Straightforward Consultancy – friendly, knowledgeable and influential logistics experts

Firstly, thanks for visiting our website today, and if you’re importing or exporting, you’re in the right place. Increasingly, businesses are finding importing and exporting to be costly, time-consuming and confusing so we think you deserve a break! You’ll find our website to be jargon-free, clear and easy to understand.

They say the only constant is change, and international logistics has been a prime example over the last 2 years, whether that’s BREXIT, Covid-19, Customs, or the fluid nature of freight costs. All of these things impact your business and your margins, and now, more than ever, it really does pay to have an expert on hand to get costs, service and Customs compliance under control.

As over 80% of world trade is transacted using Ex Works (EXW) or Free On Board (FOB) Incoterms, UK importers pick up the tab for air freight or ocean freight and are naturally concerned about their landed cost (the cost to get it to their factory)). Equally, many UK exporters sell on CFR, DAP or DDP Incoterms so they too pay the lion’s share of freight costs so have the same concerns.

Our customers range in size from SMEs with 5-10 staff to mid-sized manufacturers with 50-200 staff who had a common dilemma before we came on board. They were concerned about their logistics spend and service but just didn’t have the time, knowledge or resources in-house to conduct a professional review or to manage things day to day. Using our extensive knowledge and experience of this area, we reviewed and refreshed their logistics models, producing significant freight cost savings, marked improvements in service levels and enhanced Customs compliance.

As the world emerged from lockdowns in 2020, it’s fair to say that was an explosion in freight costs, particularly on ocean freight from Asia, with rates jumping by as much as 1000% and these high costs have persisted. So, it’s easy for customers to become punch-drunk and accept this “new normal” when in fact there are better deals to be had, especially as the world economy is beginning to slow. You just need to have the right people at your side.

Despite the challenges for everyone in logistics, 2021 was a record year for us at SCL and we think this was because our Freight Management customers appreciated our daily input and oversight, keeping their logistics models and costs under control in very difficult conditions - and we were rewarded with a huge amount of loyalty. So, if you’re wondering whether we could help a business like yours, please do get in touch, we’d be happy to talk to you, learn about your business and offer suggestions as to how we could help. If you’re not quite certain whether we could help you, please take a quick look at our customer testimonials.

Why Use SCL?

  • Take real control of your logistics and freight spend
  • Improve your service levels
  • Reduce your admin workload
  • Access our expert advice
  • Reduce your freight costs
  • Become Customs compliant
  • Focus on your core activities
  • Manage your Customs import duty costs

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

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