Dan Cook, Operations Director Europa Worldwide Group

Europa Road has signed a groupage partnership deal with Belgium company Transuniverse Forwarding to help UK and European traders overcome trading obstacles created by the UK’s departure from the EU.

Based in Wondelgem, Belgium, Transuniverse, which has a turnover of €72m, is a market leader for road transport with 43 forwarding destinations across Europe.

Under the partnership the two companies will offer a driver-accompanied round trip model, several times per day, and handle post-Brexit customs formalities in the UK and Belgium.

Dan Cook (pictured), operations director at Europa Worldwide Group said: “Belgium is a key market for Europa so developing our position further with a well-established European groupage operator is incredibly important to ensure increased efficiencies and capabilities for the future, especially at a time when we are still managing the ongoing implications of moving goods post Brexit.”

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Last year, Europa opened its own customs operation in Belgium, to facilitate its newly launched FLOW product to operate for trailers arriving via Belgium as well as via France. The division now has six customs declarants, and a groups head of customs.

Frank Adins, chairman of the board of directors of Transuniverse added: “The UK has been one of Transuniverse Forwarding's core markets for many years. We work together with strong regional partners in Scotland, the North of England and the Midlands.

“In the South of the country and Greater London we previously collaborated with a number of local partners who were in charge of distribution in the region.

“Now, Brexit has fundamentally changed the situation. Local players with modest depots and more limited capabilities can hardly handle the new customs requirements, if at all.

“It quickly became clear that we needed to work with a larger partner with an extensive network and solid customs services. We found it in Europa Road. We are very pleased to start working with this renowned player.”