Keeping imported products fresh, clearing customs, DEFRA compliance and a faster route to market, let’s head inside the world of expert logistics and freight movement company Perishable Movements Limited.
It’s been a busy few months, but we’re delighted with our new purpose build Border Control Post (BCP) and DEFRA inspection facility which will keep our clients’ produce fresher for longer and speed up its route to market.
Fully kitted out with scales, magnifying lamps and washing areas, the DEFRA inspection area is completely compliant with UK import customs regulations. It is also set-up to ensure that Covid-19 guidelines as outlined by Public Health England and the UK Government are fully implemented. This includes measures to ensure social distancing can be adhered to by DEFRA inspectors and PML employees. The facility is also cleaned down and sanitised after every inspection.
Inside the Spalding located main warehouse and customs bonded area, you will find a fully approved HM Customs Border Control Post. With the opening of this facility in early November 2020, PML Ltd are able to hold large amounts of uncleared product from the multiple containers and vehicles that arrive at the site throughout the day.
Within the temperature controlled facility, purpose-built equipment such as racking systems are installed to increase capacity for both product awaiting inspection and for product that has passed through the DEFRA inspection area. All produce is kept at the optimum temperature for fresh goods of between 2-4 °C. Any produce that has failed the DEFRA inspection process is stored separately, well away from the other products in the warehouse.
What happens to the produce that fails the DEFRA inspection? As part of PML’s commitment to environmental sustainability and pledge to reduce wastage, all produce that fails DEFRA inspection is taken to an Anaerobic Digestion plant where it is turned into methane to generate electricity.
Want to know how PML can help streamline your freight movement of fresh produce and speed up your perishable goods route to market?
PML, the global perishable cargo specialist is partnering
with transport and logistics company FreshLinc to operate an HMRC /
DEFRA approved Border Control Post (BCP) and ERT (bonded warehouse)
facility at Fresh Linc’s Spalding HQ, enabling a speedier movement of
product from the ports and extending shelf life by up to 48 hours.
The BCP which has been in development for the last four months, will be
effective from 1st January 2021 and represents a £400,000 investment.
This includes the creation of a purpose-built 10,000 sq ft warehouse with
the ability to store 330 pallets; dedicated inspection areas for customs
and DEFRA and the training of four new dedicated staff to run the 24-hour
The decision to set up a BCP away from the ports – Spalding is within
easy reach of both Dover and Southampton docks – is in direct response
to the ongoing delays and excessive queues which currently impede the
onward movement of freight. The imperative to take action is amplified
given the specialist and sensitive nature of PML’s cargo – the majority of
consignments require temperature-controlled conditions – and the
anticipated further disruptions likely to be caused post Brexit.
The long-standing and trusted working relationship between the two
companies has enabled a seamless journey from the inception of the idea
to create a dedicated BCP at FreshLinc’s 70,000 sq ft site, to completion
of all the works required to meet the demanding criteria as defined by
HMRC and DEFRA.
“This is a great opportunity for us to work with PML to maintain the continuation of the food supply chain especially against the backdrop of the uncertain times we are now facing as a result of the challenges posed by Brexit and the coronavirus. The BCP is a perfect example of two like-minded businesses coming together to provide an innovative solution to an industry problem.”
Lee Juniper, Operations Director at FreshLinc.
“This venture will enable us to move product much faster from the ports, cut down on wasted journeys and should ultimately deliver a minimum of 24-48 hours additional shelf life on all our customers’ products. Our priority is to guarantee the safe and timely transfer of goods, ensuring that there are no breaks in the cold chain. By creating a remote BCP, we are no longer constrained by the issues at the ports and PML is able to operate and manage its own facility.”
Twice-weekly service will fly from Nairobi to London carrying essential perishable cargos
We’re thrilled to announce the news that we are now chartering our own airfreight flights. The investment comes as we seek to expand the commercial offering of PML as a leading global perishable cargo specialist. Our new airfreight flights will compliment our pivotal role in maintaining the supply of fresh produce during the pandemic, post Brexit and in support of new UK trade deals.
We’re working in partnership with Kenya Airways and have chartered a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft that will fly from Nairobi to Heathrow twice a week, carrying essential perishable goods on behalf of PML’s clients looking to export out of Kenya.
The two weekly flights began on 18 November and will be able to carry 36 tonnes of cargo per flight. From January, post planned modifications to the aircraft, the capacity will increase to 42 tonnes.
With the flights departing at 04.00 GMT on Wednesdays and Sundays, PML are now able to successfully deliver fresh produce into the UK on the same day as it left Nairobi, representing the speedy transfer that is key to maintaining the quality and shelf life of any fresh produce consignment.
The move to charter a bespoke PML air freight flight comes hot on the heels of the company setting up a dedicated in-house charter air freight service to cater for the increasing demand for the transfer of perishable goods by air.
“We remain committed to providing a seamless service to our clients. With competition to secure availability on chartered air freight services becoming increasingly intense, we were keen to identify a solution that would ensure our ability to guarantee the fastest transfer of perishable goods. The response to this service has been very positive. We anticipate that flights will be operating at full capacity, both up to Christmas and beyond. We are driving forward towards Brexit and are well prepared to navigate restrictions that are likely to severely impact on the supply chain business.”
