Trekker-oplegger Transuniverse Forwarding

Belgian forwarder Transuniverse is expanding its European footprint. It has acquired Ireland-specialist GC Trans and will also be offering groupage services in Spain.

Transuniverse board member Michel Nierinck said while it was only an SME, GC would bring value through its “extensive knowledge” of the Irish market.

“This acquisition fits in perfectly with Transuniverse Forwarding’s growth strategy, as part of which we are aiming to double our annual turnover to €100m by 2022,” he said.

“We will achieve this by broadening our service offering – including expanding our intermodal services – and strengthening existing traffic.”

Transuniverse will take control of GC’s customer portfolio and all assets. Its founder and owner, Denis Glorie, will join the team in Wondelgem.

Mr Nierinck added: “This will significantly strengthen Transuniverse’s existing traffic to Ireland, double capacity and dramatically increase the frequency of departures.”

The focus on European groupage operations has also led the company to double up on drivers on its express service into Spain.

With two drivers for each load, Transuniverse hopes to tap into a niche for smaller, faster shipments. Operations manager Kevin Van Ongeval said: “The shuttle truck leaves Wondelgem daily between midnight and 1am, and arrives at our partner EKOL’s terminal in Barcelona at around 4pm on the same day.

“Once there, the shipments are sorted overnight so that they reach their destinations the following day,”

Carrying both palleted and bulk cargo shipments, the shuttle service will cut connection times between Belgium and Spain by 24 hours.

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