Key aspects and strengths
- All major Dutch ports are serviced by companies specialising in storage, transhipment, industrial processing and auxiliary services, as well as transport, packing, warehousing and distribution. From the Port of Rotterdam, all major industrial and economic centres in Western Europe can be reached within 24 hours.
- The Netherlands is one of the leading road transport nations in Europe and the largest inland shipper. The Betuweroute, a dedicated double-track freight railway, enables fast transport of containers and bulk goods from Rotterdam to Europe.
- The Dutch inland navigation sector attracts worldwide attention. With Europe’s largest, innovative and differentiated fleet it offers a reliable, cost efficient and sustainable extension of maritime transport chains to the European hinterland (in- & export).
- Under the Smart Cargo Hub for Europe initiative, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Port of Amsterdam and the private sector aim to turn Amsterdam into the fastest and most-reliable multimodal hub for Europe.
- The Netherlands is developing a Neutral Logistics Information Platform (NLIP) that will be the standard data communications platform for the industry, to be completed in 2020. Currently both ports already have excellent community systems in place: Cargonaut (Amsterdam Airport) and Portbase (Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Amsterdam).