Perishable Movements Ltd (PML) has promoted Simon Hanley to the role of Sales Manager.
The global perishable cargo specialist has created the position following the company’s significant growth and in light of the business’s expansion to offer its services out of Spalding and – the most recent acquisition – Lympne, Kent, alongside the existing head office at Heathrow.
Hanley, who joined PML five years ago, has been promoted from his previous role as Business Development Manager. During his tenure with the business, he has acquired experience working across all aspects of the company’s air, sea, road, import and export operations. Prior to his initial appointment at PML, Hanley was working in the ambient freight forwarding sector.
The Sales Manager position will see Hanley managing a team of four and reporting directly to Sales Director Nick Finbow. He is charged with a remit of growing the Spalding and Kent facilities and further developing PML’s air freight exports, with a specific focus on companies looking to export their perishable goods to the Middle and Far East. Although based at Heathrow, Hanley will also be spending a significant amount of time at the company’s two additional sites.
Commenting on the promotion, Hanley said, “Working at PML has opened up many opportunities for me. I joined the company because I was attracted to the progressive working environment here. It’s a flat organisation so there’s no room for protracted discussions and excessive bureaucracy, decisions are made quickly to enable everyone to move forward with their roles. If you present a compelling case for a particular activity, the senior management team is incredibly supportive and receptive to new initiatives. I’m looking forward to the fresh challenges this position represents and relish the prospect of being part of PML’s continued success and established recognition as an industry leader, success that is befitting of the clear commitment to forward thinking and continuous re-investment in the business.”
This month #PML‘s Mike Parr is a guest contributor to the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s magazine to talk about tackling the carbon emissions target.
Perishable Movements Ltd (PML), the global perishable cargo specialist, is taking a proactive approach to reducing the company’s carbon emissions. For a business that is focused on the transfer of temperature sensitive cargo by air, road and sea, this is a sizeable challenge and one which requires a matched input from those responsible for addressing the emissions associated with these modes of transport.
For its part, PML has researched the opportunity to switch to electric trucks, as well as reviewing the potential to move to more sustainable fuel types. To date, despite investing considerable time to seek out suitable alternatives, the options remain very limited and are currently not commercially viable.
As of 1 st April of this year, the entire fleet of PML trucks (which amounts to 9 artics) are Euro VI compliant, which represents a positive step towards controlling carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide emissions.
The Sales Director has taken delivery of an electric company car and as and when company car renewals arise, PML will look at a shift toward electric or at least hybrid vehicles. This is despite the hefty price tag associated with such purchases, an investment that is worthwhile given the clear benefits to the environment.
Our 64,000 square foot warehouse regularly receives and packs consignments of food and as such, generates a substantial amount of cardboard and polythene-based packaging. The business now recycles all of its cardboard and polythene to minimise the contribution to landfill and maximise the potential to reuse these materials.
As a logistics business, we have a significant number of employees who are charged with providing administrative support. The back office to PML’s operations is essential to its success and while it may not be able to fully address the emissions targets via our transport teams, the office is making great strides in adopting new environmentally friendly practices.
At our Heathrow headquarters, we have taken the decision to change 80% of our lighting to being motion-sensor driven, resulting in a reduction in electricity consumption which in turn, will negatively impact on the business’s carbon emissions footprint.
Looking ahead, PML is about to take on a new facility outside of the Heathrow area and we are proud to confirm that these premises will be featuring solar panels which will also help to reduce electricity usage and therefore will contribute to a drop in carbon emissions.
PML is focused on looking at further ways in which to operate as an environmentally responsible business and will continue to adopt new practices which will enable it to deliver against the sustainability agenda. However, this is surely an area where the industry needs to unite to instigate real change?
We would advocate that an industry-wide initiative is launched which specifically targets the need to tackle carbon emissions, which enables us to work with those involved in providing the vehicles which we are so reliant on. Manufacturers of trucks need to feel reassured that there is a genuine appetite for change and more needs to be done to ensure that there are financial incentives for investing in eco-friendly modes of transport which will go towards offsetting the initial inflated upfront payment.
