Espace Supporting Excellence

Here’s Tony our managing director talking about how Investors in Excellence has helped improve our business as a whole. It has allowed us to further improve our efficiency which has enabled us to improve our specialised European Road Freight services. We have also been able to introduce a few new services such as our Express Transport service.


Espace Flying High

Weight : 5700 kilos  Length : 15.17m   Width : 4.5m    Height 2.5m

Weight : 5700 kilos Length : 15.17m Width : 4.5m Height 2.5m

Here at Espace we specialise in European Road Freight and we see lots of shipments being delivered on time. Here is one of the more Abnormal loads we delivered last week. Last week we delivered 2 aircraft wings on an extendable flatbed trailer from Austria to Peterborough. ( photo shows the wings on our trailer at our partners depot in Holland.)

Transit permits needed to be applied for, but we had these in place within a few days. The trailer was accompanied by an escort vehicle from Austria to Holland. We shipped the trailer from Hook of Holland into Harwich where another escort vehicle was waiting to accompany it onto Peterborough.

If you have any European flat bed or abnormal load requirement, please send your enquiries to Geoff Yates.
Direct Dial : 01543 412306 Email :


French trade – Liberté, égalité, fraternité

French Trade


French trade – “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” 


“Liberty, equality, fraternity”, the national motto of France speaks volumes about the country and the major part it plays in Europe and across the world. Holding the title as the leading exporter of services and agriculture in the world, France provides 18.1% of European agriculture production and looks to remain a leader in service and agriculture exports for many years to come. But what do they export? What do they import? Find out a bit more below as we take a look at the European Championships Hosts in more detail.


Important imports!

Every year the French eat around 30,000 tonnes of snails but only 1000 tonnes of these are sourced from France. That’s right, 29,000 tonnes of snails are imported in to France every year with a majority of them coming from field within Eastern Europe. It is against the law to carry live snails on a high speed train in France without their own tickets!


Your very own Dairy Godmother!

France is the second largest milk producer in Europe. During 2012 France exported €6.9 Billion worth of dairy products.


Teamwork makes the dream work!

France is Germany’s largest trading partner.

Their Primary Export partners include Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, UK, US and the Netherlands.

Their Primary Import partners include Germany, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK and China.


Trains, Trains, Trains!

France has the second largest rail network in Europe. (29,000Km)


To me!

The main imports to France include machinery and equipment, vehicles, crude oil, aircraft, plastics and chemicals.


To you!

The main exports from France include machinery and transportation equipment, aircraft, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, iron and steel, beverages, services and agriculture.



Earlier this year we delivered 200 tonnes of turf to the Stade de France earlier this year???

The grass is greener with Espace’s Intelligent International Shipping!


With this in mind France are a country you need to be importing to or exporting from regardless of the industry sector you find yourself in. As a leading power both in trade and politics France will remain leading the charge for many years to come.  Liberty, Equality and Fraternity are all morals which make up the Espace Europe LTD DNA. Working hand in hand with our long standing relationships with hauliers in France, we are able to provide a variety of impressive prices, such as:


  • 20 Kilo parcels to anywhere in France from as little as £25.
  • 1 Tonne pallets from London to Calais from only £95.
  • Full loads from Aberdeen to Nice for £2065.


Small or big, near or far, in or out we’ve got it covered. With four native and/or fluent French speaking colleagues here at Espace, we’re more than prepared to help with your freight needs.


Tony & The Espace Team


Europe: In or out, we do both! Part 5


Europe in or out arm wrestle

The Summary


Over the last few months this series has aimed to explore and discuss various issues surrounding the upcoming referendum. While trying to remain impartial the focus has been mostly on the effects to various industries and the positive and negative outcomes which could come from both remaining in the European Union and leaving the European Union.  This final installment focuses on the overall pros and cons of a possible British exit, ending with a brief summary.


Run while you can! ( The pros)

  • The European Union has reached a huge scale with more and more countries joining during its duration. In the event of a British exit, focus would be solely upon the UK.
  • New trade agreements. Were Britain to leave the EU, it would have a strong possibility of obtaining similar trade agreements to those used by Switzerland and Norway.
  • Cut down on costs. Although there are a lot of financial benefits to being in the EU, upon leaving Britain would not be required to pay as much in costs towards the EU, saving about 7% of the NHS budget yearly.
  • Self-investment. In the case of leaving the European Union, Britain would have no choice but to dramatically improve and invest in its own manufacturing and exports, ultimately aiming to become self-sufficient.


