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Welcome to Freight Forwarding by Containerlift


Global shipping made simple.

Containerlift has a fast, responsive and reliable solution to your current shipping needs

Our dedicated team of industry experts provide comprehensive freight solutions tailored to your specific needs.  Containerlift provides customers with the most cost-effective price, offering quick door to door transit times, using a combination of road, rail and sea; transiting through countries and customs borders and delivering right to your door – even on the ground if you choose to use our sidelifter vehicles.  With fully manned deliveries and sophisticated tracking systems, you can rest assured that your goods will be efficiently and safely handled.

We are always at hand to answer your questions, such as:

  • What is Freight?
  • What is a freight Forwarding company
  • What is considered freight
  • What is the difference between Freight and Shipping
  • CFR v FOB
  • Who is responsible if freight is damaged in transit?
  • What are the benefits of Freight Forwarding
To the answers to these and other frequesntly asked questions, take a look at our FAQ section

With a site at Southampton Dock, we are ideally located to manage time-critical shipments to and from the UK, with the opportunity to also move containers off the dock swiftly – avoiding high port charges.

Our team will ensure your customs and international paperwork are completed correctly to ensure the prompt delivery of your freight.

No matter where you are based, Containerlift can help find the right solution for you!  Speak to our team today.

Speak to our team today.

Phone us on:
+44 (0)1371 879 400

Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form below and we will get straight back to you.

Frequently asked questions

Freight refers to goods or cargo transported in bulk by truck, train, ship, or aircraft. In the logistics and transportation industry, freight plays a crucial role in moving commodities across distances, both domestically and internationally.

Freight forwarding is a service that acts as an intermediary between a shipper and various transportation services. Freight forwarders leverage their expertise and relationships with shipping lines, airlines, and road and rail freight operators to negotiate the best possible price to move goods along the most economical route, by working out various bids and choosing the one that best balances speed, cost, and reliability.

A freight forwarder is a company or individual that organises shipments for individuals or corporations to get goods from the manufacturer or producer to a market, customer, or final point of distribution. They have the expertise to lower costs and ensure the smooth transit of goods.

A freight forwarding company offers a wide range of services including tracking inland transportation, preparation of shipping and export documents, warehousing, booking cargo space, negotiating freight charges, freight consolidation, cargo insurance, and filing of insurance claims.

Freight includes any goods, cargo, or commodities transported in bulk by land, air, or sea. This can range from raw materials, such as coal or timber, to finished products like electronics or vehicles.

The key difference between freight and shipping lies in the volume of goods and the mode of transportation. Shipping generally refers to the movement of smaller parcels and packages, often through postal or courier services. Freight, on the other hand, is used for larger, bulk shipments transported via larger vehicles such as trucks, ships, or planes.

CFR (Cost and Freight) and FOB (Free on Board) are international shipping agreements used in the transportation of goods between a buyer and a seller. CFR means the seller must pay the costs and freight necessary to bring the goods to the port of destination, while under FOB, the seller is responsible for the cost and risk until the goods are loaded on board the ship.

Freight shipping is the process of transporting commodities, goods, and cargo by land, sea, or air. It involves large shipments of goods, which can be moved via container ships, freight trains, trucks, or planes.

The responsibility for damaged freight typically depends on the agreed-upon terms of sale, such as FOB or CFR. Generally, the carrier is responsible for damage during transit; however, liability can be limited based on carrier terms and conditions. It’s crucial for shippers to have insurance to protect against potential losses.

Freight forwarding offers numerous benefits, including cost efficiency, expertise in navigating regulations and paperwork, streamlined logistics, and the ability to optimise routes for speed and reliability. This ensures that goods are delivered safely and on time, while also reducing the burden on the shipper.

A freight forwarder handles the details of shipping goods from one place to another. This includes arranging for transportation, handling customs clearance, securing cargo insurance, and ensuring all documentation is in order for a smooth and timely shipment process.


A range of vehicle types operating from depots across the country.


Our objective is to make
shipping simple and
hassle free.


A comprehensive range of containers in many sizes to purchase.


A comprehensive range
of container sizes to hire or lease.


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