The international transportation and info-logistics provider has expanded its portfolio of services in Western Europe and opened two new logistics facilities in Belgium and the Netherlands. A new warehouse, including office space in Roermond, the Netherlands, and an office at Liège Airport, Belgium, mark the expansion of cargo-partner’s regional network.
The opening of the new Sales and Customer Service office at Liège Airport (LGG) has established a fixed base at this important air cargo hub and underscores cargo-partner’s strength in air freight services. While other European air freight hubs have stagnated, Liège Airport has seen impressive growth in cargo volumes in recent times. Further plus points include the fact that the airport has also not been subjected to flight restrictions and is able to offer customer-friendly transportation solutions. Numerous pharmaceutical and automotive industries have moved into the region to take advantage of the convenient geographic location and wide catchment area as well as the favourable financial conditions. The high number of carriers operating from Liège Airport, has turned it into a key e-commerce hub. cargo-partner has seen a steady increase in shipping volumes at the airport. This prompted the decision to set up a new branch office, which finally opened for business in April.
cargo-partner has also opened another office and warehouse in Roermond in the Netherlands, just over an hour’s drive from Liège Airport. The convenient location in the south east of the country directly on the border between Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany was a key factor in the decision to open the office and warehouse here. Three capital cities and the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region in Germany, with its population of 10 million, are all located within 250 kilometres of this logistics hotspot. What’s more, 60% of the European Union’s purchasing power is concentrated within 500 km of Roermond. The region’s major airports are also located in the immediate vicinity.
The office in Roermond will be responsible for processing countless domestic and international overland shipments on behalf of cargo-partner, whilst the new warehouse will serve as a consolidation centre for regional logistics business when it opens at the beginning of June. The first regular truck services between the west, south and north-east of Europe went into operation on 11 May, with the first route heading out from Vienna. cargo-partner also offers combined road and rail transport solutions to and from China via various rail hubs across Europe.
The new warehouse offers 7,000 m² of storage and includes a cross-docking area and eight truck bays. The site is monitored by video surveillance and is equipped with a CO₂ gas fire extinguishing system and state-of-the-art fire safety equipment. Hazardous goods can be stored in IBC containers, in drums and on pallets. The site can also be used to store hazardous goods in classes 2.3, 4.1, 6.1, 8 and 9.
CEO of cargo-partner Stefan Krauter is excited about the decision to open the offices and warehouse in Belgium and the Netherlands: “The pleasing growth of our branches in the Benelux countries led to the decision to expand our network in a dynamic region that boasts a number of important transport hubs. We are certain that the outstanding work carried out by our colleagues there will add tremendous value to the high-quality service our company delivers as a whole.”
cargo-partner has run business operations in the Netherlands (Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Roermond) since 2006 and in Belgium (Brussels, Antwerp and Liège) since 2007, and employs 48 people across the region. cargo-partner also operates its ‘Project Cargo Competence Centre’ in Rotterdam, which specialises in the transport of extra-large and heavy cargo.