Calsina Carré Transports & Logistics


Adapted vans for textile transport

Adapted vans for textile transport: A mainstay for the fashion industry

The transport of large volumes of garments is essential for the distribution of large textile manufacturers. This type of transport must be flexible, suitable and have the capacity to adapt to different load volumes. Garments are a type of goods that require very careful and efficient transportation to maintain product quality and meet the demands of an ever-changing industry.

Calsina Carré has identified this need in the market and has decided to invest in the textile sector by expanding its fleet with vans adapted for this type of transport. These vans are one of the most efficient and practical solutions for transporting garments by road, as they are specifically designed to hang garments inside them. They also offer numerous benefits for the supply chain, improving product protection and increasing operational efficiency.

Which are the benefits of the adapted garment hanging vans?

  1. Maximum protection of garments: When using adapted garment hanging vans, garments travel suspended on hangers, minimizing the risk of wrinkles, scratches or damage during transport.
  2. Increased load capacity: They allow us to optimize interior space, which increases load capacity compared to other transportation methods that involve folding garments into boxes. This enables us to transport more garments in a single trip, reducing costs and carbon footprint.
  3. Facilitates sorting and distribution: The adapted vans are designed with hanging bars and systems that allow for efficient organization and sorting of garments. This speeds up their distribution to different destinations.
  4. Optimization of delivery time: The time required to prepare garments prior to shipment is reduced, as there is no need to individually fold each item. In addition, the ease of loading and unloading speeds up logistics processes in general, which translates into faster deliveries and meeting deadlines.

To consolidate this commitment, Calsina Carré has an important operational support in Porto: Calsina Carré Portugal. Portugal has a long tradition in the textile and clothing industry. This accumulated experience has positioned this country as an European reference in textile manufacturing and many of the European textile manufacturers are located in this area. This strategic location facilitates the transport and distribution of textile products to European countries, resulting in shorter delivery times, without intermediaries and with a greater capacity to respond to market demands.


Our participation in SIL Barcelona 2023

The International Logistics Exhibition (SIL) in Barcelona is one of the most important and outstanding events in the logistics sector in Southern Europe. As we do every year, we participated as exhibitors in this meeting with professional players from the transport, logistics, intralogistics and supply chain sectors. An event that promotes the growing and development of this activity, locally as well as globally.

This new edition was even more special and eagerly awaited, since the fair was celebrating its 25th anniversary. It was also a success, closing the three days with record numbers of more than 15,000 visitors. 

Calsina Carré had a great presence at this edition. In addition to having its own stand as it does every year, with its team on site, it also gained visibility in the general framework of the fair:

Our CEO, Alba Carré, received an award in recognition of Calsina Carré's support and loyalty as one of SIL's most outstanding collaborators throughout its 25-year history.

Furthermore, we had the pleasure to participate in SIL Knowledge, a space for conferences, round tables and activities related to current challenges and emerging trends in the industry. Alba Carré, was one of the speakers at the round table "Lean & Green: Innovation and Keys to Sustainable Logistics" organised by AECOC. On the other hand, our traffic director, Pere Carbonés, also attended as a speaker at the round table about "New Masses and Dimensions of Vehicles in Transport" organised by the Spanish Shippers' Association.

On the second day Alba Carré was also invited to the "Women in Logistics Networking Cocktail" which was held on the occasion of the fair's 25th anniversary, to highlight the value of women entrepreneurs in the sector.

The evaluation of those three intense days of the current edition is very positive, as once again this year, we had the chance to give visibility and reinforce our brand image, as well as making new contacts and networking. We managed to meet up again with clients and also established new business relationships.

We also consider that SIL is not only an exhibition fair, as it enriches us with the conference and seminar programme where we can discuss the latest trends and advances in the logistics field.

We leave the fair feeling closer to our customers and collaborators, and also satisfied with the new relationships established. It was an absolute pleasure to reconnect with all the sector's professionals. 

The Transport Logistics in Munich has been a success

The Transport Logistics trade fair in Munich, held every two years, is known as the most important event in the area of transport and logistics in Europe. As an international company in the sector, we consider this an outstanding opportunity to present our innovative solutions and strengthen our connections to existing and potential customers from all over the world.

This 2023 edition gathered a wide range of professionals, experts, and leading companies in the sector, creating a dynamic atmosphere favorable for the exchange of ideas and the exploration of new opportunities. 

