Welcome

Firstly, thanks for visiting our site today. We’ve deliberately kept it simple and easy to navigate, because we know many customers find international logistics and Customs to be the complete opposite and we’re keen to simplify everything and translate logistics jargon into a language you can actually understand!

In the light of a constantly changing landscape, be that regulatory (Union Customs Code, SOLAS ocean freight regulations) or commercial (the rapid rise in ocean freight rates from Asia in the last 12 months), it's made being an importer or an exporter more costly and complex.

Furthermore, the weakness of sterling against the US dollar has also ramped up freight costs by 20% since the EU referendum in 2016 so this a major concern for importers and exporters who are desperate to control their costs and preserve some margin. Importers are now living in a sub USD 1.30 environment so really need to take action. 

So where should you start? Many companies would like to review their international logistics spend, carrier performance and Customs compliance however freight and Customs is justifiably regarded as a complex area and most don't have the time or expertise in-house to do this professionally.

This is how we came to launch Straightforward Consultancy in 2010, as we knew we could use our industry, market knowledge and extensive contacts to great effect and become a virtual logistics manager for our customers, reducing costs, improving service and providing expert advice and support day to day. We offer services for both established and new importers and exporters and you'll see details of the results in the testimonials and case studies areas below.

Our MD, Andy Cliff has a broad understanding of logistics and is often interviewed by logistics publications such as Freight Business Journal. He has also been announced as a panel judge at the prestigious BIFA Freight Service Awards for 2017, having served on the panel for the Lloyds Loading List Global Freight Awards in 2015 and 2016.

We’re super-responsive, friendly, knowledgeable and have a loyal customer following – so why not make contact and arrange a free consultation? If you're unsure, please give us a call or take a look at our customer testimonials.

We're also very active on LinkedIn, Twitter and our blog, Logistics Simplified, sharing advice and opinions on the fast-changing world of logistics!

Why Use SCL?

  • Reduce your costs by an average of 35%
  • Strong track record and customer testimonials
  • Improve service levels and keep costs firmly under control
  • Knowledge of freight market and Customs procedures
  • Lower your workload
  • Access to expert impartial advice
  • Shared savings and activity based fee models
  • Free consultation / assessment
  • Improve Customs compliance and explore duty reliefs
  • Growing influence in the marketplace

If you would like to discuss any aspect of your own supply chain or would like some independent advice, please contact us.

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