Won’t you stay another daaaaayyy? (The cons)

  • Financial sectors would be hit hard. In the event of an exit, the UK financial sector would take a massive beating and would probably end up losing its position as one of the best financial sectors in the world.
  • Nothing is set in stone. If Britain were to leave the EU, there is no prediction that is 100% accurate. The possibility of a positive or negative outcome relies on both internal and external factors such as other countries, trade agreements and international law.
  • Bigger together. Not only is the EU the biggest free trade market made up of over 500 million people but it also gaining a bigger role in global diplomacy, something which will always be beneficial for Britain in terms of negotiation.
  • The appearance of isolating ourselves may leave a sour taste in the mouth of other countries making it harder for future trade.
  • Although Britain can replicate similar trade agreements used by other countries this would take years to come in to effect and could ultimately damage British industries for the foreseeable future.

As you can see from the positives and negatives listed above, there are many arguments for and against leaving the European Union. We could sit here all day listing them but ultimately the decision isn’t made by lists it’s made by people, in this case the British people! Regardless of the outcome the British freight industry will find a way to continuously improve and help Britain for many years to come, through the good and the bad. We hope you have enjoyed this series and it has helped provide you with an impartial and balanced view on the referendum. As always we love to hear you opinions so please feel free to comment below.


Tony & The Espace Team

Europe: In or out, we do both! Part 4

Countdown to referendum

The effects on industry part 3


Those of you who have been following this series will be aware that the last few parts have focused upon the effects industries may face in the event of a possible British exit from the European Union. Previously we have touched upon industry professional opinions and the effects it may have upon the beautiful game but what about the other industries? Today we will be looking at the potential problems faced by these industries in the event of a Brexit.


Let’s start by talking about Tariff, or the lack of. Currently the United Kingdom is part of the free trade agreement within the EU, a market made up of over 500 million people. In the event of leaving the European Union some industries could end up having to charge over 20% VAT on their products. The table below shows the potential barriers various sectors may face.




Exported to the EU


Potential Barriers


Cars 35% 10% Tariff
Chemicals 56.6% 4.6% Tariff
Aerospace 44.6% N/A
Machinery 30.7% 5.47% Tariff
Food, Beverages & Tobacco 60.5% 20%+ Tariff



As the table above suggests the cost of a possible Brexit could be pretty high, particularly in the food, beverages and tobacco sector where the potential barrier is 20% and higher. Obviously this may cause a problem for the industries listed but as the table below shows the initial disruption will not last for ever.


Sector Risk of disruption Chances of similar EU trade access
Cars High High
Chemicals High Medium to High
Aerospace High High
Machinery Medium High
Food, Beverages & Tobacco High Medium to High


As you can clearly see the initial impact of exiting the European Union will be quite substantial for all good sectors. That said the chances of exporting to the European Union in a similar fashion to the current agreement are very high.  So why would we want to leave when there is a potential for such disruption? In the event of leaving the European Union, the goods sector will still be able to thrive while at the same time reinstating the decisive power of trade agreements to the United Kingdom. As shown by a number of countries currently involved in other trade agreements, there is a strong chance of benefiting from a different Trade Agreement.


Not only would we have a chance to replicate the successes of countries like Switzerland in our Trade agreements with the European Union but we would also open the possibility to bigger opportunities and trade agreements that were previously impossible. Examples of this are the possibilities of a trade agreement with China which benefit the UK Car industry and a trade agreement with India for the scotch whiskey industry that currently accounts for 25% of all UK food and drink exports. All in all, the actual outcome be it positive or negative, would ultimately be decided by the decisions made when striking these international deals.


What do you think? Should we try and strike up our own trade agreements or should we stick with what we know?


Tony & The Espace Team



Belgium Kilometre Charge – April 1st 2016


Belgium Kilometre Charge – April 1st 2016

From the 1st April 2016 all heavy good vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes registered in Belgium or Europe that carry goods will be introduced to the new Kilometre Charge and will be required to equip an OBU (on board unit).  The charge will apply to each road where Eurovignette is necessary in Belgium and aims to reduce road usage by heavy goods vehicles in order to improve road usage and help reduce costs. Although use of the OBU is free, non compliance with the system can result in recieving a minimum fine of £800.The tariffs have been set in cooperation with regional governments and takes in to consideration the varying factors and tolls present by these differing regions.

Be sure to check out the official Satellic website for updates, information and registration:

Tony & The Espace Team