"ASTRAN has always been, since we started our mutual co-operation in the Middle East, one of the most reliable, competent and professional companies I have worked with. During a quite delicate period of our massive Combined Cycle Project in Qatar, ASTRAN definitely saved the day. And they keep on doing it, every single time I need them for a safe and on-time delivery” Purificacion Capilla. Industrial Project Manager Abu Dhabi. Geodis Wilson UAE LLC
Owner Directors Hugh Thompson, Peter Carroll, Operations Manager Jan payne and MD Kevin Letham: 2011
"I am proud to have been given given the opportunity to take the helm of a company with such an exciting history. My aim is to ensure that all customers, however challenging their requests, are given the best personal attention and our pro-active solutions. In this fast moving and ever changing world, these fundamental courtesies can be overlooked. Nearly 50 years of continuous operation and over 100,000 deliveries globally prove we can perform alongside the best in the industry.
My experienced team are looking forward to new challenges! I promise you high quality outcomes and look forward to a successful, long-term relationship. " Kevin Letham MD
An Astonishing Pedigree: Astran was the first UK Company to operate long distance road freight to the Middle East. The pioneering delivery by truck to Afghanistan was undertaken back in 1964 by the two founders of Asian Transport, later to become known as Astran. Adding the Gulf States, and in particular Qatar, to its regular destinations, Astran grew in stature in the early days of oil and gas discovery, servicing both the UK and the Continent.
Such was the interest in the company that in 1978 the BBC made a documentary featuring the Astran drivers and their adventures across the mountains of Iran and the deserts of Saudi Arabia. “Destination Doha” is still in demand today, and is now available in DVD format.
During the 80’s and 90’s Astran’s continuous evolution laid the foundations of the company that we know today, providing modern logistic solutions for a variety of “difficult” destinations, from the intense cold of Iceland to the debilitating heat of the Middle East.
Expertise: Astran are market leaders in freight forwarding to Iran, Turkey and The Middle East. Additionally we operate services to the CIS states, Cyprus and Malta. Through our specialist division, Lema International, we offer unbeatable, scheduled, containerised and air services to Iceland, a market that has been the mainstay of Lema for 40 years.
Astran has been a major player in these areas for a very long time. With the priceless connections and knowledge established over those years, Astran has the ability to negotiate the best terms for local services, such as customs clearance, onward delivery, duty payment etc. A “Total Package” in fact.
Astran maintains a satellite office in Doha, the capital of Qatar, thus ensuring a smooth passage for road, air and seaborne traffic to this vibrant destination.
All members of the management team have been with the company for many years, the longest serving being over 40 years. They travel extensively to key areas in order to gain hands-on experience of local trends. Their knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm are unsurpassed.
Performance: With the experience of over 100,000 successful deliveries, Astran knows what it takes to deliver the goods. We know the terrain, the seasons for storms, ice and snow. We know when and where the delays are likely to occur in the ports. Astran is “at home” in these conditions.
Our vast network of trusted agents around the globe can ensure cargo gets through with minimum delays. We can plan the fastest, or the cheapest route to meet your requirements - all ways, and always on time!