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Shipping to and from Europe and the UK – Road Freight Services

Fast and Affordable Road Freight Shipping to Europe From the UK and Deliveries in the UK

We offer a wide range of freight solutions designed to cater to all your shipping needs within the UK and in Europe:

  • Standard, Express, Next-Day Deliveries to Europe
  • UK Road Freight Solutions: Same-Day & Dedicate Courier Van
  • Bespoke Size Solutions
  • Customs Clearance Support
  • Professional Experienced Team
  • Business-to-Business Deliveries
  • Shipping Services To & From Europe
  • Large & Small Consignments Delivered
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International Freight to Europe & UK National Road Shipping

Offering daily road freight services to and from Europe, including the UK, we are your premier choice for transporting full loads and economy groupage. For urgent express deliveries, our dedicated road freight vans provide an ideal solution for transporting important cargo. For your convenience, we have local partner depots across the UK and Europe. We can collect and drop them off at any business premises and cater for restricted collection or delivery windows, as well as for restricted access.
Are you concerned about the cost of road freight to the EU? With Barrington Freight to Europe, you can rely on competitive pricing. By keeping overheads low, we offer cheap delivery services when many bigger companies cannot. Value for money is our watchword!

Key Services Include:

  • Sending GROUPAGE to GERMANY, Italy, Spain and France
  • Hauling FULL LOADS to FRANCE, Spain, Germany and Italy
  • Exports and IMPORTS to ITALY, France, Spain and Germany
  • By courier SECURELY to SPAIN, Italy, Germany and France
  • Pallet Delivery in the UK, CHANNEL ISLES, & IRELAND

Note that Barrington’s pan-European road freight offers a lot more too. We are road freight forwarders to and from every country in Europe; heavy haulage to the Balkans, pallet delivery to Scandinavia and the Baltics, specialist cargo between the UK and Eastern Europe – whatever your road freight across Europe, rest assured we can do it.

To get started simply give us a call 01268 525 444 or request an online shipping quote.

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  • Full load and groupage shipping.
  • Regular DAILY DEPARTURES for time-sensitive cargo from the UK to MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS
  • Choose BETWEEN A RANGE OF SERVICE options designed to suit every BUDGET
  • Dedicated COURIER VANS to Europe for fragile, secure or time-sensitive cargo
  • Services covering all of the EUROPEAN UNION and non-EU countries, like Serbia and Switzerland, too.
  • We maintain 24/7 contact with every vehicle, so you can always track your shipment and get regular updates.
  • BIFA membership and full liability insurance ensure safe and professional transport.
  • Commitment to excellent customer service, supported by glowing testimonials.
  • Help with custom clearance from the UK into Europe.
  • We can help shipping to Europe from UK and shipping to UK from Europe.
  • You will need an EORI number when shipping to Europe.

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Delivery within the UK, from UK to Europe & Viceversa

Comprehensive Freight Solutions

Groupage To Europe

We ship the majority of cargo as groupage to Europe for clients and multiple clients’ goods share a delivery vehicle space when travelling to the same country. This shipping is excellent for single pallet delivery shipments of up to about three/five pallets, and our economy groupage services are some of the cheapest services around. Barrington Freight has daily departures to most destinations for groupage shipments.
By partnering with local depots across Europe, we can offer a fast service to almost anywhere.

Part-Load Freight Forwarding

A part load is when five pallets or more are sent, and our load planning department has extensive expertise in making the best and most economical delivery arrangements for your budget while still being delivered within your time requirements to your delivery point. Our team will also assist you with customs requirements to get your load cleared. Palletised loads benefit from the use of 120×100 or 120×80-centimetre base pallets, wooden pallets, non-standard pallets, cages and crates, and skids and stillages.

Full-Load Haulage to Europe

A full load is when a single client utilises all the space in an international truck (13.6-metre trailer) from collection to delivery.  We are part of Europe’s most extensive freight network, allowing us to book hundreds of trucks per day, ensuring availability and quick delivery. Sending a full load means your cargo will never be handled until it reaches its destination. Full loads are excellent for large machinery, reels of cable, oversized pallets, steel plates and many other exports/imports to and from Europe.


Each service is designed with flexibility in mind, catering to various shipment sizes and requirements. Our experienced team is adept at handling everything from small parcels to oversized cargo, offering solutions that fit your specific logistics needs. Our dedicated services ensure that your goods receive the focused attention they require, facilitating tailored transit times and routes for optimal delivery efficiency.

