The Cardinal runners are back in action

wellspring-chequeOur runners are at it again! After the success of our team in last year’s race, we’re sending another team to take part in the BUPA 10k Manchester Run on 18th May 2014. We’re raising money for the Wellspring centre for homeless and disadvantaged people in Stockport.

You can help us reach our target! Please do spare anything you can by donating via our JustGiving page:

The Wellspring is a resource centre for homeless and disadvantaged people, based in Stockport town centre. The Wellspring is dependent on donations from the general public, businesses, schools and churches. Donations of food, clothing, bedding, toiletries and financial donations are always needed. More information can be found on their website.

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Have you tried our FREIGHTcalculator recently?

Freight CalculatorIf you haven’t sourced a price from our award-winning online FREIGHTcalculator in a while, now’s the time to give it another go! We’ve completely revised our rates across ALL 500 origins and destinations, putting us at the forefront of the industry. Our trademark commitment to total transparency is the driving force behind our pricing policy and our innovative online quoting tool, so why not get a quote today by using one of the calculators on the right-hand side of this page. Don’t forget we offer all of the following online:

  • Import and Export LCL
  • Import and Export FCL
  • LCL USA DAP pricing

Combined with our online sailing schedules, import arrivals and export tracking system, the FREIGHTcalculator is the cornerstone of our groundbreaking online offering, all available at the click of a mouse.

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Free INCOTERMS training in May

Cardinal Academy - Logistics TrainingBack by popular demand, our Chief Training Officer Helen Lilley is running another complimentary INCOTERMS training course on 28th May at our offices in Sharston, Manchester. Giving a comprehensive rundown of current 2010 INCOTERMS, the course runs from 10am – 12noon with refreshments provided.

Spaces are limited so please reply to by return to reserve your place! The course has proven immensely popular with our customers, and it also provides an opportunity to say hello to your Account Manager. We hope to see you on the day!

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Easter loading dates

easterWe’d like to wish all our customers and partners a Happy Easter! Please note our loading dates in Manchester and Essex over the Easter period as below. All close offs the day before:

Tuesday 15th April

Wednesday 16th April
Port Kelang

Thursday 17th April
Hong Kong
Jebel Ali
New York
Nhava Sheva
Santa Cruz

Please note our offices are closed from 18th April to 21st April inclusive, re-opening on Tuesday 22nd April.

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Our FCL pricing can’t be beaten

FCL Imports - Cardinal MaritimeSince the introduction of our FCL FREIGHTcalculator, our FCL product is our fastest growing department – it’s no wonder it’s just been recognised by winning a prestigious BIFA Freight Service Award.

If you’re one of the few that haven’t yet tried our award winning FCL FREIGHTcalculator, why not see what all the fuss is about by giving it a try today by entering your quote details into the calculator at the right-hand side of this page. You’ll soon discover why we are leading the way in the industry with transparent and instant pricing. Feel free to test us to beat any rate and save you money to any destination – we like a challenge!

It’s not just exports that we do; we have recently appointed seasoned freight expert Chris Heath to the role of Import FCL Manager. Chris brings with him over 5 years’ experience working in-house at Adidas, and has an exceptional knowledge of the market and buying power to match, enabling him to offer the best rates around.

For all pricing enquiries, service details and everything FCL Imports, contact Chris on 0845 077 4029 or send him an email at

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Our Basildon office is open for business!

We’ve got some exciting news to announce! The UK’s number one consolidator just got bigger, with the opening of a brand new office in Basildon, Essex.

In order to deliver ever-better service to our loyal customer base, we’re expanding our presence in the south of England with a new team incorporating National Sales Manager Ben Capsey and Key Account Managers Heidi Coates and David Woollaston.

Serving over 500 origins and destinations, we can find a solution for all your shipping needs. Call us now on:

0845 340 7483

or email

The south-east is a major logistics hub for the UK, being home to the ports of Tilbury, Felixstowe and the new London Gateway port. This is a key region for Cardinal Maritime to have a presence and represents a major step forward for the business.

Our new office opened its doors for business on 20th January at:

Cardinal Maritime
The Capricorn Centre
Cranes Farm Road
SS14 3JA

Please do stop by and say hello!








Heidi, Ben & David
Cardinal Maritime Basildon

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Cardinal Maritime wins at the BIFA Freight Service Awards!

BIFA Freight Service Awards - Cardinal MaritimeOn Thursday 16th January the BIFA Freight Service Awards were announced at a gala event at the Brewery in central London, marking the 25th anniversary of this prestigious industry event.

We’re excited to announce that Cardinal Maritime won the hotly contested Ocean Freight Award, amid stiff competition. The judges commended our commitment to full transparency as a key factor that put us ahead of the competition.

We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners and finalists of the awards, and to say a big thank you to our clients and partners, whose support has made this one of our best years yet.

We’ll be continuing our commitment to innovation, transparency and customer service in 2014 and beyond, and we look forward to more challenges and opportunities in the year ahead!

Full details of all the finalists and winners of this year’s awards can be found on the BIFA Freight Service Awards website.

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Introducing our new USA door to door FREIGHTcalculator!

USA door-to-door freight calculatorThe original and best just got even better. We’re thrilled to announce the latest innovative addition to our FREIGHTcalculator family – a USA DAP FREIGHTcalculator! You can now get full door to door quotations for all US destinations simply and quickly just by entering basic details.

We have been working hard on this for a while and are delighted to be able to offer this to you. An Import DAP calculator will be following shortly.

To the right of this article you’ll see the new LCL USA DAP option alongside our usual LCL and FCL calculators, so why not give it a try? We would love to hear what you think.

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The Captain delivers to the Wellspring in Stockport

Cardinal delivers to the WellspringThe Cardinal Trust ended 2013 on a high with a special delivery to the Wellspring Resource Centre for homeless and disadvantaged people in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Our staff all pitched in by bringing in parcels of much-needed food and toiletries to donate to the centre, and we were able to make a delivery to the centre on 23rd December, just in time for Christmas.

The Wellspring provides support for homeless and vulnerable people, including food services, shower facilities, clean clothing, blankets and sleeping bags, as well as a range of advice and support services including mediation, support with phone calls, utility accounts and much more. The centre is open 365 days a year and is dependent on donations from the general public, local businesses, schools, churches and other organisations. For more information, visit their website.

Giving something back to the community is a big part of the Cardinal Maritime philosophy and we were very proud to be able to help a local charity over the festive season.

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Giving something back with the Cardinal Trust

The Cardinal Trust - Charity in Logistics2013 was a great year for our charity team, who have been taking part in a whole host of events to raise funds for some great causes. Our running team made their mark in the BUPA Manchester 10k, raising over £700 for the Wellspring in Stockport on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend – our cyclists were determined not be outdone and put in a sterling effort on the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride in July, raising over £1700 for Donna’s Dream House. We continued our support for the Bambisanani Partnership, linking schools in UK and South Africa, Haveley Hey Junior School in Manchester, and our monthly Dress Down Days have raised funds for a range of good causes including Kidney Research, The Christie, Alzheimer’s Society and Children in Need.

We rounded off the year with one last big effort – our staff came together to donate food parcels for a Christmas gift to a local charity close to our heart. The Cardinal van visited the Wellspring in Stockport to deliver much-needed tea, coffee and tinned food to the resource centre for homeless and disadvantaged people. The Wellspring provides numerous services including food, clothing, bedding and toiletries, as well as providing free advice and support to those in need. The project is open 365 days a year and donations are always welcome. Visit their website for more details.

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