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About us

Something about APTO Shipping & Transport

we provide best
international freight &
logistics services

APTO Shipping & Transport provide standard domestic and international Shipping, pick-up, delivery and return solutions for business customers and consumers.

Backed by our strong group network and experience, APTO Shipping & Transport and APTO eCommerce offer a full range of cross-border shipping services covering more than 220 countries across the globe.


At APTO Shipping & Transport we understand your business depends on fast, efficient distribution of your products and supplies across borders and through European markets.
Our international distribution solutions

Importing from and exporting to Europe, as well as cross border distribution,
Door to door full trailer load (FTL) service to 45 European countries,
100% ADR compliance throughout Europe, with expertise in handling all classes of hazardous goods,
Robust, strong presence across Europe thanks to our 35 years of International transport experience,
Flexible service, with the capacity to respond to urgent requirements and daily commitments,
Temperature controlled vehicles available for chilled distribution solutions.

Your benefits

A local service via our pan-European transport infrastructure tailored to fit your needs,
Bespoke solutions built around your transport requirements, with customs clearance handled where required,
European pallet distribution through Red Europe – scheduled, reliable pallet and part load deliveries when you don’t have a full trailer load,
Knowledge that your goods are transported by the greenest fleet in Europe with 95% of our vehicles meeting Euro IV and V standards,
MyND, our client web portal for online booking and delivery receipts.


Road Transport

Full loads, part loads and groupage

Your shipments matter to us. Whether it is a single shipment, a few pallets or multiple full loads every week, we know how to handle your cargo
When you need to move cargo domestically or across Europe, we can always find room on one of our trucks. With traffic hubs strategically located all over Europe and over 1,000 trucks on the road every day, your cargo will be delivered wherever and whenever specified. The most common types of road transport are:

Full loads shipments
Part loads shipments
Groupage shipments

Domestic shipments and shipments to neighbouring countries can be completed within 24-48 hours. For more remote or exotic destinations in Europe we offer delivery within one to five days no matter your destination. Because we have more than 200 terminals and 300 offices in Europe.
Palletised shipments using the APTO Shipping & Transport

If you only have palletised goods on approved pallet types, you can benefit from the DSV Daily Pallet service. If you use this service, we ensure daily pick-up, easy online booking and on-time delivery all over Europe for palletised goods weighing a maximum of 3,500 kg.

Let us find the solution that fits your business.


Air Freight

Whether you are an SME or a major retailer, your import and export activities are likely to involve products being transported by air. Where time does not allow for ocean freight, our bespoke air options offer solutions whatever your requirements.

With APTO Shipping & Transport, your air freight is in safe hands

As a trusted freight forwarding company, APTO Shipping & Transport' Global Forwarding's Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status enables us to guarantee the passage of your shipments through the complexities of customs to ensure that they arrive at their destination safely, securely and on time.

With coverage of major world markets, vast experience in managing mission-critical, time sensitive shipments to remote and challenging destinations, and a commitment to quality, safety and customer service – we’re a key player in the facilitation of global trade.

Whatever your shipment, or industry sector, we can handle freight of any size, type or weight in single packages, on pallets or skids, in containers or crates, or for consolidated shipments.

Worldwide import and export services
Coverage of all major airports across the world, with on-site customs at all locations
Regular daily departures with express freight options
Block space agreements with airlines means we always have capacity, even during peak seasons
Door-to-door pick-up and delivery
Flexibility and capacity to handle any type of requirement: direct shipments, back-to-back, consolidations, triangle shipments, transhipments, time-definite, freight contracting etc.
Over-dimensional cargo handling - no restictions on size or weight
Air/sea services - combine air and ocean freight for a cost effective alternative when there are no time constraints
HMRC registered
Cargo transport insurance
State-of-the-art track and trace software, via SAP
Management of all customs formalities, administration and documentation

