France Line International Transport Ltd are an award-winning specialist European freight forwarder, operating cross-channel freight services between the UK and France. Managing Director Marie Boyer has often been asked by UK and European manufacturers who export to or import from France and Europe what the advantages are of using a freight forwarder versus a haulier. This is what she tells them.
“There are several benefits to using a freight forwarding ‘middleman’. Yes, you may pay them a small commission, but for that you will get considerable help and a lot of added value, such as…
“A haulier is likely to only cover one country, with limited services and fleet. A freight forwarder usually offers a range of services and trailer types and operates across several countries.
“They will typically have a large network of hauliers and partners in each country, plus they can source trailers from a range of suppliers they have often built relationships with over years.
“That enables them to provide different solutions and offer advice on the most efficient and cost-effective way to ship goods, all of which means reduced costs for shippers. Freight forwarders generally have local agents and contacts in each of the countries they service. That means they can easily access knowledge of local rules and regulations, which allows them to resolve any overseas issues quickly and efficiently.
“Freight forwarders can help manage paperwork and customs clearance, which can save time and money. Very often, they have their own in-house customs team or have negotiated preferential rates with their network of UK and overseas customs agents.
“Having a freight forwarder to handle both your transport and your customs documents mean the issues that cause delays and frustration and cost money are less likely to happen. It helps make manufacturers’ lives easier. It reduces their exposure and costs while ensuring their goods are shipped safely and on time.
“Over many years, these factors have proven why freight forwarders have a place in the market, and why they are trusted experts in their fields. I believe those advantages are more valuable now than ever.”
If you’re importing or exporting from the UK to the continent find out more about the services France Line can offer.