We have just returned from the annual EFFA European Freight Forwarders Association meeting which was held in the amazing city of Barcelona. It was the 24th annual meeting and has previously been held in various cities in Europe as well as Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, South Africa and the USA.
There were freight agents all the way from Toronto and Salt Lake City as well as the European delegates. Many members have been in the group for over 10 years and 2 of the original members still attend the meetings. One of them is now in the second generation of family management. With the close bonds that have been developed over many years there is a very high level of trust and cooperation.
There are usually formal one to one meetings, but it is away from the meeting room that the friendships are formed as there are always social events where everyone can let their hair down.
There is the old saying “Never go into business with friends or family” but it is impossible not to become friends after so many years of shared experience.
Thanks to EFFA we were able to meet our freight agents and friends in Barcelona.
We have long since stopped second guessing which enquiries will be interesting for our Beat My Freight Quote partners. We try to get feedback on how we can improve the site, which areas they would like to target and the type of products they would like to ship. We also check on where they are getting the best success. As our partners are International Freight Agents most offer Air Freight, Sea Freight and some also offer Road Freight services, they have a wide range of opportunities.
On the latest feedback from one of our newest partners, RAQ Air Logistics a Polish Freight Agent, it still threw up some surprises. Alongside the desire to increase business to the usual markets, air freight to the USA, China and the Middle East and sea freight to the same areas, was an unusual business success – Shipping Hats from Poland to Quito, Ecuador and also shoes by air freight from Warsaw to Quito, Ecuador.
We could sit here day after day trying to think of obvious trading partnerships, but we don’t think we would of ever have come to shipping from Warsaw, Poland to Quito, Ecuador.
Hats off to RAQ Air Logistics, Poland, but keep your Shoes on.
Sea Freight to Grand Cayman has been a very popular search term on Beat My Freight Quote, but why would an island with just over 60,000 residents attract so much attention. We see this happen in so many other areas, Bermuda, Vanuatu, Malta and Cyprus all experiencing high levels of sea freight enquiries. It’s an Island Thing. All these islands have large numbers of tourists and they all need food, drink and other consumables.
There are regular flights to all these destinations, but cargo capacity is often limited and to some destinations the weights and dimensions are also restricted. There is no real alternative to sea freight to cover their transportation requirements.
Beat My Freight Quote is lucky to have the help of some really good freight agents in all these regions and have been able to make some excellent savings for customers.
If you have sea freight to send to a remote island, we probably have the right service for you.
Every day Beat My Freight Quote receives freight enquiries from customers around the world looking for the best rates for air freight, sea freight and road freight. The customers could be Private Individuals, Companies, International Charities and even Governments.
We are looking for freight agents who can demonstrate high levels of customer service with competitive shipping rates. Freight agents that meet our standards can expect regular high quality freight enquiries at a cost that beats paid online ads and online directories.
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