Mike Speakman (Director Maxeda DIY Group) - Crossborder Advantages

“As soon as the cargo has been discharged from the deepsea vessel in Rotterdam, containers can consequently be moved immediately to the inland terminal in Willebroek under the cross-border customs license of TCT Belgium. It is not until here that the customs formalities of Maxeda DIY Group  need to be arranged. In Rotterdam, it is no longer necessary to submit a T1 costums document, meaning the cargo no longer needs to wait for customs clearance.This in theory shortens the turnaround time by two days and saves us 30 to 40 euros per container."

Sebastian Theis & Marco Ohlig (Import and Export Schäfer & SIS) - Shortening transit times

“An advantage is that transit times can be cut. For many deepsea shipping lines, Rotterdam is usually the first port of call in Europe. By taking this into account when you’re picking your deepsea carriers, you can ensure that the cargo arrives at its final destination in Germany earlier. For our customers too, this is becoming an increasingly important factor. Production must always go on.”

Ferwin Wieringa (Vice President Freight & Transport management CEVA Benelux) - One-stop-shop

“From Rotterdam, they offer us a one-stop-shop. European Gateway Services arranges the entire transport for us from the deep-sea terminal, via one of their extended gates, up to the on-demand delivery to the distribution centre in Mönchengladbach, Germany. For their whole operation, we receive one single invoice. The extended gate we use is TCT Venlo on the Dutch side of the border, some 30 kilometres from Mönchengladbach. TCT Venlo is connected with Rotterdam via several rail connections a day and barges depart on almost daily basis. This ensures us a reliable cargo flow. Orders are issued to European Gateway Services directly from our computer system; we communicate to them which containers will arrive at the deep-sea terminals and when these need to be at their destination in the hinterland.”

Reggi Royen (Account Manager at Geodis Wilson) - Daily barge connections

“Through European Gateway Services, we have these containers transported to the inland terminal TCT Belgium in Willebroek using their daily barge shuttle. From there, it is a mere fifteen minute drive to the distribution centre in the town of Puurs. A last mile which we organise ourselves again.

An important component in the new working method is that the inland transport from Rotterdam is carried out under the cross-border customs license of ECT to BelgiumFirstly, containers can be moved from the seaport to the hinterland more quickly as customs documents can’t cause delays. More importantly however is that this approach allows us to defer the payment of import duties to a later moment.”