news from Beckchoice 2012
It's Springtime now, despite what the wintry weather would have you
believe and Beckchoice are all set to leap into the new season.Our first
move has been to take on Damian Harley.He is a keen and capable
customs clearance specialist joining us to add to our existing manpower
so that we can cope with the ever- increasing number of customs entries
we are handling. Welcome Damian !!
This month has seen 2 new starters and we extend a warm welcome
to Kate Tunstall and Michelle Telfer. Kate and Michelle are valuable
additions to our team and I count myself lucky to have taken on two
more great freight professionals.
The first announcement to make this year is that Simon Mullins is the proud
winner of the first Beckchoice Employee of the Year award for 2012 and now
has a very attractive trophy to adorn his cabinet at home. A great achievement Simon in the award's inaugural year !!!
In addition Paula Roast picked up the monthly award and puts herself in pole position for 2013.The race is on.
January saw a great start to the year as far as shipment volumes, despite the continuing difficult trading conditions. It really is down to hard work and good customer service. Long may it continue.
Well, December was an extremely
busy month but also an
enjoyable one with the Beckchoice
Christmas party on Friday 7th
and the London Freight Club
Christmas lunch on the 12th.They
were both really good fun
! Aside from the usual manic pre-Christmas rush to get shipments collected
and delivered before the holiday began,quite a few of us were able to
get out and see customers and say thanks for the loyal support, which
we are so grateful for.That is always a great experience.
I am also very happy to announce that Gavin Richards took the
Employee of the Month award for December- Well Done Gavin !
I am pleased to say that when
Beckchoice attended the Global Freight Awards ceremony on 21st November,
we certainly didn't disgrace ourselves. We were highly commended in
the " Freight Forwarder of the Year " category and Alan, Lee
and I were there
to enjoy the applause. It
was a good night and we shall return next year I am sure !
Speaking of awards, Lee Mullins
was the deserving winner of the Beckchoice Employee of the Month . Well
done Lee ! That's 2 awards
for the Mullins family
in 2 months.
Hooray !! Our new offices
are complete- photos
will follow They really add
something special to our office
Simon Mullins was a very popular
winner of the Employee of the Month award for October and his name is
a welcome addition to the Beckchoice shield.
Hot off the press - Beckchoice
make the last 8 in the
Lloyds Loading List 2012 Global
Awards, bidding to
become Freight Forwarder of
The other competitors left
Bellville Rodair International
Chaucer Logistics Group
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
In other words- No competition
really - just joking !
Let's hope the judges make
the right decision in view of
all our hard work and effort
picked up the September award for Employee of the Month. Alison has
continued to impress on import operations
coping with the challenges
of still more shipments and consol containers.Well done Alison !!
Beckchoice join the social
networking community- yes ,we
now have our own Facebook
and LinkedIn pages ! Please find
us and " like "
us on Facebook and log into LinkedIn to follow
us there as well.
carries off the award for August. Lisa has done a great job on our ever-
growing export department.
July saw the departure of
Wayne Amber, taking his skills to
a trading company, who
remain a customer of ours.Wayne did
a great job for Beckchoice
in the 2 years he was with us and
happily we will retain contact
with him. Good luck Wayne !
picked up the July EOTM award and a well-deserved
winner she is too.
Beckchoice have entered the
Lloyds Loading List Global Awards
this year for the first time.
Fingers crossed all our hard work and
effort will be rewarded.
Well, June was a special month
this year for Beckchoice
as it saw hard fought competition
for the first
of the Month award.
The first winner of this prestigious
prize was Phil Raven.
His is the first name to be
engraved on the Beckchoice
Employee of the Month Shield.
May saw the third CGL
conference in Dubai and Chere
and I represented Beckchoice
in the sweltering heat of
the Arabian Desert. We had
a great time meeting
friends ( both old and new
) and, as well as participating
in the conference,were lucky
enough to enjoy a Desert Safari
and a Cruise Dinner along
May was also the first month
at Beckchoice for Karen
latest addition to our export team.
Karen joins to handle export
May also saw the departure
of Lisa Reece, who has left to pursue
her career in a family business.
Good Luck Lisa !
April has seen two more promotions
in our line-up.
