What is groupage / shared load?

Like some other companies in Singapore, Boxchain-Moving offers a shared load (or groupage) service to UK and AU.

What is the difference between groupage and direct shipping? Let’s start with the industry descriptions.

A direct shipment is referred to as an AIR, LCL or FCL

AIR = Airfreight, packed at your home and flown to destination within a few days. Transit time is typically 7-10 days to UK & AU.
LCL = A small sea shipment (up to about 10 cubic meters) packed at your home and cased at warehouse. Shipping is within in a couple of days. 20 days to AU (not inc quarantine) and 3.5 weeks to UK
FCL = A large shipment (20ft & 40ft containers) 30 cbm and up. Packed at your house and loaded direct to the sea container. 12 days on water to AU and 3 weeks on water to UK

A shared load / groupage is referred to as GPG

GPG = Typically a low volume move, packed at your home and then taken to warehouse to await shipping. Shipping occurs when the Mover has achieved enough volume to send a container to the applicable port. For both UK & AU, it takes approximately 12 weeks to complete the deliver. However.. It’s not a fixed contract for transit time. It could be quick.. It could take a while. The reason a groupage shipment is ‘cost effective’ is because you are only paying for your space in a container and the Mover is not tied to a transit time.

If transit time is a factor for you, it would be best to consider the direct shipping options.

UK TOR

Moving household goods to the UK requires a ‘transfer of residence’ - TOR.

Go online and follow the process.. Basically submit details of you and where you have been living. Documents required (and not limited to) are proof of overseas address and also a list of main items to be moved.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-for-transfer-of-residence-tor-relief-tor01

Contact us for advise and help!

Best regards,

Boxchain-Moving Team