BRITISH forwarder Davies Turner says it is taking advantage of an "increasing trend by UK retailers to place more frequent and smaller orders with suppliers in North Africa, the southern Mediterranean and the Balkans, but above all, Turkey".
Davies Turner said it is championing trade with Turkey, and boasts that it derives great strength and customer benefits from working with Ekol Logistics.
"Volumes on our inbound trailer services from Turkey are going through the roof," said Davies Turner sales director John McCartney.
"Production costs may be slightly higher than in South Asia or the Far East, but shorter lead times and the ability to order higher or lower volumes in response to rapidly changing levels of demand is encouraging near-sourcing," he said.
"The recent moves by Ekol to charter three ro-ro ferries to run between Istanbul and Trieste with a capacity of 250 trailers per ferry and to operate thrice-daily block trains between Trieste and Cologne, as well as Ostrava on the Czech-Poland border, gives us multiple routing options and the capacity to handle future growth," Mr McCartney said.