Lorena Figaro, Managing Director at a. hartrodt España in Barcelona, prefers to eat Mediterranean food with cold-pressed olive oil. She sits at the source, because according to the Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional in Madrid, about half of the world's production comes from Spain. "We offer the full range of products for this food – in flexitanks, bottles or drums," Lorena Figaro says. 65 percent of the commercialized olive oil is "exported to more than 150 countries worldwide," she adds. In addition to the EU, these include China, Japan, Australia, South Korea, India, Canada and Mexico: "a. hartrodt is present everywhere with its own local offices."
Significantly reduce risks at customs
The international freight forwarder's global presence makes it easier for customers to check in advance if all requirements to import or export olive oil have been met in the country of origin or destination. "We can significantly reduce the risk of the product being rejected by customs and shipped back," says Lorena Figaro. This means that huge economic losses can be prevented from the outset – a clear added value for customers.
Combination of service and product knowledge
Some olive oil producers in Spain have been working trustfully with a. hartrodt España for decades – "because of our unique combination of a high level service orientation and product knowledge," explains Lorena Figaro. The Food & Beverage team includes several experts in olive oil, who are familiar with the mandatory "SOIVRE" export certificate, among other things. "We assist the customer in choosing the right-fit service, routing and transit time," says the manager. Extra time spent on customs clearance is properly calculated, she adds: "With barrels, for example, a dog check is very likely at the airport."
In addition to individual consultancy and careful preparation, the transport of sensitive goods requires a great deal of experience in order to anticipate critical situations. " This makes all the difference in providing customers with the best possible service," finds Lorena Figaro.