There needs to be clearer thinking about we work together to improve emissions. We’ve already seen a clear example of how the push towards demonstrating clear commitment to environmental concerns can sometimes be at the expense of failing to recognise a detrimental effect on a whole industry sector. The Mayor of London’s decision to extend the Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) to make it tougher for heavier vehicles to drive within the Greater London area – including Heathrow – has effectively rendered Heathrow’s mission to become an equal to Paris CDG and Amsterdam (in terms of airfreight) impossible. The excessive charges associated with the LEZ combined with the eye-watering penalty fees has resulted in a number of European hauliers refusing to come to Heathrow. So, while the Mayor’s emissions target will benefit, this is at an unacceptably high price for the industry. For PML, this latest attempt to deal with emissions has made it untenable to extend our operations in Heathrow. Dealing with emissions we wholeheartedly agree with. But this needs to be implemented with clear proof of joined up thinking which can only be achieved if the industry is invited to collaborate with those making the decisions.
Following the ensuing radio silence post a letter to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan challenging the crippling effect that extending the Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) will have on its business, global perishable cargo specialist Perishable Movements Ltd (PML) has taken the decision to move some of its operations out to Kent.
The forward-thinking company has invested around £3.5m in the purchase of a 100,000 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 which does not attract the charges / penalties associated with using the roads within the Greater London area affected by the new LEZ standards.
The company plans to apply for remote HMRC / DEFRA approved Border Control Post (previously known as a Border Inspection Post (BIP) status to enable a faster transit of consignments out of the Port of Dover (which currently does not have a BCP). The move 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), by up to 4 hours.
PML signed contracts on the new warehouse on 28th May 2021 and anticipates that once the necessary refurbishments have been undertaken, the 24/7 operation which will handle daily consignments of food – for packing, loading and unloading – will be up and running in 16 weeks. 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, PML’s latest venture comprises 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. The company plans to spend around £1m on refurbishments to bring the building up to its exacting standards and to ensure best practice in the handling of fruit, meat, fish and flowers. This will include the creation of dedicated inspection areas and offices for customers.
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 news, 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 and Heathrow, 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.”
This week Logistics UK has voiced concern over new rules on lorry drivers parking in Kent laybys and the adverse affect this is having on driver welfare.
Mike Parr, Director at Perishable Movements Limited issued this statement earlier today:
“PML whole-heartedly supports the over-arching concerns of Logistics UK, regarding the banning of lorry parking for more than 45 minutes at a time in laybys across several areas of Kent, which effectively reduces the opportunity for drivers to take the legally required rest period.
No driver would opt for a layby as their first choice for a rest break, we’d always recommend drivers park up in a location which represents a safe and secure stopping point, preferably with easy access to suitable toilet and wash facilities and of course, a good meal. With such a significant shortage of HGV parking facilities in Kent, these drivers have limited options at the moment and while we appreciate Kent County Council don’t want to have lorries blocking laybys, surely more needs to be done to provide these drivers – who are the lifeline to maintaining essential food & drink as well as medical supplies to the UK – with a more fit for purpose parking solution?
As a leading player in the efficient transfer of perishable cargo we believe this is an important industry issue that needs addressing as a matter of urgency.
PML is currently working on a plan to resolve the problems in Kent.
At Perishable Movements Limited we really care about the goods we deliver by air, by sea, and by road.
We understand what it takes to produce a world-class product. We take the time to listen from the grass roots up.
Graham Penny is Commercial Director at Randall Parker, a leading supplier of quality beef and lamb. He explains why Randall Parker chooses PML over other logistics and perishable goods transport companies.
“Everybody wants a story of provenance for the product that they’re buying. Consumers want to know that they’re buying produce that’s come from a sustainable source. They want to know that the farmers are caring for the land not just now, but for the future.
“They want to know that the meat that they’re buying has got full farm assurance and full traceability. When the lamb is ready PML sends the meat off and we rest easy knowing that the airfreight or the sea containers are going to arrive at their final destination on time and in the right condition.”
“There are no late night phone calls saying the product has missed an airplane slot or that there’s been a problem with the container because no one plugged it in. PML gives us total peace of mind with our logistics”.
About Randall Parker:
Randall Parker Foods is a leading supplier of quality lamb and beef. Our customers choose us for the best quality, provenance and service.
We work closely with our farmer suppliers and combine the state of the art technology with traditional butchery skill to deliver the best quality and best value products.
We supply quality lamb to major high street retailers, local butchers, food service and international markets.
Buying produce that’s proudly made in Britain is great for the country’s economy and its farmers. It also reduces the carbon footprint that comes with importing fresh produce from overseas.
