The Minister of Economy and Knowledge, Antonio Ramírez de Arellano, highlighted the importance of the logistics and transport sector “as a fundamental piece in the value chain of one of the engines of the Andalusian and Huelva economy, of agri-food exports and, specifically, those of fresh fruits “.
Ramírez de Arellano, who visited the facilities of Grupo Trans Onuba (GTO) in Niebla (Huelva), a benchmark in the logistics and transport sector at a national and international level, pointed out that Huelva is the fourth ranked province in Andalusia in terms of volume of exports in the agri-food and beverages sectors, with more than 1,300 million euros of sales abroad last year, 20% of the total of Andalusia. Exports in which fruits weigh heavily, accounting for 85% of total sales abroad.
These figures, he added, are the result of “the activity of a thriving and complex sector, such as logistics, which in recent years has experienced important technological advances that allow us to bring fresh products to Central Europe in a matter of hours”.
The Minister of Economy has indicated that Andalusia counts on highly distinguished companies at a national level in this activity, like Grupo Trans Onuba, a “company created in 1985, and that in 2016 has reached a turnover of 76 million Euros and now employs 450 workers”.
Along with this, he has highlighted the commitment to innovation and quality assurance in the company, which uses the most technologically advanced equipment in route planning and communications via mobile devices, such as the real-time geolocation of the both the merchandise and the fleet, or latest generation refrigeration equipment, which offers customers the possibility of tracking their product from their warehouses to the final destination.
Also highly emphasized was the decision of the company to launch a complementary offer around its main activity of transport, by creating its own service station for refueling and a maintenance/repair plant.
GTO integral service company of road transport and logistics under controlled temperature. Founded in 1985, it has its headquarters in Niebla. The company’s annual turnover in 2016 registered twice as much as three years before, ranking it among the first 12 in terms of sales in the entire province of Huelva.
The firm has a fleet of more than 350 refrigerated vehicles, two national logistics centers in Huelva and Álava, a commercial office in Belgium and a network of logistics nodes in Morocco, France and the Netherlands.
Publication : Huelva Información