UK road freight options

Our UK road freight options cater to various delivery needs:

  • Same-Day Deliveries: Ideal for urgent shipments requiring immediate dispatch and delivery.
  • Dedicated Courier Deliveries: Transit times vary based on the specific location and distance. For instance, deliveries from Plymouth to Dundee are by the next day.
UK Isles & Northern Ireland

From the bustling streets of London to the serene landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, our extensive network ensures your cargo reaches its destination safely and on time. We ship everywhere in the UK, including the Channel Isles (Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Isle of Wight, Isle of ManInner & Outer Hebrides, Isles of ScillyJersey, Orkney IslandsShetlands IslandsSark) and Northern Ireland.

Shipping to Europe from the UK & within the UK

Whether you are looking for a way to ship your film & media shipping, pharmaceutical goods, machinery parts or even networking & IT forwarding. Well, look no further, Barrington have you covered. 

We know that few continental freight shipments come in easily handled rectangular boxes! We can handle custom requirements, whether a pallet delivery or perhaps machinery of an awkward shape or size. If you have had road freight refused by other freight forwarders to Europe, speak to us now – we are a flexible European transport company.

  • As a FAMILY-OWNED business, we are PASSIONATE ABOUT HAULAGE to Europe
  • WE CARE! Few cheap delivery companies can offer our COMMITMENT TO SERVICE
  • Our many years of EXPERIENCE in road freight to Europe IS PARAMOUNT to safe shipment
  • Speak to our EUROPEAN FREIGHT EXPERTS today, make us your FIRST CHOICE COURIERS to Europe

If you would like more information or have any special requests, feel free to get in touch with us today to discuss our shipping services.

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Road Freight Vehicles for Deliveries to Europe, Including the UK

  • Euroliner lorry
  • HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle)
  • Roll-on/roll-off vans
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Double-crewed vans
  • 7.5 tonners
  • Sprinter vans
  • Luton vans
  • Tail lift vehicles
  • 18-tonne vans

We can source vehicles of any size that you need for your shipment to Europe and within the UK.

Shipping Times From UK to Europe

How Long Does It Take to Ship to Europe?


A standard full load, when a single client utilises all the space in an international truck (13.6-metre trailer) from collection to delivery, takes 2-3 days to reach most destinations in Western Europe. This is an efficient and reliable method to get your goods on the road and your freight delivered without considering other client goods in the shipment. Barrington Freight is part of Europe’s most extensive freight network, allowing us to book hundreds of trucks per day, ensuring availability and quick delivery. For locations in Eastern Europe or Scandinavia, the usual time is 4-5 days. Additionally, this streamlined process minimises the handling of your goods, further reducing the risk of delays or damage.
Check with us if you have a particular destination in mind, such as Lisbon, Ibiza, Gibraltar or Malta.

Note that our lowest pricing is with our groupage shipping to Europe. This shipping is excellent for single pallet delivery shipments of up to about three/five pallets and our economy groupage services are some of the cheapest services around. Barrington Freight has daily departures to most destinations for groupage shipments. By partnering with local depots across Europe, we can offer a fast service to almost anywhere.
When planning groupage deliveries from the UK to Europe, you can expect efficient and consistent scheduling across all destinations. Collections are uniformly arranged in week 1 with deliveries completed by week 2. This applies equally to nearby countries like Belgium and France, as well as to farther locations such as Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, or Denmark, ensuring a streamlined and predictable delivery process for businesses across Europe.


If you have fragile or urgent cargo, our European courier services for express delivery will transport your shipment quickly, safely and securely. We can assist you with a courier to Europe for any van-sized deliveries you might want to make and can arrange for express shipping from Europe to the UK for commercial customers, too. As with standard shipping to Europe, lead times vary on the specific location. Express shipping to Europe from the UK would take 1 to 2 days for EU countries like the Netherlands, France and Ireland. For shipments to countries such as Italy, Czech Republic or Switzerland, 2 to 3 days is possible. Contact us for more information about the specifics of your next delivery from the UK to Europe.

For express shipping to islands such as Ibiza, Majorca, and Malta, which are situated further from central logistics hubs, delivery times are adjusted to reflect their location. While we strive for efficiency, shipments to these destinations may take slightly longer, typically between 5 to 7 days, to ensure your items are delivered securely and promptly. Our fleet of road freight vehicles is fully equipped to handle a variety of cargo, making us a dependable option for your shipping needs across Europe and the UK, even to these more remote island locations


Our 24-hour services mean you can courier to Europe swiftly, offering next-day delivery from collection. Our prime location is near the M25, allowing for easy access to London and other major towns and delivery routes in the nearby area. Our extensive network ensures swift and secure delivery of your goods, whether it’s for an urgent dispatch or a more cost-effective solution suited for less time-sensitive freight. From the bustling cities to the remote corners of the UK, we guarantee a dependable, bespoke service that meets your specific logistical requirements.

