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DIY approach can work best, says Turkish freight expert

[ June 14, 2012   //   ]

More importers should take control of freight purchasing themselves, says a Turkish logistics expert. Sacha Gemili, sales and marketing manager at Daily Groupage Services, based at Erith in Kent, says that many buyers underestimate the cost of letting sellers in Turkey take care of the freighting arrangements while overestimating the complexity and difficulty of appointing a freight forwarder themselves.

She told FBJ: “A lot of British companies tell the manufacturers to deal with freight and purchase on a CIF basis, but they don’t realised that it could cost them thousands of pounds. And also we have experts on hand with up to 25 years’ experience who can take the headache out of the process and ensure that everything runs smoothly.”

Many shippers did not realise that overseas exporters often loaded freight charges by several thousands, she said. “We know there is a lot of CIF business out there that could be converted.

Daily Groupage Services works in partnership with one of Turkey’s biggest hauliers, Ikra Logistics, to provide frequent services from all parts of Turkey to all parts of the UK and Ireland. Sacha Gemili said: “We are a British company that specialises in groupage and many other operators, including the big names, use our services.”

The service operates from throughout Turkey via main gateways at Istanbul, Adana and Izmir and agents provide delivery throughout the UK, although all sensitive shipments are delivered direct. The company operates a total of over 300 trucks, all GPS and satellite connected, and it also has its own customs deferment, which greatly smooths the flow of trucks through Dover, says Sacha Gemili.

It also offers warehousing at its Erith site, as well as customs clearance, an export service and seafreight.

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