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Spanish Market - Growth Market! Opportunities in spite of recession

The recession in Spain is currently much talked about. The country in Southern Europe was again hit severely by the Rajoy government’s cuts in the second quarter of 2012, resulting in further economic downsizing. Logistic services provider Van den Bosch Transporten nevertheless sees growth opportunities and potential benefits in the Spanish market.

‘Although the domestic Spanish transporting companies held the market before, a stronger shift in favour of intermodal transport is taking place, also as a consequence of the economic crisis -’, says Paul van de Vorle (Manager Business Development). ‘So, our organisation’s modal shift policy is providing Spain with intermodal solutions in bulk transport’.

Whilst Spain is consuming less bulk product than in the past, the country remains rich in raw materials for the export market. Van den Bosch Transporten is active in the market for dry bulk such as minerals and liquids such as oils, juices and wine. These products are still being exported in large quantities to for instance Northern Europe.

The climatised transport of temperature sensitive products is one of the core activities of Van den Bosch Transporten. Cooled fruit concentrates are transported at 0-5 degrees Celsius. Also heated transports are possible, such as the transport of oils at 40-50 degrees Celsius. Plenty of possibilities therefore to change road cargo flows into intermodal cargo flows.

Besides the right balance between incoming and outgoing loads, a reliable partner is crucial. For Spain, Van den Bosch Transporten works in close cooperation Transfennica, amongst others. This operator sails between Zeebrugge (BE) and Bilbao (ES) with a lead time of only 38 hours. This means that this intermodal solution hardly requires additional lead time compared to that of traditional road transport. Because of different regulations, 28T of product may be transported by ship as opposed to 25T of product via road. Apart from the advantages already mentioned, intermodal transport is also greener by nature, given the CO2 savings that may add up to a total of 50%, depending on the destination. Transfennica offers hook up possibilities for the containers in both terminals and on board, so that the products keep their required temperature.

The focus of Van den Bosch Transporten on the Spanish market remains the same therefore. In spite of the fact that the country is in economic bad weather, we are still seeing opportunities to show shippers that a shift to a greener and often cheaper solution via intermodal transport makes sense.