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Importing from California to the UK

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At Barrington Freight, we handle the imports of numerous UK-based firms that trade with Californian companies. Given the vibrant economy of one of the largest states of the union, British firms will often want to import goods from Californian suppliers. After all, California has a booming export trade that goes around the world, specialising in many different classes of goods including beer and wine, electronic products, medical equipment, machinery and much more besides. Why not benefit from importing from California and allow Barrington Freight to handle the logistical matters that arise from trading with a West Coast supplier.

Although Los Angeles has a significant air freight operation that we can assist with, the majority of British importers buying goods from California will have their shipments sent by sea. This is quicker than you might imagine but the main reason for doing so is that it is exponentially less expensive. This is especially so if you opt for groupage rates so the costs of importing from California are shared by multiple British importation firms.

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Importing from California (and the other way too)

We can arrange for your goods to be loaded onto ocean-going vessels that will make their way from California to the UK. The Port of Los Angeles is the largest container port in the entire United States. However, depending on where your supplier is located, we can also send your consignment to other ports, such as Hueneme, Long Beach, San Francisco or San Diego. Many shipments will then make their way to the Atlantic via the Panama Canal. However, some ships will cross the Pacific Ocean and arrive in European waters via the Far East. Either way, our freight forwarding service will aim to offer competitive pricing without unnecessary delays.

Why Opt for Barrington Freight When Importing to the UK from California?

As a firm that is well-versed in all aspects of Californian imports, we can assist you whether you have suppliers in Silicon Valley close to the San Francisco Bay area or less well-known places in the state, such as Redding in the north or Brawley, close to the Mexican border. No matter where you trade in California, why not ask us how we can help your firm to import successfully?

Handling Californian Imports and Customs Clearances

On arrival in the UK, your goods will be unloaded ready for onward transit to you or your customers – in the case of a dropshipping arrangement. However, your order will need to pass through customs checks before it can enter the country. To do this, you will need to have an import license, an EORI number and to have made a customs declaration. In some cases, you will also need to pay import duty and VAT, too. 

This is why our customs clearance services are so beneficial when importing from California. Allow us to deal with the technicalities so you don’t have to have specialists on your payroll who can carry out this sort of work. It is worth underlining that our operations team handles both customs clearances and freight forwarding under one roof so the two services can be combined seamlessly.

We are friendly, easy to work with, honest and we do not charge the earth.

For more information about our services or if you have an unusual load request, reach out to our sales team on 01268 525 444 or email sales@barringtonfreight.co.uk.

Joe Archer
Joe Archer
2024-06-08
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Excellent service all round!
David Smith
David Smith
2024-05-20
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Needed Help getting an odd piece of machinery from the EU and got all the help I needed.
Kay Sherry
Kay Sherry
2024-04-23
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Simon Pool from Barrington freight was very helpful and door to door service to S.Korea was excellent, pick up and delivery services on time. I highly recommend Barrington Freight for air cargo services. Thank you Simon and the team! Kay
Daniel Gardner
Daniel Gardner
2024-04-03
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The team at Barrington where incredible at delivering our goods on-time despite the new Brexit regulations on goods being imported. We even didn't pay tax on the returning shipment coming back to German.
Drewit Studio
Drewit Studio
2024-03-25
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Brilliant service. Extremely helpful, and they supported us all the way through the process of transporting goods to mainland Europe, which for anyone who hasn't done that before can seem quite daunting. Would definitely recommend using this company.
Jason Scott
Jason Scott
2024-03-22
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Working with Barrington was brilliant. They really looked out for us, tackling our tough shipping/freight requirements keeping us informed at every stage of the process. Thank you
James Ayre
James Ayre
2024-03-21
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kept up to date with all progress, i know they had a particularly troubling time with import customs messing up paperwork but sorted all that out for me. highly reccomend will use again
Peter Seal
Peter Seal
2024-03-08
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Excellent company, very efficient and great communication. Competitive , quick quotes!
LOFT&VINTAGE Kft.
LOFT&VINTAGE Kft.
2024-03-02
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We are very satisfied, we would like to thank the team for this with an awesome rating! They handled the delivery of a very sensitive, valuable, gigantic pallet for us at a fair price and without any problems. I mean, out of 4 companies, only they were able to undertake it. Nothing is damaged! We recommend the company to everyone :)
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Bowden House,
Luckyn Lane, Basildon,
Essex SS14 3AX
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