A BRADFORD-based logistics company has taken off by arranging the delivery of its “largest air cargo shipment ever.”
Zenith International Freight Ltd at Canal Road recently chartered two whole 747 aircraft for the delivery of steel bars to General Motors in Canada on behalf of a customer in the United Kingdom.
Rob Jacobs, IT director of Zenith International Freight Ltd, said the huge shipment of steel bars – worth 200 tonnes – is a huge undertaking for freight planes as the shipments are weight based. and heavy loads are more often shipped by sea at a lower cost. .
“This is without a doubt the biggest air cargo shipment we have ever done,” said Jacobs of the company, which has been in business for 21 years.
“We don’t have one but two 747s, which is unprecedented for a company of our size.
He said one of the 747s was an old passenger plane that has been upgraded to a freight plane. The other was already designed to carry freight.
“It was a huge undertaking for our charter division,” said Mr. Jacobs. “It’s not something that happens every day.”
He said the company quite often does pallet shipments, which are smaller and don’t require specialized shipping methods.
Zenith International Freight Ltd employs 33 people, but that number has increased recently despite the company having to work so hard to find space for cargo on planes.
“It has been very difficult, especially in this climate,” said Mr. Jacobs. “Our industry has been hit hard by Covid-19 over the past year.
“There was less cargo going to and entering the UK.
“You don’t know how difficult it was last year,” he said. “Space on the cargo planes has been difficult to find.
“The flights are still there, but they are operating at about a tenth of their capacity.
“Despite this, our turnover is increasing year after year.
“We just got better and better.”
Zenith International Freight Ltd’s mission statement on the company’s website speaks volumes.
It reads: “Our goal is to become an integral part of our customers’ supply chain, manage their products and logistics requirements and ensure that these products reach their destination by applying the optimal freight solution.
“Zenith International Freight was founded in 2000 as an international freight and logistics company.
“Since then, we have expanded our services and expertise, achieving significant and sustained growth and a reputation for profitable logistics.
“As we have grown, our values have remained consistent.
“We maintain the same attention to detail, personalized and responsive service, great value, and smart, straightforward responses to the many complex demands of our customers.”