Cross-Trade Shipping

Cross-trade shipping is defined as any freight movements that do not have Great Britain as either the origin or destination point. Therefore, it could be a shipment from Portugal to France or Italy to Germany, for example. Due to our activity in the European freight industry since 1995, we have partnered with many of Europe’s leading freight transporters. This allows us to ship cargo around Europe without having to import the goods into the UK first. There are very few instances where it is cost-effective to ship into the UK and then back out to Europe. This is why we have spent so much time developing our cross-trade solutions, because not only are these transports often cheaper for our clients, but the transit times are often greatly reduced.

Where possible we encourage our clients to ship this way to save them time and money. We transport this way due to the volumes of cargo, as we can use a wide range of logistical solutions, such as road, sea and multimodal services. Whether our clients need an economical groupage solution or a super-fast express movement we are on hand to assist with often daily departures and reliable regular transits. We can deliver to all parts of Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy and many more. When delivering we use a wide range of equipment, such as tail lifts, Moffatts, HIABS and flatbed trailers. This is why we are among the most trusted European freight forwarders in the industry.

As of the 1st of January 2021 customs clearance is now required on all goods entering or exiting Great Britain. Here at Plexus Freight we have been working hard to ensure that all our client requirements are met. We aim to be in a position to offer a full range of custom services that will see goods transported in line with the new regulations. With strategically positioned custom offices throughout Europe, we are able to ship goods quickly and efficiently ensuring that we effectively handle all matters of customs for our clients both in the UK and throughout Europe.
European road freight

3-5 Days Door to Door
Departures Daily
Road & Multimodal Services

2-3 Days Door to Door
Departures Daily
Range of Trailers

Same Day, Next Day & 2 Days
Departures Daily
Dedicated & Part Loads

Daily Collections
20ft, 30ft, 40ft & 45ft options
Regular Departures

One area of our cross-trade business that has grown considerably in the last 5 years is urgent or time-specific express transports, and we have invested a lot of time in this to ensure our clients’ requirements are met. We can deliver single or multiple pallets throughout Europe with very short transit times and great reliability, with access to thousands of vehicles, from plane sprinters to Luton vans with tail lifts. As a result, we are on hand to see the tightest of lead times met. So if you require a fast and reliable cross-trade shipping solution then look no further than Plexus Freight.

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Why Plexus Freight?

Logistical Solutions

We can assist you with any imports/exports or cross trades using road, sea and Multi-modal services.

24/7 Freight Support

Our dedicated freight specialists are on hand 24/7 to handle any questions or queries you have.

Competitive Pricing

Due to our activity in the logistical sector we are often able to offer the very best freight rates.

Quick Response

We aim to response to all queries within 30 minutes, meaning you get the answers you need fast.


We have been using Plexus Freight’ services for 5 years and we cannot praise them enough for the service they have provided to us during this time. Their customer service is excellent with continuous updates during the shipping process and they are always willing to try and help when we are under pressure with tight lead times.We highly recommend Plexus Freight to any company who is looking for swift, friendly and a cost effective service.

Gail Griffiths
Purchasing Manager

Shipping equipment overseas and importing equipment into the UK is not our expertise. Over recent months as a company we have done both, having trawled the internet for advice and quotes I came across Plexus Freight and Glen Freeth-Selway. Having no skills in these matters I knew immediately I had made the correct decision by choosing to use Plexus Freight for our requirements.

John Milne,

Warehouse Manager, Apex Digital Graphics Ltd

We at Hard Rock Flooring, have been using the services of Plexus Freight for 12 years. During this time we have received outstanding service and reliability. If there has been a problem we have been kept informed of progress on a regular basis, which is of real value in this day and age. We can thoroughly recommend Plexus Freight.

Iain Marfleet
Managing Director, Hardrock Flooring

I use Plexus Freight for all our Italian and Spanish collections for our tile business in Cornwall. Dealt with them now for around 6 years and the service is brilliant. From booking to delivery, kept informed every step of the way and if there is a problem (which is very rare), notified immediately and sorted out swiftly. Great team and a real pleasure to deal with.

Simon Ashmore
Imports & Logistics Manager, Cornwall Tile Centre

I have worked with Plexus Freight for many years and have found them to be offer a professional competitive service from Spain. Very good communication with delivery notes and work very hard to avoid any disruption on consignments. Highly recommended.

Stewart Bowen

We have been using Plexus Freight for 12 months for our tile collections from Spain. They have been absolutely first rate and therefore I highly recommend them.

Richard Barclay

Very nice service, very approachable and always quick to reply on my questions. Very flexible with my dates and requests and most importantly all freight delivered on time and in good shape.

Harry van de Noort

Plexus Freight really helped me in completing delivery of tiles which needed to be delivered with special time slot requirements. I was very happy with the service and will certainly use them again.

Arran Leyland

I've used Ceramic Logistics/Plexus Freight for over 15 years exclusively to import tiles from both Spain & Italy. I've always found them to be efficient, reliable, conscientious and affordable. I have no hesitation in recommending them!

Gary Metherell, MD, Advance Tiles Ltd, Milton Keynes

Plexus Freight go the extra mile every time. Consistently great service and delivery. Having tried out a few international couriers in the past I am extremely pleased with Glen and his team.

KDP Tools Ltd

Plexus Freight are very reliable, professional and affordable. For over 8 years I've been using their services and with a confidence I can confirm that they are the best transport company I ever worked with. I would reccomend them to any business who cares about the quality of their service.


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