Fast and niche, our flagship Swiss service is a popular option for daily road freight delivery to and collections from Switzerland.
Shipping to and from Switzerland
International Forwarding is one of the few forwarders in the UK to operate a daily service to and from Switzerland. For added value, our service is driver-accompanied to ensure the fastest possible transit time and safest delivery of your cargo.
We take the security of your goods extremely seriously, especially in the case of shipping to and from Switzerland. Unlike some operators, we will never leave trailers unattended at the port during the handover process. Our UK-Switzerland service includes:
- Daily departures.
- Groupage and part/full loads.
- Export and import customs clearances carried out electronically.
- A dedicated transport partner in Switzerland.
- Total control, supplier to consignee.
- Door to door in 48/72 hours.
Case study in UK-Switzerland shipping
In September 2003, International Forwarding decided to create a market-leading niche service to Switzerland. This was driven by our existing customers’ needs for a faster, more frequent road freight facility to avoid the high costs of air freight and express vans.
With a lead time of just six months, our aim was to upgrade the existing weekly service to a daily operation, achieve a depot-depot time in both directions of 18 hours and to grow pallet freight delivery from 50 to 200 pallets input per night within three years.
To enable this, we joined Palletways, the largest overnight pallet network in the UK, and interfaced our new computer software with theirs to provide track-and-trace facilities for consignments distributed both on the company’s own vehicles and via the Palletways network. Extra Logistics in Basel was selected as our Swiss partner because of their international track record and express mentality, and they invested in equipment, staffing and IT resources in Switzerland to fund the infrastructure there. And other contracts were put in place to ensure 24-hour support services to deal with any mechanical breakdowns.
Faster customs clearance was expedited through preparing entries electronically in advance and clearing UK import shuttles at Dartford Inland Clearance Depot, en-route from the Channel Tunnel to our Birmingham hub.
The final part of the jigsaw was to implement a door-to-door track-and-trace system, with each piece of freight barcoded and scanned at every stage of the transit. When either the Extra or IFL driver effects the delivery, the proof of delivery (POD) is scanned and downloaded via satellite GPS to the office within minutes of delivery.
The first shuttle trucks in each direction were operated ahead of schedule, on Monday 23 February 2004, and every working day since.
Our Swiss express shuttle operation has grown to become one of our most popular and profitable activities. It is used by manufacturing and most of the forwarding industry in the Midlands, but open to all UK-CH importers and exporters. Transit insurance is also available as part of the total package – another key selling point for many of our customers.