Prior to 2016, we used to accept freight for Southern France as a means to supplement our developing Spanish services, in particular Barcelona. Little did we expect that our pricing structure and attractive transit times would attract so much business that we could actually start a freight service to France in its own right. But that is exactly what has happened.
Our initial introduction was to Southern France with the introduction of our first French partner, Fatton Transports which started our direct freight line to Lyon, and later also Marseilles and Lille. This was 2016. Since then we have developed our freight services to the whole of France, more recently in 2019 with new partners in Paris.
As our freight volumes have grown, so have the number of departures and the scope of our coverage. With direct road freight services to the areas of Nantes, Bordeaux and Toulouse on the West of France, in addition to our primary shipping routes to Paris & Lyon. All our services to France are, as you would expect, able to carry dangerous goods in scope of ADR, as well as freight of all kinds, including temperature controlled.
Our departure schedule from Manchester and the North West, in brief, is as follows:
- Paris – Direct every Tuesday and Friday
- Lille – Direct every Tuesday and Friday
- Nantes – Direct every Tuesday and Friday
- Lyon – Direct every Tuesday and Friday
- Bordeaux – Direct every Tuesday and Friday
- Toulouse – Direct every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
- Bayonne – Direct every Tuesday and Friday
- Marseille – Direct every Friday
- Nice – Direct every Tuesday and Friday
Our partners in France
Our partner in Lyon is Fatton Transports, whose headquarters are in Villeurbanne on the periphery of Lyon. Founded in 1909, Fatton is a family owned company employing around 500 people across 15 offices located throughout France, 7 of which are involved in European Groupage markets. A further 16 outposts throughout the rest of the world complement their worldwide presence.
In respect of their European services, whilst they have very strong alliances throughout Iberia, Italy, Benelux and the Scandinavian countries, the UK has not been a market which they have promoted strongly – that is, until now.
For further information visit their website at www.fatton.com.