When you ship your goods to Scandinavia, make sure that you have everything that you need to ensure safe, timely arrival. Because all the Scandinavian countries lie within the European Free Trade Area (EFTA), there aren't a lot of hassles when exporting your goods from the UK. But that doesn't mean that you should accept the first shipping offer you receive, or settle for logistical solutions that aren't right for your needs.
At NTEX we have built our business on specialist Scandinavian logistics solutions, and we can give you some insight into what you should pay attention to when shipping to any of the Scandinavian countries. Here are a few good ideas to keep in mind that will help you deliver your products in the most efficient way possible.
1) Shop Around
There are no shortage of haulage companies that work in Scandinavia, whether you are shipping to Sweden, Finland or Norway. It is important to leave lots of lead time, so that you find the best value for your budget. If a shipping company refuses to give you a transparent quote for their services, or won't pin down what they charge, keep looking. At NTEX we are glad to talk to you about what your haulage needs are, and give free, detailed quotes for all the services we offer. There is no need to leave any uncertainty on the table when it comes to pricing, and any respectable shipping company will be happy to generate binding quotes.
2) Be Prepared
A country’s EFTA or EU membership does not mean your shipment won't require paperwork and customs checks. Every country will be a little different, with shipping to Norway requiring a little bit more work than the rest of Scandinavia. Because Norway isn't in the EU, the shipment of some items – such as alcohol and some agricultural products – will incur an import duty. We are happy to advise you on the best way to ensure your goods pass smoothly through port and customs.
3) Use A Specialist
There are many companies that will offer you port-to-port haulage, but if you need to go door-to-door, using a specialist company like NTEX makes better financial sense. Once your shipment clears the port, you want to know that it is being handled by competent road haulage providers.
Because a specialist company will have many local connections, you can be assured that any third party will be of the highest quality. In some cases we can arrange door-to-door shipping from the UK to many places in Scandinavia, using our own fleet of lorries. We have recently outfitted all of the trailers with GPS transponders, which you can use to track the exact position of your shipment while in transit.
4) Choose The Best Shipping Option
Depending on how quickly you need to ship your goods, the price and timetable can change significantly. While some haulage companies try to sell one of their pre-existing options, at NTEX we look for the best way to use your budget. We do offer competitively priced regular shipments twice per week, which will get your goods to their destination in 2-4 working days. We also provide express shipping to reach Scandinavia within 24 or 48 hours. Look for a supplier that offers the flexibility you need to get your goods delivered on schedule.
Your shipment should always be insured from the time it leaves your facility, until it reaches the destination. Make sure your shipping company is up-to-date on the kinds of insurance it needs to use, so you have complete peace of mind.
NTEX Has You Covered
With many years’ experience in the logistics business, and fully staffed offices in every major Scandinavian port, NTEX is a great choice for safe and efficient haulage. Shipping to Scandinavia with NTEX means a safe delivery, with world class service at every step of the journey. If you have any questions about what we can offer your company, please give us a call on 01469 571440.