Opening Monday!

Opening Monday!

PML Ltd are delighted to announce that on Monday 13th December 2021 the new Kent satellite operation and logistics hub will be open. 

PML, the provider of world-class logistics and supply chain solutions has set up the new satellite operation at Lympne Distribution Park.  

The forward-thinking company has invested around £6.5m in the purchase of a 40,000 square foot satellite site in Lympne, which represents a prime location for hauliers given its excellent proximity to the motorway network, Channel Tunnel, and the ports (Dover and Folkestone).  

This will enable PML to provide its customers with the opportunity to capitalise on an alternative route in and out of Heathrow, representing a seamless, efficient freight forwarding service.  

The company has remote HRMC / DEFRA-approved Border Control Post status to enable a faster transit of consignments out of the Port of Dover.  

The opening of the site signals a significant industry development, enabling PML customers to avoid the excessive well-documented delays associated with freight traffic in and out of Dover and therefore extend the shelf life of any temperature-sensitive cargo (which represents PML’s core business). 

PML signed contracts on the new warehouse in Sept and has completed the necessary refurbishments ready in time to deal with the issues Brexit will bring. 

The 24/7 operation which will handle daily consignments of food – for packing, loading and unloading – will be up and running ON MONDAY 13th DEC 2021!  

The business anticipates the new facility has the capacity to process 80-100 truck movements per day in its first phase of operation – which will focus on refrigerated goods only. This figure will increase during Phase 2 – which is likely to be in 18 months’ time – when ambient cargo will also be incorporated. 

Sited at Lympne Distribution Park, it comprises of two impressive purpose-built cold stores, 14 dock levellers to enable safe and time efficient loading and offloading, expansive parking (for up to 60 trailers) and generous office space.  This will include the creation of dedicated inspection areas and offices for customers and DEFRA personnel to access.  

The satellite site is likely to attract favour with the local community, not just as a result of the 30+ office and warehouse jobs that will be created but also because of the positive impact PML’s operations will have on reducing delays on the roads within the area, caused by queuing freight traffic. 

Commenting on the launch, managing director Mike Parr said, “This is a massive step for PML and once again demonstrates our commitment to spearheading new initiatives which challenge the status quo. The new site is located just two miles from Junction 11 of the M20 and really couldn’t offer a more desirable location. In addition to proximity to the ports, we anticipate that haulage drivers will also appreciate the efficient and seamless service we will be able to deliver, enabling them to leave the trailer onsite while they take a rest break, as opposed to sitting in a queue worrying about the lengthy delays which could seriously impact on the condition of their perishable cargo. This will be a totally unique facility – there is nothing else that compares with it in the area – and we are excited to be the force behind such a major industry development.”

Supply Chain Challenges – SUPPORT OUR DRIVERS

Worldwide air cargo operations struggling to cope with the backlog …”

Onward forwarding of cargo in turmoil resulting in food supplies left on the airside apron at Heathrow…”

Low emission zone charges at Heathrow triggering a move to switching to other European airports such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, and Paris…”

Lack of trained staff post furlough scheme redundancies impacting on seamless transfer – and causing heightened security risk…”

Massive price hike on cost of shipping containers – and serious depletion of availability…”

Despite the assurances of our government, the reality is that those involved in the supply chain for essential food and drink are facing dire operational challenges and looking at the current situation, these are only likely to worsen as we edge towards Christmas and the New Year.

Try buying a new lorry to add to your fleet of vehicles in an effort to improve efficiency. It is nigh on impossible. And the shortage of HGV drivers who are so instrumental key to ensuring the onward smooth transfer from air or ship remains a critical issue, despite the various initiatives that have been put in place. And even when new drivers are recruited, there is a clear lag between them being a newly qualified driver, and the employer feeling sufficiently confident that they are ready and capable of taking on long-distance journeys.

For those drivers already in the system, morale is low, and many are choosing to seek alternative, less stressful employment.

HGV drivers have traditionally been treated badly in this country. While I have every sympathy and utter admiration for the challenges faced by NHS staff who have led the UK’s response to Covid-19, it’s a shame that the same level of respect is not directed at the drivers who have continued to work tirelessly to ensure the nation has access to essential food supplies.

Suicide rates amongst HGV drivers are 20% higher than the national average. 75% of all suicides are male, like the overwhelming majority of truck drivers. Spending endless hours alone in the cab, on the road, alone with their own thoughts, these drivers are high risk. Add to that the heightened sense of urgency to get consignments from A to B to make up for so many other delays and it’s not difficult to see that this is a stressful occupation. Not to mention the fact that HGV drivers regularly face abuse when trying to park their vehicles and they are constantly at risk of a break-in and/or attempts by migrant stowaways to seek refuge in the vehicle.

And yet what are the thanks that these invaluable workers receive for their efforts? Being stranded for hours without food and water because of port delays? Struggling to find somewhere to get a good night’s sleep because of the limited parking facilities that welcome HGV drivers. Experiencing problems to access the most basic of human rights – somewhere with clean toilets, a dedicated wash and shower facility and the ability to buy a nutritious hearty hot dinner.

With the increasing pressures that are being placed on the HGV driver community as a result of the ongoing serious delays at both sea and airports, isn’t it time the UK woke up to the fact that our drivers literally hold the key to putting food on the table this Christmas?

This country is in for a very bumpy ride in the foreseeable future. Don’t believe the politicians who refer to a 24-point plan or strategize that research is underway to address the problems. The supply chain industry needs properly planned solutions, not knee-jerk reactions to every crisis.

And part of this must be an improved appreciation for the outstanding efforts of our HGV drivers.

PML is committed to raising the standard of driver welfare. Way ahead of any of the platitudes put forward by government officials we’ve been planning a state-of-the-art facility conducive to driver needs.

Action not words is what counts.

Mike Parr, MD PML Ltd

PML Expands Lorry Fleet

Perishable Movements Ltd (PML), the global provider of world-class logistics and supply chain solutions, is more than quadrupling its fleet of lorries to cater for the growing demand for the company’s services as the no1 player in the transfer of perishable goods.

By the end of 2021, PML will have taken delivery of 14 new trucks (four DAF and 10 IVECO), with a further 20 new vehicles scheduled for delivery in 2022. All lorries will feature impactful branding and are compliant with the latest Euro V1 emission standards / are D.V.S. Compliant. The substantial increase in the number of vehicles in the PML fleet represents a total investment of £2.5m.

All of the trucks are destined for PML’s new state-of-the-art facility at Lympne, Kent which is due to open January 2022.

Commenting on the investment, Nick Finbow, Sales Director said, “Once again, PML is reinvesting in the business to ensure it can continue to offer the highest standard of customer service, combining exemplary industry knowledge and expertise with the very best technology and innovation. We remain resolute in our commitment to stay ahead of the curve and to future-proof our business, this investment is just another example of PML’s forward-thinking – and the company’s ability to quickly respond to its customers’ needs.”

On Friday 3rd December the first 4 new trucks from Tim Houghton of FVTH Ltd arrived at PML Kent.