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As SSO International Forwarding, we’re the trusted logistics partner for a wide range of companies across different industrial sectors. We help to import and export goods to and from the UK, helping businesses to grow, develop and meet their goals. We take the stress out of the process, allowing businesses to focus on the key aspects of their service.

We provide an extensive range of shipping, transport and specialist logistic services. Our experienced teams can handle all kinds of goods, including dangerous and restricted items. We’re equipped to handle any complex international logistic challenge.

Whatever industry you’re in, we’ll work with you to create a bespoke solution that ensures your goods are transported in a safe and cost-effective way.

Food Products

At SSO International Forwarding, we are the experts in shipping food across international borders. We can handle the whole process, from finding the right method of shipping, and clearing customs, to onward shipping in the UK or overseas.

We understand that food products require careful handling and our experienced team takes every care to ensure the safety and integrity of your consignments. We are a trusted partner for UK food import and export businesses, working with a growing number of businesses of different sizes to help them expand into new markets. Click here to learn more about our food shipping services.

Computing and IT equipment

If you’re looking to import computer equipment it’s highly recommended that you work with a trusted international forwarding company. We will help you navigate some of the complexities involved in bringing laptops and other computer equipment into the country. We help make sure that you meet all of the necessary regulatory requirements and that your goods are shipped as safely and effectively as possible. We make it easy to ensure that your customers have access to the latest technology and you can meet your own business goals.

In a fast-evolving marketplace and regulatory environment, we will make certain that you don’t inadvertently fall foul of changing legislation. We make sure that your duties are paid, and that you can get your computing and IT equipment to its final destination without any problems.

Home furnishings

If you’re importing or exporting home furnishings such as cushions, pillows and bed linens, then we can help you make the process more efficient while reducing overheads. We streamline the transportation of your goods, helping you find the most efficient and cost-effective way of moving your goods and ultimately getting them to market. We work with businesses who import and export a wide range of furnishings, freeing them to concentrate on developing their business.

Whatever home furnishing products you’re looking to import, SSO International Forwarding helps to make the process simple.

Household goods

We help to facilitate the safe transportation of a wide range of household goods. The goods we transport include everything from bathroom furniture to clothing rails, helping all kinds of businesses meet their customer needs and meet their growing commercial goals.

The regulations around some household goods in different jurisdictions are complicated and liable to change. We ensure that you are always compliant, reducing the risk of delays and hold-ups which can cause supply issues and lead to extra costs. Whether you sell online, B2B or through traditional retail, we will make certain that you have the products you need when you need them.

If you’ve sourced overseas supplies of products you’d like to sell in the UK then SSO International Forwarding will help you get them to market as quickly as possible.

Children and baby goods

Children and baby markets are growing globally. SSO International Forwarding makes it easy for children and baby retailers to import goods from overseas markets. We regularly handle all kinds of products for children and babies including prams, baby seats and toys.

We make sure that all of the documentation is in place to allow products to quickly clear customs, and we find the most efficient way for people to move their goods. Whether you’re importing items for babies or older children, our comprehensive services make the whole process simple.

Garden and outdoor

SSO International Forwarding regularly works with companies who import garden furniture, helping to keep our garden centres and DIY outlets stocked. We ensure the safe and swift transportation of your goods and take care of all the necessary paperwork. We take the stress out of importing or exporting garden and outdoor goods, allowing you to meet your customer needs.

With our help, you can help your customers create the garden that they have always dreamed of.

Heating and Air Conditioning

The UK market for imported heating and air conditioning units from overseas manufacturers is vast. From air conditioning units and fans to heaters of all sizes, we arrange their safe transportation from their country of origin into the UK.

Whether you’re moving large scale air conditioning components or significant quantities of small domestic fans and heaters, SSO International Forwarding can help. We ensure that the most cost-effective shipping method is used and that all of your goods can quickly pass customs. We work with our clients to help them meet their goals, allowing them to concentrate on other aspects of their business while we handle the tricky process of ensuring their safe transportation.

