Last year, Transuniverse launched its revamped customer portal. Since then, numerous customers have experienced its many benefits. We want to further expand the use of this web portal so that all customers can enjoy this more efficient communication and service. Therefore, we are organising a webinar on 17 and 18 April 2023 to better explain the various benefits and demonstrate the efficiency gains.


The customer portal allows you to enter your orders directly. It offers additional benefits such as attaching documents, an efficient ‘track & trace’, monitoring of the shipment status, easy retrieval of invoices and other documents such as a Proof of Delivery (POD), and so on. In other words, you enjoy greater visibility throughout the entire (administrative) chain.

To explain these benefits in more detail and answer your questions, we will hold a webinar on 17 and 18 April. It will last about an hour and you can choose the day that suits you best. Click here to register. We look forward to welcoming you to this informative session!

Purchase Manager/Director (M/F/X)


“As an enterprising family business and the groupage specialist, we send trucks fully loaded onto the road through our strong B2B partner network to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.”

Transuniverse Forwarding has been active in the groupage and transport sector since 1983. From our offices in Wondelgem, France and Romania, we have built a network consisting of regular customers and loyal agents over the years.
We specialise in groupage to Austria, the Baltic States, Benelux, Cyprus, Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Iran, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Maghreb, Algeria, Ex-Yugoslavia, Turkey and the UK.



We are looking for a procurement officer with excellent negotiation skills at manager or director level, depending on experience and history.



Manage and optimize the (operational, tactical and strategic) procurement policy and bechmarking of services/agents/rate structure, in close consulation with the Operations Directors regarding transport procurement and arragements with agents. This for companies in the group in Belgium, as well as foreign subsidiaries. 



  • Determining requirements and maintaining good relations with suppliers, being subcontractors, agents and subsidiaries, among others.
  • Actually placing orders and making the organisational side of purchasing work as optimally as possible.
  • Conducting market research and selecting suitable suppliers.
  • Requesting quotations for supply of services/products.
  • Follow-up of contracts and SLAs with suppliers (drawn up by legal).
  • Maintain administration of customer, suppliers and order data, whether or not using an ERP system.
  • Evaluate services/products and suppliers.
  • Continuously evaluate the purchasing process.
  • Formulate and elaborate sustainable proposals or purchasing policy and then also provide communication to management and internal departments.
  • Report and analyse margins, if necessary linking actions to them in mutual consultation with the Finance Director.
  • Negotiating, within the given company guidelines, prices and closing deals (depending on size in consultation with Management).
  • Makes own planning, organizes own work.
  • Work independently, decides independently on prices and closes deals (depending on size in consultation with Management). 


Knowledge & skills

  • Experience in a similar A-Z purchasing function – (groupage)transport
  • Compliance with organisational principles and objectives (strategic) on purchasing rates and rate structure of the company and the sector
  • Strong communicator – bridge builder
  • Initiator 
  • Acquire knowledge and apply company procedures 
  • Knowledge of and research into competition and its rates
  • Strong sales and negotiation skills are a must
  • Knowledge of ERP package Navision is an advantage
  • In addition to excellent knowledge of Dutch, very solid knowledge of English (with corresponding professional terminology), both orally and in writing – additional language skills are an advantage
  • MS-Office



As you can read below, the impact of the pandemic on the Spanish and Portuguese economies was particularly significant. “Since Transuniverse is one of the top players in groupage to both countries, we were able to keep the frequency of departures quite high at that time despite the circumstances. When the economy rebounded and manufacturing companies returned to work, we were able to quickly increase them again. Today we are reaching the levels we were at before the Covid crisis, with around 40 departures a week to the various corners of Spain and around 30 departures a week to Portugal,” says Alexander Bekaert, Export Road Manager at Transuniverse Forwarding.


“One of our strengths is that, in Spain, we can rely on the network of four trusted agents – Ekol, Argitrans, Carcaba and Altrans – who provide fast fine-meshed distribution. While many of our competitors rely only on hubs in Barcelona and Madrid, we also have hubs in Irùn, Zaragoza, Valencia, Gijón (Asturias) and Vigo (Galicia). The latter two destinations tend to have less coverage from Belgium, but by combining shipments with those to Portugal, we can still offer short transit times,” adds Tom Van Wassenhove, Traffic Manager Iberia.


