Pall-Ex is continuing its drive into Europe with the launch of a new network in Bulgaria.

The Bulgarian operation, launched in partnership with Bulgarian logistics firm Econt last week, is based at a central hub in Plovdiv and has an 18-strong membership.

Bulgaria is the latest addition to Pall-Ex’s European network which includes the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Romania and Benelux territories. The network reignited its push for European expansion last autumn after a lull.

Anand Assi, Pall-Ex international development director, said: “Since being rolled out, hauliers and their customers have seen the benefits of the Pall-Ex model because they are now able to reach a greater number of customers across the continent, in a more cost-effective way.

Pavel Penchev, Pall-Ex Bulgaria MD, said the network is creating more structure in the Bulgarian freight market. “Compared to other countries in Europe, the domestic market is fairly unstructured and we often see freight being delivered through courier networks or long distance multi-drops, which can be slower and more expensive.

“We see the demand for pallet services increasing throughout the region, and we are keen to revolutionise the market with Pall-Ex Bulgaria. We are proud to have played a pivotal role in the introduction of a new form of palletised distribution to Bulgaria,” he said.