16.11.2022 | Logistics

Anchor Freight shortlisted as a finalist of the BIFA ‘Extra Mile Award’

Suffolk logistics business recognised for their Ukrainian aid effort. 

Anchor Freight has been shortlisted as a finalist of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) for their 2022 ‘Extra Mile Award’ as recognition of the company’s involvement with humanitarian aid for Ukraine since the conflict started earlier this year.

To date, Anchor has been directly responsible for more than 380 tons of aid delivered to those in need, including vital medical equipment to hospitals in Ukraine. Another 12 tons will be despatched next week by trailer. In addition, Anchor has also helped other carriers deliver hundreds of tons of aid through the robust supply chain established by Anchor with assistance from Lyiv-based colleague  Andrew Pituley.

Carl Day, CEO of Anchor Freight, said: “It has been a real team effort, and to be shortlisted for this prestigious award, is a fitting recognition of those that have given so much of their own time to make sure we achieved the main task of helping those in desperate need.

“It was paramount that we controlled the supply chain from end to end to ensure that the aid donated reached its intended destinations. Andrew Pituley was key to ensuring we managed the last mile successfully in increasingly difficult circumstances. For a robust supply chain to succeed, many factors must be overcome, from coordinating collections of donated aid to the necessary customs and border crossing paperwork. Ensuring secure passage, avoiding the black marketers that thrive in such circumstances, and addressing the obvious fuel and toll costs.”

Carl concluded: “Without the support of organisations such as GeeWizz charity and the One Group Construction Limited, we could not have managed a fraction of what has been achieved so far. Add this to the people of Suffolk, who gave so generously; it makes you  proud to be part of this amazing county.”

Gina Long MBE, the founder of GeeWizz Charity, said: “This award nomination for Anchor Freight is so deserved. Carl Day and the team were absolute heroes on every level; nothing was too much trouble. Because of everything they so generously donated and accommodated, it 100% helped ensure delivery of the huge volume of humanitarian aid from the great people of Suffolk, all so desperately needed by those receiving it in Ukraine.”

The award winners will be announced at the BIFA Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 19 January 2023, held at The Brewery in Chiswell Street, London, hosted by football legend Kevin Keegan.

Anchor Freight has four UK-based offices, Dover, Felixstowe, Glasgow and Ipswich, providing customs brokerage, global freight solutions, VAS warehousing and UK distribution services.