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What to consider when shipping goods into the UK



Manufacturers around the world are facing increasing pressure to decarbonise their operations and reduce their carbon footprint. This shift towards sustainability is being driven by a variety of factors, including regulatory requirements, consumer demand, and the need to address the global climate crisis.


One of the primary concerns for manufacturers as they face this transition is the cost of implementing sustainable practices. Many manufacturers rely on fossil fuels to power their operations, and transitioning to renewable energy sources can be expensive. Additionally, investing in sustainable transportation options, such as electric or hybrid vehicles, can also be costly.


What are the options for transportation?

There are several ways to transport goods from the Far East in a sustainable manner:

  1. Ship: Shipping is generally considered to be the most environmentally-friendly option for transporting goods over long distances. Modern ships are equipped with advanced technology to reduce emissions, and shipping companies can offset their carbon emissions through carbon offset programs.

  2. Train: Transporting goods by train can also be a sustainable option, especially for shorter distances. Trains are generally more fuel-efficient than other modes of transport, and they also have a lower carbon footprint compared to shipping.

  3. Air: Air transportation is generally considered to be the least sustainable option for transporting goods. However, new technologies such as electric aircraft and sustainable biofuels may help to reduce the carbon footprint of air transportation in the future.

  4. Truck: Transporting goods by truck is generally considered to be less sustainable than shipping or train, due to the higher fuel consumption and emissions. However, electric and hybrid trucks are becoming more widely available and can help to reduce the carbon footprint of trucking.

  5. Multimodal: A multimodal approach, where goods are transported using a combination of different modes of transport, can also be a sustainable option. For example, goods could be shipped from China to a nearby port, and then transported by train or truck to the final destination.

There are several factors to consider when looking for sustainable shipping companies:

  • Emissions: Look for shipping companies that have implemented measures to reduce their carbon emissions, such as using advanced technology, optimising routes, and investing in renewable energy.

  • Carbon offsets: Some shipping companies offset their carbon emissions through carbon offset programs. This means they invest in projects that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, such as reforestation or clean energy projects.

  • Eco-friendly vessels: Some shipping companies have invested in eco-friendly vessels, such as ships powered by renewable energy or using advanced hull designs to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency.

  • Sustainability initiatives: Look for shipping companies that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability through initiatives such as reducing waste, optimising their operations, and investing in sustainable technologies.

At IMAS, we understand the importance of promoting sustainable shipping options for our members. We are dedicated to finding the best courier options that focus on sustainability, while also providing competitive pricing and value for money. Our members are investing in the future and this comes with its own costs, so we are committed to helping them find savings wherever possible. We are always on the lookout for new ways of shipping to create a high-quality service for our members. Thank you for your commitment to sustainability and please get in contact with our team.

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