Since Chambers & Cook’s inception in 1925, we have evolved from offering just domestic distribution to being one of the UK’s leading family-owned haulage companies, providing European and worldwide freight forwarding services as well as specialist national and continental contract distribution services. For more than 90 years, we have been providing logistics, freight, and transport solutions for industry, and are one of the largest import and export companies in the West Midlands.
Birmingham-based Chambers & Cook are proud to still be a family company, with the third generation now manning the helm. For more than nine decades, we have remained customer-focused, employing the personal touch in order to build lasting relationships with our clients. In the process, we have helped to make the world a smaller place by decreasing the time required to move goods from destination to delivery regardless of what we’re shipping and where to.
We now encompass a dedicated exhibition logistics company, 24/7 Exhibition Services and a specialist unaccompanied full load operator, Chambers & Cook (Eastern) Ltd, which can serve as a cheaper alternative to our accompanied services. We are also a member of Palletforce, one of the UK’s fastest growing palletised distribution networks providing comprehensive services to the UK and the European continent.
From our head office in the heart of Birmingham in the West Midlands, we are ideally located to access the entire UK, as well as European destinations. More than three quarters of the UK’s population lies within a half a day’s drive by truck. Direct access between Birmingham and Europe is provided by utilising the Channel Tunnel, and we have great air links as the area is served by the UK’s second largest airport outside of London. We are also located adjacent to the M6 motorway, allowing us to further reduce journey times, and the UK’s motorway network puts us within a few hours’ drive of all of the UK’s ports.
We pride ourselves on the relationships we develop with our customers, and believe that good communication is central to this. We are always open and honest, and our customers know that they can trust us to get the job done. Our history, expertise, and knowledge is something many of our competitors can’t match; our experienced team has a proven record of leveraging our transport network to provide the best solution for our clients’ requirements.
Chambers & Cook have always been known as innovators, and were one of the first companies to adopt double deck trailers and vehicles – a cost-effective method of hauling goods that are too fragile to be double stacked on themselves. Without this type of trailer, loads were often hauled half empty out of necessity. We were also among the first to utilise specialist trailers sufficient to accommodate heavy or bulky plant machinery. We plan to continue leading the way in developing and adopting new methods that can provide our customers with better service and lower costs.
If you choose Chambers & Cook as your freight company, you can rest assured that you’ll be dealing with the same team members regularly, and will be supported at all times. Our legacy as a family company means we always strive to provide a personal touch, seeking to develop long-term relationships with all of our customers and working in partnership with them to deliver solutions.
While we eagerly anticipate marking our 100th year as a freight company, we shall not rest on our prior achievements. Instead, we shall continue to offer exemplary service to our customers and continue to lead the way in new methods and technologies that will contribute to the success of our clientele. Whatever your needs might be, we are confident that we can meet or exceed your expectations.