Independent warehousing firm International Forwarding has struck a deal for its third storage facility in the West Midlands.
The expansion will help import and export businesses combat disruption from reduced air and sea freight capacity due to coronavirus restrictions as well as provide space for extra goods ahead of upcoming Brexit changes.
Its new 40,000 sq ft warehouse in Garretts Green, Birmingham, will be used for the storage of goods bound for both domestic and European destinations.
The new unit will provide additional capacity for up to 6,000 pallets and is located on the site of Birmingham’s former Hovis bakery, which closed in 2013, close to the M42.
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This latest expansion comes a year after the freight forwarder almost doubled its storage space with a second 21,525 sq ft facility located at its Coleshill HQ.
Managing director Rob Pike said: “These are tough times for everyone but we are very excited to be opening our third warehouse at this strategic site for goods coming into Birmingham or being shipped to Europe.
“It’s a fantastic growth opportunity for the company and will significantly increase our storage capacity.
“Like many other forwarders, our warehouse operations have been running at near maximum capacity throughout lockdown.
“The trend for over-purchasing of goods from Europe is one that is likely to continue in the lead up to Brexit and for the next year at least as companies try to cushion the impacts of disrupted supply chains.
“We are also now able to offer additional temporary space to other freight and logistics operators who are also at capacity.”
International Forwarding was founded in 1989 and now employs 60 staff and has a fleet of 20 trucks and turnover of almost £10 million.