Birmingham and the West Midlands has been our local market for nearly 28 years, at the centre of a freight forwarding network that extends across the UK, Europe and destinations worldwide.
Here are three ways in which International Forwarding Ltd (IFL) is your leading Midlands specialist in UK freight forwarding…
1. Location close to Birmingham Airport and motorway network
Based in Birmingham, the firm started trading in 1989 and moved to two-acre hub near Birmingham Airport in 2001. Being situated at the heart of the UK motorway network near the M1, M5, M6 and M42 brings fast, cost-effective pallet delivery to and from the growing Midlands market.
International Forwarding’s central UK hub also means clients can tap into local warehousing facilities for both storage and cargo handling services, including pick and pack and container offloading. Bespoke packages that include transport, insurance and warehouse services make life easier for many of our Midlands clients.
Although road freight is our core service, we also arrange ocean and air freight. IFL is just 10 minutes from Birmingham International Airport and 50 minutes from air cargo services at East Midlands Airport, plus we run an overnight London trunking service to connect with Heathrow and all major sea ports.
2. Familiarity with Midlands markets – new and old
Since 1989, International Forwarding has been serving the freight forwarding needs of the region’s established industries, including engineering, manufacturing and the auto trade. In 2015, for example, West Midlands businesses exported goods worth £24.6 billion (source: HMRC Regional Trade Statistics), mostly machinery and transport, and often shipping to the European Union.
As a trusted part of that import-export supply chain, we are familiar and flexible with their requirements. We have Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certification, so clients can be assured that our role in the international supply chain is secure, and that our customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant. Meanwhile, our Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) status gives customers peace of mind that we take safety and compliance seriously.
We also serve the global market. Asia/Oceania, for example, is a growing export market for Midlands firms – worth nearly £4.9 billion in 2015 – and second only to Europe in volume. IFL ships pallet deliveries to China, India and other high-growth markets around the world, from kitchenware to electrical items to aeronautic components.
Call us for a fast, tailored quote on taking your goods from the West Midlands to the world – we have no automated phone queues at IFL, just one call and you’re through to a member of our team.
3. Part of Palletways – Europe’s #1 pallet freight network
We help Birmingham and Midlands businesses extend their reach through our membership of the Palletways network, Europe’s largest provider of express palletised distribution services.
Our membership of Palletways gives access to a UK-wide overnight delivery service and more than 400 depots across Europe, with 14 hubs in 20 countries. Consignments can be booked and tracked online with proofs of delivery retrieved electronically.
Rob Pike, MD of International Forwarding, explains: “Our Palletways membership adds value across the line for customers, bringing reliable overnight UK delivery and a sophisticated IT infrastructure which integrates with our own systems for easy booking and consignment track and trace.
“Being part of the Palletways European network, which is complementary to our own road service into Europe, also means that our export customers get the best of both worlds with a comprehensive service and expanded pan-European coverage.
“We’re always striving to develop IFL’s service offering for our customers, particularly across our core UK-European network. As a result, IFl is now one of the Midland’s leading providers of express freight solutions and we were also recently shortlisted for a BIFA Award for European Logistics.”
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If you’re a West Midlands company looking for transport or supply chain solutions, please get in touch for a free quote or informal chat about your needs. We’d love to hear from you and see how we can help.