The Canary Islands

Situated 62 miles off the West Coast of Africa, the Canary Islands include (from largest to smallest): Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montana Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste. The capital of the Autonomous Community is shared by the cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

There are a couple of options available when arranging transport to the Canary islands. The first and fastest is via our road freight services to either Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia, where the goods are then transhipped. The second, is direct from the UK by Sea Freight which, although less expensive, does take a little longer and is less frequent. In both cases our Canary partners Best Logistics then take over, clearing customs, and arranging on-forwarding to the relevant island.

  • By road freight to either Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia twice weekly every Tuesday and Friday (plus Wednesday to Barcelona) where the transit time from the UK to delivered, subject to customs clearance is between 6-7 days
  • By Sea freight direct from the UK, closing every Wednesday and loading every Thursday consolidating in our Manchester depot, to Tenerife. Subject to customs clearance, the transit time is between 8-9 days

The Canaries are primary holiday destinations for British tourists. Large quantities of British products are in great demand, much of which consists of typical British foodstuffs. As with the Balearics, being islands, whilst we are able to transport dangerous goods to the Canaries, compatibility with foodstuffs may occasionally result in a day or two’s delay for dangerous goods. Please also bear in mind that alcohol is also considered foodstuffs as this is ingested.

There are just a small handful of clearing agents in the Canaries, so whilst local VAT and Duty charges are usually payable by the consignee, with the assistance of our partners this can be arranged from the UK, at additional cost.

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