Southampton-based transport firm Acclaim Logistics has announced the ETSF accreditation of its existing Totton warehouse facility, following an extensive audit and approval process by HM Customs.
ETSF (more commonly known as ERTS) relates to a secure, dedicated storage area which is used to hold imported goods not yet cleared by Customs. With the Acclaim ETSF facility located just a short distance from Southampton Docks, customers can benefit from a seven day rent-free period before longer-term storage or onward shipment is arranged, thereby avoiding port storage charges and hefty trunking costs.
Acclaim’s managing director Mark Robinson decided to apply for ETSF accreditation having noted customers’ frustration at the unnecessary handling, storage and transportation costs incurred in the typical de-van and delivery process. The Acclaim process has been specifically designed to eliminate these costs.
Mark explains: “Rather than customers trunking goods from Southampton Docks to their storage premises, often at a cost of several hundred pounds, our end-to-end ETSF service will collect, palletise and store goods at our customs-approved premises just five miles from the port. When customers want stock returned, or sent out directly via the Palletways pallet networks, we’ll pick and pack the required items on their behalf, and deliver them wherever needed – whether in the UK, Europe or worldwide. There are no trunking fees to pay, no expensive warehouse overheads and no handling charges.”
Acclaim Logistics, a member of Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, is based in Southampton and Cowes on the Isle of Wight and has been operating for 24 years.