Company Profile

Via European Gateway Services (EGS), ECT offers high frequent rail and barge connections between Rotterdam and an integrated and rapidly expanding network of inland terminals in the European hinterland. Shipping lines, logistics service providers and shippers alike can benefit from this. European Gateway Services  brings the deep-sea terminals of ECT right up to your front door. However EGS offers also connections between other ports and terminals in West Europe.


EGS builds on decades of experience of ECT and its sound reputation. Companies can leave their entire hinterland transport to EGS. Immediately after having been discharged from the deep-sea ship, containers are reliably and sustainably moved to one of the participating inland terminals throughout Europe by train or barge. The customer can next collect the containers at his convenience or have them delivered just-in-time at the final destination. Of course, EGS provides a similar service for export cargo from the hinterland to the port of Rotterdam.

Strategic network of inlandterminals

The inland terminals participating in European Gateway Services are spread throughout the European market. All the inland terminals are highly frequently connected with ECT’s deep-sea terminals. In addition, the inland terminals are also linked with one another as well as with other deep-sea terminals in both Rotterdam and beyond. The result is a constantly expanding and increasingly more comprehensive open network of efficient, reliable and sustainable connections.

All the inland terminals in the EGS network offer a wide range of supplementary services, such as temporary storage, bonded warehousing, pre-transport and post-transport by truck, fumigation services, empty depot and more. In its network EGS cooperates with trusted partners in the logistics chain.

Extended gates®

Several of the inland terminals in the European Gateway Services network act as extended gates®. On the routes from Rotterdam to these terminals, companies can conveniently benefit from additional customs services such as paperless transport. In that case, containers travel under the customs license of ECT. It is not until the extended gate that a customer needs to arrange the customs formalities. This allows companies to achieve additional time savings and increase efficiency.

Synchromodality as a starting point

Making use of European Gateway Services means a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions. Compared to trucking, transporting cargo between Rotterdam and the inland terminals by rail or barge considerably lowers a company’s carbon footprint.

The starting point for EGS is always the synchromodal organisation of hinterland transport. For each trip, the modal choice (rail, barge, feeder, truck) is based upon the most efficient and sustainable solution.  If necessary (due to speed requirements or obstructions en route, for example) modes of transport can be immediately switched. Companies are always assured of the best transport combinations,


EGS offers you an easily accessible, synchromodal solution for your hinterland transport.