GRAIN TRANSPORT IS THE SECOND EXPORT ACTIVITY IN FRANCE AFTER AUTOMOBILES
Grain traffics represent almost 40% of Forwardis’ activity. Given its ISO22000 and GMP+ certification, this freight forwarder is positioned as an European leader for these traffics. In order to increase its development, it recently established an international dedicated team to help its clients with their development. This team aims at desiging and implementing end-to-end solutions to meet the clients’ needs regarding the whole agribusiness sector.
- Forwardis handles up to 3 millions tons of grains each year using 4 modes :
Railway : It is Forwardis major activity. 2000 trains are chartered each year, from French silos to several harbours, from France to Italy via the Modane pass or Switzerland (15 trains weekly), to Germany, Belgium or the Netherlands. It also helps its clients vary their sourcing, namely departing from Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic as well as other countries of central and oriental Europe.
Rail/road combined transport : Nowadays mostly between France and Italy (almost 1500 swap bodies dispatched in 2015).
Fluvial/waterway : All national river basins (Seine, Northern Canal, Moselle, Rhine, Danube, Rhone) are served, up to 750 000 tons per year).
Road : Forwardis also deals with road haulage, as an upstream or downstream complement to bulk transport.
- Forwardis helps its clients exporting :
Forwardis dispatches grains for export to Africa and Asia via large port hubs, namely Rouen, Dunkirk,… Forwardis is also active with land ports.
- Forwardis helps grains actors in their development :
Forwardis monitors and looks after the execution of its clients shipments and takes full responsibility for them right up to their final destination. A single contact is at the client’s disposal to guarantee service quality throughout the relationship. Forwardis’s tracking & tracing services ensure full traceability of its clients’ cargo all along the whole transport chain.
Forwardis’s ambition is to increase its abilities and its international services offers. Therefore a dedicated committee has been created. A team of 5 members fluent in main European languages, led by Forwardis SA’s sales manager Sébastien Vacher, is in charge to design solutions able to cover all major European flows.
SUGAR AND LIQUIDS (BIOFUEL OIL, ALCOHOL AND WINE) : AN EXPANDING MARKET
Forwardis’ international teams roll out inovative rail / road solutions allowing its clients to obtain economies of scale and CO2 to ship sugar to Spain, Italy, Belgium or Switzerland. That way, Forwardis has ensured a haulage of 400.000 tons of sugar in 2015 for its clients. Edible liquids (biofuel oil, alcohol and wine) are shipped over to Germany, Belgium, Italy, and even over to Russia.
A DEDICATED TEAM
Sébastien Vacher manages a team of 5 members in charge of international development. As he has been a goods transport specialist for 15 years, he explains : « the need to adopt a chameleon like behaviour : we need to adapt ourselves, we back up our clients’ projects, we do everything and beyond to come up with the right solutions. ».