Marie Boyer is the MD of Manchester-based European freight forwarder France Line International Transport Ltd, who specialise in cross-channel freight services between the UK and France. Marie offered some insight into the role of freight forwarder:
“For any exporter, the advice to ‘find and work closely with a freight forwarding company’ for the transport of their goods is well worth heeding. Choosing the right freight forwarder is vital, as expert Freight Forwarders will help make exporters’ lives and jobs easier, saving hassle, time and money. When choosing a Freight Forwarder, my two main recommendations would be:
“1. Work with a company that specialises in a particular geographical area, an area where your main markets are. They will have a good network of hauliers and partners in their specialist area. This will enable them to provide you with different solutions and services, and offer the most efficient and cost-effective way to ship your goods.
“2. Select a company that knows the local rules and regulations. For example, France Line specialises in France. That local expertise recently enabled us to advise our customers about extended driving bans at weekends over the summer as well as a forthcoming French bank holiday, and the consequences in terms of transit time.”