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With a fleet of Ro-Ro, Ro-Pax, container vessels and logistics routes across Europe, DFDS provides access for the seafood industry to one of Europe’s most comprehensive freight shipping and logistics networks.

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Pan-European distribution services
Pan-European distribution services
Fully integrated trunking network services
Fully integrated trunking network services
Custom-built, multi-temperature distribution centre
Custom-built, multi-temperature distribution centre
Innovative solutions for the seafood industry
Innovative solutions for the seafood industry

Timely delivery – right temperature

DFDS is the largest provider of transport services to the Scottish salmon and seafood industry, offering fully integrated supply chain solutions from packing station to consumers throughout Europe, assuring on-time delivery at the right temperature.

Building on local expertise

Our dedicated and experienced cold chain industry teams continue to develop new solutions, expanding our product range and geographical reach.

Our collection, cross-docking and pick-up network covers all of the UK and a range of destinations in Europe.

Cold chain solutions that suit you

  • Asset-based 3PL solutions, including own ships, terminals, temperature controlled and dual compartment trailers, trains, and depots
  • Cross-docking, storage, and order picking/packing
  • Fully integrated trucking network services
  • Transport any food that requires temperature regulation, like seafood, frozen herbs, frozen vegetables, and chilled oils
  • Larkhall and Glasgow: custom-built and multi-temperature distribution centres (55,000 ft2 and 29 loading doors)
  • The biggest DFDS-owned fresh and frozen cold store is in Grimsby - close to the motorway - with a capacity of 11,000 pallets. More than 50,000 tonnes of salmon pass through it every year. The bonded cold store is registered with Organic Food Federation, accredited by the BRC, MSC, ASC, and AEO and open 24/7 – closed only on Christmas day
  • Daily connections with main seafood hubs across Europe
  • Sample domestic or industrial inventory in the Sampling Kitchen

Work in import/export? We offer airport collection, Hull port collection and frozen loads between mainland Europe and the UK.

Digital tools to optimise your business​​

  • A dedicated DFDS Control Tower can manage the entire process end-to-end.
  • Your cargo will be 100% traceable in real-time.
  • We deliver streamlined IT solutions for quicker cargo processing when it reaches its destination terminal.
  • We offer EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) solutions to increase efficiency in data management.
  • Our user-friendly booking systems My DFDS Logistics and My DFDS Freight will help you to create, edit, and track your bookings quickly and easily.
  • Use the new Online Warehouse Management System (WMS) Empirika, including EDI to keep tabs on stock and movements.
  • Modern tracking allows both the unit and the trailer to be independently tracked, trailer temperatures can be viewed live, or can be produced as an historical record to satisfy audits.

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