Thursday, June 21, 2018

Romania Proving a Fertile Logistics Area for Freight Forwarding Group

Steady Expansion in All Areas of Trade
Shipping News Feature
ROMANIA – It would seem that logistics in the country continue to play and ever more important role in the country's economy, certainly if the latest developments for Austrian freight forwarding outfit Gebrüder Weiss are what one goes by. The firm has just completed the extension to its warehouse facility in Sibiu, Transylvania where, in an area of 4,500 square metres a new logistics terminal including cross-docking hub was erected.

The expansion became necessary after last year the existing terminal facilities saw a throughput of over 605,000 consignments weighing in at 1.2 million tonnes, a jump of 11% on 2016. Viorel Leca, Country Manager Romania at Gebrüder Weiss said the extension will enable the company to handle the anticipated growth in future trade more efficiently.

Founded in 1994 as a shipping office with a staff of four, Gebrüder Weiss Romania says it has steadily established itself as one of the leading full-service logistics provider on the domestic market over the years. Today, the company has 600 employees at eleven locations, managing a logistics area of some 50,000 square metres with principal areas of trade being land transport to and from Germany, Austria, France, Bulgaria, and Hungary. Thomas Moser, Director and Regional Manager South-East/CIS at Gebrüder Weiss, comments:

“Apart from the great skill that the Romanian team has demonstrated in developing the country organisation and in providing industry-specific customer solutions, the growth of the company was also supported by the fact that Romania is opening up to Central Europe.”

Much of the works stems from Romania’s booming automotive industry and the GW team organised 57,000 automotive consignments with a total weight of 125,800 tonnes last year. At the Arad location alone, 100 employees are responsible for handling the complex automotive logistics processes and at the Cluj facility, with more than 2,500 square metres of logistics area, the cooperation with a large technology group with an automotive focus has been extended recently.

Air & Sea has not been lagging behind with the number of shipments in this division increasing by more than 25% annually since 2014. Against this background, Gebrüder Weiss has expanded the Air & Sea structure of the entire country organisation and reinforced the teams with additional personnel. The company runs LCL consolidated containers between China/Hong Kong and the Black Sea port of Constanta four times a week. Additionally, from Constanta, the most important Central European ports, the North Sea as well as overseas destinations are reached via the Main-Danube Canal. With its sea freight division, Gebrüder Weiss ranks third already among logistics experts on the domestic market.

Photo: The new Transylvanian logistics terminal.