Our team has plenty of experience driving European roads, so you can rest assured that your shipments are in knowledgeable and trustworthy hands. If you need that extra peace of mind, you will be pleased to know we will even maintain contact with our Europe delivery drivers throughout the entire journey and will track their routes with GPS tracking, providing you with a detailed progress report upon request.

Our next-day delivery service is available within the UK and extends to the following countries:

Customer Reviews

Joe Archer
Joe Archer
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Excellent service all round!
David Smith
David Smith
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Excellent company, very efficient and great communication. Competitive , quick quotes!
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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 :)

Customs Considerations, VAT and Prohibited Items


When organising deliveries from any EU country to the UK, it’s important to navigate through customs declarations that encompass VAT (Value Added Tax) notices, commodity codes and potentially excise duty. VAT-registered businesses in the EU can often zero-rate the goods they export to the UK, given that specific conditions are satisfied. The EU VAT system is harmonised across member states due to the common framework set by EU directives. However, each country can set its own standard VAT rate within the limits defined by the EU.

While VAT rates and the treatment of various goods and services can vary slightly from one member state to another, most countries have a standard VAT rate of about 20%. For instance, Germany’s standard VAT rate is 19%, Italy’s is 22% and Spain’s is 21%.


We specialise exclusively in business-to-business (B2B) services, the types of goods we transport via road freight include:The types of goods that we transport via road freight include:

  • Consumer Goods: These include electronics, clothing, appliances, furniture, and printers.
  • Industrial Goods: Machinery, components, raw materials, and construction materials.
  • Car Parts and Engines
  • High-Value Goods: Artwork, antiques, and luxury goods.
  • Bulk Commodities: Agricultural products, minerals, and other bulk items.
  • Oversized Loads: Items that exceed standard size or weight limits, such as heavy machinery, industrial equipment, or large structures.

Shipping to Europe from UK destinations is governed by a comprehensive set of regulations and restrictions aimed at safeguarding health, safety and the environment. They exist even when goods will merely pass through the EU to non-EU destinations, such as Norway, for example. Always consult with the customs authorities of the destination country or seek advice from experienced logistics providers like Barrington Freight for the most current guidance. The following list is not exhaustive and is for illustrative purposes only.

  • Agricultural Products and Live Animals: These items require proper health certificates and permissions due to stringent EU regulations on animal health and safety.
  • CITES-Protected Endangered Species: The export of endangered species and their derivatives is tightly controlled under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
  • Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Items that infringe on intellectual property rights are prohibited to protect copyright and trademark laws.
  • Hazardous Materials: This category includes specific chemicals, radioactive materials and waste, which must be handled and shipped according to strict EU regulations.
  • Goods under UN or EU Trade Sanctions or Embargoes: Compliance with international law restricts the export of goods to certain countries or entities.
  • National Treasure Cultural Artefacts and Antiques: Items of significant cultural value may be subject to restrictions to protect national heritage.
  • Unlicensed Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs): The EU has specific regulations governing the export, import and use of GMOs to ensure environmental and health safety.
  • EU-Banned Food Products and Ingredients: Certain food products and ingredients, such as hormones in meat, are banned or restricted within the EU.
EORI Number Europe

You will need an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number) for the UK and any EU country you ship to and from alongside a range of other customs requirements. See our blog on what is an EORI Number? for more information.

Remember, too, that simply registering with HMRC as an importer of goods from Germany, for example, will not be sufficient – on its own – to be able to use German suppliers. 

Barrington Freight operates as a customs clearance agency as well as a team of expert freight forwarders, so we can help you with all of these matters if you need us to, whether you’re importing or exporting. We have the necessary licensing arrangements in place to oversee exported goods from the UK to Europe which has the same regulations in place as every other EU state. Therefore, we can help with multiple consignment deliveries that might include some in Italy and some in other countries, such as those in France, Spain or Belgium, for instance.

Europe's Leading Trade and Commerce Hubs

Most-Requested Countries for Shipping to and from Europe


Italy is well known for its popularity as a famed tourist destination, but did you know they are a leading location for exports?