Calsina Carré chose to be present in two different locations: sharing a stand with Port de Barcelona to promote our transport and logistics solutions, and alongside the ESPORG stand to present our new intralogistics hub of services for drivers and external carriers: Calsina Carré Services.

On our Calsina Carré Transport & Logistics stand, we were honored to welcome current customers and new contacts who might be interested in our services. We were able to interact face-to-face with visitors from all over the world, share our experience and knowledge, and establish solid business relationships. During our participation, our main goal was to show efficient, sustainable, and technologically advanced solutions. Moreover, we highlighted our green commitment to future rail transport as well as the traceability of cargo and service customization that our own software allows us to offer.

The fair also gave us the opportunity to present our new openings: Calsina Carré Portugal, as well as our new logistics warehouse in Morocco. 

At our Calsina Carré Services stand, we were able to connect with potential transporters and customers of our logistics hub in Pont de Molins, a powerful hub due to its strategic location close to the French border and on the Mediterranean Corridor. Due to the ESPORG shelter, we gained visibility for secure parking networks in Europe, and we were able to connect closely with professionals in the sector of quality services and secure resting areas for transport drivers.

Calsina Carré's participation in the Transport Logistics exhibition in Munich in 2023 was a success. We are delighted to have strengthened our position in Europe and to have established promising business relationships with international customers. In addition, the exchange of ideas and experiences with other professionals gave us valuable insight into emerging trends and best practices in our industry.

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New opening: Calsina Carré Portugal

We start a new adventure with great enthusiasm and future expectations. We are opening a new Calsina Carré office in Portugal, specifically in the region of Oporto: Calsina Carré Portugal.

Why are we expanding to Portugal?


The Portuguese market plays an important role in the textile and automotive industries, two sectors in which we have a strong presence and which we want to continue to develop and dedicate resources to optimize our operations. We have to take into account that Portugal is the third country in Europe that carries out more road transport in the automotive industry, therefore it is a location where we want to be present with our own fleet and facilities. On the other hand, Portugal has historically been a reference in the textile sector, and today it continues to be the main one. The country concentrates a lot of production intended for reference companies such as, for example, Inditex. At Calsina Carré, we are strongly committed to diversification and we are investing in all the necessary resources to improve our presence in these sectors.

Our location in Portugal will offer us a better knowledge of the market and will allow us to provide more capacity as well as more flexibility in our service to customers. It will also help us to explore the flows and opportunities that the country can offer us at an international level towards Europe

It is important to highlight that Portugal will provide additional flow volume for Calsina Carré Maghreb, a market in which we are in full expansion. It will also give us greater flexibility in our existing operations, which have very tight transit times. For the time being, our main connection with Morocco will continue to be Tangier-Algeciras and for the connections from Portugal to Europe, we will promote intermodality whenever possible.

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We have attended SITL Paris

Again this year, we have attended the reference fair of transport and logistics sector in France. A great event that takes place every year in Paris and brings together more than 24,000 professionals from the transport and logistics industry to give visibility to the latest market developments to manufacturers and distributors.

Over the course of three days, we had the opportunity to present our solutions in an optimal professional environment to meet potential customers, strengthen ties with our French customers and reconnect with partners and suppliers.

It was an interesting meeting to be up to date on trends and developments in the field of transport and logistics and to connect with other players in the sector. 

We are glad to have been able to share our services with new customers interested in importing into France, since we are specialists in transport connecting Spain and France. We have a large volume of exports in France, therefore we are also able to offer quality imports. We currently cover more than 1,500 trips per month in France with daily departures, our own fleet and our own resources.

We would like to highlight the relevance of having added visibility to our commitment to green transport; the intermodal service. We currently perform 400 train departures per month to France. Thanks to this modality, we reduce CO2 emissions by more than 1,000 kg per trip. At SITL, we were able to reconnect and strengthen ties with our partners, the rail operators who ensure those more sustainable journeys.

Consequently, our presence at this meeting was essential, given France remains, to this day, our main market. We leave SITL Paris satisfied with our work and we celebrate that despite the riots that occurred during these dates in Paris, the fair has been able to run smoothly and has enjoyed a regular attendance.

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We closed 2022 by saving 11,600 tons of CO of CO₂ emissions

In the last few years, aware of environmental issues, we have increased our intermodal offer through rail and sea transport and we have committed to test more sustainable alternatives such as the duo trailer. Last year we renewed our fleet by incorporating new semi-trailers and ecological tires and we conditioned our headquarters to install 360 solar panels that allow us to save 56.5 tons of CO₂ per year.

