Heathrow airport is one of the busiest passenger airports in the world and this stands for both passenger traffic and for the freight industry and freight movement. Many of the freight and cargo facilities at Heathrow airport are ran by private companies who compete with each other to store and dispatch goods to and from around the world. Global Motion, for example, have a 9,000 foot warehouse at the airport which is popular due its location and the fact that it is regulated by the department for transport, which ensures the safe handling of all goods. The warehouse offers secure long and short term storage facilities, a 24 hour collection service and the right to move uncleared goods from customs directly onto their vehicles, which helps to avoid long queues.
British Airways are perhaps the biggest name which offers freight and cargo facilities at Heathrow. One of BA’s best freight features is their perishables handling centre on sight, which is used by many large supermarket chains but is also ideal for smaller companies or individuals.
Scottish Widows Investment Partnership has recently completed the refurbishment of their extensive cargo centre at Heathrow which was burnt down in 2010. There is 85,000 square feet of commercial space at this facility.
Although not directly at Heathrow airport, there is a large freight company which can be found on the outskirts of the airport which specialises in delivering freight to around the country. Heathrow Couriers will collect any freight coming into Heathrow and deliver it to its final destination in the UK. The company will also collect outgoing freight from anywhere in the UK and deliver it to the airport for it to commence its international journey. Heathrow Carriers has the ability to clear items through customs.
If you are looking to send freight internationally, be it through Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham or any other airport in the UK, the easiest way to use a freight forwarder because one of the key aspects of sending any form of freight, is making sure that you have the right paperwork such as customs forms correctly documented and in order. This can be one of the most confusing and difficult parts of the process. Freight moving through Heathrow is sent to destinations worldwide and the rules and regulations for each country can vary greatly and it is essential that you do provide the correct paperwork.
Heathrow Freight Facilities v Cardiff and Bristol
If you are exporting or importing from Wales or the Bristol, Avon and Somerset areas, Heathrow offers one of the best options for air freight which is of any real size. Quite simply, the number and size of planes and services using Heathrow makes it one of the busiest freight airports in the world.
- Some interesting statistics in the freight traffic from Heathrow.
- Heathrow freight service (Our contact info page)