Sunday, August 13, 2017

Independent Freight Forwarding Outfit Expands North American Offerings

New Agent and New Service for Third Party Logistics Group
Shipping News Feature
UK – NORTH AMERICA – With the predominance of international corporate logistics operations in the shipping business these days the independent freight forwarding companies need to ensure that their traditional advantages, personal service, readiness to accommodate a client's specific requirements etc. are freely available. That however is not the whole story and the need to modulate services and change markets are factors to which they have to always pay attention.

Davies Turner are considered by many to be the UK’s leading third party logistics agency still in private hands and the near 150 year old group has just expanded its North American portfolio with a new ocean freight service from the UK to the US whilst further strengthening its transatlantic freight and logistics operations with the appointment of a new partner in Canada.

Marketed as the ‘Southern Express Service’, the new American offering sails every Tuesday from Southampton and offers a nine-day transit from that port to Charleston, which will enable Davies Turner to deliver consignments into the southern US states more quickly than via New York. The company says the new service complements Davies Turner's existing ocean freight services between the UK and other key US markets, which are operated in association with long-standing, regionally-strong partners. Steve Turner, head of Davies Turner's North American Services, says:

“Even though the service is calling at Charleston, efficient on-carriage operations by our partner EMO-Trans means we can market this as an express product into the southern US states. The fastest direct service from the UK into Houston or New Orleans is approximately 16 to 18 days. We believe that via our Southern Express Service, we will be able to deliver to most of Florida, Texas and Louisiana in 13 to 14 days, to door.”

Meanwhile, in Canada, Davies Turner is teaming up with Ontario-based FCL Fisker Customs & Logistics to strengthen its ocean freight services between the UK and Canada. Davies Turner provides a weekly service over Toronto for both LCL and FCL shipments and once the containers land, Toronto consignments are cleared and distributed across Canada using Fisker's in-house customs brokerage and comprehensive distribution network. Steve Turner adds:

“The new partnership with FCL gives us an ideal opportunity to further strengthen the two-way services that we operate between the UK and Canada, just as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada kicks in, which should initially provide a boost for business and trade between the UK and Canada.”