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2014: European transporter of the year

Brussels, 10/10/2014 – IRU Bestows the Title of Best EU Road Transport Operator 2014 to Belgian Haulier, Ninatrans, for Its Exceptional Commitment to Safety and the Environment at the 4th IRU/EU Road Transport Conference.

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has officially declared Belgian haulier Ninatrans as the recipient of the inaugural IRU award for Best EU Road Transport Operator 2014. This prestigious accolade, bestowed upon the company following an evaluation by an international jury*, recognizes Ninatrans for its outstanding dedication to safety and unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility.

Ninatrans, represented by Benny Smets, Nina Smets, and Bruno Vannerum – who had previously received the national Belgian Road Transport Award in 2013 – was honored at the 4th IRU/EU Road Transport Conference.

With a fleet boasting over 110 tractor units and 250 trailers, including innovative tear-shaped trailers that substantially reduce fuel consumption and, consequently, CO2 emissions, Ninatrans stands out for its consistent history of innovating for success and growth while fostering a positive work environment for its employees.

Florence Berthelot, President of the IRU Goods Transport Liaison Committee and chair of the judging panel, remarked, “We recognized Ninatrans due to their strong commitment to mitigating the environmental impact of transport operations, their transparent approach, and their continuous efforts to enhance safety. Additionally, they display a keen awareness of the importance of optimizing efficiency within the multimodal transport system, which is commendable. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to them on securing this prestigious pan-European award.”

The jury also acknowledged the runner-up, Kuljetas Kovalainen, for its customer-centric focus, innovative social practices, and effective human resource management. The Finnish company earned second place in a closely contested competition. Mrs. Berthelot concluded, “Companies are harnessing innovative technologies and best practices to meet the challenges of today and provide superior service to their customers. This award aims to shine a spotlight on the remarkable work taking place within the road freight transport sector across the European Union.”

*The international jury comprised: Florence Berthelot, Chair and President of the IRU EU Goods Transport Committee; Dr. Eric Sampson, Newcastle University; Mary Crass, International Transport Forum; Claude Yvens, MMM Media.