EXPRESS TRAILERS is this year commemorating 25 years of weekly transport services between Malta and Spain. The company started servicing businesses to and from Spain in 1994 with a sea freight service and eventually by a road service. Express Trailers later introduced groupage services through export to Barcelona.
Imported goods from Spain include mostly textiles, industrial goods retail, auto parts and food. In recent years, Express Trailers has also experienced a surge in export of pharmaceuticals through a direct service between Malta and Spain via a dedicated pharma warehouse in Girona.
Today, both services are offered in tandem through a weekly service. Through a sea freight service, goods are delivered within a time-frame of seven to ten days whereas the road freight service delivers goods in three to four days departing regularly every Friday and arriving Malta on Monday.
“Our service with Spain is a major driver for our business and this business from this territory is bound to become stronger. In fact, through a fledging road and sea service between Malta and Spain, Express Trailers has also managed to also link Malta to Portugal not only through a weekly direct service to and from Barcelona, but also a daily service to and from Lisbon and Porto in Portugal,” says Express Trailers Chairman and CEO Franco Azzopardi.
“We work with very reputable partners in Spain with a very strong infrastructure and extensive network of depots who know the territory inside out. Working with experienced partners like them, helps us mitigate all the logistics risks involved in handling all sorts of dry and refrigerated cargo. They are also supporting the growth of our ShipLowCost service to and from Spain,” added Franco Azzopardi.
Express Trailers remains committed to keep developing its business ties with Spain in fact it is also active as a Principal Member of the Maltese Spanish Chamber of Commerce. In fact, the company is now supporting the Chamber in its first series of business meetings themed “Doing Business with Spain”. This series of meetings are being held as part of a number of celebrations to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malta and Spain and are aimed to promote better synergies between Maltese and Spanish businessmen and entrepreneurs.
The first business meeting will be held tomorrow, Monday the 10th of June at 18.00hrs at the Residence of the Spanish Ambassador to Malta, Consuelo Femenía in Balzan and will be addressed by Angel Torres, Commercial Counsellor of the Spanish Embassy.
These meetings will be held on a regular basis, focusing on key economic sectors such as the pharmaceutical industry, tourism, infrastructure, transport, food and agriculture, financial services, information and communication technology and energy transition among others.