Calsina Carré's commitment to the future is to place technology and innovation at the service of the environment. We have invested strongly in adapting our fleet to be able to access the railroads and we work closely with the administrations and the different rail operators in the search for options with less environmental impact. Last year, we made more than 10,000 train journeys connecting France, Germany and Luxembourg. This enabled us to save a total of 11,600 tons of CO₂ emissions. As a result of this strategy, we now have a strong presence at rail terminals connecting the south of France with other parts of Europe.

Continuing with the sustainable course, in 2021 we presented our first low-emission duo trailer, thus being one of the pioneering companies in promoting it in Catalonia. This combination allows us to reduce CO₂ emissions by up to 25% per trip, as well as significant savings in transport logistics costs. Currently our duo trailer operates daily in routes of connection with Morocco.



Truck Drivers shortage in Spain

The crisis of the lack of professional drivers is present throughout Europe and is seriously affecting our sector. The main reason for this growing shortage of drivers is that the profession is not attractive enough and newer generations are less and less interested in accessing it.

Why are we missing professional drivers?

  • Average age of the group: the legal age to enter the profession in Spain is 21 years old, so potential young candidates head in other employment directions and, once located in other sectors, it is difficult to reconsider their employment situation.
  • The training: despite drivers’ wages being up to five times the average minimum wage, the high licence costs and a lack of training are yet another obstacle to the profession.
  • Working conditions: the lack of infrastructure and safe, high-quality rest areas so that drivers can work in decent working conditions also represents a significant barrier for the sector. Also the lack of family reconciliation due to the long trips that force many drivers to spend nights away from their homes.
  • The role of women: In Spain, women represent a very low percentage of lorry drivers, mainly due to job insecurity and the lack of family reconciliation.

How to help turn this situation around?

All the stakeholders involved in the sector should commit as much as possible to make the driving profession more accessible and attractive. 

On behalf of the Spanish public authorities, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) stresses the need to facilitate access to the profession, setting the minimum age for driving at 18 years, with training starting at age 17, subsidising permit costs and training for new drivers and building safer parking areas.

At Calsina Carré, as carriers with more than 50 years of experience, we are also committed to the crisis in the sector and we are doing our part to help solve it:

1. Creation of a logistics hub with decent services for drivers and secure parking (Calsina Carré Services): 400 secure parking spaces with 24-hour video surveillance and 150,000 m2 of facilities with high-quality services for drivers in Pont de Molins (15 km from the French border): gas station, tyre assistance, specific repairs, car wash, shower modules, vending space to eat, Wi-Fi, laundry service, space for suitcases/personal belongings and rest area. 

We participate in the European secure parking network giving a clear focus on safety and quality and backed by the EU Gold certificate following EU standards.

2. We promote reconciliation and remuneration in accordance with the driver’s responsibility: we respect, plan and remunerate the actions of the professional driver. We recognise and remunerate any special permit and action that entails more responsibility or demand. We also limit the obligations of the driver at the destination and origin of cargo.

3. We compensate using alternative means: we promote intermodality as a lever for capacity and we redefine the role of the driver in shorter domestic sections that allow for an earlier return home.

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Calsina Carré Services is born

In a European context of lack of infrastructure for transporters to be able to carry out their profession with dignity and ensure compliance with regulations, there is a need for commitment by the organizations that constitute the sector to improve drivers’ working conditions. This is how Calsina Carré Servicescame into being. At Calsina Carré we have decided to open its facilities to external drivers. Doing so, Calsina Carré aims to improve the quality of professional drivers’ breaks with a wide range of services, in a safe and protected environment. Our addesd value is that we already are a fleet operator with 50 years of experience and very knowledgeable about the sector needs.

Calsina Carré Services is a translogistic hub strategically located in the Mediterranean Corridor, 18 kilometres from the French border. Its location is also next to Vilamalla, future intermodal and logistical zone of the province.

To take this step, Calsina Carré, who already boasted very powerful facilities at the Pont de Molins headquarters, has chosen to invest extra in order to guarantee the highest service quality. We have made a major effort to expand areas in order to provide 100k m2 equipped with different services and facilities specially intended for drivers and their vehicles. Calsina Carré Services has currently 400 parking spaces available, however, the company is planning a second phase of the project for the end of 2023, which foresees an expansion of the parking area along with new service modules.

