Vigo has a close place in our Iberian team’s heart – our first true groupage trailer to Spain consisted of several consignments for this region. That was back in December 2007. Since then, our road freight services to and from Spain have grown immensely and it is hard to believe that some 30% of our total business is now concentrated on the Iberian Peninsula.
Many of our competitors concentrate on the key industrial locations of Barcelona and Madrid, and to some extent Valencia and the marble producing areas of Castellon. However, our early mind-set was to emulate our Italian philosophy and cover the whole of Spain to become a true Iberian specialist.
Our freight services to Vigo and North West Spain
Of all our Iberian services, we find that more cargoes destined for the Galicia regions of Spain are time sensitive than other areas of Spain. In consideration of this, we often utilise the Portsmouth-Santander vessel or use double-manned trailers to save as much as two days in transit.
Whichever route is taken, we are able to make direct deliveries en route to prime industrial towns such as Pravia, Oviedo and A Coruna (La Coruna) on the northern coastline swinging down to Pontevedra, Vigo and Porrino, close to the Portuguese border. It is also not uncommon to back-deliver from Porto for small groupage shipments to Vigo, Porrino and their surrounding areas.
- Our export road freight service to Vigo and North West Spain is at least twice-weekly, departing every Tuesday and Friday
- Our import service is also twice-weekly but groupage, depending on location, is either routed via our Portuguese partners at Porto or our Madrid partners whilst larger consignments are collected directly on international trailer
- Transit times in each direction vary but are generally 5 days, weekends included
- As with all services, express groupage and dedicated express services are also available
As a consistent footnote to these service embellishments, we can of course carry dangerous goods on most departures. Additionally, as a large proportion of the business from Spain consists of foodstuffs, we can provide temperature controlled facilities, including dual temperature units that can be set at different temperatures from frozen, chilled through to ambient.
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