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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hola, Spain!

In 2011, a team of Pilot employees set out for Europe and opened a now-thriving station in Amsterdam, our first full-service location outside of North America. Since that time, we've seen the Amsterdam station have great success in serving our customers who move freight both into and out of Europe, and everyone has seen the advantages of having Pilot employees overseas.

This year, we're continuing to expand our presence in Europe and I'm excited to announce that we have opened a new station in A Coruña, an important port city in Spain. The station is already up and running, and has gotten started with shipments of iPads to the Middle East and textiles to Russia. As you can read in the press release that we issued this week (see below), we expect that the A Coruña station will do a lot of work with textiles and ecommerce goods en route to destinations including the European Union, China and the Americas.

And because we see so much potential in Spain, we plan to open to additional locations later in the year in Barcelona and Madrid. Stay tuned for more information on those stations.

Congratulations to everyone involved in getting Pilot Spain off the ground!

Pilot Freight Services Expands into Spain 

One new station and two planned stations fuel Pilot’s international growth 

LIMA, Pa.—June 18, 2013Pilot Freight Services, a worldwide provider of transportation and logistics services, announced today that it has expanded its European footprint with a newly opened station in A Coruña, Spain, a port city in the Northwest of the country.

This announcement comes on the heels of Pilot reaching a $500 million revenue milestone in 2012. The company, which opened its first European station in Amsterdam in 2011, plans to open additional locations in Barcelona and Madrid within the year.

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from the opening of our station in Amsterdam, as our customers have really seen the benefit of having Pilot employees on the ground in Europe. Our plan has always been to expand further within the continent, and Spain was a natural next step,” said Richard Phillips, CEO of Pilot Freight Services. “Our team in A Coruña is already handling shipments of textiles and ecommerce goods, and we expect these commodities to be a mainstay for Pilot Spain.”

The A Coruña station offers a full suite of transportation and logistics services, including air, ocean, ground and logistics capabilities, and will handle freight en route to the European Union, China, the United States and South America. The station is being run by Javier Torrens and Eduardo Sanjuro, who will be responsible for all sales and operations.