PML border control system in place

Spalding, UK: PML’s venture with FreshLinc, to operate a remote, government-approved Border Control Post and bonded warehouse, has been given the green light and is now up and running.

PML partnered with FreshLinc to run the operation at Fresh Linc’s Spalding headquarters. This enable a speedier movement of product from the ports and therefore delivering an extending shelf life of up to 48 hours.

The border post which sits on a 70,000sq ft site and includes a 10,000sq ft warehouse with the capacity to store 330 pallets and dedicated inspection areas for customs and Defra staff. Since this is a 24-hour operation, four new staff have been trained to ensure a seamless round-the-clock service.

The Spalding location is ideally placed for freight traffic coming out of Dover and Southampton docks and the move to set up a border post away from the ports represents a solution to the delays and excessive queues which impede the onward movement of freight, Nick Finbow, sales director, PML, said.

PML was unwilling to risk the further disruptions anticipated post Brexit and therefore joined forces with Fresh Linc to provide a viable alternative.

“It is unfortunate that the official opening of the facility at Spalding was delayed but of course, we are accepting that we are all working under exceptional circumstances,” Finbow said.

“We are delighted that we can now offer our customers the benefit of a safe and speedy transfer out of the ports which should ultimately deliver a minimum of 24-48 hours additional shelf life on perishable goods with no break in the cold chain.

“As a business PML has always demonstrated forward thinking and is proactive in identifying innovative solutions to any challenge which threatens to impede its ability to deliver the effective, seamless service for which it is renowned.”


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