Growing logistics operator Europa Worldwide Group has announced that its Oostende based business Continental Cargo Carriers is becoming part of Europa Road.
Europa Road Growth
This comes at a time of record investment in Belgium by UK firms, post Brexit, as well as increasing imports and exports. In the last 12 months to February exports from Belgium grew by nearly 18 per cent and imports by 126 per cent.
Continental Cargo Carriers
The unaccompanied trailer operation Continental Cargo Carriers was founded in 1983 and was acquired by Europa in 2018, under whose ownership the business has gone from strength to strength. On 1st September Continental Cargo Carriers officially becomes Europa Road and the start of the next phase of expansion for the business.
New Europa Road
The newly renamed Europa Road in Belgium firm operates an expanding fleet of 300 trailers, has a 4000 m2 warehouse and makes around 100 channel crossings per day with a team of 47 in Belgium and the UK.
The Belgium operation will continue to be headed up by Carlo Turner who has been with Europa for 20 years and recently joined its main Board with a promotion to the new position of Non-Network and Continent Director.
The enhanced Belgium operation provides a comprehensive service of groupage, part-load and full load for customers wanting to optimise the flow of goods between Belgium and the UK post Brexit. Goods are collected daily from across Belgium into a single hub, for onwards distribution with its fleet of accompanied trailers ships to Europa’s state-of-the-art groupage hub in Dartford, which in turn connects out to 16 UK distribution platforms.
Carlo Turner, Non-network & Continent Director at Europa, said:
“This is a really exciting next step for our Belgium team and provides a great opportunity for us to strengthen our name and position in the market. There is huge growth potential and with our well-established infrastructure in Belgium we have the perfect opportunity to maximise this market expansion.”
He continued “We’re already looking to identify further opportunities for expansion and determine how equipment can be optimised to develop Europa’s own continental fleet.”
Continental Cargo Carriers will operate unchanged but with will have the broader support of the Europa name – its team have been integrated into Europa for some time, including a CCC team based at Europa’s Dartford headquarters since 2018.
Bigger, Bolder, Better
Europa’s Chief Executive, Andrew Baxter, wants to ensure all aspects of the Group benefit from the growing Europa brand influence as well as strengthening its services to a growing customers base in the UK and beyond. In June the Europa board set out the Groups long term ambitions under the banner “bigger, bolder, better” at its the “EuropaCom” conference. Already this year Europa Worldwide Group has expanding into Shanghai and Dubai with its Air & Sea services.
Andrew Baxter, Europa’s Chief Executive said:
“Becoming firmly embedded within the Europa family and taking on the Europa Road brand is a natural next step as we look to expand and reach new markets and grow our presence. We’re delighted to formally welcome our CCC team to Europa.”
Europa Worldwide Group has three divisions – Road, Air & Sea, and Warehouse – and an ever-expanding global footprint. Already this year in the UK, three new Road Network branches have already opened, bringing the total up to 16, whilst overseas, the Group has branched out in the Middle East and Asia. The company employs over 1,300 staff with sites in the UK, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai, and Belgium.