Worldwide coverage through our subcontractor network


Swain operates two sub-divisions to accommodate customers who require subcontracted and forwarding solutions or a combination of Fleet and subcontract which we are also happy to offer.

Medway Hauliers Ltd (MHL)

Covering UK and European transportation solutions, MHL was created in 2012 as a way of helping the group to access markets where Swain had little or no presence.

The business model is centred around a very high level of customer service, with services provided by sub contract partners, supported as necessary by our own fleet vehicles. MHL plan the transport, and book in deliveries, keeping clients informed with regular progress updates. 

The European business was created in 2014 and represents around 1/3 of the day to day activity. Daily European Full Load services across Europe including Intra-European flows. 

We operate services for a large number of household names both domestically and across Europe, especially intra-European mainland operations. In 2016 we opened an office in Timisoara, RO to support large pan-European Tenders which we front on behalf of a wide range of carriers who work for us on a direct basis.  

Following the principles of intense customer service and communication, the business has grown exceptionally along with a core group of partner carriers servicing high volume lanes across Europe. Our carrier base is made up of over 100 operators with fleet sizes typically in the 20-50 range, specialising on specific trade lanes. These 'Local-Heroes' who would not normally access the large commodity markets are now able to do so through our solution. 

With access to all of the resources and support of the Swain Group, MHL continues to grow and further develop long term business partnerships, across the UK & Europe. For more information please contact -

Swain Forwarding

Swain Forwarding - Located in Manchester offering Deep Sea shipping and clearance services. All major Global trade-lanes and ports covered.

A specialist team of 4 with fingertip access to Global shipping partners. Offering full end-to end solutions for a global customer base. We are able to offer large volume and bespoke deep-sea and airfreight solutions which can be connected with Ground Freight services through the Swain Fleet and MHL. The team is highly agile and responsive to specific needs, honed through many years of intense implant operations for clients. For more information please contact -

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