Big news for publishers of any size who want an economical way to ship freight in and out of the U.S.: BookFreight, a U.K. company with global locations, is promoting its new services here at BEA. Marketing director Rochelle Sommer tells Show Daily, “The motivating factor for this new initiative was driven by a gap in the market. Many freight forwarders do not want to look after a small shipment of books, as the load isn’t big enough (under 100 pounds). Many publishers also find their options limited and often far too expensive to go through their normal agents, so will probably end up using a courier service.”

The best part about this service is that BookFreight has taken the hassle out of shipping small orders while at the same time offering competitive rates. Sommer explains, “The reason why this service offers real savings to publishers is due to our buying power. Last year BookFreight shipped over 250 million books. We are able to get excellent freight rates, which includes courier traffic.”

The company has also created the BookFreight Rate Calculator so that you can find out costs in seconds, using weight, volume, or book specifications. You can even track your carbon footprint. BookFreight offers door-to-door services with a transit time of three to five business days. And they offer warehousing as well.

You can meet BookFreight’s U.S. contact, v-p John Sommer, as well as sales director Martin Watts, here at BEA at their booth (3140).