Oscar Törnqvist is stepping into the role as InterEast CEO. He has his sights on taking shipping into the future through digitalization, and to establish offices in new countries. “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity and a challenge – to continue to build the company in a directly decision-making capacity. Leading digital growth in the…
InterEast has transported fashion for 25 years
Next year, InterEast will be celebrating its 25th birthday. For most of those years, the Gothenburg company has worked with logistics and transport of clothes and textiles on behalf of Sweden’s biggest clothing and fashion manufacturers.
“My father was involved in developing the system for transporting hanging garments in Europe in the 1960s and 1970s, so our expertise in the area is a natural and important part of our company culture”, says Peder Törnqvist, CEO of InterEast.
Peder Törnqvist is an engineer specialising in textile technology and has worked with the transport and logistics of textiles and garments since InterEast was founded 25 years ago. His choice of career came quite naturally; expertise in handling textiles runs in his blood. Peder’s father, Nils-Ola Törnqvist, was freight manager at Stena Line and a pioneer in the field
“He was the first person in Europe to transport hanging garments. He also owned a commercial laundry in Borås so he knew everything there was to know about handling textiles correctly during transport; they are extremely sensitive goods. I learned a great deal from him”, says Peder Törnqvist.
At an early stage, InterEast began working with H&M’s transports to and from Romania, and as the fashion company’s production increased in the country, InterEast also began to grow.
“I took my textile expertise into the transport industry. Although we work with a large number of types of goods, garment logistics are one of our expert areas. For many freight forwarders it can be difficult to classify different fabrics prior to customs handling – depending on whether the fabric is knitted or woven, with long or short fibres – all of which affect the customs rates. But for us this is just a natural part of our knowledge base.”
In addition to extensive experience, InterEast’s long tradition of transporting garments has also led to a wide contact network and well-developed processes.
“Because we have worked with clothes and textiles for nearly 25 years we have built up a wide network of contacts both in Sweden and around the world – and a system that we know works. There are many skilled freight forwarders in Sweden, but expertise equalling ours within garment logistics is not very common.”
In addition to Sweden, InterEast has its own offices in both Romania and Turkey, where many Swedish fashion companies have their production facilities.
“Our customers know that we have a process that works, together with all of the expertise and knowledge required to look after their delicate goods”, says Peder Törnqvist.
InterEast is increasing traffic to and from Macedonia with departures every week. The country’s history, infrastructure and extensive experience in textile production combined with a favourable geographical location, makes Macedonia an attractive producer for the fashion and clothing industry across Europe. “We’re counting on many new customers now that an increasing number of garment manufacturers…
InterEast is turning 25 and celebrations will include inviting all of its employees from Romania and Turkey to a grand anniversary celebration in Gothenburg. “It’s fantastic that we can celebrate together. We’ve come a long way since the beginning and now our goal is to be Sweden’s biggest family-owned forwarding agent,” says Peder Törnqvist, founder…
InterEast has been nominated for the Di Gasell award by business daily Dagens Industri, confirming that it is one of Sweden’s fastest growing companies for the second year in a row. “This is both honouring and inspiring. Above all, we must thank our very capable employees, our customers and the trust they place in us,”…