Forwarding, Freight News

Green issues take a back seat among hard-pressed forwarders

[ June 12, 2024   //   ]

Despite a growing acceptance of the importance of sustainability initiatives among British freight forwarders, more than half insist that other business-critical issues are taking precedence right now, particularly for smaller forwarders, according to a new report.

The British International Freight Association and emissions reporting software provide Pledge have published a State of Sustainability in Freight Forwarding report.

It is based on a survey sent out to  BIFA members who were asked about their sustainability practices, the importance of carbon reporting, and how likely they are to implement carbon reporting software in the future.

However, a significant portion of forwarders still plan to offer sustainability services within the next 12 months.

The survey also found that more than half of respondents have some kind of sustainability policy, and nearly two-thirds say they have customers currently asking for carbon emissions reporting on their shipments.

Company size plays a significant role in how much sustainability is prioritised at freight forwarding companies.

Among small forwarders (10-50 employees), sustainability is much more likely to be considered a low priority.