The pilot edition of the technical course “Groupage and Consolidation Centres”, specifically designed by the Escola for operators of maritime groupage, took place in Barcelona from 24 to 27 April.
Groupage and consolidation centres represent a relatively young, fully growing and highly specialised sector. Therefore, up to now groupage professionals have received only an in-company training. The Escola (2E3S.eu) designed an innovative and pioneering training that gathers the information regarding all cases, processes, documentation and regulations put into practice in a door-to-door groupage operation. The lectures’ contents encompass warehouse features, equipment and packaging, as well as import/export procedures, new technologies and quality aspects. The participants learnt how groupage operations work and who make them happen. Also they analised the sector’s segmentation and trends, and the keypoints to hire and manage efficient door-to-door groupage operations.
In order to offer updated, practical contents about real operation cases, the Escola counted on the lectures of collaborators coming from the industry: Ernesto Romeu, President of Grupo Romeu; Pablo Auger (Director) and Bernat Baruquer, (Customs broker and AEO) from IFS International Forwarding; Xavier Fosch (Road transport dept. manager) and David Farzón (Consulting dept. manager), from Ibercóndor; Silvia Pueyo, General director of Globelink Uniexco; Alfonso Santa Isabel, Sales director of TM2; Albert Ruiz, Project manager of Portic; Javier Álvarez, (sales dept.) from _bytemaster; Mónica Comas, from AACNI Abogados; Jorge Selma, lawyer, expert in insurance and risk management in consolidated freight; Miguel Ángel López and Xavier Lluch, teachers and collaborators of the Escola and experts in transport.
The lectures were complemented by practical visits to: two consolidation centres (ncl e IFS), Hutchison-BEST container terminal and a consolidation warehouse for road transport.
The participants evaluated this first edition very positively and contributed constructive comments and ideas to improve the course’s quality. They came from some of the companies that collaborated to create the course (Tm2, Portic, Transglory), from the Port of Barcelona and from outstanding logistics companies such as C.H. Robinson, DB-Schenker, Fundación Cares and Transporte Genebrando Castro.