Fresh Talk Daily has picked up PML’s success in rising to the challenges of Covid-19 and how they are striving to deliver additional services for the customers during the period.
“The global perishable cargo specialist reports the business has successfully risen to the challenges associated with the current Covid-19 outbreak and to date, unlike some other freight agents, has not had to make any job cuts.”
February 2020: Perishable Movements Ltd (PML) will be exhibiting for the first time at this year’s Fruit Logistica. The global perishable cargo specialists will be using the show as a launch platform to showcase a number of exciting developments within the business.
February will witness the roll-out of a fleet of six new state-of-the art trucks which represent the UK’s first refrigerated trailers to feature a powered roller bed floor system, supported by a circa £500,000 investment. The innovative power cargo roller enables the automated loading / unloading of containers with a one-man operation via a series of drive rollers that are built into the floor surface of the trailer, making it easier to accurately control the speed of the discharge and therefore offering heightened safety.
In addition, the business will be revealing a revised corporate identity, the new look for PML represents an evolutionary shift from the original logo that was developed at the time of the company’s inception in 2003 and delivers a more contemporary up to date branded presence. The latest branding will feature on the new trucks and across all PML’s marketing collateral.
As part of the rebranding process, PML has also invested in a new website, which clearly defines the business’ three key areas of expertise – providing logistics solutions by air, by sea and by road. The visuals featured on the website also accurately reflect the broad range of perishable goods categories that the company specialises in, as well as communicating PML’s significant investment in technology to deliver a best in class service.
Commenting on PML’s inaugural visit to Fruit Logistics, Sales Director Nick Finbow says, “2020 is going to be an exciting year for our business and there is no better way to kick-start our plans than by attending this prestigious event. We have an established heritage in the international transfer of fresh produce and enjoy an excellent reputation for our exceptional standard of customer service. PML is renowned for its proven global partner network, working with like-minded companies to ensure the seamless and efficient delivery of goods on time and on budget. We are looking forward to showcasing PML’s expertise and talking to potential new business prospects at Fruit Logistica.”
Overview PML is an import and export logistics business based in Heathrow. Established in 2003 PML manages road, sea and air freight, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round
Whilst retaining long-standing contracts and building strong relationships within the perishables sector PML has the capability and facilities to manage all types of freight from a variety of sectors.
Key staff Mike Parr – Owner Nick Finbow – Managing Director Robert Haynes – Business Development Manager Simon Hanley – Business Development Manager Stuart Coleman – Sea Freight and Logistics Ops Manager
A family business established in 2003
PML started with just one customer who enlisted PML for air freight import and from this point, PML quickly secured more business. They started with an 8,000 square feet warehouse and today manage a warehousing facility of 64,000 square feet
The company’s sea freight operation started 10 years ago
For the past seven years they have been increasing their presence in air freight exports
PML handles freight from South Africa, Asia, West Coast USA and Latin America
PML invests heavily to ensure that they can offer their customers the best possible service and facilities
X-ray machine, £125k
Metal detector, £200k
Vacuum cooler, £75k
Refrigeration and white walling, £1.25m
Roller bed, £120k
State-of-the art trucks featuring powered roller bed floor system
Business offers a full cold chain service and ensures that product is kept at the temperature required to avoid spoilage
64,000 sq ft temperature-controlled facility making PML the largest perishable agent
ERTS (Enhanced Remote Transit Shed) Bonded warehouse, HMRC approved – meaning that PML can hold uncleared freight in their customs bond
Own 8 artic roller bed reefer trailers and 1 x 18 tonne roller bed reefer
Frozen and fresh warehousing facility
Roller bed system for unloading ULDs (unit load device – pallet or container used to load freight)
January 2020: Perishable Movements Ltd (PML), the no1 handling agent of perishable goods, announces an official partnership with GreenSky, international experts in perishable air freight logistics.
The move to work with GreenSky provides PML with the ability to expand its global partner network into Mexico and offer customers further trade lanes in to, and out of, the North America region.
PML has linked with GreenSky for many years under a non-partnership agreement but the company was keen to cement a more formal arrangement, underpinning the business’ commitment to providing a seamless door-to-door air freight solution to Mexico.
Commenting on the news, Nick Finbow, Sales Director says, “GreenSky represents a perfect fit for PML, we have known our colleagues there for many years and as a result, have built up a working relationship based on trust. GreenSky shares our dedication to delivering an exceptional customer service experience which represents the best in class in the perishable fruits and vegetables sector. This arrangement enables us to provide clients seeking to move goods from Mexico to the UK with a one- stop shop, handled by a highly reputable agent with proven local knowledge and an unsurpassed standard of operations which includes triple inspection of product, technologically advanced global documentation, and the quickest delivery schedule possible. Although initially we will be operating out of the main growing areas in Mexico, both companies are optimistic about the opportunity to extend this offering to include additional export routes based on GreenSky’s global air freight experience. The partnership will be effective from 1st January and marks another important milestone for PML, enabling the business to capitalise on the buoyant Mexico market, which is currently witnessing the export of salad onions, blueberries, blackberries, eggplant and avocado.
Traditionally, these products have been transferred by numerous agents or faceless multinationals but with the new deal in place PML can offer a viable alternative proposition to growers, exporters and importers, backed by our heritage as a trusted, customer-service driven and 100% reliable logistics provider.”