I am proud to advise
that Lee Mullins is now our
Import Sales & Development
Manager and Lauren
our Export Sales & Development Manager.
Congratulations to them both
and I am certain that
they will undoubtedly excel
at their new roles.
On a sadder note for us Jolanta
Kasakaitis has decided to
move on in order to further
her accouting career outside the
logistics sector so I have
decided to upload a photo of our
accounts department just before
she left and to take this
opportunity of wishing her every
success in her new position.
From left to right- Lisa Robinson,
Paul Edgar, Jolanta Kasakaitis,
Paula Roast and Faye Palmer
Great News ! Beckchoice
are now members of C5C !!
C5C stands for Connecting
5 Continents and is a consortium
that is currently represented
by 183 members in 73 countries.
This will open new doors
to Beckchoice and strengthen our
overseas partnerships and
coverage considerably. We were accepted into C5C on 27th March and already
we are reaping the rewards as well as making a strong contribution to
Our second newsflash for March
is the announcement of our new advertising campaign in Lloyds
Loading List. We are now reaching out to an even wider audience
and making people aware of the many export services we provide. Please
check it out. Either see our quarter page advert on the inside back
cover or find our lineage ads in many destination listings either in
the paper publication or on the LLL website.
The third announcement that
I am really pleased to make
is the promotion of Alan
Day to Import Logistics Manager.
Alan has beavered away tirelessly
since joining Beckchoice in March 2010 as a sales & development
executive and has achieved great results. I am certain that Alan will
prove outstanding in his new
role and wish him every success.Well done Alan !
Well, we don't stay still
for long ! This month there are two new starters, who I am sure will
Tracy is an experienced logistics
operator and will really
strengthen our import logistics
team.Welcome Tracy !
Faye is a welcome addition
to our Accounts & Administration department and will work with Paul,
Paula and Jolanta
to look after our ever-increasing
customer and supplier numbers. Welcome Faye !
HAPPY NEW YEAR !
Yes, it's here.Let's hope
it's a great one for all Beckchoice staff,customers and partners across
January was a record month
for Beckchoice in terms of shipments referenced and this really demonstrates
how far we have come in the past few years. I am sure the record will
not last long as we are putting in fantastic effort in all areas in
extremely challenging economic times globally.
On a different note, we say
farewell and good luck to Barry Drew , who is off to pastures new. Barry
, I am sure, will
continue to put in every effort
for his new employers.
Merry Christmas and a Happy
New Year to all our customers and suppliers. We thank you all for your
support in 2011 and look forward positively to 2012.
In the past month there have
been three new additions to the Beckchoice team:-
joins us as a logistics executive working on our Import Forwarding section,
bringing with her a positive, go-ahead approach and good experience
to this very busy part of the company.
Paula Roast is
a welcome addition to the Accounts & Administration section and
is enabling us to successfully increase the efficiency and coverage
of this department.
Most recently David
Woollaston joins our burgeoning Export
department to add even more
experience and expertise to our already excellent team here.
I am also pleased to
report that the Beckchoice Christmas party at the Park Inn at Thurrock
was a great success with several of the Beckchoice team exhibiting their
skills not only on the dance floor but also in the bar !
We at Beckchoice are currently
in the process of expanding
our export consolidation and
FCL services to the Far East, Middle East and Africa and, to that end,
we are very pleased to announce the arrival of Lauren Tilley
Welcome aboard Lauren.
Lauren is joining us in a sales
and development role and is working with Lisa Reece and Lisa Whitehead
to "beef up " our presence in the export marketplace.
This month sees Lisa Robinson
begin her maternity leave.
Lisa, we will all miss you
while you deal with the demands of your new family member but send you
congratulations on the birth of baby Adam.
This month also sees the installation
of our own new integral kitchen. It looks great ! This new facility
will make the working day easier and more enjoyable for Beckchoice staff.
DOUBLES OFFICE SPACE !
This month we have taken on
the licence for an additional
1647 square feet of office
space at the Riverside Business Centre, giving us 3132 square feet in
total.This is to enable us to continue our growth and provide an even
better working environment for all our staff. Our new purpose-built
kitchen plans are being drawn
up to further enhance our facilities and completion will be next month.
