dap UK Limited is one of the founder members of the Africa Logistics Network. The network which boasts 185 member from over 5 continents, 65 of which are based in Africa, met in Agadir at the beginning of October to discuss a variety of shipping topics surrounding freight to and from Africa with an emphasis on developing further ties and co-operation.
dap UK was proud to have its position as a major force in freighting to Africa recognised by being presented with two awards at the event namely ‘the Networks Best Performer” and the ‘Performance award for World Shipping to and from Africa’.
James Miller, dap UK’s Freight Development Manager who accepted trophies on behalf of the company said ‘Winning awards is always good for the Company, its reputation and its staff but these are especially rewarding since it indicates a high level of recognition of service by our own peers and group members operating in this particularly difficult and often challenging market.’
James along with dap’s Senior Sales Manager, Howard Doree, held meetings over three days with a majority of the members, during which not only were shipments to and from UK & Africa discussed, but also other routing opportunities of mutual benefit.
Ian White, dap’s Managing Director commented that ‘whilst our services both short sea and deep sea are highly successful, we identified that, due to a fairly turbulent past, shipping to Africa was a ‘destination of concern’ to many UK exporters. Shipments were normally on a C&F basis to quay only and there were legitimate apprehensions regarding cargo safety and onward transport. As a member of the ALN, we are able to address these concerns by offering through bills of lading to most destinations backed by our agents who can offer best advice based on their local knowledge’.
He continued ‘Exporting to Africa is not just about finding the right method of shipment or route. Each country has its own regulations, restrictions and documentary requirements and it is this ‘failure to comply’ that can result in delays or even cargo seizure. In short, the expertise of our staff along with the network’s experience puts us in a prime position at the forefront of UK agents dealing with African shipments. We see this development as yet another indicator of how we continue to increase our customer orientated services year on year. 2017 will see us launch increased services to Mexico in conjunction with the ALN agent there. We also intend further development in the UAE from where we have considerable expertise in shipping to the East Africa coast.
Little by little these different segments of our business become entwined allowing us to offer truly worldwide services.’