Sea Freight Shipping - Full Container Loads (FCL)

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TR Logistics Group Northern Ireland utilises Full Container Loads (FCL), this offers our customers reliable, flexible and cost efficient global sea freight shipping.

We offer bespoke alternatives for the movement of all kinds of commodities to and from Northern Ireland using various equipment types.

Our FCL service covers all sectors and their products relating, but not limited to:  

  • Automotive
  • Consumer
  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Chemicals
  • Retail
  • Life Science
  • Healthcare
  • Energy

Through our experienced freight forwarding team based in Belfast in Northern Ireland, we negotiate volumes with globally accreditated carriers to ensure our customers are given the highest quality, space availability and optimum pricing for your container shipping. We have decades of experience shipping to and from countries such as China, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and the rest of Europe.

Our Northern Ireland FCL services are enhanced by a range of bespoke IT solutions including:

  • Visibility of ocean freight in transit
  • Update of your in-house IT systems
  • Notifying custom authorities and contractors of your shipment details

SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention - Container Weight Verification Requirement

At TR Logistics Group our focus is to ensure the integrity and credibility of your shipment from point of pickup through to delivery.

However, in recent years, the industry has seen some major incidents at sea and on shore arising from packed containers that had incorrect weight declarations. To prevent these, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in collaboration with industry representatives, have therefore adopted specific rules as part of the SOLAS Convention including a Verified Gross Mass (VGM).

The purpose of the VGM requirement is to obtain an accurate gross weight of packed containers so that vessel and terminal operators can prepare vessel stowage plans prior to loading cargo on ships. The requirement will protect vessel and terminal operators’ people and assets, as well as shippers’ cargo.

The Verified Gross Mass (VGM) weight of every container needs to be provided to the carrier before the load list cut-off. Furthermore, it will be the shipper’s responsibility to ensure that the accurate weight is being provided. If no VGM weight has been provided, the container will not be loaded on to the vessel.

Two permissible methods for weighing:

Method 1: Weigh the packed container.

Method 2: Weigh the cargo and other contents and add tare mass of the container.


A member of the Northern Ireland container shipping team would appreciate the opportunity to discuss any requirements relating to your FCL shipping requests. This could be just a short phone call, email or a more detailed discussion. This consultation involves our sea freight experts sitting down with you, at no charge and with no obligation, to learn about your sea freight challenges and then provide you with ideas on ways to drive down costs and improve service.

Contact us to discuss your container shipping requirements at