Freight forwarder Oast Agencies has reported a “significant” upturn in its trade with China following the start of a partnership with China-based BLD Logistics.
The relationship enables Oast (part of the Meachers Group) to provide its customers with an end-to-end logistics solution for the management of goods to and from China.
As a result its service portfolio in China has increased, and now includes order chasing, shipment consolidation, track & trace, customs and freight management door to door, and storage and distribution.
The company reckons cross-trade shipments are a growing requirement and says that as a result, the ability to offer quality control activities, is “particularly valuable” to some customers that may find Chinese quality and order fulfilment to be an issue.
Oast managing director Clive Broadley, said: “In current conditions where costs and resources are an increasing challenge, the Oast Agencies-BLD partnership is providing increasingly attractive solutions. Companies place an order and we manage the rest, keeping them informed of progress at all stages of their cargo movement.
“Although China is not immune from the effects of the worldwide economic climate, the country’s economy grew by nine per cent in 2008 and is predicted grow by eight per cent during 2009. “China remains a most important trade and investment market for us and we are determined to develop every opportunity.”