Independent freight forwarding and logistics company Davies Turner has forged an alliance with Transport Equipment Services (TES) which provides it with a dedicated HGV fleet to move containers to and from the ports of Felixstowe, London Gateway and Southampton.
The company said this week that the partnership is providing the company with surety of service for domestic collections and deliveries of containers, helping it better cope with continuing driver shortages in the UK, ongoing port congestion problems, and forward booking difficulties.
Alan Williams, director of Davies Turner said: “Many container shipping lines, faced with huge schedule problems over the last few years, have insisted on clients booking carrier haulage through them if they want a guarantee of service.
“Evidence suggests that container dwell times can be horrendous for companies that take that route, whilst merchant haulage, which our alliance offers, is more advantageous if a client needs flexibility, variety, availability and reliability.
“Our alliance with TES enables us to book haulage in advance and guarantees that the tractor unit will be available when and where we want it. It has helped us to secure timely transport of our clients’ containers during a very difficult few years.”
Dave Burgess, director of TES added: “Davies Turner is our largest customer and an excellent partner. It is really pleasing that our relationship continues to develop and grow.
“As a sign of my gratitude and commitment to Davies Turner we have recently had one of our brand new Mercedes Actros tractor units sign-written with Davies Turner corporate livery.”
Williams said: “Davies Turner places great value on long term alliances and partnerships, and believes that an alliance like the one with TES helps to differentiate us from many of our peers in the freight and logistics sector.”