In the logistics industry, partnership is a tool for integrating the supply chain. Building long-term relationships between individual participants requires the commitment and loyalty of each one. Partners’ shared trust minimizes the risk of conflicts, improves the flow of information, and strengthens the relationship over time. Therefore, choosing responsible business partners is key to the success of a company.
AsstrA’s transport partners enjoy a number of benefits of working with the company. By using AsstrA’s free proprietary tools like Supplier’s Portal, they can find loads unavailable on public platforms. AsstrA provides a regular flow of orders for shipments all around Europe, the CIS, and Asia regardless of seasonal market fluctuations.
AsstrA carriers do not have to worry about language barriers. The company handles transport around the world and has a local presence in 22 countries. Across the company there are many languages spoken – including Finnish, Hebrew, and Greek – so as to increase mutual trust and make information flows as effective as possible.
Payment for completed orders is made within 45 days of receipt of a proper invoice. There is a fuel program in place to cover the costs of refueling. If necessary, employees of AsstrA provide ferry booking services and toll road management. AsstrA’s transport partners have priority when it comes to declaring their cargo for customs clearance at AsstrA subsidiary agencies in Poland, Germany, Russia, Belarus, and Lithuania.
AsstrA also organizes the Forum for Carriers, a regular event where industry experts and representatives discuss current topics related to the work of suppliers and supply chain management. These events are a great opportunity to strengthen partnerships and share experiences. During the pandemic, when face-to-face meetings became virtually impossible, such open dialogues continued online.
“We are successively implementing a truck branding project with some of the carriers who we partnered with. Recently, we have branded tarpaulins and container trucks in Poland, the Czech Republic and Belarus. This highlights mutual trust and strengthens the partnerships we are building,” says Vitali Eremenco, Deputy Operational Director for Road Transport in Western Europe, Central Europe, and the Balkans.
Every year, AsstrA cooperates with around 20,000 carriers, with road carriers handling over 85% of the company’s shipments. With 26 years of experience in organizing international transport, AsstrA's priority is to continue strengthening relations with transport companies.
“Road transport is one of our key capabilities. Customers are more aware and demanding, and therefore they expect high-quality service, just-in-time deliveries, cargo security, and timely document flows. In order to meet market challenges and keep up the pace of our work, we need reliable partners. Only together we can develop our businesses and record growth. We aim to provide transport companies with favorable conditions so as to facilitate long-term cooperation with partners,” adds Vitali Eremenco.