Guide

How to move goods by sea

Introduction

Ocean shipping is one of the most important and cost-effective ways to transport your goods internationally. This guide shows how the international shipping system works and gives you the information you need to choose the shipping option that's right for you.

This guide also outlines the different vessels used for international shipping. It highlights the main factors affecting ocean freight costs and provides an overview of the key documents you'll need to transport goods by sea.

Find out more about moving your goods in our sections on preparing goods for transport and transporting your goods.