As a global logistics provider, Mainfreight offers managed warehousing and international and domestic freight forwarding. With teams and branches across Australia, China, Europe, New Zealand and the United States Mainfreight continues to expand its global footprint. Listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange we continue to work towards our 100 year vision.
Mainfreight began its operations in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1978, soon growing into New Zealand’s most extensive freight network. A shift in focus, in 1984, saw the opening of the first Mainfreight International branch.
Investment in Australian operations began in 1989 driven by a desire to treat New Zealand and Australia as a single market. Mainfreight’s presence in Australia continued to expand through both acquisition and branch proliferation across strategic locations.
Mainfreight became global in 1999 with the acquisition of businesses in both Asia and the United States. Full ownership of our Asian operations was completed in 2007 and today Mainfreight has several branches operating out of China. Expansion further continued in America with the purchase of Target Logistics Services in 2007. Mainfreight USA offers extensive services across the supply chain.
In 2012 Mainfreight acquired the business of Wim Bosman Group providing further opportunities to expand Mainfreight's international global network with branches throughout Europe.
“Special people, Special company” embodies Mainfreight and its unique culture. We have developed a style of doing business successful not only in New Zealand, but around the world.
Mainfreight is built on a 100-year vision. All decisions are made on the basis that we will be here for another 100 years. This view shapes our approach to recruitment and training of team members, customer and supplier relationships, growth strategies and legal and tax structures.
As a customer of a Mainfreight Group company, you can rely on:
We promote our people from within, and encourage innovative, non-hierarchical and decisive outlooks. Our teams regard each other as family and often share mealtimes together. At the same time, we are focused on performance — every branch reports weekly results that are available for all team members to see. Individual responsibility and accountability for quality are reinforced. Key performance indicators important to our customers, like error rates, are linked to team members’ bonuses. All Mainfreight branches have quality boards and are internally audited every six months.
Shipping cargo is a fairly simple process which involves a few important documents prepared on the shipper’s behalf. These documents include but are not limited to: a commercial invoice, packing list, and a shipper's letter of instruction. Shippers must be defined as a ‘known shipper’ by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) and must fill out an application for credit with his or her sales representative prior to shipping.
Like your lawyer or doctor… who do you trust? Are they a specialist or do you need a specialist? Some basic due diligence is always a good way to start. Look for companies with experience. Look for companies that have operations at the origin and destination of the shipment. Look for companies that have good references and always go with your feelings of trust.
-We have two logistics centers in Houston and in Los Angeles
-We run our own trucks between the USA and Canada - northbound and southbound - every night!
Talia Lamiano - received her 15 year Manfreight Service award on October 8th.
“Bob and I just returned from Dallas where we exhibited at the OPM Conference. I just have to tell you how much we love working with Mainfreight. Your company is so reliable, professional, punctual and simply a pleasure to deal with. We shipped the materials about ten days ago, and your driver from Baltimore was so efficient and personable. At the conference, our booth was dismantled at 4PM last Thursday and Derrick, the driver in Dallas, arrived at our booth at 4:02 to pick up the return shipment. Punctual and just a helpful and upbeat attitude. I used to worry about all the details when it came to making sure things arrived on time, got picked up, etc., but now you’ve taken that off my “worry list.” So, thanks to you and your team!” -Nancy