As a proud Birmingham freight forwarder serving Midlands industries since 1989, International Forwarding has been profiled in the Birmingham Business Post (page 31, February 2019 issue).
The Birmingham Business Post profile celebrates the company’s 30th anniversary this year. International Forwarding (IFL) was founded in July 1989 after two directors, who are still with the business today, spotted a niche in their local Birmingham and the West Midlands market. They saw an opportunity to provide local exporters and importers with a highly personalised freight and logistics service, tailored to suit their business needs – and International Forwarding still prides itself on flexibility and outstanding customer service today.
As an independent UK freight forwarder, IFL has since grown to more than 60 employees with a turnover close to £10 million. It is a pan-European operation with trailers departing daily for many of Europe’s main hubs. Last month, it delivered more than 7500 UK and European consignment to 17 countries.
IFL is also a longstanding and platinum member of Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest-growing pallet network. This connection provides wider network coverage for customers and fast delivery times, including a market-leading ETA for pallet deliveries.
The feature also highlights IFL’s niche market, a daily flagship Swiss freight service. And, of course, there are the challenges of Brexit. One of the ways the company is dealing with this is by expanding its Birmingham warehouse storage by 2,000 square metres. International Forwarding’s managing director Rob Pike says that this is part of the board’s strategy to seek organic growth while retaining the strong customer service ethic of its 1989 roots.
Read Birmingham Business Post’s digital newspaper here or click on the image below – and scroll to page 31 for International Forwarding’s profile feature.