The company was founded in 1939 in Pontecesures, Pontevedra

Founded by Elisardo Tarela, it was started to address early demand for the transport of products and the opening up of supply routes, mainly for fresh milk, with Nestlé in Pontecesures as its first customer.

Its main task was the collection of part-loads. The work was done with just one lorry: Collect the cargo and deliver it, doing the same rounds twice a day.

Demand soon led to the need for more lorries. Transportes Luis Tarela started to take on other routes.

At that time, the business changed its name to Viuda de Tarela, with management of the family business passing to Elvira Pereiro for a number of years. Subsequently, Luis Tarela took over the business, formed Transportes Luis Tarela, S.L. and built it into a market leader.

Historic context

Transportes Luis Tarela was born into a challenging socioeconomic environment. Spain was dealing the consequences of its Civil War and the post-war period, which had pushed the country into a profound crisis. The geographic isolation of Galicia made communication with the rest of the country difficult. Poor roads and the low build quality of its first lorries taught Transportes Luis Tarela lessons for the future.

At the beginning of the 1960s, Transportes Luis Tarela expanded for the first time. The company set up regional collection centres. Those centres handled milk, testing and sterilisation and other activities. Transportes Luis Tarela introduced full load tanker-lorries.

Until the mid-1960s, Transportes Luis Tarela worked only on routes within Galicia.

he Spanish market opened up in the 1970s. Transportes Luis Tarela launched itself into the rest of Spain. At the same time, there was increased demand for transport of return cargo of different products such as wine and oil. They are ideal for haulage in tanker-lorries. Little by little, both customers and cargos became more diverse.

Transportes Tarela SL became in a short period one of the principal businesses in the bulk transport of foodstuffs throughout Spain.

From the 1980s on, Transportes Luis Tarela S.L. moved into the European market.
Obtaining quality certifications and consents required by the European Union was the first objective. That enabled the business to transport goods throughout the EU.

Gradually the fleet was upgraded, allowing the business to grow at an optimal rate.

Así, Transportes Luis Tarela started to offer haulage services to customers throughout Europe..

The Team

The Company has a great team

For Transportes Luis Tarela S.L. people are the most important thing.
Customer satisfaction and a stable workforce are key.

Customer satisfaction

All our services comply with applicable law and guidance in each country.

Anticipating the market

Our experience allows us to anticipate the needs of our customers. We do not just offer a broader range of services; we also adapt our vehicle fleet to match demand.

Efficiency and professionalism

Transportes Luis Tarela has a magnificent team. The strategy, management systems and logistics that we work with allow us to provide an efficient service.


  • 1939

    Elisardo Tarela founds the company in Pontecesures, Pontevedra. With a single lorry he makes two daily rounds to pick up and transport fresh milk. After several years, the name changes to Viuda de Tarela and Elvira Pereiro takes over the management of the family business.
  • 1970

    The business’ first expansion under the name Transportes Luis Tarela SL and with Luis Tarela at the helm. New lorry-tankers are added to the fleet.
  • 1980

    Improved transport links between Galicia and the rest of Europe allows the business to serve customers throughout Europe.
  • 2020

    The Company currently provides transport and logistics services to Spanish and international customers with customer satisfaction as its priority.
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