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United Kingdom

Connecting the UK with the world

Our dedicated UK team and loyal customers have been pillars of our proud UK heritage, dating back over 40 years since 1977.  Today we are the UK’s largest container shipping, intermodal, and logistics provider, connecting UK businesses to the world.


Dedicated UK Team

What makes MSC stand out in our industry is our team of over 650 people. Operating from four regional offices in Ipswich, London, Liverpool and Glasgow, supported by our national team across the UK, we’re committed to delivering customer excellence and finding the best solution for your cargo.


Why MSC?

By choosing MSC, you gain access to 12 ports across the UK, the widest range offered by any shipping line, providing 25 weekly deep-sea calls. This is complemented by an extensive European feeder network that integrates seamlessly with our market-leading landside network of dedicated road and rail services. This not only helps us move your cargo closer to its final destination, it also saves on average, over 19 million road miles a year, delivering you increased flexibility, reduced carbon emissions and improved reliability and security for your cargo’s supply chain.


Awards for MSC UK:

12 time winner of “Container Line of the Year” at the Global Freight Awards 

Sea Freight Operator of the year 2019 FTA Multimodal Awards

Contact our  team to request a quote, book or find out more about our local services

Merchant Haulage Release
MSC can manage your cargo movements from end-to-end, offering UK-wide coverage via road, rail and sea through dedicated support and unrivalled fleet capacity.

 To help our team action your MHR request as efficiently as possible for you, please read the below guidance regarding timeframes and important information to include. 

Merchant Own Haulage Release requests

Please use the dedicated Merchant Haulage Release telephone number 0203 780 7679. 

Please use this number if both: 

To request a new Merchant Haulage Release, please continue to do so by email to the following email address uk-importmerchanthaulage@msc.com ensuring that your email is submitted within 5 days of the vessel arrival date. 

Please be reminded that if you are unsure of your vessel arrival date, please visit www.msc.com/tools and click on “Track a shipment”. 

 Full Merchant Haulage Release Instructions:

Click here.

 Import Merchant Owned Haulage Restitution Note 

 Please take the following action to arrange restitution of empty containers 

  • For Felixstowe arrivals please email UK-felixstowe.emptyreturns@msc.com  (Monday to Friday 0700-1800). For assistance with Felixstowe returns, please call 01394 673902 or 01394 673903
  • For all other ports of arrival email GB014-container.movements@msc.com  (Monday to Friday 0800-1800). For assistance with all other ports and deports, please call 01473 277772
Customs Clearance

We offer Customs clearance services across our UK Port network, including a comprehensive clearance solution for trailers coming into the UK through a network of Ports including:  Killingholme, Purfleet, Tilbury, Folkestone, Rochester, Dover, Harwich Immingham, Hull, Thamesport, Southampton and Felixstowe. 

Each item of cargo you are importing or exporting must satisfy official Customs formalities and regulations in order to proceed across international borders. 

Export Customs Clearance 

When completing your Export Customs Clearance please send us an email with your UCR number or copy of Entry to UK-customs@msc.com 

 Alternatively, we can also offer to complete Export Customs Clearance for your Export Cargo on your behalf loading with MSC UK. Just complete our NES Instructions form (available on request) and send to UK-Customs@msc.com   

 For Export Customs we do request all information to be sent before our advertised deadlines. 

 Documentation (Final Shipping Instruction) Cut Off Guide   

Shipping instructions will be required 6 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival at the port of loading. Exceptions as follows:  

For vessels arriving at the weekend – instructions are required by 1200hrs on the Friday.   
Vessels arriving Monday – instructions are required latest Friday (week prior) 1600hrs.  
For USA, Canada, China, Japan and South Africa – we will require your instructions at least 36 hours (excluding weekend hours) prior to the vessel’s arrival at the port of loading. For vessels arriving on a Monday or Tuesday, please send in by 1200hrs on the previous Friday.  

Please note, late Instructions (after cut-off) are at risk of short shipment and additional costs. 

 
Shipping Instruction Amendments  

For USA, Canada, China, Japan and South Africa – amendments need to be received 36 hours (excluding weekend hours) prior to the vessel arrival at the port of loading, to avoid Correction Fees. 
For all other destinations – amendments need to be received 24 hours prior to the vessel departure, to avoid Correction Fees.  For vessels departing at the weekend/Monday AM, amendments are required by 1200hrs on the Friday before.  

 Please note, failure to comply with the above may risk a correction fee of 60 USD. 

 If you do have any questions or require further guidance please do not hesitate to contact the MSC Customs Clearance team on (01473) 277777 or e-mail GB014-mscuk.cci@msc.com 

Export Hazardous Cargo
Export Hazardous Cargo

When you have completed loading of your Export Hazardous cargo please send us a copy of the completed DGN, it MUST be signed in boxes 15 & 17 with the container number clearly in Box 16. You can send it on email to GB014-MSCUKHAZARDOUS@msc.com with your booking reference and planned export vessel as the subject. 

Please make sure your container has had the correct placards applied to it as per IMDG and ADR to ensure acceptance into the terminal of export.  

VGM Receiving Policy in the UK

What is VGM? 

Verified Gross Mass or VGM refers to the exact, verified weight of a packed container. For safety reasons, vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been verified. 

Government approval status 

In the UK the regulating body, Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), will allow for +/- 5% or 500kg whichever is greater. The MCA have the right to impose a fine or penalty for any mis-declared VGM information. 

