New European and worldwide agency agreements are in place with logistics companies in Greece, Holland, Turkey and Japan.
As well as benefiting Neill & Brown’s customers exporting from the UK, it also increases import business for the Hessle-based company, which will handle shipments coming to the country on behalf of its new partners.
Managing director Colin Moody said: "Our customers manufacture in the UK and globally, selling to multiple end users, so we are continually arranging crosstrade shipments from outside the UK to worldwide destinations.
"With customers increasingly selling their products in new markets, it is always preferable to have a local agent as it enables a superior service and also give us a lot more confidence in promoting that particular area or country.
"It is imperative that consignments are delivered on time and in full, particularly these days as customers are holding less stock. Agency agreements are vital in helping to achieve this."
Mr Moody said that Neill & Brown frequently received offers from overseas partners looking for representation in the UK, but they were very conscious about who they chose to work with. "They must share the same values and strengths as us because we will only continue to expand our robust worldwide logistics network with the right partners on board," he said.
Neill & Brown now has 19 international partners including agents in India and the Far East, and a dedicated office in Hong Kong.
Mr Moody added: "We have developed relationships of trust with many international partners and it very important that we continue to do this. We are therefore very pleased to have these new agreements in place."
The new partners are: Koring Freight Forwarders B.V. Barendrecht, Holland; Eurogroup S.A., Mahgoula, Greece; Nellen & Quack, Istanbul, Turkey, and Nippon Transport Corporation, Osaka, Japan.