Woodland is ranked number 49 in the table, up from 65 last year and 130 the year before. according to Kevin Stevens, Group Chairman, Woodland's rise in the table follows a decision to grow its airfreight product by targeting the publishing sector.
Mr Stevens said: "Our strategy is paying dividends and this is evident by our consistent rise in the IATA league table – throughout an extremely diffcult time for the freight industry.
"Whilst this was initially a result of increased media volumes, we are now seeing a rise in general cargo volumes because we are able to offer a wider range of services and more competitive rates.
"We offer daily services to and from our own facilities in the UK and USA (Bayonne in New Jersey and Hayes & Manchester in the UK). This has expanded to offering services to and from Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
"From the UK we now offer direct airfreight services to Singapore, Australasia, South Africa and many more destinations.
"The growth has exceeded even our own optimistic expectations and has enabled us to attract the accounts of large publishers and distributors, including the likes of Amazon, among others."
Woodland operates a specialist business division for the publishing sector, offering a complete sorting and onward distribution service, as well as fnishing, including re-packaging products and removing any promotional items, when necessary, before sending on to the country of destination.
The media division is the fastest growing within the group and recently won the special services award at the BIFA 2009 Freight Service Awards.
The Woodland Group is one of the UK's leading independent freight forwarders, with offices and agents worldwide. The group offers a full range of multimodal transportation services, including freight forwarding by air, ocean and road, as well as inventory management, supply chain solutions and specialist services.
Woodland recently relocated from Coggeshall to larger premises in Chelmsford, both Essex, offering 70,000 sq ft of warehousing space, and has just completed a rebranding exercise after bringing a number of business divisions under one umbrella.