Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Project Freight Forwarding Outfit Shows Why It's On the Export Track List

Rapid Growth is the Key to Recognition for SME's
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – MALTA – According to HMRC UK Trade Info, Exports for March 2015 were £11.8 billion, an increase of £0.8 billion (7.8%) compared with the previous month. Although the UK economy is seeing growth, those in the Sunday Times BT Business SME Export Track 100 seem to be setting out the stall for UK business overseas, raising their international sales turnover by an average of 73% a year. One such company is project freight forwarding specialist Tuscor Lloyds, 63rd in the List and Britain’s energy recovery sector has played a large part in the company’s success.

The Export Track List ranks Britain’s 100 private small and medium sized companies with the fastest growing international sales over the last two years, usually operations with annual sales between £5 and £25 million, up to £20 million of which is in the international market, rapid sales growth, often over 35%, and up to 100 staff. Tuscor Lloyds are the only industry representatives from the freight forwarding sector.

The type of operation Tuscor Lloyds covers is typified by a recent shipment between Malta and the UK. The consignment was subsea oilwell equipment used to extract oil from undersea wells. Tuscor’s have been involved in the energy recovery industry for over twenty years and initially arranged the collection from Marsaxlokk on Malta’s south eastern coast and stowage of the mostly out of gauge cargo onto 4 x 40’ flat rack containers and 2 x 20’ open top containers.

Due to the last minute nature of the booking and urgency in delivering the cargo to its final destination of Aberdeen, the shipment was split to ensure space on board and suitable equipment available at such short notice. The projects team sourced space on two separate vessels, negotiating the best pricing and correlating sailings to the UK, with one arriving in Felixstowe and the other in Southampton.

Splitting the shipment achieved the short delivery window with the cargo arriving at the same time and with the necessary specialist equipment ready to handle the cargo at the two ports of discharge. This included low loader trucks used to transport the cargo for final delivery to Aberdeen from the ports, ably assisted by a local agent with specialised knowledge of what was required. Martyn Blackburn, UK Project Operations Team, commented: 

“The shipment was quite last minute and the cargo urgently needed to be mobilised and shipped back to UK. Thanks to our extensive experience and knowledge in Project Shipping and the influence and efficiency of our local representation the job was a success and all parties were happy.”