Freight Forwarding helps customers to transport goods both within Europe and around the world. Mon Verstegen, General Manager Freight Forwarding, explains how this rapidly evolving aspect of our operations thinks and moves quickly to meet the needs of demanding customers.
“Freight Forwarding Benelux has offices in Rotterdam and Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Freight Forwarding is a non-asset-based service. In other words, we don’t own any of our own capacity. Instead, we buy that capacity from others. This could be something as simple as a truck, or it could be container space on ships, or air capacity to anywhere in the world from Amsterdam. We also book rail space from Europe to China and vice versa, often a complete train with hired equipment and containers.
Tailored solutions for international customers
We are also different in that we don’t ‘own’ our own standard A to B trade links for regular customers in the way that our Multimodal transportation activity does. Our role is to put together ad hoc and specialised solutions. So, for instance, a shipment arrives from South America into a European port and we arrange the onward transportation to, say, Germany. Our main commodity is food stuff, which is often temperature sensitive.
Responding to rapid changes
The market is evolving more quickly than ever and we have to change to keep up so that we offer the best route at the best price. There is a premium on the available capacity for one-off situations so we have to think differently and find alternatives.
At the same time, we are digitising more and more of our activities so that customers can follow and manage their shipments. One thing we aim to do in the future is to give them temperature visibility throughout the journey as this is important for food logistics.
Sustainability and service
Samskip is very much committed to sustainability and that’s a real challenge for us because we don’t own our own assets, so we can’t really control the emission. We utilise options like barges wherever possible but we always have to balance customer service with price and efficiency. That said, paying more for good service will, ultimately, save customers money because they will save time on monitoring shipments.
Cooperation within Samskip
Although we are somewhat unique within Samskip we cooperate closely with other parts of the company all the time. After all, our company slogan is ‘Together We Make Things Happen’. The different companies within the group complement each other and that is what makes us strong. We often buy services and capacity from other Samskip entities like Samskip Multimodal, our Norwegian shipping service Nor Lines, and our operation in Iceland. We also work closely with Samskip Multimodal on Brexit-related customs matters and documentation so that our customers don’t experience delays. Air services fly Nordic fish all over the world and complement our Breakbulk division with charter flights on special projects where time is of the essence.
Working in Freight Forwarding
Freight Forwarding is very dynamic. There’s a new challenge every day and always another project coming up. So, you need a flexible, hands-on mindset that can take the bull by the horns so that you get the best out of yourself every day, week and month of the year.
Samskip is a big name with good employee benefits. You are also encouraged to think with us and give your input. And you’re in a truly international environment. We have offices around the world and we work with agents in many countries. Working with all those locations to solve complex shipping problems for our customers is extremely satisfying.”
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Global Director Freight Forwarding
Strategy, growth and motivation. Oversee all aspects of a large, sophisticated and global freight forwarding function.
Samskip is a leading player in the field of international transport and shipment operations. Central to our success is a freight forwarding operation that is rigorously focused on optimizing profits through revenue growth, productivity improvements and cost controls. Do you have the skills, vision and experience to oversee and further improve freight forwarding at Samskip? Can you motivate a global team so that it performs at the top of its game, every day? If so, we invite you to explore this high-level role in which you will be positioned to take your career to the next level while playing a major role in determining the shape of Samskip’s ongoing and future success.
Heb jij ervaring met expeditie en ben je graag dagelijks in contact met klanten? Wil je je steentje bijdragen aan het opzetten van een nieuwe afdeling en je daarmee in korte tijd op een breed vlak ontwikkelen? Dan kun je je hart ophalen op onze afdeling.
Samskip leter etter en pålitelig, motivert og disiplinert Logistikkoordinator med suveren evne til å håndtere komplekse oppgaver og kommunisere ideer på en inspirerende måte. Den rette kandidaten vil få gode karrieremuligheter i et globalt transportfirma som tilrettelegger for profesjonell utvikling.
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