It’s a Long Way to Vanuatu

It’s a long way to Vanuatu or at least it is from BeatMyFreightQuote HQ in the UK, but this is where our latest partner Vanuatu’s Own Logistics is located.

Although they are over 10 thousand miles away, they are not the furthest, our partners in Auckland beat them by over a thousand miles. They are also not isolated as they are central to our strong Pacific region with partners in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria in Australia as well as New Zealand.

Vanuatu’s Own Logistics are experienced in air freight and sea freight. They will be helping clients to import and export a range of products. It is an exciting time for sea freight to Vanuatu with the expansion of the port facilities at the new deep water berth at Lapetasi Wharf due to be completed in 2017.

We look forward to working closely with VOL over the coming months and will be putting all our resources at their disposal.

Welcome on board.


Malaysia – Strong Logistics Partnership Gets Stronger

Beat My Freight Quote is not just about making new connections, it is also about making old connections stronger. With over 30 years experience working with freight agents in Malaysia, we have built many relationships. Although we still work with our original agents, there are certain qualities needed to be a successful Beat My Freight Quote partner, these include high levels of customer service and a tenacity to get the best deals for the customer and Crane Worldwide Logistics has those qualities.

We have known Crane Worldwide Logistics for many years and have been impressed by their drive. With Malaysia being one of our busiest territories on Beat My Freight Quote it was important that our partners were committed to the high level of service we expect. They are experienced in Air Freight and Sea Freight and will work alongside our other partners.

We look forward to developing the Malaysia logistics market with Crane Logistics and our other freight partners.

Logistics – Image is Everything

In shops you have a good idea of what you are buying. You can see the item, maybe pick it up and feel the quality, you have a good idea if it meets your requirements. In service industries such as logistics it is more difficult, there is no physical product. So how do you choose?

Obviously cost is a good starting point. Does the cost seem fair and does it seem realistic for your shipment.

Does the company have a good reputation? A little time looking on google can give invaluable information on the freight company.

But sometimes, Logistics is about image.

How does the company answer the telephone?

Do the staff seem knowledgeable and friendly?

Was the collection vehicle they sent smart and clean!

We pride ourselves on our image, but sometimes things happen that are outside your control.

We were delighted recently when delivering on the South Coast of England to find a parking space, so close to the harbour. It was in easy walking distance to the delivery address and was big enough for our van.

We were less delighted when we got back to the van and discovered why the parking space was vacant, it was under a telephone cable that was a favourite spot for seagulls. It was obvious that the locals were aware of the consequences of parking in that spot.

Image may be everything, but sometimes a little local knowledge goes a long way.

Logistics – Just a Matter of Time

Shippers come to us to make savings. Consignees come to us to make savings. It is therefore no surprise that eventually both the shipper and consignee on the same shipment would come to us for savings. Such is the Global reach of Beat My Freight Quote that within half an hour of each other the shipper and consignee both submitted enquiries for the same air freight shipment from Pakistan to the Ivory Coast.

There is no conflict of interest as we always give our best freight prices to all our customers, so we will be quoting them both the same amount.

It is reassuring to know that our message is reaching such a range of countries. With record numbers of enquiries and our internet presence increasing, it is just a matter of time before we have regular enquiries from both parties.

What? You want to ship a giraffe?

Amongst the thousands of enquiries we get on Beat My Freight Quote, some stand out as being, shall we say different. This week sitting in our new request list was an enquiry to ship a giraffe by air freight. It isn’t the first time we have been asked to ship live animals, but evolution did not make giraffes easy to air freight.

Giraffes can only fly on freighter aircraft due to their height and often there are not scheduled freighters available. The solution – a part charter. Part charters are where you buy space on a flight chartered by someone else. The downside of part charters is they are not always available when you want them.

Our instinct is to decline quotes where we feel we cannot make savings, add value to the shipping process or have insufficient knowledge. On this occasion we were able to source a specialist company with space on their charter.

We cannot guarantee quoting on every shipment, but we will try to help where we can.

It’s a Model Move

Architect models tend to be fragile and need special handling, this is all in a day’s work for Beat My Freight Quote partners Key Air & Sea and O & S Shipping.

The model was case packed by the shipper and was picked up in the UK by Key Air & Sea. It was then sent by air freight to Malta, where O & S Shipping delivered to the customer. Not all cargo is insured, but due to the nature of the cargo the shipper chose to insure from door to door.

We also offer road freight door to door services from the UK to Malta and this would have been used if the cargo wasn’t needed so urgently in Malta.

Talk Back – for more

Two months after taking a Beat My Freight Quote license for New Zealand,  Talkcargo are back for more, taking a license for Queensland, Australia. They join an already strong line up in Australia, where their market knowledge and contacts are greatly appreciated.

Talkcargo is a freight forwarder based in New Zealand and Australia, but their contacts extend globally. They handle most types of cargo, but have a specialist service for the aerospace industry, shipping helicopters, AOG spares and aircraft parts. They are keen to explore the business opportunities and partnerships that Beat My Freight Quote creates, looking at developing new markets.

We cannot thank Talkcargo enough for the help and advice they have already given our customers.