Benefits of selecting APTO Shipping & Transport to handle your air freight

Peace of mind your freight is in safe handes - we are a fully licensed AEO certified customs broker and members of BIFA, IATA and FIATA
Cost-effective services - the relationships and buying power we have established with international carriers and airlines mean we have secured favourable rates which we pass on to our customers
Single point of contact - a dedicated account manager for all your operations ensures deadlines are met, shipments meet quality expectations and flows are secure
Full visibility of where your shipment is at any time, via SAP transportation management software
Our customs experts have extensive local knowledge which guarantees compliance with all requirements
End-to-end solutions. Tap into the extensive logistics capabilities, transport networks and resources of a truly global supply chain provider


Sea Freight

APTO Shipping & Transport Global Forwarding has a presence in all the major world markets, ports and airports, and have a vast experience in managing time sensitive shipments to remote and challenging destinations with a commitment to quality, safety and customer service. We are a key player in the facilitation of global trade – whatever your shipment, industry or specific requirement, you can be certain your cargo will arrive on time, in full, on budget and in first-class condition.

Features of APTO Shipping & Transport' sea freight solutions

Global import and export services covering the world’s major ports
Fully licensed non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC)
HMRC registered, AEO accredited and members of BIFA, IATA and FIATA
Regular assured sailing schedules with guaranteed transit times
Door-to-door, port-to-port services
Local haulage and customs clearance for an integrated supply chain solution
Export consolidation and import de-consolidation services
Full shipping documentation assistance
Solid and durable partnerships with the major shipping lines, ports and the maritime industry worldwide – we negotiate the best rates and pass these savings on to you
No restriction on size or volume – single pallets to FCL (Full Container Loads) and industrial equipment (including out of gauge shipments, RO-RO)
We manage LCL (Less than Container Load) and groupage services which incorporate delivery to the final destination
Few limitations on what we are able to transport across the oceans – hazardous goods, refrigerated containers
Insurance coverage

Why select APTO Shipping & Transport to manage your ocean freight?

VIP status with the major shipping lines ensures flexibility of service and capacity to provide critical space allocations
IT solutions provide visibility and event reporting as well as shipment tracking options via SAP transportation management software. In this way we can guarantee identification of products and traceability through the entire shipment process
Option to reduce transit time with a sea-air intermodal solution when air freight is too costly and sea freight is too slow
Added-value services such as consolidation, portside logistics, warehousing and onward transport to final destination means we offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all forwarding requirements.
Peace of mind your ocean freight is in safe hands, with a leading global supply chain partner


APTO Shipping & Transport provides a wide range of core warehousing services including:

Dedicated warehousing including automated and semi-automated solutions
Shared-user warehousing allowing you to "pay as you use" in line with seasonal requirements
Temperature controlled sites at 22 UK-wide locations
Ambient facilities at 14 UK sites providing flexible warehousing that adjusts according to your business needs
Bonded warehousing - manage customs and duty requirements on your behalf
COMAH warehousing - Upper and Lower Tier storage options for hazardous products

With proven IT expertise on client and our own robust core systems, we can provide primary and added value warehousing services including:

Pallet storage - racked and bulk stack
Hanging, boxed and shelving solutions
Seasonal relief
Cross-dock and consolidation
High value storage
Vehicle parking and caravan storage
Dedicated warehousing including automated and semi-automated solutions

Our warehousing services form part of an end-to-end supply chain solution, allied to inbound movements, through to added value services and dispatch.


Railway Logistics

Experience includes working with shippers in every major industry — large shippers and small, raw material producers, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors. The clients we’ve worked with include:

53% of chemical companies in the Fortune 500
67% of building materials companies in the Fortune 500
28 petroleum companies
58 mineral and processed materials companies
24 railroads
62 companies in the metal and steel industry
48 forest products and paper companies
88 agricultural products companies

How we help you succeed

By leveraging our focus and expertise our customers improve the effectiveness of their rail transportation management. Rail transportation is a complex process. APTO Shipping & Transport is here to provide you with specialized resources that are not cost effective for most organizations to develop on their own.

We take the time to understand our client’s business and tailor our services to each customer’s transportation needs.


