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Marine Insurance Cover

Mission Express Ltd holds a full Marine Insurance Policy (No. 100001LL) with Lonham Marine Underwriters, Ipswich, IP4 1LN. The policy covers movements throughout the world with exception to the following countries whereupon terms and conditions must be agreed prior to shipment: Albania, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Burundi, Chechnya Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Somalia.


Subject Matter

Approved goods must be suitably packed and protected to withstand rigours of transit. The following commodities are excluded unless agreed by the Underwriters prior to sending and maybe able to be covered under a revised premium rate. Please consult with our Customer Services Dept whom will be able to establish confirmations and premiums if applicable:


  • Alcoholic beverages (this commodity is under review for general cover without prior notification and confirmation)

  • Antiques 

  • Documents, monies of any description, securities, negotiable documents or instruments, bonds, bullion, stamps, credit & debit cards.

  • Fresh fish, fruit and vegetables

  • Furs, fishmeal and refined sugar

  • Glass products and items

  • Household goods and personal effects

  • Jewellery, watches and perfumes

  • Metals (other than iron and steel)

  • Micro chips, mother boards, and or memory of any kind which is not part of a complete system

  • Mobile telephones, components, parts and accessories

  • News print, pulp, reels of paper

  • Precious metals and stones

  • Tobacco and tobacco products

  • Maximum coverage £250,000 per sending.


International despatch premium: £35 minimum or the declared value for Customs and the carriage charges combined plus 10% and multiplied by 2%


UK domestic premium: £25 minimum or the declared value of the goods and the carriage charges combined plus 10% and multiplied by 0.9%

Worldwide Holidys
Volumetric Conversion
Free-Domicile admin
Dangeous and prohibited goods
Dangerous and prohibited goods transport


We would like to list for you items that are considered as "Dangerous or Restricted Goods" and are strictly prohibited within air courier baggage. It is the shippers responsibility to ensure that items sent are not "dangerous" or "restricted". If there is any doubt whether an item is to be classed as dangerous or prohibited please contact our Customer Services Dept whom will be able to advise you.


Items that are deemed as restricted or dangerous by air courier baggage, maybe able to be shipped by alternative methods. Please consult our Customer Services team whom will be able to investigate the options available.


  • Aerosols

  • Automotive parts that contain air bag inflators, fuel, wet batteries and nitrogen

  • Breathing Apparatus

  • Camping Equipment

  • Chemicals

  • Cosmetics

  • Cylinders

  • Diagnostic Specimens

  • Fuel Control Systems and units

  • Foodstuffs (Confirmation on enquiry)

  • Household goods that may contain corrosives, gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids.

  • Liquids

  • Machine parts that may contain adhesives, compressed or liquified gases, paints, sealants, wet and lithium batteries and mercury

  • Medical supplies

  • Cigarette lighters or fireworks

  • Personal Effects

  • Paint

  • Knives, scissors, cutlery

  • Precious Metals or stones

  • Currency (paper or coin)

  • Credit Cards

  • Weapons

  • Drugs

  • Plants (dead or alive)

  • Animals

  • Material that could be considered pornographic or offensive

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Tool Boxes

  • Vaccines

  • Varnish

Free-Domicile (DDP) administration


In many countries we are able to perform a Free-Domicile or Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) clearance and delivery.


This enables us to pay any import taxes, duties and disbursements to Customs on your behalf to enable a quicker clearance and delivery without the consignee having to pay anything.


It should be noted that the consignee still may need to provide paperwork or information to Customs or our local broker to enable the clearance.

The administration fee in the UK is charged on the initial despatch of the consignment. The international charges are invoiced under separate cover when details are received from the import location. The charges are to be settled within normal agreed credit terms.

​Volumetric Conversion

The relation of actual weight against volumetric size gives rise to a volumetric conversion formula that is used by airlines and carriers to ensure correct yield per kilo in relation to space used is applied.

Download templates

Download your forms here for international shipping. These will directly download to your desktop.

Event return label
Textile Checklist (USA)
Personal Affects Declaration (USA)
FCC 740 (USA)
Power of Attorney (USA)
XL address data templates
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Are you Brexit prepared?

Mission Express is prepared and monitoring the Brexit situation closely to offer guidance to our customers on how they can prepare for any significant challenges that may lay ahead.  

Speculation on the consequences and outcome of Brexit negotiations has reached a critical point but remains un-clear. In the event of a ‘No Deal’ scenario on 29th March, all goods between the UK and Europe will require customs clearance. Congestion at ports has been widely predicted with the impact wide-spread for a period of time.

Act now

If you do not have an active EORI this will be needed for Customs Clearance, it’s free to apply and currently takes just a few days. 

Establishing the Customs commodity codes and inco-terms for your goods. This will allow you to apply the correct rate and amount of Duty and keep you compliant with HMRC


Is your business ready to provide commercial documentation for each Export or Import movement? This should include:

  • Importer 

  • Exporter 

  • Goods Description 

  • Packaging details 

  • Weight 

  • Sales value & Currency 

  • Incoterm

  • Country of Origin

  • EORI number 

  • Commodity codes

Do you know your commodity codes?


Have you registered to get your EORI number?

If you do not have an active EORI number (Economic Operator Registration & Idendification) this will be needed for Customs Clearance.

Need more Brexit help?
If you have any questions and would like to talk to us about being ready for Brexit, please contact us:
+44 (0) 208 917 1299
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