PML Reports Business In Good Heath, Despite Pandemic

PML, 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.

In fact, despite the growing impact of the coronavirus, PML has been able to continue a full service and even picked up some new business including a significant contract working with IPL (International Procurement & Logistics – part of the Asda / Walmart family). This involved transporting melons which arrived from Spain to PML, offloading the vehicles and holding the stock under temperature-controlled conditions, picking the orders as required per Regional Distribution Centre and then outloading onto collection vehicles for onwards travel to Asda’s UK stores.

Commenting on the situation, Sales Director Nick Finbow said, “We are fortunate to have a well-established business which means that over the years we have built up a network of contacts which have proved invaluable when faced with identifying new channels and transport solutions to overcome cancelled or rescheduled routes. Looking ahead, our recently launched in-house charter air freight service will play a key role in helping us ride out not only the coronavirus storm but also the anticipated disruptions and new restrictions associated with Brexit. We are well placed to provide our customers with access to the very best supply chain routes, including additional specialist expertise in identifying the optimum air trade lanes to ensure a timely, seamless and methodically controlled transfer of temperature-controlled cargo”.

PML is a family owned business that provides logistics solutions across both import and export operations, moving perishable (and non-perishable) goods by air, by sea and by road.

PML Creates New Charter Freight Manager Role

Perishable Movements Ltd (PML) has appointed Gustavo Mundel into the newly created role of Charter Freight Manager.

Mundel joins the business with a solid track record in chartering air freight having worked on both sides of the business, acting for airlines as well as operating as an independent Charter Broker. Most recently, Mundel worked as the Regional Business Development Manager for an Antonov-124 aircraft carrier specialising in outsized cargo. Prior to this he was the Director of Global Sales & Business Development for a private air charter provider, a role which was preceded by spending almost eight years with two major aircraft charter specialists.

A graduate in Aviation Business Management, the new appointment is indicative of a milestone for both parties: since this is the first time that Mundel has worked directly for a logistics company; while for PML the Charter Freight Manager position represents an exciting extension of in-house resources.

Speaking about the decision to invest in a dedicated charter freight resource, Sales Director Nick Finbow commented, “These are certainly challenging times for any logistics business both in terms of the coronavirus pandemic but also given the uncertainties associated with Brexit and the potential for additional restrictions to be imposed on the movement of goods from one country to another. PML is committed to maintaining its best in class service for the transfer of perishable and refrigerated cargo. The company’s reputation for excellence is based on its ability to identify the optimum supply chain routes for its customers and with air freight representing an increasingly attractive proposition, we are keen to bring in specialist expertise to always ensure access to the optimum air trade lanes. This additional business intelligence adds to our credibility as a global one-stop logistics solution, offering a portfolio of services including storage, packing and freight forwarding – all delivered with a shared dedication to quality customer service; timely, seamless transfers and strict adherence to agreed budgets.”  

PML LTD = Business As Usual!

PML, the global perishable cargo specialist is reassuring its customers, that despite the growing impact of the coronavirus, they are still operating a full service to fulfil their important role in the continued supply of perishable goods.

Whilst the current travel restrictions are making for more challenging times, the company is working tirelessly to identify new channels and transport solutions to overcome any cancelled or rescheduled routes. Managing Director Mike Parr said, “Our message to customers is simple, if you can get your goods to us, we will do our utmost to get your products from point of origin to their destination. PML has an established 17-year heritage in the sector so our network of contacts is second to none. Where necessary we are in a position to arrange air freight services and even charter flights for clients if needed. Our robust crisis management policies are in operation and we are confident that we can work together with our customers to maintain the supply chain and ensure the continued transfer of their products.”

As ever, the business is doing everything to protect and safeguard the workforce and play its part in preventing the spread of the virus, in line with government recommendations. Additional measures that have been taken include: splitting shifts and allowing appropriate staff to work from home; quadrupling of the already stringent and high-level cleansing programme effort at all PML facilities; mandatory wearing of gloves for all packing and warehouse staff and the provision of cleaning kits to all truck drivers to enable them to clean down cabs, door handles and anything they touch before, during and after each shift. The recent roll-out of PML’s new fleet of lorries featuring the innovative powered roller bed floor system has further reduced the amount of direct handling / touching of goods by facilitating the effective loading and unloading of cargo by a single operator.

PML is a family owned business that provides logistics solutions across both import and export operations, moving perishable (and non-perishable) goods by air, by sea and by road.

If you have any concerns or would like to speak to us about how we can assist then please contact the PML team on +44 (0)20 8893 2666 or email


Following President Trump’s announcement of strict travel restrictions for 30 days, from Europe to the US, in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus, PML – the global perishable cargo specialists – advises a solution is available to overcome this dramatic turn of events.

The new rules, which go into effect on Friday 13th, at midnight, are directed at the 26 European states in the Schengen area but does not include the UK or Ireland.

