Road transport

Transport by truck is a good way to cover short distances to and from the Port of Rotterdam quickly. Trucks deliver your cargo directly to your door, irrespective of location or time. 40 per cent of journeys that leave the port by truck remain in the Rotterdam region. Half is destined for the Dutch market, and just 10 per cent of journeys from Rotterdam cross the border.

Road transport as part of intermodal logistics planning

For longer distances, transport via inland shipping and by rail is more attractive. Nevertheless, road transport remains indispensable in intermodal logistics planning. The first or last part of a delivery often requires some road transport, for example to go from the inland terminal to the final destination. Transport by truck is also highly flexible and often serves as a backup modality if something goes wrong with transport by rail or via inland shipping.

Improvements in road transport to and from the port

The A15 is the main artery for road traffic to and from the port area. The motorway links up well with the national and European motorway networks. Bridges, tunnels and viaducts allow for a smooth traffic flow in this densely populated area.

The TomTom Traffic Index, which is published annually, showed that Rotterdam has a relatively low traffic congestion score compared with other large sea ports in Northwest Europe. On average, a journey during rush hour in the Rotterdam region takes 23 percent longer because of traffic congestion. This is considerably lower than Hamburg (33%) and Antwerp (31%). A striking conclusion from TomTom’s global research is that congestion around Rotterdam mainly stems from non-motorway roads: 32%. The delays on motorways are lower than expected: 14%. In order to maintain maximum accessibility to the port, billions of euros are invested in the infrastructure. Rijkswaterstaat (Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management) for instance, is working to widen the A15 by the end of 2015 to optimise traffic flow, and projects are underway to minimise the number of delays.

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Portbase for planning and information exchange

In the port of Rotterdam, Portbase’s Port Community System is used for logistics planning and the exchange of information. The same applies to road transport. Carriers can use the Road Planning service as an easy way to give terminals and empty depots advance notice of the arrival of trucks. They in turn can prepare properly for these arrivals, which helps speed up things for the drivers at the terminal or depot and gets containers on the road more swiftly.

Please note: trucks are subject to environmental requirements on Maasvlakte 1 and 2.

Road Transport companies

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Would you like to know more about road transport? Please contact:

Peter-Paul Havermans
Business Manager Road Transport
+31 (0)6 2169 6968

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