to take care of your own business needs.

For more information simply call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000, or simply send a message >

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An introduction to International Freight Solutions (IFS)

International Freight Solutions (IFS) can arrange Express or Economy services for your Documents, Parcels, Pallets, Part or Full Trailer/Container Loads, either by Road, Ocean, Air or Rail…

Member of FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations

FIATA’s membership is composed of 114 Association Members, overall representing an industry of 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics firms worldwide..

General Average Cargo Insurance from International Freight Solutions

The captain may declare this when a sacrifice is taken to save a vessel from total loss e.g. by making decision to lose some containers…

Industry calls for ‘next generation’ infrastructure plan to decarbonise Britain’s truck fleet

Government should reform its dated Plug-in Truck Grant to reflect the progress made by the sector in developing new zero emission…

International Freight Solutions Ltd is a member of BIFA

The leading body representing the UK International Freight Services industry – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is the prime trade association for UK registered companies…

Valued Google Customer Reviews for International Freight Solutions Ltd

A Freight Forwarder who regularly go the extra mile when it comes to customer service. We believe in carving out long term business relationships…

Rail Minister opens new multi-million-pound rail investment at the Port Of Southampton

The Minister for Rail and HS2, Huw Merriman, officially opened the new Solent Rail Terminal marking the completion of the £17.5 million partnership…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by International Freight Solutions

Learn more about a Freight Forwarder by International Freight Solutions. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for…

GB Railfreight launches East Coast intermodal service

Britain’s East Coast main line is best known for its express passenger services, but it’s also a critical freight corridor…

Red Sea disruptions continue to affect Global Supply Chains

IFS will continue to monitor the delays and adjustments in rates. We strongly encourage suppliers to be pro-active and secure bookings well in advance…

UK-Canada trade talks halted over safeguarding British food standards

NFU has said the UK Government was right to stand its ground following an announcement that it was suspending free-trade talks with Canada…

Government sets ambitious target to grow rail freight by at least 75%

Target will boost economic growth and lead to significant environmental benefits by taking lorries off our roads, cutting emissions and congestion…

Vacancy for Freight Forwarding Operator

Role is office based (Sheffield) and the candidate should have previous experience of working in a Freight Forwarding office with a general…

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Member of FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations

FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations logoFIATA – the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, is a non-governmental, membership-based organisation representing freight forwarders in some 150 countries.

FIATA’s membership is composed of 114 Association Members and over 5,500 Individual Members, overall representing an industry of 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics firms worldwide.

Founded in 1926 in Vienna, Austria, FIATA owes its acronym to its French name (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimilés) and is known as ‘the global voice of freight logistics’. FIATA is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

FIATA is a reference source on international policies and regulations governing the freight forwarding and logistics industry. FIATA works at the international level to represent service providers who operate in trade logistics and supply chain management. Through its FIATA documents and forms, digitalisation of key trade documents, annual congress and headquarters meeting, training and publications, it promotes trade facilitation and best practices among the freight forwarding community.

FIATA is committed to representing the interest of its members by actively engaging with the World Trade Organization, United Nations agencies and other international organisations, transport organisations, global partners and governments to promote and protect the interest of the industry. Find out more about FIATA >

FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations

You can trust International Freight Solutions Ltd to take care of your International Deliveries!

 

For a freight delivery quotation or to book in your consignment, please click below…

An introduction to International Freight Solutions (IFS)

International Freight Solutions (IFS) can arrange Express or Economy services for your Documents, Parcels, Pallets, Part or Full Trailer/Container Loads, either by Road, Ocean, Air or Rail…

Member of FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations

FIATA’s membership is composed of 114 Association Members, overall representing an industry of 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics firms worldwide..

General Average Cargo Insurance from International Freight Solutions

The captain may declare this when a sacrifice is taken to save a vessel from total loss e.g. by making decision to lose some containers…

Industry calls for ‘next generation’ infrastructure plan to decarbonise Britain’s truck fleet

Government should reform its dated Plug-in Truck Grant to reflect the progress made by the sector in developing new zero emission…

International Freight Solutions Ltd is a member of BIFA

The leading body representing the UK International Freight Services industry – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is the prime trade association for UK registered companies…

Valued Google Customer Reviews for International Freight Solutions Ltd

A Freight Forwarder who regularly go the extra mile when it comes to customer service. We believe in carving out long term business relationships…

Rail Minister opens new multi-million-pound rail investment at the Port Of Southampton

