Europa Road is kicking off 2024 by boosting its service for customers looking to transit goods to and from Switzerland.

From this week Europa Road will change to its partnership arrangements in Switzerland moving to Swiss operator Magsped which provides fast transit times and wide network coverage across the country, including Basel, Zürich, Lucerne, Bern, Lausanne, and Geneva. 

Europa said the new partnership will help reduce export and import lead times for customers shipping to and from Switzerland. The deal with Magsped will also see the launch of a daily service in both directions from March this year.

Dan Cook (pictured), Europa Worldwide Group operations director, said: ”By working with Magsped we can provide an improved seamless service using our expert in-house customs clearance expertise. Magsped’s excellent network coverage across prime locations allows us to transport goods seamlessly. But most of all the aligned ambitions of our two companies to invest in a true daily structured service is absolutely market leading and very exciting”

Beat Schweighauser, MD at Magsped, added: “We’re pleased to be supporting Europa’s customers with this new service - where we can work together to provide the highest level of distribution, ensuring short and reliable transit times. We can guarantee a prompt delivery service to local UK customers.”

This latest move by Europa is in response to the increasing growth in trade between Switzerland and the UK. In November 2023, the Department for Business and Trade reported a 40% increase in trade of goods between the UK and Switzerland in the four quarters to the end of Q2 2023, compared to the same period in 2022. During this timeframe the UK‘s goods trade recorded a surplus of £13.9bn with Switzerland, compared to £173m in the four quarters to the end of Q2 2022.