After a tough 2020 Express Freight Management Fiji has shown its commitment to the country by increasing their presence in the Suva market. As well as establishing a Suva customer service team we have also employed Ms Shilum Chand as a dedicated Suva sales executive. Shilum has a number of years in the Suva forwarding scene and we see her as a great asset to the EFM family. “Our business has gone ahead in leaps and bounds since we started in Nadi 3 years ago, and in the current environment we see Suva playing a major part in our growth,” said Regional Manager Kevin Molen.
As well as being an international freight forwarder EFM is also the Fiji agent for UPS.
Express Freight Management in Papua New Guinea has had a very busy 2020 with the addition of more equipment to the transport fleet and have recently started development of a 10,000m2 Freight Hub in Lae.
Our Port Moresby office has not stood still either, signing a warehousing and distribution agreement with Coca Cola. This distribution agreement has seen the opening of our Badili facility and the doubling of the site’s warehouse capacity.
2021 has also started positively with the signing of a new shipping agency, logistics and depot agreement, partnering Maersk in PNG. The managing director Bob Howden said ”the whole team is very pleased and delighted with these very important developments”.
EFM Solomon Islands Honiara operation have just moved into a new and larger facility at Henderson, near the airport. This brand-new facility offers over 1200m2 of external hard stand along with 500m2 of warehouse space including a Customs bonded area.
The new facility will allow the EFM operation to grow, handle more freight on site and offer additional storage capability to the ever-expanding client base. Mr Molen commented that “we are excited about this move and it allows us offer additional services to our customers particularly those involved in current and up-coming projects like the Tina River Hydro and South Pacific Games.”
EFM Australia has not been resting on their laurels. 2020 saw the Brisbane operation heavily involved in the Australian Government’s AusAid programme for the distribution of COVID-19 testing kits, swabs and PPE into the South Pacific. To date they have moved over 50,000kg of air freight into the region from Australia. The significant reduction in air routes and capacity has presented challenges but nothing that could not be overcome. This included offering air/sea connections via Fiji to some of the small nations without current air services. “We are honoured to have been entrusted with such an important project and look forward to the vaccination roll out along similar lines,” said Mr Molen from his Brisbane base.