The new exclusive partnership with Freiburg-based, Streck Transport is important for Davies Turner as it further increases the leading independent UK freight forwarder’s already sizeable portfolio of scheduled overland trailer services with Germany.
Davies Turner beat off strong competition from a number of other forwarding companies based in the UK to secure the exclusive freight forwarding cooperation agreement with Streck, which had been left without a British partner following the ending of its relationship with its former associate.
The two companies now operate daily overland trailer services between the state of Baden-Württemberg in South West Germany and the UK, initially direct into Davies Turner’s regional distribution hubs at Dartford and Coleshill.
Streck Transport is a privately-owned well-established forwarding and logistics group founded in 1946, employing 1,200 staff and with a network across Europe’s largest economy. Its international trailer services are primarily focussed on the south west of the country.
Philip Stephenson, chairman of Davies Turner says that whilst the European road freight market has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, overall market forecasts mask significant variations across geographies and regions.
“Experience during our 150-year existence really has taught us to hope for the best and prepare for the worst, whilst ensuring the company always has strong financial reserves.
“Partnering with a company that shares that philosophy gives us confidence that in the medium and long term future on this particular trade lane there will more opportunities for expansion.
“Freight flows are already viable and despite the current difficult trading conditions we continue to maintain a full, nationwide collection and distribution service for our customers and overseas partners.”
Erich Paul, Head of International Road Department at Streck Transport adds: “The UK is one of our most important trade lanes for overland trailer services, so being able to secure a partnership with a company that is widely recognised as being one the country’s freight forwarding pioneers, since it was created in 1870, is very reassuring.
“We share Davies Turner’s commitment to offering effective, high quality services backed by integrated IT systems, financial stability and professional personnel.”
Both Davies Turner and Streck Transport are members of System Alliance Europe, as are two of Davies Turner’s other three partners in Germany.