Superior handling services with the UK
In line with Seafrigo making a conscious decision to be asset-heavy to enable complete control of the entire cold chain and avoid reliance on third parties, acquiring PML provides ownership of the company’s HMRC / DEFRA approved Border Control Posts and ERTS bonded warehouse facilities in Kent and Heathrow – in addition to expanding its superior UK customs handling service. It also represents an opportunity to grow the group’s European road freight offering, increasing its HGV fleet by a further 30 Euro 6 compliant lorries, six of which feature the pioneering powered roller bed floor system, representing a UK first.
PML Seafrigo customers will now benefit from seamless access to new supply chain routes all over the world, across air, ocean and road, which includes an exciting new product for ocean freight customers.
Commenting on the acquisition, Seafrigo regional CEO Jason Spencer-Knox said, “These are exciting times for Seafrigo and PML Seafrigo. Not only do the two businesses align in terms of their product offering and dedication to offering an exceptional service which ensures the transfer of temperature controlled goods with no break in the cold chain, they also share a similar ethos in terms of an overriding commitment to always place the needs of the customer at the heart of any corporate decision making, choosing to remain autonomous rather than developing reliance on services controlled by third parties. The sensitive nature of the freight that we both specialise in requires the utmost attention to detail to guarantee an efficient and speedy transfer to maximise shelf life, the ‘golden mile’ is a major hurdle for growers, producers and manufacturers especially in light of the additional challenges presented by Brexit, PML Seafrigo represents a safe and reliable partner to complete the journey. Bringing PML into the Seafrigo fold brings us one step closer to realising our ambition to become the fastest and largest integrated perishable supply chain provider in the UK and globally.”
PML acquisition effective since July 10th
As part of our strategy to achieve our global growth plan and to strengthen our global footprint, the Seafrigo Group completed last July the acquisition of the shares of PML – Perishable Movements Limited (PML) in the United Kingdom. The company is a leading specialist in the movement of perishable goods and operates from three locations in the UK. Effective 10th July 2023, the PML office network and some 170 employees joined the Seafrigo Group network and provide a platform for further growth in the region.