Harbour International Freight dates from the 1970s, when its main activity was customs clearance long before the days of the European Single Market.
With customers requiring more than just documentation management, the firm expanded into freight forwarding, moving containers from the Far East to the UK and Ireland and was the first to offer overnight palletised services between Manchester and Dublin.
The company now provides freight solutions to importers, exporters and third party logistics companies from its base in Manchester and is continuing to grow.
In 2012 the business was acquired by its long-term Irish partner JMC who introduced its freight services to its 2,000 plus customers, triggering its period of sustained growth.
This was followed by the appointment of Steve Swinburn as UK general manager in 2013 from worldwide freight services company DSV.
Harbour has also moved to a large facility within Trafford Park and Steve emphasised how important the Trafford Park location has been to the company's growth.
He said: “It was the world’s first planned industrial estate and remains the largest in Europe; it’s an instantly recognisable quality address but most important in our business close to nationwide transport infrastructure."
In 2015 Harbour Freight went on to introduce domestic UK delivery to its range of services. It now offers next day pallet delivery anywhere in the UK.
Swinburn added: “Many of our Irish Sea and international customers enquired about better next day pallet delivery options.
“After rigorous appraisal we joined the number one pallet network who can guarantee to deliver the high standards of service our customers are accustomed too."
These recent developments have seen staff numbers grow in addition to a substantial expansion in its fleet and facilities.
Steve is very optimistic for the future, saying: "With GDP growth of 2.7% and 4.5% respectively in UK and Ireland, well ahead of the EU norm, customers will continue to grow.
“At Harbour, by continuing to invest in our business, its technologies and offering a premium customer experience, we are well placed to benefit from this growth."