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EXPRESS Trailers is this year commemorating 25 years of weekly transport services be- tween Malta and Spain. The company started servicing businesses to and from Spain in 1994 with a sea freight ser- vice and eventually by a road service. Express Trailers later introduced groupage services through export to Barcelona. Imported goods from Spain include mostly textiles, indus- trial goods retail, auto parts and food. In recent years, Express Trailers has also ex- perienced a surge in export of pharmaceuticals through a direct service between Malta and Spain via a dedicated pharma warehouse in Girona. Today, both services are of- fered in tandem through a weekly service. Through a sea freight service, goods are de- livered within a time-frame of seven to ten days whereas the road freight service delivers goods in three to four days, departing regularly every Fri- day and arriving in Malta on Monday. "Our service with Spain is a major driver for our business and this business from this territory is bound to become stronger. In fact, through a fledging road and sea service between Malta and Spain, Ex- press Trailers has also man- aged to also link Malta to Portugal, not only through a weekly direct service to and from Barcelona, but also via a daily service to and from Lis- bon and Porto in Portugal," says Express Trailers Chair- man and CEO Franco Azzo- pardi. "We work with very repu- table partners in Spain with a very strong infrastructure and extensive network of de- pots who know the territory inside out. Working with ex- perienced partners like them, helps us mitigate all the logis- tics risks involved in handling all sorts of dry and refrig- erated cargo. They are also supporting the growth of our ShipLowCost service to and from Spain," added Franco Azzopardi. Express Trailers remains committed to keep devel- oping its business ties with Spain. In fact, it is also active as a principal member of the Maltese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce. In fact, the com- pany is now supporting the Chamber in its first series of business meetings themed "Doing Business with Spain". This series of meetings are being held as part of a number of celebrations to commemo- rate the fiftieth anniversary of diplomatic relations be- tween Malta and Spain and are aimed to promote better synergies between Maltese and Spanish businessmen and entrepreneurs. The first business meet- ing will be held tomorrow at 6pm at the Residence of the Spanish Ambassador to Malta, Consuelo Femenía in Balzan and will be addressed by Angel Torres, Commer- cial Counsellor of the Spanish Embassy. These meetings will be held on a regular basis, focusing on key economic sectors such as the pharmaceutical indus- try, tourism, infrastructure, transport, food and agricul- ture, financial services, infor- mation and communication technology and energy transi- tion among others. S6 maltatoday | SUNDAY • 9 JUNE 2019 SHIPPING & LOGISTICS Express Trailers' 25 years of servicing Spain Express Trailers remains committed to keep developing its business ties with Spain. In fact, it is also active as a principal member of the Maltese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce

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