Sea Cargo

At 2way solutions, we load containers to all parts of the world, with regular service to Malawi every month. We specialise in loading vehicles (cars, vans, minibuses and motorcycles), vehicle spare parts, machinery, electronics, furniture and any household items. We also supply barrels which can be used to ship any items, ensuring that small fragile items arrive intact and safe. Sea freight is the recommended choice for customers that are sending large or heavy or loads of items.

Estimated transit time

The transit time depends on destination and the time of the year. However sea freight is a much slower service than air freight. In most cases, transit time is 4 to 12 weeks. Once a container is loaded and departed from the UK port, we will advise all customers of the departure and the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA). Customers are warned that the ETA is only an estimate that we are given by the shipping line, and we can not be responsible for any delays or changes to the ETA. Containers to Malawi are taking an average of three to four months due to a backlog at Beira port. However the situation seems to be improving of late and will reduce the transit time once the backlog is sorted.

How your shipment is charged

The cost of your shipment is determined by the volume. Although a quotation is sometimes given on the phone depending on the description of the potential shipment, the final price can only be given to a customer once a member of staff has physically seen the goods. As you are charged for all of the space used, we encourage you to try and dismantle or items that do not have a cube shape like tables and Tv stands.

If you require help with your packing, please let us know in advance and we will arrange to assist with a small charge.

Right to refuse goods

We reserve the right to refuse accepting goods for shipping. The following is a guide only, and if you are not sure please contact us for clarification

  1. Dangerous goods: Many items which seem harmless to an individual are regarded as “dangerous goods” when being shipped by sea freight. It is against the law to send these items in your packages if they are not declared on the shipper’s inventory. If you do have “dangerous goods” to send they must be packed and handled in a specialist manner. Dangerous goods are more expensive to send than general freight.
  2. Valuable cargo: This includes cash, traveller’s cheques, stamp collections, deeds, tickets, jewellery, watches or similar highly valuable items. These are only sent at owners risk.

Note:the shiiping charge only covers the cost of service from our premises in Manchester to the country of destination at a designated port or bonded warehouse