Caught in the crossfire between two major powers, Germany and Russia, Poland has seen a troubled history of constant struggle to defend its sovereignty in the face of powerful opponents. From being completely destroyed by the end of World War I and building up from scratch, to facing the first German invasion that proved to be a harbinger of World War II, followed by the economic fluctuations owing to a rise and fall of Communism, Poland has fought its way through numerous ups and downs. But today, the country with an incredible balance of natural beauty with its forests, rivers, mountains and plains and historic architecture, has not just kept pace with trade and economy but is leading the way by demonstrating a consistent track record of growth.
Classified as a ‘high income’ economy by the World Bank, Poland has been liberalizing the economy since 1990. It is the only country in the EU that could avoid a recession during the economic downturn of 2008-09, and has been steadily growing for 28 years (as of 2019).
While it continues to battle labour issues ranging from increasing unemployment to labour deficits, the diversification in the economy and recent reforms are likely to help the country be among the fastest to recover from the current COVID-19 crisis.
Europe’s key transportation and logistics services driver
The logistics market in Poland is extremely diverse and plays a significant role in the European market of transport and logistics companies.
Poland has plenty going for it when it comes to transport and logistics services. An advantageous Central European location, growing GDP and resolute economy make it an ideal market for transportation and logistics companies.
The Polish transport and logistics services market today is a completely different story compared to only 10-15 years ago. Today, it is crucial to be present in the Polish market as it is a competitive destination that businesses looking to expand cannot afford to ignore or underestimate. A lot of the smaller cities, especially on the Eastern and Southern side of Poland are relatively undiscovered and teeming with business avenues.
“With businesses turning to Poland for its growth potential, this also creates opportunities for leading logistics services providers like us to support these businesses with seamless, end-to-end cargo shipment and logistics services including LCL, FCL, air freight, and more. As the world’s LCL consolidation leaders with a network that operates through more than 300 offices in over 160 countries and offering services over 2400 direct trade lanes, what we bring in is expertise, customer-centricity and safe, swift operations backed by leading technology”, says Magdalena Bielawska, Managing Director, ECU Worldwide Poland.
Another important factor driving the logistics is that the infrastructure has improved significantly due to the EU funds. Poland is one of the fastest developing countries in terms of sea freight, air freight and rail freight. It is definitely a strategic market, not only in terms of reach to the countries that surround it, but also as a global trade destination en route China, India, USA, and the Middle East.
In keeping with the move to sustainable growth and operations, the customer demand in Poland is seeing an increasing interest in eco-friendly transport solutions including intermodal, sea freight and rail freight solutions. Another opportunity for leading global logistics services providers like ECU Worldwide for offer customised solutions that not just satisfy, but delight customers.
Freight services that bring the world closer
In terms of location, Poland is unique. It is at a geographic crossroads of the forested terrains of North-western Europe and sea lanes of the Atlantic Ocean along with the Eurasian frontier and its fertile plains, making it an ideal trade destination.
Leveraging this advantage to the fullest, ECU Worldwide Poland helps businesses exploring Poland with a number of logistics services that help them connect to almost anywhere in the world.
Its import LCL services in direct consol boxes connect to Gdansk, Gdynia from Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzen, Hong Kong, Nhava sheva, Kaohsiung, Busan, Singapore, New Delhi, all of which comprise the important transhipment hubs for Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Indian subcontinent. Additionally, LCL services are from Middle East, USA, Canada, Africa, and South America are offered via Hamburg and Antwerp.
Rail LCL services from the whole of China via Xian to Warsaw with further on-carriage to Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Kaliningrad , Netherlands, and Nordics are ideal for business supply chains dependent on imports from China. Rail FCL services too are provided from China via several stations to Malaszewice, Slawkow, and Warsaw in Poland along with FCL services from all across the world to Gdansk, Gdynia, and Szczecin.
For cargo shipments that are time-urgent, businesses can count on ECU Worldwide Poland’s air freight services to Warsaw.
Offering customers an added advantage is the fact that ECU Worldwide Poland is also authorised and well-equipped to handle cargo shipments consigned to Kaliningrad (part of Russia) and Ukraine.
For businesses in Poland that seek to broaden their horizons, ECU Worldwide’s direct export LCL services connect to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent via the major hubs including Dubai, Shanghai, Busan, Singapore, and Nhava Sheva in addition to a number of destinations covered via Hamburg.
With pre-carriage from inland Container Freight Stations (CFS) - Wroclaw, Warsaw, Krakow, and Poznan - to port of loadings, Rail LCL and FCL export services from Poland to China, FCL services from Gdynia and Gdansk to worldwide destinations and air freight from Warsaw, Wroclaw, and Lodz to most countries around the globe, ECU Worldwide truly brings Poland to the world.
Logistics services providers? More like digitally-enabled transport architects!
A global network of own offices, a wide range of logistics services across the spectrum including project logistics, contract logistics, warehousing solutions, container freight stations, excellence in handling all different types of cargo including Over-Dimensional Cargo (ODC) and Dangerous Goods (DG) cargo make ECU Worldwide Poland an ideal partner for businesses.
But what sets the team apart is the knack of providing cargo shipment services and transport solutions that truly meet customers’ needs. ECU Worldwide goes beyond its standard service offerings and works like an extension of the customers’ teams. Professional experts with sound knowledge and understanding of logistics operations work like transport architects, doing their best to deliver exemplary customer service, every single day.
Even while dealing with a global pandemic, the teams have been at it, working from home or operating remotely when required, taking all the necessary safety precautions yet making sure that customers’ cargo shipments keep moving.
A focus on the future and digitally-enabled logistics is an important part of ECU Worldwide’s strategy moving forward. With ECU360, a state-of-the-art online platform, customers can conduct business 24x7. Its features like instant quotes, quick shipment bookings, door-to-door delivery rates and easily accessible information are perfect to help customers ship with a click!
Looking ahead to new milestones
Recently, ECU Worldwide Poland carried out consolidation of air freight shipments (PPE commodities) at CFSs in Shanghai and Tianjin, preparing and loading on 2xAntonovs AN124, 2x Boeings B777 and 3x Boeings B787.
It has also launched direct services from Gdansk to Busan with further on-carriage to North China and Asia.
By offering free pre-carriage from inland CFSs in Poland (Wroclaw, Krakow, Warsaw, and Poznan) to Gdansk, ECU Worldwide Poland has ensured that freight forwarders can just rely on the experts for end-to-end services and need not worry about trucking and pre-carriage.
Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and living by the values of humour and joy, motivation, commitment, and involvement, ECU Worldwide Poland continues to consolidate its position as one of the market-leading logistics services providers in the country.