Biking to Blackpool for Donna’s Dream House

Cardinal cyclistsThis July the Cardinal Maritime cycling team will be biking from Manchester United football ground to Blackpool’s South Promenade in order to raise money for Donna’s Dream House, following on from last year’s success. Micky Simmonds, Ashley Mellon, Charlie McGonagle, Chris Day, Laura Simmonds, Erica Hutchinson, Ben Capsey, Nicola Barker, Peter Campbell, Emily Plant and Matthew Rhind are hoping to raise £500 for the charity.  

Donna’s Dream House, based in Blackpool, provides free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families, and for recently bereaved siblings and their families. The charity relies on donations in order to carry out its good work, and we felt that it was such a good cause that we’re supporting it for the second year running. We hope you’ll help us to raise money for this very worthy cause!

If you want to donate through our JustGiving page you can do so at

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Our runners have Smashed their target

picture bupaThey’ve done it again! Our 14 Cardinal Maritime runners successfully completed the BUPA 10k Manchester Run this May, raising £925 for our chosen charity The Wellspring. Charlie McGonagle, Chris Bartram, Chris Day, Chris Heath, Craig Cooper, Dean Forkin, Dean Preston, Elizabeth Ellis, Natalie Gillard, Nick Thompson, Nova Sarkissian, Phoebe Fox, Sarah Lawrenson and Rob Cross collectively smashed last year’s total by £175.

As part of Europe’s biggest 10k running event, more than a quarter of a million passionate runners took to the streets of Manchester to achieve their individual goals. Since 2003, the Great Manchester Run has attracted swarms of people year on year with Cardinal Maritime being no exception.

run-resize1The Wellspring, based in Stockport, actively engage and care for the homeless and disadvantaged. As well as helping with accommodation, The Wellspring provide educational help to enable these individuals in the long run. As they are dependent on both financial and material donations, we thought this was a worthwhile charity to receive our support each year.

Even though the run is over, you can still show your support by donating through JustGiving – it’s simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. Please go to our page:

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The Cardinal runners are back in action

run-resize2Our 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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