 If you intend on obtaining your VGM by using Method 2, you will need approval from the MCA. Further information about application can be found here

 Some UK ports will not allow containers in to the terminal without a VGM. If there is no VGM at the in gate then the port shall automatically weigh the container on your behalf and charge accordingly 


What to include in your VGM instructions
 

The following items are mandatory and must be on all VGM instructions:
- Booking or Bill of Lading number 
- Container number 
- VGM + unit 
- Authorised person’s signatory (submitter of the VGM who may be authorized to act on behalf of shippers 
- Responsible party Name 

How to submit your VGM instructions 

myMSC
- EDI (via INTTRA; GT NEXUS; Cargo Smart) 
- Email to vgm@mscuk.com 

Deadlines for sending your VGM instructions 

To avoid additional weighing charges from the port, please can you submit your VGM to MSC UK prior to the containers arrival at the port. 

If you are wishing to use the ports weighing facility, please be aware that we shall require the VGM 48 hours prior to the vessels scheduled arrival. 

Admin Fees and costs 

There will be no additional administration fees from MSC UK for receiving your VGM via myMSC or EDI (INTTRA or GT NEXUS). For other methods please contact your local MSC UK office. 

Recommendations 

If you are unable to obtain your own VGM, all of the UK ports where MSC has a service can support you with weighing facilities. If this is of interest, you will be required to register and arrange direct. 

Contact information 

For more details, please contact vgm@mscuk.com or call our office: 01473 277 972 

Prohibited Cargo

Prohibited Cargo

It is illegal to bring the following items into or out of the UK. 

Imports  

  •  All items of animal origin must have accurate Health Certificates.

Exports  

  • No military cargo, weapons, munitions, illegal drugs/ narcotics. 
  • Any used cars for export must provide chassis number / VIN and registration. 
  • Used tyres subject to management approval. 
  • No used refrigerators without valid de-gassing certificate Southampton - Containers with Flexi bags installed are not permitted via this port. 
Gender Pay Gap

From 2017, any organisation that has 250 or more employees must publish and report specific figures about their gender pay gap in UK.

 

The gender pay gap is the difference between the average earnings of men and women, expressed relative to men’s earnings. For example, ‘women earn 15% less than men per hour’.

For more information, we invite you to read MSC UK Gender Pay Gap document.

 

Read our gender pay gap report.

Export Contact Details

We've separated out the most frequently requested contact groups from within the Import department.

Commercial contacts by trade

Export Canada & Mexico  GB014-export.canadamexico@msc.com
Export USA & Caribbean  GB014-expcomm.usacaribbean@msc.com
Baltic Short Sea  GB014-shortsea.trade@msc.com
Export Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canary Islands

GB014-MSCUKExportCommercialSouthAfricaAndAustralasiaAndCanaries@msc.com

Export Latin America & West Africa          GB014-MSCUKExportCommercialLatinAmericaAndWestAfrica@msc.com
Export Far East  GB014-MSCUKExportCommercialFarEast@msc.com
IPAK Quotation Requests GB014-mscukexportcommercialearedseaioindiapak@msc.com
Red Sea/East Africa/Indian Ocean Quotation Requests     GB014-mscukexportcommercialearedseaioindiapak@msc.com


General Enquiries 

Haulage availability  uk-exportspotbookings@msc.com  / +44 (0)1473 954667
Vessel cut-offs  uk-exportspotbookings@msc.com

 

Booking Contacts

Haulage availability  uk-exportspotbookings@msc.com  / +44 (0)1473 954667
Make, Cancel or Amend a booking  uk-exportspotbookings@msc.com / +44 (0)1473 954667
Find out where to collect my empty container  uk-exportspotbookings@msc.com  / +44 (0)1473 954667
Book a container to quay  GB014-container.movements@msc.com
Send a dangerous goods note (DGN)  GB014-mschazardous@msc.com  / +44 (0)1473 954484
Send my booking evolution (sanction) form  uk-exportspotbookings@msc.com  / +44 (0)1473 954667
Send my UCR  uk-customs@msc.com / +44 (0)1473 954667

 

Booking Contacts

Reefer Customer Service  GB014-export.reeferbookings@msc.com  / +44 (0)1473 954482
Commodities  uk-commodities.bookings@msc.com  /  +44 (0)1473 954483
Export Cargo Management  uk-exportspotbookings@msc.com / +44 (0)1473 954484
SOLAS / VGM  GB014-solas.vgm-confirmations@msc.com / +44 (0)1473 954484

Import Contact Details

We've separated out the most frequently requested contact groups from within the Export department.

Cargo Loading
MSC's cargo handling facilities are strategically located to ensure the efficient and timely loading of goods for export and import. We also provide cargo consolidation, loading and re-loading, packing, unpacking and cross-loading services from containers to trucks.
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Container Weighing (VGM)
All MSC local offices provide certified scales to record and verify container weight (verified gross mass or VGM) in line with Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) regulations. VGM instructions are mandatory for all shipments for safety reasons and vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been appropriately verified. Contact your local MSC team for more information and support. 
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Flexibag
Streamline your liquid supply chain with MSC's complete fit & supply flexi-bag solution for door-to-door deliveries. Flexi-bags allow you to fill dry containers with up to 26,000 litres of liquid or non-hazardous chemicals, offering a safe, cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to traditional liquid transportation methods, such as ISO tank containers.
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Last update: 2022-10-05T01:37:00