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Everything from machinery to footwear is shipped to and from Italy, and with easy access through the Eurotunnel or via the Channel ports, our drivers can utilise well-travelled roads to reach the famous boot of Europe. Our tailor-made delivery services to Italy are second to none and can even be altered to fit time constraints and budget.


Austria’s motorway system is something to be marvelled, making fast and efficient deliveries easier than ever before.

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We will make sure to carefully calculate our delivery routes so your shipment will reach its destination in perfect time. What is more, we also offer express services that are perfect for those on a tighter budget, but will still ensure your shipments arrive on time!


Whether you are looking to deliver to or from Holland, here at Barrington Freight we can navigate the Dutch motorway system with ease!

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Our in-depth knowledge of the roads, accompanied by the quick availability of our express freight vehicles makes delivery to Holland a breeze. Our services are not only quick and efficient but are also designed to accommodate any budget, offering various delivery options. For more details, please complete our quote form.


Did you know that Germany is the third-largest importer and exporter in the world?

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Sitting at the centre of the European trade market, this country is perfect for road freight delivery services not only due to their position of power but also due to their lack of a universal speed limit! While each of our drivers will ensure safe and sensible driving at all times, they are also experienced in navigating these unique driving conditions so you can rest assured that your deliveries are in reliable and efficient hands.

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Belgium can be known for its congestion, and lesser experienced companies could fall prey to hours spent sitting in traffic.

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However, here at Barrington Freight, we have the experience and knowledge of Belgian roads to navigate with ease and assure that your delivery reaches its destination at the arranged time. Our vast knowledge can give you peace of mind knowing that your commercial shipments are in good hands.

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With the Eurotunnel and efficient channel ports readily accessible, our drivers are equipped to ensure that your shipments arrive at their destination in France promptly.

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You can send your time-sensitive cargo with our teams knowing that they are dedicated to delivering your cargo in good time. Whether you’re shipping to Paris or one of the smaller, quintessentially French towns, our expedited delivery services are designed to meet your needs efficiently.


With an outstanding communications network and an amazing road system, our delivery service is fast, reliable and perfect for time-sensitive shipments.

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Our experienced teams can navigate the roads, motorways and more in this charming country, and with a specialist freight consultant always on hand to give you advice, guidance and updates on your shipments, you can rest assured that we will put service as a priority.


Home of sun, sea and sand, Spain is so much more than just a popular tourist destination.

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This bustling country is full of business opportunities and freight delivery is in higher demand than ever before. We will deliver your goods swiftly with expert knowledge of Spanish roads, regulations and the most efficient routes no matter the size of your shipment! We can collect from anywhere in the UK and deliver across the entirety of Spain with our express vehicles.

Shipping Routes to Europe from the UK

Our swift and efficient express shipments between the UK and various EU countries are significantly enhanced by the comprehensive road and ferry network available across Europe. The key to our expedited service lies in leveraging multiple transport routes:

  • The Dover to Calais ferry route is a cornerstone for direct shipments into mainland Europe, offering a quick gateway to France and beyond.
  • Regular ferry services also operate from the UK to other European destinations, such as from Poole to Cherbourg, connecting efficiently with the West of England and Wales.
  • Portsmouth is a hub for connections not only to Cherbourg but also to other major ports like Caen and Le Havre, broadening our access points into Europe.
  • The Immingham to Europe ferry route opens up additional northern access points, offering direct and efficient shipping options for cargo destined for Scandinavia and the Baltic states.
  • Newcastle‘s ferry services enhance our network by providing strategic shipping routes to Amsterdam and other parts of the Netherlands, connecting the northeast of England directly with the continent.
  • Shipping to Ireland from the UK continues through both direct ferry routes such as Holyhead to Dublin and Liverpool to Belfast. These crossings are essential for maintaining smooth trade and logistics operations between the UK and Ireland, ensuring regular and reliable transport for all types of goods.

The Channel Tunnel remains an indispensable alternative for road freight, providing a consistent and rapid passage that bypasses maritime challenges.

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Where is Europe located?

Europe lies at the eastern edge of the Eurasian plate. It faces the North Atlantic Ocean to its west and the Mediterranean Sea to its south.


Contact Us for Affordable Road Freight to Europe and in the UK

Our transport options can accommodate even the most unique requests, whether they be UK and EU pallets and cargo or larger and strangely shaped products. Big or small, light or heavy, Barrington Freight is on hand to cater to all your freight needs at a competitive price.

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Barrington Freight Ltd,
Bowden House,
Luckyn Lane, Basildon,
Essex SS14 3AX