The Minister for Rail and HS2, Huw Merriman, officially opened the new Solent Rail Terminal marking the completion of the £17.5 million partnership…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by International Freight Solutions

Learn more about a Freight Forwarder by International Freight Solutions. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for…

GB Railfreight launches East Coast intermodal service

Britain’s East Coast main line is best known for its express passenger services, but it’s also a critical freight corridor…

Red Sea disruptions continue to affect Global Supply Chains

IFS will continue to monitor the delays and adjustments in rates. We strongly encourage suppliers to be pro-active and secure bookings well in advance…

UK-Canada trade talks halted over safeguarding British food standards

NFU has said the UK Government was right to stand its ground following an announcement that it was suspending free-trade talks with Canada…

Government sets ambitious target to grow rail freight by at least 75%

Target will boost economic growth and lead to significant environmental benefits by taking lorries off our roads, cutting emissions and congestion…

Vacancy for Freight Forwarding Operator

Role is office based (Sheffield) and the candidate should have previous experience of working in a Freight Forwarding office with a general…

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General Average Cargo Insurance from International Freight Solutions

General Average is declared when a sacrifice is taken to save a vessel from total loss (e.g. when the captain makes a decision to lose some containers in order to save the vessel).

It is based on the idea that the sacrifice made for the common good should be shared proportionately among all parties involved, including shipowners, cargo owners, and insurers.

In the case of general average customers will have to share the financial burden of the loss even if their goods were not damaged and without cargo insurance they may be liable for a substantial out-of-pocket cash amount.

Recent Examples of General Average:

Maersk Honam (Fire). In March 2018, the vessel caught fire while sailing in the Arabian Sea carrying nearly 8,000 containers.The General Average declared for cargo owners with cargo aboard the Maersk Honam was 54% – meaning for every $100,000 of cargo on board, cargo owners would have to pay $54,000 to have their goods released.

Ever Given (Suez Canal). In March 2021, the large container vessel ran aground while transiting the Suez Canal. The Ever Given was stuck in the canal for six days, and the effort to get it moving again resulted in Egyptian authorities seeking compensation of close to $2 billion.Whilst General Average is still being finalised, cargo owners are expecting to face charges upwards of 20% of the cargo value they had aboard the vessel.

MS Dali (Baltimore Bridge). In March 2024, the 9,000 TEU capacity vessel struck the Baltimore Bridge, which subsequently collapsed on top of the bow of the vessel. Whilst the salvage operation is expected to last months, General Average was declared mid April meaning cargo owners face large costs to recover their cargo on board. Read more about this incident from the Loadster.com

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Simply add your insurance requirements in our online quote, or call us to discuss further:

+44 (0) 1709 610 000

IMPORTANT INSURANCE NOTICE – Please note…

IFS and our partners take a great deal of care when arranging the shipping of your goods, however, loss and damage do sometimes happen and it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you have the benefit of cargo insurance.

In the event of loss/damage drivers, transport depots and shipping lines will either severely limit their liability to a very small amount, or make no payment at all. If you do not have your own cargo insurance we can arrange it for you. Please advise the value of your goods and we will provide a quotation. Thank you.

An introduction to International Freight Solutions (IFS)

International Freight Solutions (IFS) can arrange Express or Economy services for your Documents, Parcels, Pallets, Part or Full Trailer/Container Loads, either by Road, Ocean, Air or Rail…

Member of FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations

FIATA’s membership is composed of 114 Association Members, overall representing an industry of 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics firms worldwide..

General Average Cargo Insurance from International Freight Solutions

The captain may declare this when a sacrifice is taken to save a vessel from total loss e.g. by making decision to lose some containers…

Industry calls for ‘next generation’ infrastructure plan to decarbonise Britain’s truck fleet

Government should reform its dated Plug-in Truck Grant to reflect the progress made by the sector in developing new zero emission…

International Freight Solutions Ltd is a member of BIFA

The leading body representing the UK International Freight Services industry – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is the prime trade association for UK registered companies…

Valued Google Customer Reviews for International Freight Solutions Ltd

A Freight Forwarder who regularly go the extra mile when it comes to customer service. We believe in carving out long term business relationships…

Rail Minister opens new multi-million-pound rail investment at the Port Of Southampton

The Minister for Rail and HS2, Huw Merriman, officially opened the new Solent Rail Terminal marking the completion of the £17.5 million partnership…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by International Freight Solutions

Learn more about a Freight Forwarder by International Freight Solutions. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for…

