Freight forwarder secures third storage facility

16 October 2020

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 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 facility located at its Coleshill headquarters.

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.

Rob Pike, managing director at 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.

Andy Grubb, sales director at 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.”

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.

Earlier this year, it also won several contracts to help supply the NHS with imported masks, PPE and other medical kit.

Pictured: The new unit International Forwarding has acquired

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