The Romanian automotive industry includes two global car manufacturers – Dacia and Ford – as well as over 400 auto parts makers. According to local sources, in 2018 500,000 cars were produced in Romania and the industry's turnover amounted to 28 billion euros.
“With the development of the automotive industry, demand for transport services is growing,” says Pawel Iwanow-Kolakowski, AsstrA Romania Country Manager.
“Clients of the AsstrA international corporate group regularly benefit from our comprehensive services in this field. AsstrA experts in our Bucharest office and the dedicated AsstrA Automotive Logistics department ensure that our Customers receive professional solutions supporting the transport of cars, spare parts and accessories, trailers and semi-trailers, as well as industrial equipment and tires.”
The automotive industry is a demanding market segment in which Customers demand high-speed delivery.
“24-hour deliveries are popular with automotive industry Customers. Among the transported goods is automobile equipment and spare parts necessary for continuous production. If the products are not delivered on time, global automotive brands’ production lines will be stopped. This in turn will lead to financial losses for the Client,” emphasizes Julia Gorbaczuk, Head of the South-Eastern Europe Freight Forwarding Division at AsstrA.
“Sometimes you have to speed up a delivery because the Customer needs what is being transported earlier than anticipated. In such cases, AsstrA arranges “accelerated trucks” with two drivers working in shifts. It is worth noting that goods of various types are often transported in one vehicle.”
AsstrA Customers count on uninterrupted shipments of vehicles, components, and spare parts. For 20 years, AsstrA’s team of experts has been developing and selecting routes for the delivery of automotive products in Europe, including the Baltic countries, the Balkans, as well as in the CIS and Central Asia. AsstrA Automotive Logistics’ most popular routes include Romania-Poland-Romania and Russia-Romania-Russia, which accounted for 6% of the department’s total turnover.
“Every week the AsstrA team organizes 10 shipments of raw materials for airbag production from Romania to Poland,” adds Julia Gorbaczuk.
In addition, AsstrA experts have gained experience delivering auto parts from Romania to Central Russia and the Russian Far East.”
The automotive industry is developing rapidly. New technologies and trends are shaping this market segment not only in Romania, but also across the whole world.
As the head of AsstrA Automotive Logistics Nikolay Krokun notes, “The opening of numerous automotive factories is determined by where sales are being made and the needs of Customers. Global brands seek to optimize logistics, production‚ and staff costs. As a result, they can offer attractive prices for finished cars.
Companies in the industry are merging into large transnational consortia. Such associations enable manufacturers to work in several markets at the same time and remain competitive and financially stable. These trends are becoming stronger and stronger in many countries around the world, including Romania.”