UK LEADING independent freight forwarder, Davies Turner, is to expand its trade using greener transport modes, between the UK and Turkey through its long-standing partnership with Istanbul's Ekol Logistics.
Davies Turner chairman Philip Stephenson said its partnership with Ekol, which covers more than 20 years within the region, will complete its pan-European coverage and operate as a gateway to countries such as Iraq.
"Turkey is right up there among the new wave of countries with the strongest economies, and with its rapidly growing private sector its GDP is predicted to increase by more than four per cent during 2013, compared to 0.1 per cent at best within the Eurozone," Mr Stephenson said in a company statement of its fastest growing market, comparable to the best Far-East markets.
Ekol is at the forefront of environmental initiatives through its development of rail and ro-ro alternatives to traditional direct overland operations between Turkey and the EU which removes thousands of tonnes of pollution and CO2 emissions used during a direct road truck journey.
It has chartered three ro-ro ferries to run between Istanbul and Trieste with a capacity of 350 trailers per ferry and operates thrice-daily block trains between Trieste and Cologne, as well as Ostrava on the Czech-Poland border.
"We had been cautious earlier about taking on too many more northbound customers and prospects, but Ekol's investment in the ferries and the block train services has sent a clear message to the market, and recent success on the southbound leg has allowed us to canvass and take on more northbound business," he added of its competitive mix of alternative transport modes.
The partnership plays to Ekol's strength on full loads and Davies Turner a leader in groupage services over the UK/Turkish two-way trade lane in trailer, sea-container and air cargo services.
Ekol's ability to win large contracts with the Netherlands and Germany supports major and regular traffic flows from car manufacturers in and out of the UK. The company boasts half a million square metres of warehousing capacity since its latest facility of a 5,000 square metre warehouse opened year-end in Cologne adjacent to the main rail freight terminal.