Nick Finbow, Sales Director at PML commented, “We recognise the major concerns this will cause for so many of our clients but for us, it is very much business as usual. European companies or companies with a European base that are looking to send their goods to the US can forward their cargo to the UK and we will seamlessly send the consignment onto the US. Similarly, if cargo is scheduled to return from the US back into Europe, we can receive the goods into the UK, undertake all the necessary customs clearance checks and deliver to the desired European destination. The restriction applies to people, not goods and with our established expertise in transferring cargo, we have the capacity to enable the continued transportation of goods to and from the US.”

To talk to the PML team about your needs please call +44 (0)20 8893 2666 or email

PML Achieves BRC Global Standard For Food Safety Certification (Issue 8)

PML, the global perishable cargo specialist, is celebrating a successful unannounced audit for its packing facility, which has resulted in the company achieving a rating of AA+ under the new BRC Global Standard Issue 8 for Food Safety.

The in-depth audit was carried out over two days and the updated BRC Global Standard for Food Safety takes into consideration new risks and revised legislation and practices intended to improve food safety.

As a leading player in the perishable goods logistics sector, PML provides a packing service at its ideally located Heathrow headquarters, especially designed to follow the important protocols associated with packing temperature-sensitive goods.

Commenting on the accreditation, Sales Director Nick Finbow says, “Customers like to access our in-house packing facility as it represents a route to streamlining the supply chain, reducing road miles and cutting CO2 emissions, allowing their goods to pass directly from our packhouse to a regional distribution centre. By minimising the breaks in the supply chain, both the client and the end-user can enjoy significant cost benefits, as well as the assurance that the perishable goods have been handled by experts in the field – fully trained and highly experienced in understanding the sensitivities associated with the packing and transport of perishable products. As per the overall company ethos of investing in technology to ensure the business is future perfect, we are continuing to monitor new developments in the packing sector and our packhouse manager will be visiting Fruit Logistica in Berlin, to review the latest equipment and innovations entering the market.”

We will be attending Fruit Logistica 2020!

Perishable Movements LTD will be exhibiting in Fruit Logistica for the first time, from the 5th to the 7th of February 2020.

Come and see the team in hall 8.2, stand A-02.

This will be Fruit Logistica’s 28th show. Covering over 1474 feet, more than 78,000 people visit each year from over 80 countries, and we are very excited to be apart of the show this year. This is held in Berlin, Germany.

If you wish to arrange a meeting, please contact a member of the team, or send us an email!

See you all there!

PML’S Blue Sky Thinking Results In Partnership With GreenSky

Perishable Movements Ltd (PML), the no1 player in the transfer of perishable goods market, announces an official partnership with GreenSky, international experts in 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 solution 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 vegetable 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 the 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 1 st 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.”

PML Invests In Refrigerated Vehicles Featuring Pioneering Technology

December 2019: Perishable Movements Ltd (PML), the no1 player in the transfer of perishable goods market, is investing circa £500,000 in six new state-of-the-art trucks, which represent the UK’s first refrigerated trailers to feature a powered roller bed floor system.

The trailers commissioned by PML are being built and designed by Gray & Adams, a family run business that specialises in the delivery of bespoke premium vehicles customised to meet the discerning needs of the client.
Demonstrating PML’s commitment to supporting UK business, the new fleet will be built at Gray & Adams’ Fraserburgh site, while the revolutionary Joloda power roller bed floor system will be manufactured in Anglesey, Wales.

The innovative power roller bed floor system was first developed 10 years ago and enables the automated loading/unloading of containers via a series of drive rollers that are built into the floor surface of the trailer. The benefits of this system are that cargo can be loaded/unloaded without
the input of personnel, making it easier to accurately control the speed of the discharge and therefore offering heightened safety. Although they have been previously used in factories, the new PML trailers denote the first time this technology has been applied to a refrigerated trailer. In addition, the new trucks include electronic / pneumatic controls to complement the refrigerated environment and the very latest fridge unit
system which produces less carbon emissions.

It is estimated that the actual build of the six vehicles will take four weeks, with an estimated completion date of end of January 2020. The trailers will be used by PML to carry air freight containers under strict temperature-controlled conditions. The contents of the containers will range from fresh produce, dairy, meat & fish, flowers & plants and pharmaceutical goods.

Commenting on the investment in the new vehicles, Robert Haynes, Business Development Manager for PML said, “As the leading force in the transfer of perishable goods sector, PML is committed to introducing pioneering new technologies to further enhance the standard of service to its customers. Our relationship with Gray & Adams dates back to five years ago when they were first identified as the preferred supplier to fulfil our requirement for air freight trailer manual loading equipment. Their reputation for innovation and the delivery of ground-breaking technological advances in their field made them the first choice for this project. PML has a busy year ahead with a number of exciting initiatives planned, the investment in new trucks is just the start so watch this space!”.
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Note to editors
• PML is a family business established in 2003.
• The company is dedicated to managing the supply chain of temperature-sensitive goods and operates as an extension of its clients’ activities through a network of overseas and UK accredited agents.
• PML’s operations work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week year-round, offering a full cold chain service, ensuring that product is kept at the temperature required to avoid spoilage.
• The company operates from a 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.
• Frozen and fresh warehousing facility; real-time tracking; packing and distribution.