The widest choice of service, transit and price
Metro leverages long-standing commercial relationships with the three global shipping alliances, leading container shipping lines and conventional lines to negotiate rolling contractual capacity agreements, space guarantees and fixed validity pricing. This means our customers’ cargo always ships.
FULL CONTAINER LOAD (FCL)
- Most Flexible
- Lowest Cost per Unit
LESS THAN CONTAINER LOAD (LCL)
- Cost Effective
- Optimise Inventory
- Fixed Weekly Sailings
CONVENTIONAL AND PROJECT
- Vessel Selection
- Charter Options
- Specialised Equipment
The benefits of the consistent service provided by these preparations are highlighted during the peak seasons, when less-prepared forwarders’ containers are left on the quay by full vessels.
For many importers, including ‘just in time’ manufacturers and retailers, consistent performance within the supply chain is critical.
An individual component may be valued at just a few dollars, but if its delay shuts down an automotive assembly line, the associated cost could run into millions.
For retailers, maintaining stock levels to meet demand is key in delivering their brand promise, maintaining margins and growth.
Metro’s reliable, economical ocean freight services encompass conventional and bulk shipping, Full Container Load (FCL) and Less than Container Load (LCL) shipments.
We transport bulk, dangerous goods and chemicals by conventional vessels and use specialised container equipment, including Flexitanks, ISO Tanktainers and Open-top.
Our robust partner network provides comprehensive multi-country and multi-vendor buyer consolidation services from all major origins, with full inventory visibility and control through our MVT platform.
These services include the merging of diverse cargoes to allow containers to be fully utilised at a lower cost and reduced transit time.
We also handle customs brokerage and declarations, inspection, quality control and sorting, thus providing our customers’ freight with high levels of safety and protection.
We never “tyre” of getting it right
The automotive sector is one of Metro’s key verticals, with long-standing clients including automotive and component brands, OEMs and manufacturers.
Working with this global tyre brand for 30 years, Metro manages deep-sea inbound raw material flows and daily bulk dispatch of containerised exports of finished products to numerous destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the US.
The quality products developed by this client must be protected from contamination, which means that containers must be clean, dry and odor free.
Working directly with the partners carriers Metro’s account team only position food grade (CDOF) containers.
Containers are supplied on a drop and swap basis, to allow time for inspection and sweeping prior to loading.