The program called « intra-European Transport » consists of sending goods (furniture, ornaments, clothes …), by truck, a European group to another would be in need.
A review on the modalities of transport within Europe was completed in May 2010. Made for the groups, this tool aims to give an overview of sending of equipments in Europe. It also has a practical dimension, as it compiles experiences from senders and recipients in various stages of sending a truck.
You’ll find information such as the current schedule, the carriers used, the terms of border crossings or estimations on the costs of shipments.
Do not hesitate to use it and make some suggestion!
The Secretariat of Emmaus Europe, which role is to monitor and coordinate transports within Europe, remains at your disposal for any further information.
Review of transport procedures in Europe
What is a container?
The containers are 20 or 40 foot dumpsters (33 or 66m³).
They are sent by groups with a surplus of goods (clothing, bicycles and all kinds of items) to groups that do not have enough items to sell. In less well-off regions, the collection and donation of goods does not enable groups to support themselves.
A helping hand is therefore provided via the containers. Receiving these goods enables groups to cover their needs without the principle of self-sufficiency – which is fundamental in the movement – being jeopardized.
Involvement of companions in direct solidarity
Containers are sometimes the only resource for recipient groups.
Goods dispatched must of course be suited to the country in which the recipient group is based and this is why companions from beneficiary groups must get involved in the process. Their involvement in the preparation of the container means that the goods are suited to the particular context.
The companions who prepare and dispatch the containers are also directly involved. They become solidarity stakeholders in the Movement.
The goods received are usually sold in the group’s second-hand shop, distributed to families experiencing major difficulties or to other organisations.
They can also be used to set up or run social and training initiatives (educational, technical and medical equipment, for example).
Companions from the donating group can also visit the receiving group in order to see for themselves the impact made by a container. The work of companions in one location enables companions on the other side of the world to live.
As part of the International Youth Camp held every summer in Bosnia, a convoy takes goods to the local population.
Made up of five to ten heavy goods vehicles loaned and chartered by various communities, the convoy transports furniture, clothing and all kinds of items that the inhabitants of Bosnia, which is being reconstructed following the war, may need.