IFL announces strategic partnership with Egetra France


International Forwarding Ltd (IFL) of Coleshill, Birmingham, has announced a new partnership with transport company Egetra to grow its network across France.

UK customers shipping to and from France will benefit from access to Egetra’s main delivery hubs in Paris Roissy, Orly, Le Havre, Lyon and Bordeaux. Egetra also has offices in Toulouse (serving the aerospace industry, as IFL does in the West Midlands) and Marseille (serving the south of France).

Meanwhile, Egetra customers will gain from access to IFL’s large central hub close to Birmingham Airport, overnight trunking to and from London, and inbound customs services through Dover. Both companies serve local aerospace, automotive and manufacturing industries, and are family businesses with a strong customer service culture.

Daily shipping to/from France

The network expansion deal also brings increased departure frequencies for West Midlands and UK industry and commercial companies exporting to the continent, with daily departures to and from France for palletised freight and groupage services.

Nigel Parsons, Development Director, International Forwarding Limited, said: “We are very pleased to be able to offer a flagship French service to both new and existing customers with increased departure frequencies, servicing the whole of France.

UK’s biggest pallet network

“International Forwarding is also a member of Palletways, the UK biggest pallet network, which was an important factor for Egetra when deciding on a new UK partner.

“We’re always striving to develop IFL’s service offering for our customers, particularly across our core UK-European network. In the past year, we’ve updated our fleet, expanded our capacity, made new connections with European partners, extended our European road freight coverage and built on our flagship services to France, Switzerland and other destinations across the continent.”

Patrick Cohen, Development Manager, Egetra France, added: “Our partnership with International Forwarding Ltd is seeking to continue our search for high service quality, and to give our customers our full and undivided attention at all times. Thanks to its professional staff, IFL is offering us tailor-made solutions for each customer. Without doubt, this collaboration will reinforce our market share and is just the beginning of a strong partnership.”

High levels of customer service

IFL is one of the remaining independent freight companies in a world of large operators. It launched in 1989, and has a two-acre transport and logistics hub near Birmingham Airport. It is a platinum member of the Palletways distribution network and is both AEO- and FORS-accredited.

Egetra is a family business with a history dating back to the 19th century. It employs 300+ staff and is headquartered in France, with international offices in Germany, Romania, Morocco and Canada.

For further information and enquiries about IFL’s daily UK/France/UK shuttle service and in-house Dover customs clearance facility for French imports, please get in touch with our sales team, or read more about on our Shipping to France page.

Key benefits of UK-France service

  • Daily driver-accompanied road trailer groupage trucks including Saturday departures, via the Shuttle, UK/France/UK
  • Electronic consignment tracking
  • Competitive rates for both 48-hour and economy services
  • Personal service from staff with years of experience in the Anglo-French market.