The gas station, which until now had 4 lanes, has been remodeled by doubling this number to ensure easy access and avoid queues. The station stocks diesel, diesel A, AdBlue and gasoline and has its own staff to provide assistance if needed.

The area enabled for external carriers is equipped by modules with everything the driver may need during the resting period of his trip: restrooms, showers, laundry service, luggage storage room, vending machines, wifi and rest area.

Calsina Carré Services was born with a clear focus on security and quality. All facilities are equipped with 24h video surveillance cameras, controlled access barriers and a whole integrated IT system based on QR codes. All these improvements catapulted the company forward to obtain one of the highest quality certifications for the European save and secure truck parking areas: the Gold level of the EU-Parking Standard.

The services devised for the vehicle are also included in these facilities, which feature a washing tunnel, the possibility of tire assistance and punctual repairs, along with the sale of safety elements and replacement spares.

In addition, we can offer all the logistical support as a carrier with 50 years of experience: the possibility of storage, movement of goods and even transport collaborations.

Calsina Carré Services is a major commitment to the future of the company, which intends to continue growing and searching for opportunities to improve the sector by providing value, proficiency and service.

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Advantages of intermodality in transport

The intermodal transport is an essential sector, both from an economic and an environmental point of view. We are convinced that the future is intermodal. The urgent need to make the planet sustainable has led us here. The opportunity it offers us in the face of a new, more conciliatory operator, also leads us here. Last year alone, by using this service, we reduced CO2 emissions by more than 6 million kg. Due to all of this, for five years we have been significantly intensifying intermodal operations: investing in a prepared fleet and a new operational team aimed at this type of service. A firm commitment to a type of service that, while it won’t replace road, will be a complement to it.

The advantages of intermodal over terrestrial transport are many. A combination of the two modes is optimal for the transport of goods. Maritime transportallows for the transport of large cargo volumes, as well as for exchanging goods between countries without a land connection. For its part, rail transport is indispensable if we want to achieve the levels of reduction in greenhouse gases. For distances greater than 300 km, the European Commission has requested that traffic be carried up to 30% by rail. The train consumes five times less energy than a lorry, so the rail infrastructure system must adapt to road routes and be highly flexible.

It is important that supply chains see the need to boost intermodal transport and, at the same time, that the governments of every country invest in main rail routes between the points where there is a greater traffic of goods. In regard to Spain, although the Mediterranean corridor offers the greatest potential traffic on the peninsula, the railway lines are still insufficient.

Calsina Carré is one of the main transporters in the industry that operates from the railway terminals in the south of France Le Boulou, Perpignan) with destinations to several European countries. The journey, however, has only just begun and the potential is very high. This past year, we have already started operating on train departures from Romania (Curtici, Oradea). Alternative solutions to connect Morocco, such as the ferry from Tangier to Barcelona or the future Algeciras-Zaragoza railway line, are getting closer.

At Calsina Carré we are clear, reducing emissions is our guarantee for the future.

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50 years creating paths together

This is an historic year for Calsina Carré. We are celebrating our fiftieth anniversary, half a century of work and exponential growth which, for many of those involved, has meant a lifetime of activity in the company; passing through a number of periods full of innovative projects and ideas. The long history has been characterised by the continuous search for new opportunities and diversification of investment, as well as by a clear family spirit marked by values such as proximity, honesty, passion and effort. The family unit has been key in the development of the company, which continues along its journey today with a view to generational continuity.

From the purchase of that first truck by the founding partners, Cristina Calsina and Jaume Carré, to the multinational that the company has become today, Calsina Carré has grown and shared this journey with many people and companies. The Carré Calsina family would like to celebrate this 50th year with all these people: the customers from now and before; our collaborators; our suppliers; and particularly all the workers who are, and have always been, the driving force of the company.

Throughout 2022, various events and celebrations have been planned with the aim of highlighting this half century of development and consolidation. Past, present and future are the main aspects of this commemoration. And what we want is for each and every one of those who have been with us and who have helped make this journey possible, to feel reflected in it. The growth has been a shared experience, a path taken together. Which is why all the activities planned share this clear message of gratitude.

Therefore, and without further ado, we welcome you to the celebrations of these fifty years creating paths together. So all that remains is to say: come on in, the party has already begun!