GBA Services has expanded its European network with opening operations in Portugal, basing services in Lisbon.
It will provide time-critical pan-European express van and truck services to customers across Europe, specialising in Portugal, Spain and France, using GBA-owned vehicles supplemented by exclusive service partners.
The Portuguese office is the latest addition to an expanding European network; following the launch of a branch office in Germany on 4 September, and it joins GBA’s established operations in the UK, Austria and Poland.
Once time-critical operations are fully established in Portugal, it plans to add further services such as high-security and pharmaceutical transport, replicating the UK model.
GBA Services founder and managing director, David Birkbeck says Portugal is an important market, with a particular focus on the automotive sector.
He says: “This creates strong synergies with our established operations in other countries, enabling us to provide additional solutions for current customers, and increasing our scope to utilise vehicle movements more efficiently.”
Luis Monraia is managing the Portugal office, bringing over 20 years of experience in the management of hazardous goods transportation and pan-European express transport operations.
He says: “Express transport in Portugal has traditionally focused on the automotive sector, and this will certainly be GBA’s priority here. But all business sectors have a regular need for time-critical transport, so we intend to broaden our marketing effort to attract customers from other industries.”
“The team in Portugal has a highly-developed understanding of serving customers whose businesses depend on fast and punctual deliveries. They have all earned a reputation for gold standard customer service, and we believe that – coupled with GBA’s resources and proven capabilities – this will give GBA a real market advantage here.”