Although lamb is traditionally a spring meat and the #1 choice for an Easter Sunday roast, early-April isn’t actually the best time to buy british lamb. In fact, the majority of the lamb that we buy in supermarkets at Easter is imported from countries such as New Zealand to meet the demand.
Why? Sheep are naturally tuned to giving birth in early spring, once the frosty winter has passed and spring’s fresh grass is growing. ‘Lamb’ in the food sense refers to any sheep under a year old. The succulent ‘new-season lamb’ that we enjoy at Easter is generally four to six months old which means British newborn lamb is off the menu in April.
If we truly want to support British farmers and take a more sustainable approach to supply chain and perishables the ideal time to buy British lamb is in the summer months. In May and June lamb is at its most tender but as the season progresses the flavour develops.
In this case study Perishable Movements Limited (PML) visits Place Farm in Berkshire, this is where customer, Randall Parker rears its lambs. We explore how PML supports the UK’s perishable goods supply chain from field to fork.
PML has worked with Randall Parker for over three years collecting fresh produce from source and transporting it to PML’s Heathrow HQ for forward transportation both across the UK and abroad. The fresh produce is transported in PML’s custom fitted temperature controlled fleet of trucks to ensure that the meat remains in an unbroken cold chain. For products such as Halal lamb this seamless process from source is essential to ensure that the tight deadlines for transportation (halal lamb must arrive in the country of consumption within 72hours of being produced) are met. To ensure that the needs of the supply chain are met, PML run a 24/7/365 global transportation service.
A Border Control Post is an inspection post designated and approved in line with EU legislation for carrying out checks on animals and animal products arriving from third countries at a European Union border. These checks are carried out to protect animal and public health, and animal welfare.
Perishable Movements Limited have a DEFRA approved Border Control Post in Spalding, Lincolnshire and it’s now officially open for business.
Collaboration between PML and FreshLinc aims to reduce the pressure at ports
PML and FreshLinc’s venture to operate a remote HMRC / Defra-approved Border Control Post (BCP) and ERT (bonded warehouse) facility has finally been approved and is now up and running.
Completed ahead of Brexit, the global perishable cargo specialist partnered with transport and logistics company FreshLinc to run the operation at Fresh Linc’s Spalding HQ, to enable a speedier movement of product from the ports and therefore delivering an extended shelf life of up to 48 hours. However there was a delay of over three months for the project to be greenlighted due to the pandemic.
The BCP, which sits on a 70,000 sq ft site, should have been effective from 1 January 2021 and represents a £400,000 investment. The facility includes a purpose-built 10,000 sq ft warehouse with the capacity to store 330 pallets and dedicated inspection areas for customs and Defra. Four new staff have been trained to ensure a round-the-clock service.
The two sides explain that the Spalding location is ideally placed for freight traffic coming out of Dover and Southampton docks and the move to set up a BCP away from the ports “represents a solution to the delays and excessive queues which impede the onward movement of freight.”
PML sales director Nick Finbow said: “It is unfortunate that the official opening of the facility at Spalding was delayed but of course, we are accepting that we are all working under exceptional circumstances. We are delighted that we can now offer our customers the benefit of a safe and speedy transfer out of the ports which should ultimately deliver a minimum of 24-48 hours additional shelf life on perishable goods with no break in the cold chain.
“As a business PML has always demonstrated forward thinking and is proactive in identifying innovative solutions to any challenge which threatens to impede its ability to deliver the effective, seamless service for which it is renowned.”
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PML reflects on a chaotic few months for the logistics sector, telling us how it has successfully adapted its business, and looks ahead to the next Brexit pinch points.
The drama associated with Brexit has featured heavily on the business
agenda for some time, but over the last few months tensions have been running
particularly high. Companies like PML, a global operator which specialises in
the transfer of perishable goods, have been preparing for the UK’s final departure
from the EU since March 2017, when the official two-year countdown began. But
the constant uncertainty, amended timelines and unprecedented last-minute
adjustments have not made for an easy transition.
The business reports 700-800 weekly truck movements both into and out of
the EU since the final 31 December 2020 deadline and the adoption of the new
required protocols has been fairly seamless. PML invested a significant amount
of time and resource to ensure its customers were kept up to date with the new
The 90 per cent of those that engaged with the company and took on board
the need to prepare well in advance have enjoyed a relatively smooth shift over
to the new system, despite the onerous amount of additional paperwork that is
now required. However, needless to say, those clients that failed to pay any
attention to the regular updates provided by PML have run into problems.