“Spain is a vast country. But thanks to our well-developed agent network, transit times are usually just three to five days, depending on the hubs and the final destination. Even to Galicia, the transit time is only six days,” Alexander stresses.


“In Portugal, we have been working for 39 years with Grupolis, which has depots in Lisbon and Porto and handles local distribution. For the scheduled services between Belgium and Portugal, we have been using the same regular Portuguese carriers for years, which means advantages in terms of things like reliability, communication and, above all, capacity,” Tom adds.


Since August, Transuniverse has also been testing intermodal transport to Portugal, particularly by using shipping. Twice a week, trailers take the boat on the ro-ro (roll-on/roll-off) Zeebrugge-Porto scheduled return service. By doing this, we are alleviating the driver shortage somewhat and reducing our carbon footprint at the same time.


Permanently higher prices

Both Tom and Alexander point to the driver shortage in Europe putting pressure on capacity. It’s also having an impact on the cost of transport to Spain and Portugal. “However, the scarcity of transport capacity is only one of the aspects increasing costs. Even if the economy in both countries cools down – the first signs are already being felt – and capacity picks up a bit, prices will actually remain high: this is not only caused by the price of diesel and inflation, but also by other costs such as wages (due to the driver shortage), tyres, tolls, and so on. So prices will remain permanently high and even increase,” they warn.


Spain: growth in uncertain times

During the corona crisis, Spain was one of the countries in the European Union whose economy was hardest hit. This was largely due to the importance of tourism and related services in its gross domestic product (GDP). Another record 83 million tourists visited Spain in 2019. When the pandemic broke out, that number fell to less than 20 million in 2020, resulting in the country experiencing the worst contraction in the EU (-11.3%) that year. In 2021, tourism and services recovered marginally but, this year, figures are almost back to pre-Covid levels.


That means the economy will have grown by just over 4% in 2022, the National Bank of Spain predicts. That is more than in Germany, France, Italy or the UK. By comparison, the Federal Planning Bureau forecasts 2.6% growth in Belgium this year. Yet Spain’s economy – like that of many other Member States – is now flirting with recession as growth was recorded mainly during the first two quarters.


Growth in Spain is expected to slow further in the first half of 2023 due to disruptions caused by the war in Ukraine, high energy prices, reduced business and consumer confidence, as well as high inflation. From mid-2023, energy price pressures will partially ease and activity will gradually pick up thanks to a moderate upturn in consumption and further normalisation of tourism.


What will also come into play next year is the European ‘Plan for Recovery and Resilience’: Spain will receive a total of 70 billion euros in aid from this fund. The country is the second largest beneficiary after Italy. The money is go towards investments in the green and digital transition, which will help modernise the Spanish economy. This should have a positive effect on one of Spain’s biggest concerns, namely high unemployment. Two years ago, it was 16%, eventually falling to 12%. However, that is still the highest in the EU.


Portugal doing even better

According to European Commission expectations, Portugal will do even better than Spain this year although there are signs of growth slowing towards the end of the year here too. In fact, the country will have the highest growth rate in the whole EU, at 5.8%. Here too, the revival of tourism and related services plays a key role. Incidentally, exports of services have risen above pre-pandemic levels and made a significant contribution to growth with an increase of about 70% year-on-year.


However, GDP growth is declining abruptly due to disruption in the energy and food markets. Although private consumption has continued to grow – albeit at a slower pace – investment is contracting on the back of falling business confidence, rising prices and higher interest rates. Still, inflation is not too bad in Portugal, with 6.3% expected this year.


The various indicators therefore point to weaker growth prospects for the second half of 2022 and early next year. The forecast for GDP growth in 2023 is only +0.7%, as the negative impact of higher energy prices outweighs the strong rebound in tourism.


An additional drag on growth – not only in Portugal but also in Spain – is climate warming: the severe drought the Iberian Peninsula is experiencing could have long-term consequences for agriculture and food exports.


