THE Australian division of AMI, is launching a Spot Rate Desk, to provide a more competitive airfreight and ocean freight quotes to agent customers.

From 18 August, customers can call 1 300 SPOT RATE free of charge, and will connected direct to the AMI Spot Rate Desk. Spot rates will be available on all airfreight shipments over 250 kilos, and all ocean shipments.

The launch of a Spot Rate desk in Australia is one of a number of measures being adopted since AMI acquired Australian airfreight wholesaler UAC in April 2007.

Mike Montague, who will be heading up the Spot Rate Desk, said: “The launch of this new facility recognises the changed nature of the airfreight business, in which the speed and competitiveness of quotations are now critical in helping agents to retain their existing business and develop new traffic.

“In addition to helping our current customers, we expect this Spot Rate facility to be a major factor in winning new accounts, and we are confident this initiative will make a significant contribution to our continuing fast growth.”

Mike Pattinson, founder of UAC and now AMI’s vice-president global sales, said: “The great thing about UAC joining AMI in 2007, is that our two strong, well established companies have been able to pool their resources, skills and best ideas. The Spot Rate facility has worked tremendously well in the UK, and we see no reason why it will not have a similar impact on the Australian market.”

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