WELCOME TO SHIRLEY BEEVERS
Shirley Beevers joins
us in an administration and accounts capacity and will help us cope
with the ever-incxreasing volumes we are seeing and the consequent rise
I am sure Shirley will rise
to the challenge.
This month sees the arrival
of Phil Raven,
another welcome addition to
our great team
here in Tilbury.
Phil brings with him a wealth
experience as well as forwarding
has a great future ahead of
him with us.
Welcome onboard Phil !
the acceptance of Beckchoice into
Global Lines consortium. This will
open many more doors for us
and enable us to
look after imports and
exports for some new areas
of the world. It is an important
move for us
and is another positive development
This month sees a further
fall in oceanfreight
rates on the Far East trade
lanes, with its inevitably
damaging effect on profit
margins but Beckchoice is
continuing to grow volumes
both lcl/lcl and fcl/fcl
with a big sales push and
the results of our
continuing hard work are evident
in our increased
Bechcoice now has many inbound
services from the Far East
utilising both Felixstowe
and Southampton for devanning.
Contact us now ,whether you
are an importer or a
forwarding agent. We have
a competitive deal ready
for you in either case.
increases US representation
This month has seen a new
venture for us with
the appointment of an agency
in Chicago. We are happy to announce that we are now the proud UK partners
of Gulfstream Global Logistics Inc, Des Plaines, Illinois.
This complements our
existing network , which includes
in New York and U S Worldwide
welcome to Simon Mullins . Simon has great experience
in many areas including chartering and customs clearance and is also
due to take over responsibility
our services from the Indian sub-continent.
a wonderful start to 2011 !
news from the Far East. Panda Global and
launch a new import consolidation service from Taiwan to Felixstowe.
also very happy to announce that
our team is
further strengthened by the arrival of
Lisa brings to us expertise and experience in the Crosstrade arena and
also new links in the African market as well as responsibilities for
some of our import consol services.
joins forces with Awards Shipping
in Hong Kong.
New consolidation service launched into Southampton. This venture also
opens doors to transhipment services from Japan, Indonesia, Philippines
and Vietnam amongst other areas.Please contact us for more details.
month for Beckchoice.
We now have
two great new partners in the Indian Sub-Continent.
We have now
teamed up with :-
MOVERS PVT LTD
at Mumbai, New Delhi,
offices at Chennai, Kolkatta, Ahmadabad,
Kanpur, Tuticorin and Jaipur
Tuticorin , Jaipur
are a go ahead company handling all aspects of shipping and forwarding
and can look after airfreight and seafreight into and out of India as
well as operating consolidation containers to the UK and other destinations
consolidated container is arriving at port 3/11/2010
consolidation services worldwide as well as providing many other services
in the logistics and freight forwarding sector.
provide an important presence for Beckchoice in Pakistan and we look
forward to receiving the first consolidation containers within the next
things can also come in threes !!
joins our Administration & Accounts section and brings
with her a wealth of experience and expertise in dealing with all aspects
of Accounting and administration.
joined to us to help look after the ever growing volumes we are experiencing.
Lisa will be an essential member of our team. Welcome Lisa !
joins our export team. Lisa has a good deal of experience in
both lcl and fcl shipping operations and sales and development. Lisa
will be a grea asset to our growing export department. Welcome on board
A Big Welcome to Lee
This month we welcome Lee
Mullins as our latest Logistics Executive. Lee is skilled in
many areas and provides us
with years of experience and
expertise. As Autumn approaches we are now extremely well-placed to,
not only extend our usual excellent service to our existing customers,
but also continue our sales and marketing push.
Our volumes are increasing
fast and so this month sees another new team member for Beckchoice.
Barry Drew joins us after several years at ACC and
comes on board as a forwarding clerk. Barry will be a great assistance
to us in managing our increasing volumes.
March heralds the arrival
of Wayne Amber, the latest addition to our team. Wayne
has developed his skills at Vanguard Logistics and then John Good Shipping
and is a valuable asset. Wayne is an experienced customs entry and forwarding
clerk and is also highly motivated and we have no doubts that Wayne
will play an important role in expanding our customer base.
