New shipping company, Shippo, aims to offer affordable sea fright for SMEs

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A new shipping company claims it is on track to have a positive impact on small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the UK.

As more and more people come to rely on an income made online, and a growing number of business owners establish online stores on readily available e-commerce platforms, there has been a significant surge in demand for simple, affordable sea freight; Shippo aims to meet that demand.

Sea freight is seen by many as a complicated, risky process, more suited to larger businesses. However, the new firm said it has developed an easy-to-use, hassle-free sea freight service, which allows individuals and small businesses to import goods from Asia to the UK without any of the usual headaches.

Shippo imports any sized shipment from half a pallet, or several large boxes, allowing small to medium sized businesses and independent Amazon and eBay traders to access affordable shipping, without having to fill, or pay for, a full container.

Chris Veale, director of Shippo, said: “We know how complicated shipping can be, so we enjoy making it easy for companies and individuals import their goods at an affordable price, especially those who are running small operations, often from home.”

“Platforms such as eBay, Alibaba and Amazon open up a larger platform for independent retailers, allowing buyers access to a growing, global database of products and accelerate the international market. We aim to take any complicated importing and customs protocols away from the sellers to allow ease of retail, wherever that may be.”

Last year, the company shipped over 3,000 cubic metres of goods for their customers.