Shipping to and from Turkey

With offices in Izmir and Istanbul, we can help you reduce the cost of shipping to and from Turkey.

With offices in Istanbul, Izmir and throughout the UK, our knowledgeable team is always on hand to assist with all aspects of exporting to and importing from Turkey. We will listen to your needs and advise on the best solutions, comparing the different shipping options to get your goods in or out of Turkey in the most efficient way possible. 

We will guide you through the entire process, including documentation and declaration requirements. When your consignment arrives in Turkey or the UK, our team will be on hand to ensure it will clear customs smoothly. We will also assist with any storage and onward distribution requirements.

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Weekly direct services from Turkey to the UK

We offer weekly consolidation services from Istanbul and Izmir, the only direct LCL (less than container load) service from Turkey to the UK by sea. We also offer weekly FCL (full container load) services to and from all the major Turkish ports. With fast transit times, these services are a viable alternative to the more traditional road transport methods, and they also deliver environmental benefits and significant reductions in freight costs.

Industry insights on Turkish trade

With a dedicated UK Trade Manager and a team of experienced professionals in Turkey, we offer in-depth, specialist knowledge of the Turkish market, including the local business practices. We like to keep ourselves fully informed about the latest developments which may influence trade.

A complete logistics solution

For almost two centuries, Good Logistics has been helping our customers navigate the world of shipping and logistics. We can offer shipping to and from Turkey by sea freight, road freight and air freight. In addition, in order to make your life easier, we also offer a full menu of 3PL services, such as customs clearance, warehousing and onward distribution.

Increasingly, businesses trading between Turkey and the UK want to reduce their costs and environmental impact. Our industry insight and the breadth of services have enabled us to strategically transfer customers easily from road freight to sea freight LCL

Levent Aydinc
Director of John Good Logistics Turkey

Why use sea freight to ship from Turkey to the UK?

  • Customs Clearance at Felixstowe rather than Dover
  • Cost Savings
  • Reliable and Fixed Transit Times to UK
  • Cargo Safety
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Deliveries / Fixed Schedules

Frequently asked questions

What is the transit time when using sea freight to ship from Turkey to the UK?

Sea freight transit times are similar to those currently specified for road freight. Goods can travel from port to port in around 8–9 days and door to door in 14–16 days.

Which UK port will shipments arrive at?

Our own weekly direct container groupage service from Istanbul and Izmir arrives at the Port of Felixstowe, thereby avoiding the anticipated congestion at Dover.

I don’t have enough to fill a container, can I still use your Turkey sea freight service?

With our LCL service, you won’t have to fill an entire container; you can share a container with our other customers, making shipping by sea a much more affordable option. We are the only logistics company offering this weekly container groupage service from Turkey. As soon as it arrives, the LCL cargo is unloaded as a priority at our warehouse in Felixstowe for urgent onward delivery in the UK.

Do you offer FCL services from Turkey?

Yes. We offer weekly full container load (FCL) services to and from all the major Turkish ports.

What is the most cost-effective way of shipping from Turkey?

Considering the current economic climate, the best way to get goods from Turkey to the UK is by sea freight or air freight. Sea freight is usually the more cost-effective option, but please bear in mind that it will take longer. Air freight is faster by comparison but of course it is a little bit more expensive. Our weekly sea freight services from Istanbul and Izmir provide a quick transit time of around eight days. Unless you are in a hurry, importing from Turkey by sea should be able to fulfil most of your needs. Moreover, it provides an excellent alternative to road transport and delivers significant reductions in freight costs.

Which part of Turkey do you provide consolidation services from and how often?

We provide consolidation services from Istanbul and Izmir every week. We are particularly proud of this offering because it is the only direct LCL service to the UK from Turkey by sea.

What is the difference between a commodity code and an EORI number?

When importing goods from Turkey, you will need both the commodity code and an EORI number. A commodity code is required to classify goods for import and export. You can find the correct commodity code by visiting this government website. Meanwhile, an EORI number is issued by HMRC. The UK customs authorities use the commodity code to identify the goods you want to import/export and the EORI number to identify your business.

International Update April 2023

International Update April 2023

Our Turkey office update Although we had a particularly good start to the year, this was unfortunately seriously impacted by the devasting earthquake that...

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