Today Lotras is a company that wishes to ask everyone a question, highlighting the value to the community of using the train as a means of transport that is environmentally friendly, safe and offers high performance in terms of time, elimination of waste and the reduction of wear and maintenance costs to be borne by the community.
We develop the best transport system for your goods, working together to optimise your journey.
Objective: increase your business and meet the needs of the end user.
Analysis of the results of the study – which involved 1,113 companies operating in five sectors (food, trade, energy, construction and transport) – showed that Lotras (a leader in the road-rail transport of liquid foodstuffs, and not only) with its multimodal terminal housing six kilometres of tracks equipped with modern pick-up and delivery equipment, has grown in a countercyclical direction focusing on strong internationalisation and investments in process and product innovation, including: innovation and quality of the services, organisation management and optimisation of all stages of transport through integration of the rail and road system; attention to ecology and eco-sustainability; strategic position for the rail traffic of agricultural and food stuffs; equipped with one of the largest fleets of wagons in Europe. It is no coincidence that the study, which refers to “Apulia from crisis to rebirth”, defines the companies standing out the most as regional champions challenging the economic situation, with the auspice that Apulia’s productive system will continue to focus on the elements characterising excellence.
With the prestigious backdrop of the Italian National Council for Economics and Labour (CNEL) in Rome, Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Italian Republic, awarded a Medal of Representation to Armando de Girolamo, Sole Director of LOTRAS, a company that with its business model has made the highest contribution to the development of goods transport by rail and achieved the best performance, not just on a national level. The ceremony was held within the scope of the third edition of MercinTreno, the annual forum promoted and organised by Federmobilità, an association bringing together the administrations responsible for governing mobility on a regional, provincial and local level, with the goal of promoting the readjustment of rail/road modal distribution.
The award was given to Lotras by Federmobilità in recognition of the continued commitment shown by the company, which relaunched investments despite the serious financial crisis in progress and the sector’s critical structural context; in particular – the reason stated by the panel of judges composed of university lecturers and executives from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport - "for having developed rail operations in 2010/2011, strengthening not only national connections between the north and south, including Sicily, but also international connections, in particular with Germany, France and Austria, with an increase in terminal traffic of 72% compared to 2009 and an increase in overall rail traffic of 47% compared to 2009".
Experience, coming from a long family tradition in the field of transport and logistics dating back to 1938, has enabled Lotras to become established in rail mode thanks to a high level of professionalism.
In the province of Foggia, after closure of the old FS goods yard in the industrial area of Incoronata, in the same area the company has converted the old ASI yard into a large logistics hub for rail-road interchange, using their own financial and economic resources to create a structure open to serving a wide catchment area.
These first years of operation are the reward for the team work and brilliant performance of the last two years, in particular they are the result of the company’s commitment, including on a financial level, to innovation, diversification and the quality of the services offered. Demonstrating that even in situations of territorial marginality and a serious financial crisis contributions can be made to support rail freight with brave business decisions.
LOTRAS is a European leader, as well as a point of reference, in the road – rail transport system for liquid foodstuffs.
Lotras also promotes strengthening and development of the rail system for other types of goods.
For the “National Railways”, delocalization to uncongested areas, compared to the urban centrality of previous railway stations and their goods yards, is the main aspect of the reorganisation of activities related to the logistics of goods transport and for this reason, anticipating this need, LOTRAS makes optimum execution/management of the services a reality, developing a program for the management of a network of more accessible goods yards.
Lotras S.r.l. bases its operation on one great goal: to organise, in Italy and abroad, the freight of goods giving preference to railway transport for long distances.
Replacing so-called 'all road' transport, using rail freight yards as points of reference for public and private companies, with the end user in mind.
The desire to convey our values even to people outside of the industry. To communicate with society about matters of shared interest, of benefit to the public, of change, is another goal we wish to achieve.
The development of people, investment for the development of culture and the promotion of social, educational and sporting initiatives are fundamental elements at the centre of attention for LOTRAS.
Lotras adopted an integrated management system which complies with the norms ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and SA 8000 with purpose and field of application "Transport of liquid food (wine and must) by tank wagons and intermodal transport by swap bodies and containers".
Lotras has chosen to structure its management system to include aspects related to the environment, the health and safety of workers and social responsibility. Respect for important aspects related to the quality of the services provided and therefore the attention paid to customer needs, but also to the values associated with protecting the environment and the health of workers, safety in the workplace, operating in a context that guarantees respect for human and legal rights, providing all external parties (suppliers, public institutions, unions, public opinion, etc) a transparent image of the company.
Every transport service we perform is monitored and recorded with the aim of obtaining a better service for our customer the producer and for the end user, the consumer.
LOTRAS has organized a communication system for the management of the reports concerning
the implementation of the SA 8000 norm; this is to allow all parties involved to be able to
contribute actively to the improvement of the Integrated Management System.
Reports can be sent to Lotras
Reports can be sent anonymously straight to the Certifying Body SGS
and/or to the Accreditation Body SAAS
Since a long time Lotras has been implementing the Integrated Management System which complies with the norms ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and SA 8000.
The Company organised, in fact, its own management system taking into account the respect of the environment, security and health of workers and social responsibility
which concerns its business model and by which they can be positively influenced.
In 2023, it applied for renewal of the legality rating at the Competition and Market Guarantor Authority pursuant to art. 6, paragraph 2, of the Regulation adopted by the Antitrust Authority with resolution no. 28361 of 28 July 2020. On the basis of the declarations made, as well as the outcome of the evaluations carried out, the Authority resolved to renew LOTRAS S.R.L. (Tax Code 02339200715) the legality rating with the following score:
as shown in the list published on the institutional website of the Competition and Market Guarantor Authority at the following link: Legality rating list
The company has also implemented a model for the organisation, management and control in compliance with the Legislative Decree 231/2001, by appointing a Supervisory Body aimed at verifying that organisational and management protocols established are applicated and respected. For Lotras the definition of 231 model was a real path by which the Company has carried out a detailed analysis and an in-depth mapping of its activities and single organisational processes by which the company is organised.br> All this has been accomplished thanks to the essential attention and awareness of the need to ensure conditions of accuracy and transparency for the direction of business and entrepreneurial activities, in order to safeguard its own position and appearance, expectations of its business partners and workers.