Customs Engineering

As well as physically moving our customer’s cargo throughout the globe, our experts have a strategic view of all country-specific requirements and customs obligations. This global vision means we can take control of all customs formalities on behalf of our customers, ensuring compliance at all stages and planning your trade lanes efficiently, consolidating where possible, to deliver a cost effective forwarding solution and an optimised supply chain.

Our Solution

A stand-alone customs clearance offer or a combined global shipment management solution
Fully licensed customs broker with AEO accreditation
ISO 9001: 2000 accredited
HMRC registered
All licences in France, UK, Spain, North and South America, India, China, Russia etc.
Management of all customs formalities: traditional, quotas, licences, AI2, tax representation, transit documents, etc.
Our experts are international trade professionals who specialise in project-based work and complex daily issues. They have the knowledge and expertise to assist with issues that fall outside of the normal brokerage and forwarding requirements
A specific expertise and knowledge of Russia and the complexities of Russian customs procedures - for 20 years we have helped shippers overcome customs barriers and successfully trade in the Russian Federation

Your Benefits

Problem free movement of imports and exports
Real-time visibility of your goods
Assurance that legal obligations are fully understood and complied with


Time Critical Services

With our dedicated team and specially trained couriers, we are in the position to offer your business tailor-made solutions for urgent, secure and specialist deliveries. Our specialist team has many years’ experience of moving extraordinary items around the world. They know the best way to get your delivery to its destination whether speed, safety or security – or even all three – are your priority. We will also take away the hassle of customs clearance and paperwork requirements as our team are experts in this too!

All it takes is one phone call. From that moment on we take personal responsibility for the safe and timely delivery of your shipment. The APTO Shipping & Transport Time Critical team genuinely care and realise that peace of mind, trust and reliability are what our customers rely on. They truly provide tailor-made bespoke solutions for greater flexibility and reliability; 24/7 365.

Secure Critical

For deliveries that require extra special care, we provide worldwide onboard couriers. These specially trained staff hand-carry shipments, contents permitting, on commercial flights and personally deliver the shipment, providing greater safety and peace of mind.

Pick up within 60 minutes of booking confirmation
Specially trained couriers
Maximum weight / dimensions as per hand luggage or hold / excess baggage restrictions
Real time tracking for visibility
Immediate notification of delivery
24/7 collection and delivery
Customs clearance at destination if required

For larger items we offer a secure container service with accompanying courier. Witness load and offload option dependent on airline

Air Critical

When speed is paramount, air critical services ensure shipments are delivered in the quickest possible time.

Pick up within 60 minutes of booking confirmation
Earliest delivery possible
Maximum weight / dimensions per airline restrictions
Full on-line tracking
POD via e-mail / phone / SMS
Dangerous Goods shipments
Inbound outbound and third country movements
Customs cleared at destination if required
24/7 collection and deliveries

Road Critical

When speed and security are required our road critical service ensures your shipments are delivered in the fastest, safest and most direct road option possible.

Pickup within 60 minutes of booking confirmation
No max weight restrictions with multiple vehicle options
Vehicles of all size available for any type of product
Real time tracking for full time visibility
POD via e-mail / phone
Dangerous Goods
Two man teams
Inbound, outbound and third country
24/7 collection and deliveries
Digitally locked, satellite tracked vehicle options for added security

Our Business Mission is Client’s Satisfaction

our historyhow we achieved

Road and rail freight services, ocean freight services, air freight services, packing, drumming and sample services
  • We started - 1976

    APTO Shipping & Transport is founded with the opening of an office in London, and this is followed later by offices worldwide
  • 2005 - more shipping locations

    Now with over 2,500 clients and 278 staff, APTO Shipping & Transport uses its experience in the international air express industry
  • new vehicles in fleet - 2010

    APTO Shipping & Transport group comes with new hybrid and electric trucks to reduce CO2 emissions
  • 2015 - Award of the year won

    APTO Shipping & Transport Aviation in Europe & Asia is awarded a region-based ISO 14001 certification

awesome facts

  • Satisfied Clients
  • Owned Vehicles
  • Workers in Team
  • Awards Won
  • Our Branches
  • Items Delivered

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