Whatever your industry, SSO International Forwarding can help

We work with all kinds of companies across vastly different industries helping to ensure the efficient transportation and customs clearance of their products. Even if your industry isn’t listed here we can still help.

If you’re like to find out more about how we can help your business call +44 (0) 1744 410178 or email today.


Put simply, Incoterms® are the selling terms that the buyer and seller of goods both agrees to. The Incoterm® clearly states which tasks, costs and risks are associated with the buyer and the seller. The Incoterm® is agreed between the buyer and seller and states when the seller’s costs and risks are then transferred onto the buyer. Incoterms® are also referred to as International Commercial Terms, which are published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which relate to International Commercial Law.


They are accepted by governments and legal authorities around the world. The ICC published new Incoterms® 2020 that have come into effect from the 1st of January 2020. The ICC originally published Incoterms® in 1936 and have continually published updates to reflect the changes to the Global Trade environment. It’s important that all parties involved in trade clearly understand the changes and how they apply to global supply chains. The IncoDocs chart displays Incoterms® 2020 in an easy to understand format. Our chart states each Incoterm® and explains the obligations and charges that are accepted by the seller and the buyer. This is general information for guidance purposes only. For a full and complete description, refer to the full version of Incoterms® 2020 by the International Chamber of Commerce at the ICC website. Feel free to download the latest Inco Terms guide below.

Below is a list of incoterms and a brief description explaining each one.

EXW (Ex-Works)

The Seller is responsible for having the cargo ready at their loading area. After that, it is the Buyer’s responsibility to complete the shipment. The Buyer arranges loading of the cargo at the origin, including local THC and Freight etc. Once the cargo arrives at the POD, the buyer clears the cargo and takes the delivery.

FCA (Free Carrier)

The Seller hands over the cargo to the carrier or to a Buyer’s nominated person/company at the Sellers premises or another agreed place.

FAS (Free Alongside Ship)

The Seller delivers the cargo next to/close to the vessel nominated by the Buyer at the nominated port.

FOB (Free On Board)

The Seller clears the cargo from customs and delivers the goods to the vessel at the Port. All the charges until this point are for the account of the Seller. The Buyer books the container, insures the cargo and receives the cargo at port of discharge. Ocean freight, handling charges at POD, import clearance & any necessary duties/taxes are for the account of the consignee/Buyer.

CFR (Cost & Freight)

The Seller clears the cargo, delivers container to the vessel, books containers and pays the ocean freight cost. The Buyer takes on responsibility once the container arrives at Port of Discharge including handling charges, customs clearance, delivery and any necessary duties/taxes in the UK.

CIF (Cost, Insurance & Freight)

The Seller clears the cargo, delivers container at the vessel, books containers and pays the ocean freight and insurance for the cargo. After that, it is the Buyers responsibility to handle the cargo at destination port, import clearance charges and any necessary Duties/Taxes.

CPT (Carriage Paid To)

The Seller hands over the goods to Carrier or a person/company nominated by the Seller at a mutually agreed place.

CIP (Carriage & Insurance Paid)

The Seller hands over the goods to a carrier or a person/company nominated by the Seller at a mutually agreed place along with insurance. This is similar to CIF but CIP is for all modes of transport whereas CIF is for sea only.

DAP (Delivered At Place)

The Seller delivers the goods at the Buyer’s place, ready for unloading. The Seller takes all responsibilities until the cargo reaches the Buyers place. Unloading is the Buyers responsibility.

DPU (Delivered At Place Unloaded)

A new Incoterm introduced in 2020. The Seller delivers the cargo at the Buyer’s place, unloaded. The Seller takes all responsibilities until the goods are unloaded at the Buyer’s place.

DDP (Delivered Duty Paid)

The Seller delivers the goods at the Buyer’s place or an agreed place. Everything is the Sellers responsibility, including customs clearance at the destination and import duty/taxes.

Additional Information

If you would like anymore information about incoterms, feel free to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.