Spain in brief

  • Official name: Kingdom of Spain
  • Capital: Madrid (3.2m inhabitants)
  • Surface area: 504,845 km² (17 x Belgium)
  • Number of inhabitants: 47.1m
  • Head of state: King Felipe VI
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez (PSOE)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Euro
  • Major cities: Barcelona (1.6m), Valencia (780,000), Seville (700,000), Zaragoza (680,000)
  • GDP: USD 1.393bn (USD 522bn in Belgium)
  • GDP/Capita: USD 27,056 (USD 45,189 in Belgium)

Source: FIT


Portugal in brief

  • Official name: Republic of Portugal
  • Capital: Lisbon (518,000 inhabitants)
  • Surface area: 92,226 km² (3 x Belgium)
  • Number of inhabitants: 10.3m
  • Head of state: President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Antonio Costa
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Euro
  • Major cities: Porto (250,000 inhabitants), Braga (121,000), Sétubal (117,000), Coimbra (107,000), Viseu (98,000), Aveiro (54,000), Faro (41,000)
  • GDP: USD 229bn (USD 522bn in Belgium)
  • GDP/Capita: USD 22,195 (USD 45,189 in Belgium)


Source: FIT

Supervisor (M/F/X)

Transuniverse Forwarding has been active in the groupage and transport sector since 1983. Over the years, from our offices in Wondelgem, Paris and Romania, we have built up a network of regular customers and loyal agents.

We specialise in groupage to Austria, the Baltic States, Benelux, Cyprus, Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Iran, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Maghreb, Algeria, the former Yugoslavia, Turkey and the United States.

Naturally, a growing company always needs more employees. That’s why we’re looking for you!


What does a supervisor do?

You are responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the crossdock warehouse. You ensure the order and tidiness of the warehouse and strive for the lowest possible error rate. You independently draw up the resource planning, ensuring optimal deployment of personnel and resources. Coaching, motivating and evaluating employees are also part of your duties.

You work alternately from 14:00 to 22:00 and 16:00 to 00:00.


What are your skills?

  • You can fall back on solid experience in a similar position.
  • A brisk work pace does not scare you and you like logistical challenges.
  • Your social and leadership qualities ensure positive group dynamics.
  • You can speak, read and understand Dutch well and have knowledge of other languages, e.g. English/French.
  • You are administratively strong and are the first point of contact in case of escalations.
  • Experience with a scanning system or willingness to learn this is an absolute advantage.
  • You work proactively and make improvement proposals on your own initiative.
  • You have experience in operating a forklift truck for loading and/or unloading lorries. Do you hold a forklift certificate? Then you already have an edge.


What does Transuniverse Forwarding have to offer you?

You will join an enthusiastic team within a growing international company! There are always opportunities for growth. The salary is negotiable according to experience and is supplemented with a nice package of extra legal benefits.

Are you convinced that you are the person we need?

Do not hesitate to introduce yourself to us. This can be done by emailing Afterwards, we will be happy to invite you for a first meeting.




Morocco was hit hard in 2020 by the pandemic and a severe drought. They affected two important parts of its economy: tourism and agriculture. Some sectors such as industry, however, have held up well. Furthermore, some recovery has been noted in 2021. Despite the generally unfavourable circumstances, Transuniverse Forwarding is experiencing stability and even a slight increase in traffic.

Transuniverse is one of the market leaders today in groupage traffic in Morocco. Our company has achieved this position through close cooperation with its subsidiaries Transuniverse France and Transuniverse Morocco, as well as through the local association with JTTL, a national Moroccan forwarding company and carrier established several decades ago.

Assured capacity

“Groupage traffic in Morocco is characterised by a great imbalance: about 90% of it is export and 10% import. This has an important impact on the transport capacity available on the market: trucks from Morocco mainly transport temperature-controlled products, which makes it difficult for refrigeration companies to find return freight. With its strong position in Belgium and France, Transuniverse is able to offer them large volumes. This means we are able to create privileged links and to make sure that we have sufficient capacity. As a result, we can offer very frequent departures,” explains Eva De Brauwer, Traffic Operator for Morocco at Transuniverse in Wondelgem.

Synergy with France

Transuniverse Forwarding works in conjunction with its subsidiary Transuniverse France for Morocco. France is in fact a major trading partner of Morocco, which generates more traffic than Belgium.For Transuniverse, this is a double advantage. “On the one hand, we can offer frequent direct departures from Belgium and France to our cross-docking centres in Casablanca and Tangier Med, and on the other hand we are able to pool resources and flows. A truck can in fact leave Wondelgem half loaded and complete loading in Paris or Valencia. This is how we are able to offer between seven and twelve departures in all each week to Morocco,” explains Hervé Caplier, director of Transuniverse France.

