Destinations

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Our Specialist Destinations:

Albania  Bosnia  Croatia  Kosovo  Macedonia  Montenegro  Serbia  Slovenia

Western Europe

Freight to Italy

Direct service to country for full loads with transit time of about 3 - 4 days. Part loads with transit time of 3 - 4 days.

PART LOADS: Although we can arrange part loads to all of Italy, we can offer a more competitive part load service to areas 30-39.  We can provide an on-wheels collection service for smaller consignments of a few hundred kilos or a few tonnes. Generally we can collect within 24 to 48 hours of instruction. 

FULL LOADS: We work directly with a number of Slovenian and Romanian hauliers, providing door to door service from Areas 30-39 with delivery “on-wheels” for larger shipments, plus full loads. Trucks from 90 to 120 cbm are available and some can carry hazardous/ADR goods.Bulk liquids and powders can also be carried 

Our experience in Italy

In 1999 John Shirley Ltd pioneered the use of tried and trusted East European hauliers in loading from North East Italy to Northern Europe. This service flourished as the company encouraged more and more hauliers to obtain the relevant permits, such that now we are able to provide considerable capacity to and from destinations such as : 


Udine, Vicenza, Treviso, Venice, Bolzano and Verona.

In 2000/2001 for example we were providing 5 to 10 trucks per day Udine to Daventry carrying alcopops, prior to their switch to rail transport. 

We have regular bookings from customers seeking to maximize use of our high volume 95m3 and 120m3 vehicles. Our service is that of a well organized highly experienced forwarder, with drivers in communication by mobile phone or satellite communication.

As the bulk of the vehicles transit via Austria where emission standards are rigorous most of the trucks are of the very latest designs ensuring that goods arrive clean and dry whether the delivery is in Paris, London or Glasgow.

Freight to Austria

Transit time 2 to 3 days for full loads, 3 to 4 days for part loads

Whilst UK-Austria freight traffic is not as usual for us, we are now able to offer groupage services from Britain to Austria using our Slovenian partners. We can also offer full load services.

Freight to the Benelux Countries

Full Load Transit time: Normally 1-2 days depending on freight load point within the United Kingdom. 

Part Load Transit Time: Normally 3-4 days depending on number of collections and size of freight consignment.

Full Loads: We work directly with a large number of Balkans partners who, depending on availability, often run empty from the U.K. to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands to pick up more lucrative shipments to other European destinations. Therefore, particularly regarding freight to Belgium, we can often offer relatively competitive rates. Trucks from 90 to 120 cbm are readily available and most can carry ADR goods. 

Part Loads:  We can provide an on-wheels collection service for smaller consignments of a few hundred kilos or a few tonnes. Generally we can collect within 24 to 48 hours of instruction. 

Freight to France

For full and part loads, John Shirley Ltd can offer a service between the UK and Northern France at more competitive rates than other areas.

In addition, we can provide 'cross-trade' shipments between e.g. France - Italy, France - Croatia, and Albania - France. If you would like to get more of an idea of our service contact us now. 

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Eastern and Central Europe

We regularly served the Czech and Slovak Republics and have long-standing experience in Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, and Bulgaria.

We serve:

Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poiand, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

Tbilisi_008.JPG Ruse, the border crossing from Romania into Bulgaria. 
Tbilisi_169.JPG Inside the station for the capital of Bulgaria: Sofia
Tbilisi_010.JPG The only sleeping car in the international train between Bucharest and Istanbul