GB Railfreight launches East Coast intermodal service

Britain’s East Coast main line is best known for its express passenger services, but it’s also a critical freight corridor…

Red Sea disruptions continue to affect Global Supply Chains

IFS will continue to monitor the delays and adjustments in rates. We strongly encourage suppliers to be pro-active and secure bookings well in advance…

UK-Canada trade talks halted over safeguarding British food standards

NFU has said the UK Government was right to stand its ground following an announcement that it was suspending free-trade talks with Canada…

Government sets ambitious target to grow rail freight by at least 75%

Target will boost economic growth and lead to significant environmental benefits by taking lorries off our roads, cutting emissions and congestion…

Vacancy for Freight Forwarding Operator

Role is office based (Sheffield) and the candidate should have previous experience of working in a Freight Forwarding office with a general…

Business as usual for Sheffield Freight Forwarder IFS

If you are looking for a well established Freight Forwarder to help take care of your International Deliveries, look no further…

Industry calls for ‘next generation’ infrastructure plan to decarbonise Britain’s truck fleet

pink van imageGovernment should reform its dated Plug-in Truck Grant – introduced eight years ago – to reflect the progress made by the sector in developing new zero emission truck technology and help cut CO2 by 18.8 million tonnes a year, says the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Following billions in investment from manufacturers, there are now 27 models of zero emission trucks available to UK operators with many more to come. While the Plug-in Truck Grant, introduced in 2016, seeks to help operators switch from conventionally fuelled heavy commercial vehicles to zero emission alternatives, models can only be eligible after undertaking an approval process that takes around two years. As a result, less than half (10) ZEV truck models on the market today are currently eligible for grants.

Given new truck purchases are critical long-term investments for hauliers operating with tight margins, transitioning to zero emission operations requires commercial benefit and operator confidence. Zero emission trucks are currently more expensive to manufacture so grants are essential if operators are to benefit from the many advantages, including potentially lower running costs, quieter operations and more positive public perception.

There are currently more pink vans on the UK roads than plug-in trucks

While 2024 saw a record number of new zero emission trucks registered, there are still just 327 vehicles in operation – meaning drivers are more likely to encounter a pink van (564 on the road) than a plug-in truck. These trucks already meet a wide range of business needs – with vehicles up to 44 tonnes and ranges of up to 311 miles – but fleets need a ‘next generation’ incentive scheme which makes it much easier for new zero emission trucks to qualify, plus a dedicated national infrastructure plan to power Britain’s road haulage fleet.

Hauliers who have already committed to fleet carbon reduction must then install depot charging or refuelling – a significant additional, but essential, cost – to ensure they can use their zero emission vehicles as easily and flexibly as their business requires. However, HGV operators do not have the same access to infrastructure installation support as other sectors, and even those who have the resources to invest in depot chargepoints face additional hurdles in terms of grid connectivity and local planning constraints. The challenge continues once out on the road as there is currently just one HGV-dedicated public charge location in the whole country, on the M61 Southbound at Rivington – preventing longer distance operators from going green.

Given truck decarbonisation is essential to the UK’s 2035 net zero targets and with the end of sale of new non-zero emission HGVs weighing less than 26 tonnes coming at the same time as the car and van sectors, urgent action is needed to create the right conditions to allow hauliers to plan their net zero investments.
Read more from: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) >

Need a quotation or ready to book a job?

An introduction to International Freight Solutions (IFS)

International Freight Solutions (IFS) can arrange Express or Economy services for your Documents, Parcels, Pallets, Part or Full Trailer/Container Loads, either by Road, Ocean, Air or Rail…

Member of FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations

FIATA’s membership is composed of 114 Association Members, overall representing an industry of 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics firms worldwide..

General Average Cargo Insurance from International Freight Solutions

The captain may declare this when a sacrifice is taken to save a vessel from total loss e.g. by making decision to lose some containers…

Industry calls for ‘next generation’ infrastructure plan to decarbonise Britain’s truck fleet

Government should reform its dated Plug-in Truck Grant to reflect the progress made by the sector in developing new zero emission…

International Freight Solutions Ltd is a member of BIFA

The leading body representing the UK International Freight Services industry – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is the prime trade association for UK registered companies…

Valued Google Customer Reviews for International Freight Solutions Ltd

A Freight Forwarder who regularly go the extra mile when it comes to customer service. We believe in carving out long term business relationships…

Rail Minister opens new multi-million-pound rail investment at the Port Of Southampton

