For International Road Transport in Europe, a. hartrodt's Polish subsidiary is investing in setting up its own truck fleet. The plan is to launch the new product this autumn. "We will hire a specialist for this type of transport and initially deploy two vehicles and employ three professional drivers by the end of the year," explains Robert Marszałek, Managing Director at a. hartrodt Polska, based in Szczecin. With its own fleet, a. hartrodt Polska intends to serve primarily Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Cabotage services will be offered "in accordance with EU regulations," according to Robert Marszałek.
Extensive product range in five Polish cities
Since 2003, a. hartrodt has been operating in Poland. 72 employees in Szczecin, Gdynia, Warsaw, Kraków and Wrocław offer comprehensive services. As examples, Robert Marszałek mentions in sea freight "the currently fast-growing business with project cargo" or hazardous goods transports by air freight. "Unfortunately, due to the war, we do not provide services to/from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus," he says.
Great prospects for rail, air and sea freight
For rail connections from China, Robert Marszałek records "a stable transit time of 16 to 18 days". The space available on selected trains has "noticeably increased". The Iron Silk Road is functioning thanks to optimized border crossing times, and there is "no disruption" due to the Ukraine war. Between Warsaw and Hong Kong, a. hartrodt Polska also offers daily air freight services at fixed rates. This is of interest to medium-sized customers from the medical, cosmetics, computer and pharmaceutical industries. The Polish Baltic ports in Gdansk and Gdynia are expecting more Ukraine transhipments due to the blocked Black Sea ports. "The interest of customers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary in our ports has increased," notes Robert Marszałek.
The Polish team of a. hartrodt is constantly developing its range of services. For example, Robert Marszałek can imagine expanding international road transport to Great Britain and Switzerland or for conventional sea transport in the future.