One of the UK’s leading independent freight forwarders, International Forwarding Ltd (IFL), has just taken over its third large, secure, storage facility in the Midlands.
The 3,700 sq m (40,000 sq ft) warehouse in Garretts Green, Birmingham, is already starting to fill up with short and long-term goods storage bound for UK and European destinations. The further expansion comes a year after the company almost doubled its storage space with a second 2,000 sq m facility located at its Coleshill HQ.
This third pallet storage unit supports the company’s growth plans and its aim to become one of the leading warehouse companies in the Midlands for imports and exports. The new facility will provide significant additional capacity – up to 6,000 pallets. It is located on the site of Birmingham’s former Hovis bakery, which closed in 2013, within close proximity of Birmingham city centre, the M42 and M6, and Birmingham International Airport.
With ongoing coronavirus restrictions on air and sea freight capacity, storage remains an area of high demand for importers and exporters across the West Midlands. Many businesses are storing extra goods ahead of Brexit changes and higher customs tariffs from 1 January 2021 in order to minimise disruption to their supply chains.
Rob Pike, Managing Director, International Forwarding, said: “These are tough times for everyone. But we are very excited to be opening our third warehouse at this strategic site for goods coming into Birmingham or being shipped to Europe. It’s a fantastic growth opportunity for the company and will significantly increase our storage capacity.
“Like many other forwarders, our warehouse operations have been running at near maximum capacity throughout lockdown. The trend for over-purchasing of goods from Europe is one that is likely to continue in the lead up to Brexit, and for the next year at least, as companies try to cushion the impacts of disrupted supply chains.
“Even where goods have been delivered, many companies don’t want to take delivery or install products/components because they are operating on a skeleton staff with furloughed employees. We are also now able to offer additional temporary space to other freight and logistics operators who are also at capacity.”
Andy Grubb, Sales Director, International Forwarding, added: “Ultimately this is about delivering high quality, cost-effective supply chain logistics to the marketplace. We see this investment as a way to strengthen our service offering, especially to local businesses in Birmingham and the West Midlands who trade with Europe. The increased capacity should also help us to bring in additional forwarding and pallet distribution contracts from new UK and overseas customers.”
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International Forwarding was founded in 1989 to fill a niche in the West Midlands of providing a personalised bespoke freight forwarding service to local exporters and importers. The company has continued to go from strength to strength and now has 60 staff, a fleet of 20 trucks and a turnover of almost £10 million.
Since joining Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, in 2002, International Forwarding has built a strong network of European partners to provide pan-European door-to-door export and import groupage services and is now a Platinum member, an accreditation earned as a result of high quality and consistent customer service.
Earlier this year, it also won several contracts to help supply the NHS with imported masks, PPE and other medical kit.