Palletforce, the UK’s leading palletised freight network, has invested in a new global distribution service, connecting its members to worldwide markets and providing a platform for future growth.

With a specific focus on Asia, thanks to backing and investment from owner EmergeVest, the in-house service will be the first of its type in the sector and give Palletforce members a competitive edge.

Palletforce Asia Services was launched at the company’s annual Members General Meeting and provides the network’s 100 members with fast and competitive access to new opportunities around the world. With an emphasis on growing Chinese and Asian markets, the move is the company’s first step in establishing Palletforce in China.

Palletforce recently reported record European volumes and the new service will allow local members the chance to compete alongside global freight-forwarding giants – offering a high-quality service to fuel further growth. This is backed up by continual investment from Palletforce, totaling over £65m in 2017, including the new SuperHub and sector-leading IT and tracking technology.

Palletforce Asia Services is a strategic collaboration with Allport Cargo Services (ACS), a Palletforce member and one of the world’s leading forwarding and supply chain management organisations.

With a global network that spans Europe, the Americas, North Africa, the Middle East, Oceania and Asia, ACS has an unrivalled understanding of local working practices.

Offering competitive rates, it will provide a dedicated forwarding desk for Palletforce members to use, offering full worldwide logistical coverage, including local delivery and collection and access to new markets with all the tools needed to compete.

Palletforce chief executive officer Michael Conroy said: “With our investment in this exclusive new service, Palletforce is connecting its members to many exciting economies and markets – providing the platform to enable growth and fuel expansion. This is unique in the marketplace and gives our members exclusive access to offer a new worldwide service to their customers by combining a global reach with local knowledge and expertise on the ground.

“We are particularly excited by the huge opportunities that China and the Far East offers for our sector, and Palletforce Asia Services will provide a gateway for our members to establish themselves in these growing markets.

“We understand it can be a daunting prospect, which is why we are delighted to be working with Allport Cargo Services – an established Palletforce member. With over 50 years’ experience they are the experts in their field and will provide fellow members with all the support they need.”

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