The Advantages of External Temporary Storage Facilities (ETSF) in the UK

The Advantages of External Temporary Storage Facilities (ETSF) in the UK

At GMA Warehousing, we specialise in container shunting, ETSF devanning, and storage, boasting two ETSF-approved warehouses. Our expertise in this area ensures that we provide seamless, efficient services tailored to the specific needs of our clients. From the moment a container arrives at our facility, it is handled with precision and care, ensuring that goods are not only stored securely but also prepared meticulously for their next phase of transport or distribution.

UK Wide Distribution

Daily services from Ipswich, delivering anywhere from Cornwall to Scotland ensure we can meet the demands of just in time deliveries from warehouse to final destination with fully tracked comprehensive fleet of trucks providing e-pods upon request.

Improved Inventory Management

External storage facilities often offer advanced inventory management systems, allowing businesses to better track and manage their stock. This can lead to improved order accuracy, reduced instances of overstocking or stockouts, and overall more efficient inventory control.

Security and Safety

With high levels of security, including surveillance and restricted access, our warehouses ensure that goods are stored safely. Additionally, these facilities are typically equipped to handle a wide range of goods, including those that require specific conditions such as, HMRC Bond or pallet racking which is vital for certain products.


As businesses grow, their storage needs change. Our facilities offer the scalability needed to easily expand storage space without the need for significant capital investment. This scalability is particularly beneficial for start-ups and SMEs that are experiencing growth.

Disaster recovery

In the event of unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters or other emergencies, having goods stored offsite in a temporary facility can serve as an effective disaster recovery strategy, ensuring continuity of supply and reducing potential losses.

In the fast-paced UK market, where adaptability and efficiency are key, these facilities provide an invaluable resource for managing inventory and ensuring smooth logistical operations. As the business landscape continues to evolve, the role of external storage facilities will likely become increasingly important, helping businesses to navigate the challenges of supply chain management in an ever-changing environment.

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