The Minister for Rail and HS2, Huw Merriman, officially opened the new Solent Rail Terminal marking the completion of the £17.5 million partnership…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by International Freight Solutions

Learn more about a Freight Forwarder by International Freight Solutions. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for…

GB Railfreight launches East Coast intermodal service

Britain’s East Coast main line is best known for its express passenger services, but it’s also a critical freight corridor…

Red Sea disruptions continue to affect Global Supply Chains

IFS will continue to monitor the delays and adjustments in rates. We strongly encourage suppliers to be pro-active and secure bookings well in advance…

UK-Canada trade talks halted over safeguarding British food standards

NFU has said the UK Government was right to stand its ground following an announcement that it was suspending free-trade talks with Canada…

Government sets ambitious target to grow rail freight by at least 75%

Target will boost economic growth and lead to significant environmental benefits by taking lorries off our roads, cutting emissions and congestion…

Vacancy for Freight Forwarding Operator

Role is office based (Sheffield) and the candidate should have previous experience of working in a Freight Forwarding office with a general…

Business as usual for Sheffield Freight Forwarder IFS

If you are looking for a well established Freight Forwarder to help take care of your International Deliveries, look no further…

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International Freight Solutions Ltd is a member of BIFA

BIFA logoBIFA – The leading body representing the UK International Freight Services industry.

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is the prime trade association for UK registered companies engaged in the international movement of freight by all modes of transport, air, road, rail and sea, and/or customs brokerage.

BIFA has a membership of over 1600 members in the logistics and supply chain sector, known generally as freight forwarders, who offer a wide range of services within these various modes.

The leading body representing the UK International Freight Services industry.

Members of BIFA are organisations engaged in the movement of freight to/from the UK by all modes of transport: air, road, sea and rail. Some members also provide customs clearance and other cross border services.

A not-for-profit organisation, BIFA is funded by subscription and run by its members for members. It operates with a full-time Secretariat which administers and manages the Association’s affairs.

BIFA members trade under a set of Standard Trading Conditions that are backed in the insurance sector. Find out more about BIFA >

You can trust International Freight Solutions Ltd to take care of your International Deliveries!

 

For a freight delivery quotation or to book in your consignment, please click below…

An introduction to International Freight Solutions (IFS)

International Freight Solutions (IFS) can arrange Express or Economy services for your Documents, Parcels, Pallets, Part or Full Trailer/Container Loads, either by Road, Ocean, Air or Rail…

Member of FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations

FIATA’s membership is composed of 114 Association Members, overall representing an industry of 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics firms worldwide..

General Average Cargo Insurance from International Freight Solutions

The captain may declare this when a sacrifice is taken to save a vessel from total loss e.g. by making decision to lose some containers…

Industry calls for ‘next generation’ infrastructure plan to decarbonise Britain’s truck fleet

Government should reform its dated Plug-in Truck Grant to reflect the progress made by the sector in developing new zero emission…

International Freight Solutions Ltd is a member of BIFA

The leading body representing the UK International Freight Services industry – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is the prime trade association for UK registered companies…

Valued Google Customer Reviews for International Freight Solutions Ltd

A Freight Forwarder who regularly go the extra mile when it comes to customer service. We believe in carving out long term business relationships…

Rail Minister opens new multi-million-pound rail investment at the Port Of Southampton

The Minister for Rail and HS2, Huw Merriman, officially opened the new Solent Rail Terminal marking the completion of the £17.5 million partnership…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by International Freight Solutions

Learn more about a Freight Forwarder by International Freight Solutions. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for…

GB Railfreight launches East Coast intermodal service

Britain’s East Coast main line is best known for its express passenger services, but it’s also a critical freight corridor…

Red Sea disruptions continue to affect Global Supply Chains

IFS will continue to monitor the delays and adjustments in rates. We strongly encourage suppliers to be pro-active and secure bookings well in advance…

UK-Canada trade talks halted over safeguarding British food standards

NFU has said the UK Government was right to stand its ground following an announcement that it was suspending free-trade talks with Canada…

Government sets ambitious target to grow rail freight by at least 75%

Target will boost economic growth and lead to significant environmental benefits by taking lorries off our roads, cutting emissions and congestion…

Vacancy for Freight Forwarding Operator

Role is office based (Sheffield) and the candidate should have previous experience of working in a Freight Forwarding office with a general…

Business as usual for Sheffield Freight Forwarder IFS

If you are looking for a well established Freight Forwarder to help take care of your International Deliveries, look no further…

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