Vigo has a close place in our Iberian team’s heart – the first true groupage trailer to Spain consisted of several consignment for this region. That was back in December 2007. Since then, as at the time of writing (June 2015), we have loaded 2,137 further groupage trailers to Spain alone.
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.
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 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 service to 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. Larger consignments are collected directly on international trailer
- Transit times in each direction vary but are generally 5 days, weekends included
As a consistent footnote to these service embellishments, we can of course carry dangerous goods on most departures, and as much of the business from Spain in general is foodstuffs, we can provide temperature controlled facilities, including dual temperature units that can be set at different temperatures from frozen, chilled through to ambient.