Marie Boyer, managing director of the European freight forwarder France Line International Transport Ltd, known as France Line, discusses the post-Brexit realities for her independent business which specialises in cross channel road freight services between the UK and France. “With a few fortunate examples, the first few months of 2021 have been exceptionally tough on UK manufacturers and freight forwarders. What we have found crucial to our success is the way we have adapted and re-evaluated our organisations and found new ways to keep trading on profitably despite so many factors working against us.
…and the government needs to step up, says the Anglo-French and European Road Freight Specialist France Line.
The queues at customs and at Britain’s key ports have been lengthening since the 2nd week of January 2021, with chaos building and its authorities need to do more to resolve deeper issues, says France Line’s Managing Director Marie Boyer from their HQ in Trafford Park. “Cross-channel traffic was relatively light early January, but that was largely a result of depressed demand,
Business at cross-channel and European freight forwarder France Line International Transport remains buoyant, despite the frustrating, ongoing uncertainty over Brexit – an uncertainty that is unquestionably now harming UK competitiveness, says managing director Marie Boyer. Healthy trading figures along with ongoing development and growth of new services contributed to France Line being voted Best European Road Freight Specialist 2019 and Recognised Leaders in Specialist Cross-Channel Freight Services 2019 at the SME News 2019 Transport Awards. A recognition of France Line’s diligence and hard work.
If you ask companies that export whether they regret it, you will rarely hear any negativity. There is a very good reason for that; exporting helps the bottom line as well as the top line, often more easily than with home sales. This would be obvious if you had a very limited market opportunity because of highly specialised products or services, but it also applies to far more competitive market places. British products have a justifiable reputation for quality, design and innovation and can hold their place across the world.
GM Business Connect caught up with Marie Boyer, the owner and MD of France Line International Transport Ltd, the specialist for cross channel freight between the UK and France with growing European-wide services, voted ‘Best Road Freight Company – Western Europe’ at the SME News 2018 North-West Enterprise Awards.
After your move to a bigger office in Trafford Park in October last year, how has business been for you?