Their cavalier approach has resulted in a flurry of last-minute
questions and enquiries, resulting in unnecessary pressure on both parties.
Trying to put in place systems at the 11th hour to
generate the newly required export documentation, Movement Reference Numbers
(MRNs), phytosanitary certification and copy invoices is simply not possible.
“Those customers that have had their operations adversely affected as a
result of Brexit have to concede that to a certain degree this is due to their
failure to prepare,” says PML’s sales director Nick Finbow. “However, the
government’s handling of events has certainly not helped either. There has been
a distinct lack of clarity from senior decision makers and it has been a real
challenge to keep up to speed with the constant changes, even in the first week
of January we were being advised of new measures.”
To provide further assistance to its customers, PML has set up a
dedicated road freight division, managed by a staff of seven to provide a full
seven-days-a-week operation. Part of this team’s remit, in addition to
processing all the customs entries and Defra paperwork, is to help customers
who have got the paperwork trail correct but are still being refused entry at
“We’ve had instances where we have submitted the relevant documents as
specified by the government authorities, only to be advised that we need to
provide other paperwork,” says Finbow. “We’ve then gone back again with the
original documentation which was suddenly deemed acceptable. On one occasion, a
driver made three separate approaches to get through at Eurotunnel and it was
only on the third try that he was given clearance. Clearly, there is an
unacceptable lack of understanding and training at some ports, which is placing
further pressure on the system.”
PML says it predicted the likely bottlenecks at the ports, which is why
last year, it partnered with transport and logistics company FreshLinc to
operate an HMRC and Defra-approved Border Control Post (BCP) and ERT (bonded
warehouse) facility at FreshLinc’s Spalding HQ, to enable a speedier movement
of product and therefore extend the shelf life of perishable consignments by up
to 48 hours.
The BCP was completed on schedule, with a planned launch date of 1
January 2021. However, despite initial approval by Defra and local inspectors,
the BCP is still awaiting final sign off from HMRC and Defra. As a result,
PML’s customers are unable to benefit from the venture that was specifically
designed to overcome the constraints at the ports to ensure no breaks in the
“Naturally this is a very frustrating situation, especially since we
worked so hard to get the operation up and running within a tight time frame,
says Finbow. “It took just five months to realise our plans of putting up
10,000 sq. ft warehouse with dedicated inspection areas. However, we accept
that the current pandemic and associated lockdown restrictions have definitely
playing a part in hindering the various government agencies ability to sign off
the facility. We hope to be able to utilise the BCP, which is in easy reach of
both Dover and Southampton docks, in the near future.”
The next Brexit pinch point will be 1 April when further Defra legislation relating to the transfer of fresh produce in and out of the EU is anticipated, resulting in even more inspections. Back-up plans are already in place but PML acknowledges that the company may need to once again review its operations when further details become available. “Fortunately, we are a resilient and forward-thinking business, so we’ve been able to continue trading throughout the pandemic and have successfully navigated the myriad challenges posed by Brexit,” Finbow says. “We are confident of our ability to deal with the next phase of operational changes and will continue to do our best to update and inform our customers as quickly as possible as and when further details are released.
Perishable Movements Ltd (PML), the global perishable cargo specialist, continues its commitment to investing in state-of-the-art technology and innovative equipment, with the purchase of a quarter of a million pound (£250,000) multi-head packaging machine.
The latest addition to PML’s Heathrow base will have a dramatic impact on productivity, due to the number of heads (16 compared to the traditional 14), which delivers unrivalled speed and efficacy. By installing the new Vegatronic 6000 machine, PML’s packaging rate for sugar snaps, mange tout and physalis has doubled, increasing from 40-45 packs per minute to an impressive 90-100.
The enhanced speed of operation requires an additional member of staff (from two to three) to ensure a seamless production line, while the versatility, ease of use and improved access for cleaning all represent further benefits. In the long term, PML anticipates using the multi-head packaging machine for other products.
Commenting on the company’s latest investment, Sales Director Nick Finbow said, “PML has always been at the forefront of ploughing investment back into the business and adapting all operations to offer its customers a service which reflects optimum maximum efficiency. This latest purchase will enable us to pack more items, at double the speed, meaning that we are well placed to respond to delays in the supply chain – eg if a flight is delayed – and counteract any potential disruption to the original onward transport schedule.”
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