Good year for Polfrost groupage and Irish butter shipments east.
Success in selling international frozen groupage services and a bit of „luck from the Irish” added up to a banner year for the Heerlen, Holland-based office of Polfrost International Spedition.
„We handled 170 full loads of intervention butter out of Ireland in the last two months alone,” Mark Lenssen, commercial manager for operations in Western Europe, told Quick Frozen Foods International on December 6. „Approximately 450 tons went to Kazakhstan, and 210 tons were shipped to Uzbekistan.”
Headquartered in Warsaw, Polfrost specializes in refrigerated transportation over road and rail to and from Poland as well as Russia and the former Soviet states.
„A lot is happening in Poland, as it shifts more and more into an importing as well as exporting country. Several years ago it was mainly one-way traffic, with frozen vegetables going to foreign buyers,” said Lenssen. „Now we are regularly arranging less than container load shipments for just-in-time deliveries into the growing Polish market.”
Interestingly, the company is also moving quite a lot of non-food product both eastward and westward. Flat screen television sets manufactured in Poland by LG and Sony, for example, are transported to Holland, Belgium and the UK. In the other direction, tiles, flooring and additional building materials are increasingly being shipped to Kazakhstan.
In a move to further improve distribution options for suppliers of temperature-sensitive food products bound for retail and foodservice end users, Polfrost will invest in building a new coldstore in central Poland during 2007.
In anticipation of more groupage transport opportunities in the future, the company will soon announce its membership in a new cooperative group that will pool the services of coldstore operators and logistics specialists in numerous European countries including Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The plan is to link together a reliable network that will efficiently speed frozen food deliveries by motorway, rail and sea.
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