Beckchoice team grows
We have enjoyed a cracking
start to 2010 despite
the current challenging space
and freight issues
that beset the logistics sector
and have, therefore,
decided to increase our staffing
levels so we can build on this success.
Beckchoice welcome Paul
Medhurst to our operational team.
Paul has years of extensive
experience at AEI Danzas, Votainer and Staley Radford and is a valuable
addition to our Tilbury office.
This week also sees the arrival
of our two excellent new Sales & Development executives,Alan
Day and Alex Maxwell-Scott. I have every confidence
that Alan and Alex will help us continue to grow and further expand
our services and customer base.
This month also sees the promotion
of Gavin Shutz to
Import Entry Team Leader.
Gavin has been an important cog in the Beckchoice wheel since 2004 and
fully deserves this upward move. Well done Gavin!
March will see more good news
on the personnel front with another valuable new addition- Watch This
Pakistan- FMC &
Marine Logistic Services
We are pleased to announce
a new venture in Pakistan as form 1st November 2009 in conjunction with
FMC Logistics, who have offices in Lahore, Karachi, Sialkot and Faisalabad.
This will improve and increase
our coverage in Pakistan building on the foundations set down through
with Marine Logistic Services
in Lahore.We can handle imports and expoorts via air or sea. Please
give us a call.
Please feel free to check
the website for FMC at www.fmclogistics.com
and for Marine Logistic Services at
Should you have any enquiries,
please contact Ian Palmer
or David Glover at Tilbury,
who will be only too pleased to assist.
are publishing this information to keep you informed and up to
date with the general situation
as regards freight rates from the Far East in view of the fact that
many carriers and
shipping lines are introducing new surcharges and attempting to increase
revenues for sailings from July forwards.
has been a great deal of confusion over exactly what increases the carriers
will be able to make stick. July has seen a rise in the base ocean freights
generally in the region of USD 100-200 per teu, although some
carriers have increased their tariffs by as much as USD 350 per teu.
will all, I am sure , have now grown used to the Suez Canal and Gulf
of Aden surcharges that are in force. However, in addition ,shipping
lines have introduced an emergency bunker surcharge of around
USD 50-80 per teu at the start of July, rising to US 161 per teu from
the middle of this month.
have also recently been made of a Peak Season Surcharge of USD 200 per
teu applicable to sailings from 1 st August.
assured we shall try and minimise any increases in freight rates to
our customers and , of course, should you have any queries on any aspect
of pricing , please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
last year has been challenging for all of us in many respects but Beckchoice
continue to put our utmost efforts into providing you with the best
of service in all respects.
LOFA- Beckchoice appointed
as approved freight forwarders
We are proud to announce
that Beckchoice are now approved freight forwarders for LOFA,the Leisure
and Outdoor Furniture Association.
If you are a LOFA member,
please don't hesitate to contact us to find out the benefits and discounted
fees you can enjoy.
Beckchoice join forces
with Cherry Logistics in Shanghai !
We are pleased to
announce that we are now operating
a weekly consolidation
service from Shanghai to both Felixstowe and Southampton in conjunction
with Cherry Logistics Co., Ltd.
This further strengthens
Beckchoice's importance in the
China/ UK trade lanes
and enables us to provide even better coverage.
was established as a joint venture on 1st June 2006. Cherry's
headquarters is based in Shanghai with in excess of 140 staff.
Cherry also have eight branches located in Dalian, Xingang,
Qingdao, Ningbo, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
Cherry handle both
airfreight and seafreight worldwide and provide an
excellent all round service. Their slogan is
and we heartily endorse this sentiment.
Together Cherry and
Beckchoice make a great team sharing mutual goals of excellent customer
competitively priced logistics.
Should you wish to
make a booking or have any enquiries please contact us in Tilbury -
see our contact page for full details.
23rd September 2008
It is with sincere regret
that we announce that Jack Palmer passed away on Monday 15th September
at the age of 86 as a result of an infection, having fought bravely
against the effects of Lewy Bodies syndrome for many months.
