Ertransit integrates the supply chain from start to finish, managing intermodal transport, storage, customs management, distribution… and proposing logistics solutions adapted to the needs of import and export customers in the Canary Islands.
We reproduce the interview with Jesús Roque Rodríguez, Ertransit delegate in Tenerife, published by the newspaper EL CANAL MARÍTIMO Y LOGÍSTICO on October 13
How have logistical disruptions affected the Canary Islands market?
The Canary Islands have not suffered a major crisis and the flows of goods have been quite acceptable. However, there have been shortages of certain goods due to the increase in shipping times and the increase in transport prices.
Canarian companies are becoming more global every day and go to markets that are more exposed to these fluctuations in the supply chain, which is why they and their suppliers have had to redesign their supply strategies to reduce the risks in national and international traffic. international freight.
Does this mean that the Canary Islands depend less on traffic with the Iberian Peninsula?
Logistics with the Canary Islands has changed substantially in recent times. From being connected almost exclusively with the Iberian Peninsula, we have gone on to operate with almost anywhere in the world. Our origins and destinations are currently more global and our markets and supply centers are highly diversified.
Now the Far East is a month away through feeder services that transoceanic shipping companies provide from Valencia or Algeciras and we are also well connected with Latam, North America, the Middle East, Turkey…
How does Ertransit deal with all these changes?
The interruption of commercial traffic due to the pandemic made us all rethink the supply chain and we have learned that we must anticipate, plan and integrate.
Traditionally, logistics with the Islands has been and continues to be highly fragmented, negotiating transport, storage and distribution in separate contracts, which makes the logistics experience complex, costly and to some extent stressful for shippers and recipients.
At Ertransit we do “integrated logistics” and the advantages are undoubted. We manage the supply chain from end to end, integrating transport, customs management, storage, distribution, merchandise insurance, … A true vertical integration that in our case is feasible because we are part of the Erhardt group, a logistics ecosystem oriented and prepared to offer integrated solutions.
These types of solutions allow us greater control in cargo management at all stages of the journey, improving costs and providing greater visibility and resilience to supply chains.
How do you see the development of the Canarian logistics market in the medium term?
In the short and medium term, significant growth is expected in public works on the islands, as a result of the expected Next Generation European funds. We believe that there is going to be significant growth in the transport of materials for the construction of new infrastructures, which will require true specialists in the chartering of ships for general merchandise, in bulk and for the cargo of turnkey projects.
In this sense, we are already working with the companies of our logistics group, specialized in ship chartering and project cargo, complemented by our customs, storage and capillary distribution services in the Islands.
The African continent is also on the Canary logistics horizon. In this line we are advising on the implementation of customs authorizations at the client’s headquarters and in port facilities, promoting the development of the Canary Islands as a true logistics hub with North and West Africa in the traffic of agri-food products, construction and energy (oil and gas) mainly.
The traditional relations with the European continent will remain stable and at Ertransit we continue to connect the Peninsula, Northern Europe and Italy with the Canary Islands through our logistics centers in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao.
In this sense, customs management will play an important role in the Canary Islands.
Yes, customs management in the Canary Islands is an aspect to take into account, hence the importance of integrating all logistics operations under the same interlocutor, capable of identifying risks and solving bottlenecks.
The integration of transportation, customs clearance, and warehousing management contributes to better inventory turnover and reduced delivery times.
Our facilities in Tenerife and Gran Canaria have the authorization of Warehouse of Deposit to Temporary, which allows storage and conservation under a suspension regime where neither customs nor tax debt is settled for a period of 90 days, a period that is more than enough to regulate or manage the demand for imported products without the need to pay taxes and tariffs before sale.