Keeping Manufacturers in Production During the Calais Crisis
Priority Freight is a leading provider of time-critical logistics solutions, with a proven track record in the global automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries. The company’s mission is to provide the most rapid, cost-effective and reliable door-to-door logistics solutions – often in emergency and crisis scenarios. The following case study highlights the value Priority Freight provides as a strategic partner for its clients.
June and July saw an unprecedented use of Operation Stack, which was in force for 27 out of 40 days with relentless traffic congestion stretching more than 30 miles. Cancelled crossings and congestion around the ports caused severe delays, interrupting scheduled deliveries from component suppliers and threatening car production.
During the height of the Calais strikes and the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis, Priority Freight supported several international vehicle manufacturers in need of emergency logistics solutions, each relying on the company’s expertise to provide a robust solution to sustain material flow during a busy period before their planned summer shutdown.
Selected experienced logistics staff were reassigned as dedicated operators to focus solely on the clients’ dynamic logistics requirements throughout the affected period. These operators worked not only with the manufacturers themselves but also with their scheduled distribution providers, tier-1 and tier-2 suppliers to devise contingency plans to keep vehicle production going during the prolonged disruptions.
By arranging airlifts through exclusive-use aircraft charter, Priority Freight combined its European road network to carry all essential production material from mainland Europe to several manufacturing plants in the UK.
In one weekend Priority Freight arranged the collection and delivery of more than 2000m3 of material by air. In addition to securing suitable aircraft, the company also arranged cargo screening and supplied ground teams to manage and speed up cargo handling at airports in Czech Republic and Germany. Priority Freight arranged 78 additional air charters; a substantial increase in normal activity for this time of year.
By working with the team at Priority Freight, OEMs could keep production lines running. By strategically protecting their supply chains through the use of an expedited logistics partner, these manufacturers could avoid stoppage costs, which often exceeds £1m per hour of lost production.