AMI UK passes 1 million spot-rate milestone

AMI has provided its one millionth cargo spot-rate quote in the UK.

The trade-only airfreight and express wholesaler opened its Spot Rate desk – specialising in live market quotes – in 2007.

The Spot Rate team is based in London and Manchester and handles 60 per cent of AMI’s total airfreight business in the UK.

The success of the concept has led to the establishment of similar operations within AMI’s US and Australian operations.

AMI’s vice president for Europe, Sharon Wright says: “This is a real milestone for AMI. The Spot Rate team has become a vitally important aspect of our total operation and has played a major role in our continuing strong growth in recent years.

“The profile of spot-rated shipments is very diversified: we recently quoted for, and shipped, 15 tonnes of printed copies of the President of Nigeria’s autobiography to Abuja, and a 45 kilo consignment of Class 1 explosives to Jakarta.

“Increasingly, we are our customers’ total physical presence, offering packing, collections, screening, palletisation, documentation, Customs processing, and delivery at destination.”

Wright adds: “AMI has changed dramatically from its original model. Once, over 70 percent of our business was consolidation, but nowadays much more is moved on non-consol services. Value added services have also become a key differentiator for AMI; many customers use us to screen their cargo and build pallets.”