Jack worked in the Freight
Forwarding Sector from the age of 14 through to his retirement save
for his time spent fighting for his country in the Royal Navy in World
Jack joined British Commercial
Transport Co Ltd in 1935 and rose from his initial role as a filing
clerk through the ranks to become Joint Managing Director of BCT in
the late 1970s.
This was followed by a long
successful spell as a Director of Beckchoice Ltd until 1990 and Jack
was still acting for Beckchoice in a consultancy role as recently as
Many people involved in International
Freight Forwarding have benefited from Jack's extensive knowledge and
experience and will no doubt fondly remember the time and trouble he
took in passing his skills onto them.
Jack was a kind and generous
man, who, in addition to putting every effort into his work over and
above the call of duty, was also devoted to his wife and family.
He was a gentleman in every way.
Jack leaves behind Joyce,
his beloved wife for 56 years and three children, Ray, Joanne and Ian
and will be sorely missed.
have now been appointed UK agents for the
and Wellton Express networks in China.
EXPRESS are multi national which gives Beckchoice more flexibility
to arrange cargo at very keen rates with WELLTON
EXPRESS offices located in SHANGHAI, NINGBO,
HONGKONG, LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK, MONTREAL, TORONTO and VANCOUVER.
are linked to the Chinese state owned ship line carrier
and again provides Beckchoice with preferential rates/on board vessel
space availability. Also, we have very low internal China collection
costs due to extensive network of offices located in SHENZHEN,
XIAMEN, YANTIAN, GUANGZHOU AND SHEKOU.
operate regular consolidations from Shenzhen, Shanghai and Xiamen. Please
call us to discuss further.
1st April 2008
Beckchoice have joined forces
with Qingdao Pengxing International to provide lcl/lcl and fcl/fcl services
to and from China and UK.Beckchoice's strength in the Far East is going
from strength to strength.
28th February 2008
and Trace System goes live !!
We now have a fully operational
Track & Trace facility that allows you to check on your consignments
via our website.
To use this service please
call us on 01375 489840 so that we can set you up with a User ID and
10th January 2008
WE ARE MOVING !!!!!
Yes, we are relocating to
larger premises over the coming weekend and, as from Monday 14th January
2008, our new details will be as follows:-
Studio 5, Riverside Business
Tel: +44 (0) 1375 489840
Fax: +44 (0) 1375 489841
All staff e-mail addresses
U.K. Port Congestion Charge
The Far Eastern Freight Conference
has decided to implement
a U.K. Port Congestion Charge
of U S Dollars 145.00 per teu which will be applicable to all westbound
cargo that is loaded, or has a Bill of Lading date on or after 1st December
The reason for this charge,
according to the FEFC website is as follows :-
"The growth in cargo
carried by the FEFC into the U.K. for the first eight months of 2007
has increased by almost 15% over the same period in 2006, and has averaged
485 TEUs per day for the year to date.
Together with substantial growth seen in other trades, this level of
increase has created congestion not only at the major U.K. terminals,
but has also caused congestion of the inland transport and delivery
systems. On occasions, Lines have found it necessary to by-pass U.K.
ports and feed cargo to the United Kingdom, and in some cases divert
their vessels to non-scheduled ports and equalise the costs from these
ports. This has created even more congestion for an infrastructure that
is already overloaded. The infrastructure congestion has also made it
very difficult to repatriate much needed empty containers to Asia.
In meeting these, and other
operational problems, FEFC members have incurred substantial extra costs
in supplying their liner services to customers.
The study undertaken by the Lines has identified major cost increases
in vessel operations, transhipment of cargo and port equalisation. The
aggregated increased costs identified by the study amount to an extra
cost of USD 145.00/TEU.
The costs will be reviewed after 60 days and adjusted as necessary "
E & O.E.
Beckchoice Ltd. will pass
this charge on at cost in all cases and will continue to monitor the
situation on behalf of our customers and advise accordingly.
Our new web site is here!
Launched at the end of March this year we have completely re-branded
and launched our new site to coincide with a new look and feel to
the Beckchoice Brand. We've used top design agency 7media
to create all this for us and we hope you like it
that you all find the site full of relevant information and easy to
use - let us know here
Hot on the
heels of our new site is our new brochure detailing all of our services
- watch this space for more detail on our new brochure launch