During the years immediately after our foundation in 1988, FTL specialised in Transport to and from France. Whilst this remains our biggest ‘market’, numerous other locations served by the Company can be found in many European and Scandinavian Countries. The Company is still headed by two of the founder members: Andy Bearryman is the managing director and Michael Battye is the operations director.
Our home base is in Portsmouth. This is a favourable location because it is from here that there are direct ferry links with Le Havre, Caen, St Malo, Cherbourg and Bilbao. There is also an office in Dover. There we can use the short sea services and the tunnel. In Portsmouth we have our own distribution warehouse, which is open 7 days per week. It is a safe location and houses the office from where our operations are controlled. The directors and senior managers are still involved with every aspect of the company. The staff has to be multi-tasked and have more than one area of expertise.
The bespoke computer system aids our operation and is now linked to Freightrack, an on-line order monitoring facility. This enables clients to watch their shipments in the movement chain.
Quality plays a big part in our operation. Freight Transport were one of the first freight forwarders to achieve BS-ENO-ISO-9001 status and maintain the high standards required for continued certification.