CTS Logistics

Highlighting best practice as a representative in The Parliamentary Review

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from CTS Logistics is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

www.cts-logistics.co.uk

1CTS LOGISTICS |
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE
Specialist worldwide
logistics by road, sea and air
Based in Berkshire, CTS Logistics is a globally recognised
name in its field, specialising in the delivery of hazardous
goods, sensitive shipments and high-value items. In the
past, it has worked with government departments, the defence
industry and large commercial corporations delivering goods
by air, road and sea. Managing Director Nick Collins founded
the organisation in 1997 and he tells the
Review
more about
the skills and services behind its motto – dangerous, delicate,
difficult, CTS delivers.
Moving the most dangerous cargoes in the world takes a different kind of
logistics company. General supply chain businesses typically build in a reasonable
percentage of lost, damaged and misdirected freight. The industry standard for
this is normally around two per cent. While this can appear quite low, at CTS these
factors simply can’t exist. A single failure of this nature has the potential for huge
consequences, some of which don’t bear thinking about.
Standing out from the crowd
So, when there’s no place for failure, what makes us different? When it’s
mission critical, you don’t leave it to chance. We ensure nothing short of a total
commitment to getting it right first time, every time, and an uncompromising
approach to compliance, governance and values and standards. CTS’ growing
list of clients, from governments to defence industry giants, bears testament to
the strength behind the brand and reputation we’ve forged over 21 years of
specialistoperations.
FACTS ABOUT
CTS LOGISTICS
»Founder and Managing
Director: Nick Collins
»Founded in 1997
»Based in Berkshire
»Services: Specialised supply
chain logistics for dangerous,
delicate and difficult goods,
secure road and warehouse
services, global freight
forwarding, threat detection
and screening
»No. of employees: 75
CTS Logistics
Founder and Managing
Director Nick Collins
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From our inception as a road courier
company in 1997, I have led the
business through each stage of
growth and diversification. We now
occupy a niche space as one of the
foremost recognised specialised
logistics businesses in the country,
moving some of the most challenging
freight being transported today. With
services spanning road, air and sea,
complemented by our in-house threat
detection and screening capabilities,
CTS is the proven partner of choice
for discerning clients who themselves
won’t entertain compromise in
theirdeliveries.
Further comparisons can be drawn
when considering the movement of
urgent shipments. Receiving rapid-
response, time-critical calls from
customers is nothing new or out of
the ordinary across the industry. It can
be the same for operational-critical
consignments of high-consequence
dangerous goods or uniquely sensitive
items destined for our armed forces
in an active war zone. We realise how
important it is to get it right, first time,
every time.
Raising training standards
We have adopted a control tower
approach to managing our operations.
This in turn requires a robust set of
processes and procedures to exacting
standards honed over many years of
complex moves, managed by highly
trained, disciplined and committed
people. I have spent 21 years building
a team of dedicated professionals
with unique subject matter expertise
and experience, often ex-military. For
us, our success can be put down to
creating the right business culture,
and the UK military has perfected the
skill of developing great people with
a fantastic work ethic and team spirit,
who get the job done. As a prime
contractor to the Ministry of Defence
for over 14 years, it is inevitable
that this has helped shape our
businessapproach.
Training and developing a workforce
can be a challenge for any business.
Driving improvement in this regard
was a decision to introduce our own
academy. Now in its fourth year,
the academy provides tailored and
Security cleared drivers,
trained and qualified in
ADR UN Classes 1-9
CTS’ growing
list of clients,
from
governments
to defence
industry
giants, bears
testament to
the strength
behind the
brand and
reputation
we’ve forged
over 21 years
of specialist
operations
3CTS LOGISTICS |
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE
refresher training to key staff in
everything from vocational certification
for the movement of dangerous
goods (ADR) to NVQ and diploma
qualifications. The sole aim of this
initiative is to provide our customers
with the best people the industry has
to offer.
Performing challenging and
dangerous jobs
As one of only four companies in the
UK certified by the Office of Nuclear
Regulation to transport Category III
Class B nuclear material, CTS is tasked
with performing some of the UK’s
most challenging transportation on
British roads. Meticulous planning
and execution ensure the safety and
security of the general public, our
clients and staff. Regular safety and
security drills overseen by the watchful
eye of our resident compliance team
help keep the business, its people
and equipment primed and ready for
action.
Day-to-day planning for the movement
of unique cargoes requires thorough
project planning, with each element
broken down into its component
parts. These include specialised vehicle
selection and its supporting legislation,
responsible persons involved and their
certification and qualifications for the
task in hand, which will often include
security vetting to very high standards.
In terms of the freight itself, some
consignments can often take between
eight and 12 weeks to organise and
to obtain the relevant country-specific
permits, permissions and security
escorts. All of this is on the basis that
the predetermined route selection
meets all domestic and international
compliances, which will often include
transiting the English Channel. Not
surprisingly this is a particularly
challenging section of water with its
own complex issues.
While no one particularly likes
getting delayed when trying to get
somewhere, transporting special
cargoes internationally inherently
comes with its challenges, and border
verification of loads and licences is
certainly one of them. Add to this
potential delays forecast becasue of
our changing relationship with Europe
and we wait with bated breath to
see if our task has just got that little
bit harder. That said, we welcome
higher scrutiny on all operators and
forwarders involved with complex
freight types as our compliance
standards set the bar high, and
we believe we can capitalise on a
compliance-driven market.
As one of only
four
companies in
the UK
certified by the
Office of
Nuclear
Regulation to
transport
Category III
Class B nuclear
material, CTS
is tasked with
performing
some of the
UK’s most
challenging
transportation
on British
roads
CTS’ dedicated fleet is
satellite-tracked and
meets specialist safety
requirements

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This article was sponsored by CTS Logistics. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it.