Miguel Barroso, manager of Transportes Rodoviários J. Barroso Lda., received a visit from a delegation of technicians and directors from AIP led by its president, José Eduardo Carvalho. “Work hard, believe and always pay attention to the business”, is the strategy followed in the company, covered by the European Agreement Concerning the International Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) such as liquid and gaseous fuels, chemicals, industrial and medicinal gases, explosives and liquid waste.

Founded on December 19, 1989 by his father, José Barroso – former director at Rodoviária Nacional –, the company began operating with four vehicles. Today, headquartered in Alenquer and operating in Trofa and Fundão, it has 165 trucks (10 powered by natural gas); 15 million annual kilometers traveled; 200 workers, of which 160 are drivers; and a turnover of around 18 million euros.

The objective of these visits is to learn, on the ground, about relevant and reference business projects in our business sector as well as good management practices, as is the case of J. Barroso, which shows significant evolution in the transport sector.

“The first objective of our presence here is to recognize AIP for the management work they have done in the company. We are available, within the scope of our competencies, to provide all the support they need in various areas, including licensing, where we have done a lot of work, especially in the North of the country”, explained José Eduardo Carvalho at the meeting that brought together some of the operational managers of both entities.

Leader in the national transport of liquid propane gas in bulk, J. Barroso has a fleet divided into rigid units and articulated vehicles, with varied characteristics and technical specificities.

Ease of adaptation, resilience and innovation characterize the profile of this family business, allowing it to anticipate the needs of customers and partners in running a business with more than thirty years of existence and several distinctions for the work carried out, including that of PME Líder 2022 and 2023, status awarded by IAPMEI, and the Air Liquide Annual Security Award, also won in the last two years.

J. Barroso's robust response capacity has been revealed once again in recent years, with the “consolidation of the Iberian market and the implementation of planned logistics projects”, highlights Miguel Barroso, when indicating the investment initiatives carried out: new diesel and LNG [liquefied natural gas] tractor and rigid units; acquisition of tanks and reconditioning of existing transport equipment; monitoring of means of production to ensure that all production units have a geolocation system; implementation of software that ensures the optimization of transport planning.

The transport sector, and, in particular, the transport of goods covered by the ADR, “requires great specialization and a well-defined position, both with regard to the quality of the service and the special characteristics inherent to it, namely in the specialized qualification of human resources and in demanding compliance with specific requirements and procedures”.

J. Barroso is responsible for distributing Air Liquide's oxygen in Portugal. During the high point of the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2020, it supported hospitals by transporting more than 39 thousand tons of medical oxygen. In that atypical year, it also transported more than 366 thousand tons of dangerous materials.