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Robert.Jervis_43227 Aug 05

Davies Turner’s Express China rail freight service now goes direct to UK regions

Davies Turner’s Express China rail freight service now goes direct to UK regions image
Important environmental certification also gained
Bookings on its weekly fixed-day rail consol service from China to the UK continue to increase, so Davies Turner is adding UK destinations that will be served directly from China.

Tony Cole, head of supply chain services at one of the UK’s leading independent freight and logistics company says:
“Having reviewed the pattern of shipments we are carrying, we have decided to offer a direct service to our regional freight hubs in Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester, in addition to the existing direct service to Dartford.

“Since the direct service recommenced in March, we have seen three to four 40ft High Cube containers arriving every week direct into our Dartford freight hub.

“However, following the review, we have identified many of the shipments are for distribution to other parts of the UK, so we are now working with our partners in China to refine the consolidation process at Hefei, and to ensure that shipments destined for the South West, Midlands or North West are consolidated in the same container.

“This additional fine tuning of the service will enable us to make a further reduction in the transit time.”

The weekly service leaves the Hefei rail hub and heads to Neuss in Germany, from where containers are then trucked under bond to the port of Rotterdam and transported by ferry to Purfleet in East London.

In future, on-carriage will be undertaken from Purfleet by truck direct to one of Davies Turner’s distribution centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Dartford or Manchester, where the contents will be discharged, customs cleared and delivered.

Separately, Davies Turner has announced that it has gained an important environmental certification

The Environmental Management System in place at four of the Davies Turner Group’s regional distribution centres in the UK has been certified to the ISO14001:2015 standard by the market-leading provider of technology-led compliance and risk management solutions, Alcumus.

Three of the hubs are operated by the company’s surface freight subsidiary, Davies Turner & Co, whilst the fourth is the Heathrow-based headquarters of airfreight subsidiary, Davies Turner Air Cargo. All are large, busy and fast-paced warehousing and logistics operations.

Philip Stephenson, chairman of the Davies Turner Group, said:

“For many years, environmental responsibility has been of great importance to Davies Turner, and we have been actively involved in environmental management initiatives at site level, through re-using, recycling and energy conservation.

“The decision to work towards formal recognition of our environmental management efforts made sound business sense, but was also fully supported by the company’s board of directors as it demonstrates the company’s ethos.

“Over the last few years, we have also seen our clients seeking greater evidence that Davies Turner is fully engaged with environmental, social and governance issues or objectives. Some are making ISO14001 a requirement for suppliers with which they work, providing reassurance that they are dealing with a responsible company which understands its responsibilities for safeguarding the environment.

“The certification demonstrates that Davies Turner is committed to environmental issues and is proactively working to minimise our impact on the environment, for example by producing less waste, and in the way we treat or handle waste, in increasing energy efficiency and in our use of natural resources.

“In addition, it helps further differentiate our company from the competition since the number of other UK freight forwarding businesses that have IS014001 accreditation is still very small.”

In October 2019, four of the company's freight hubs were selected as the first sites to work towards satisfying the requirements of the international standard, with the Environmental Management System (EMS) to be managed centrally from Davies Turner's headquarters in Coleshill, near Birmingham.

Davies Turner enlisted the support of the consultancy, SQE Assurance to help with the development of a bespoke share-point based EMS to make the process management efficient, easy to manage, up-to-date and relevant to the company’s operations, whilst being fully compliant with the requirements of this ISO standard.

Whilst working towards accreditation, Davies Turner has gained additional business benefits in undertaking waste material processing reviews as well as the utilisation of new and improved balers and compactors, leading to reductions in waste sent to landfill, as well as some income generation through recycling of materials.

Measures are in place to cascade the ethos of the EMS to the other 14 branches and freight hubs within the Davies Turner Group’s network in the UK and Ireland, with the aim of progressively implementing the ISO standard at other locations within the Group as part of a long term business plan for improving all the company's environmental, financial and operational systems.

The latest approval is in addition to Davies Turner’s ISO 9001 accreditation, achieved in 2013 and recognition by HMRC as one of the UK’s first Authorised Economic Operators (AEO). The company also has Investors in People (IIP) status, meeting the highest standards of people management.

“These certificates, which confirm the company’s achievement of internationally recognised standards of quality, safety, health and environmental responsibility, clearly demonstrate our commitment to all of the company’s stakeholders,” concluded Stephenson