Transuniverse Morocco’s asset

Since 2018, Transuniverse Forwarding has had its own subsidiary in Morocco, with 10 employees. It works closely with JTTL in Casablanca, Tangier Med and at Mohammed V airport. Transuniverse Morocco handles international traffic and cross-docking, while JTTL handles local customs clearance and national distribution. This collaboration is a win-win situation in terms of efficiency, quality and speed,” says Frederik Boon, Export Manager at Transuniverse Forwarding.

The economic difficulties experienced by Morocco in recent years have not, on the whole, impacted Transuniverse too much. “A drop has been noted in certain sectors – textiles, for example – but this has been compensated by an increase in demand in the Tangier Med region and in the automotive sector in particular,” he explains.

Savings under pressure

The COVID-19 crisis did indeed strongly impact Morocco in 2020, causing significant job losses in several sectors, including tourism and textiles, and resulting socio-economic sequels (including increased poverty). In addition, 2019 and 2020 have seen a significant decline in agricultural production due to persistent drought.

One sector that has fared better is the automotive sector. The port of Tangier Med has indeed become a major hub for this industry. Renault operates the largest car factory in Africa. Tangier’s industrial and logistics zones are playing an increasing role in the production and logistics of components. In addition, the Stellantis group opened a factory near Rabat in 2019, while China’s BYD will build an electric car factory in Tangier Med.

The global economic recovery in 2021 has, however, allowed Morocco to recover somewhat. After a fall in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 6.3% in 2020, an increase of 7.2% was recorded in 2021.

Dark clouds and clear spells

For 2022 and 2023, economists were expecting modest growth (of +1.1% and +4.6% respectively). The war in Ukraine, the rise in fuel prices and the increase in the price of imported cereals, however, are putting the Moroccan economy under renewed pressure, the World Bank notes. In addition, inflation is having a strong impact on consumption and further drought has caused agricultural production to fall by over 17%.

In addition to these dark clouds, there are also fortunately some clear spells. As a result, the recovery in tourism has been faster than expected. Similarly, the industrial sector is performing strongly (although at a slower pace).

Morocco in brief

  • Official name: Kingdom of Morocco
  • Capital city: Rabat (1.97 million inhabitants)
  • Area: 446,550 km² (= 15 x Belgium)
  • Population: 35.3 million inhabitants
  • Head of State: King Mohammed VI
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Aziz Akhenouch
  • Languages: Arabic and Amazigh (Berber)
  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham (1 MAD = 0.095 EUR)
  • Main cities:  Casablanca (3.515 million inhabitants), Fez (1.172 million), Marrakech (1.13 million), Tangier (982,000), Agadir (805,000).
  • GDP: 115 billion USD (Belgium: 522 billion USD)
  • GDP/capita: 3,059 USD (Belgium: 45,189 USD)

(Source: Flanders Investment & Trade)

Getting enough exercise is good for body and mind. Those who exercise regularly experience less stress, feel more relaxed and are more resilient. Sport also enhances job satisfaction. That’s why Transuniverse wants to invest in promoting exercise and sport.

We generally spend more than a third of our time at work. All the more reason to think about our health in the workplace as well. This can be done in different ways. By promoting healthy food and drink, for example. Water, tea and coffee are free for everyone at Transuniverse, for instance, but soft drinks are not. We also recently organised a ‘health day’.

This can also be done by taking more exercise. “Employees have free access to a fitness room with showers in the basement of our building during the morning, afternoon and after hours. We also recently launched an initiative for going running in groups in the afternoon guided by the ‘Start to run’ app,” says Elfi Van Goethem, HR Specialist at Transuniverse.

Taking exercise and playing sport together is also good for team spirit within a company. A team from Transuniverse, for example, recently took part in the football tournament organised by our customer SSC – for the first time since the Corona crisis. More than 20 companies competed against each other in Edegem. Our team – with members from the various departments – played five matches that day, winning three of them,” says Elfi.

Two teams from Transuniverse also took part in the CAAAP Triathlon in June in Kortrijk, a major sporting event for both individuals and companies. Each team consisted of three employees, all of whom had registered for one discipline (running, cycling or swimming). “Several of their colleagues came along to Kortrijk to encourage them with their enthusiasm. Even those who don’t play any kind of sport can actually contribute to the group feeling!” it would seem.

Last weekend, some of our employees once again put their sporty best foot forward during the annual Caaap Triathlon in Kortrijk. 🏃🏼🚴🏼🏊🏽

We proudly look back on the results achieved by these top performers! 🏆