Planning is part of our daily lives. When traveling to and from work or going out for a holiday we first check our maps and routes. We are eager to know the fastest, shortest and most effective way to travel to be sure we arrive at the right place and at the right time. For the transport sector this counts even more whereas time is money. InlandLinks offers shippers and transport providers the possibility to check, select and plan routes to inland terminals across the Benelux, Poland and Germany.
There’s only one road to Rome that suits you best
Of course we all use our own systems to manage and navigate transportation. So, how does an online tool like InlandLinks add value to the existing planning systems in the complex transport sector? The answer is transparency. Shippers and transport providers always need the latest, most accurate and reliable information. Where to go in the fastest, most sustainable and cheapest way? But just as important as the route to the inland terminals, are the inland terminals themselves. Where is the nearest inland terminal located? And are services such as warehousing, de-gassing and reefer plugs availabe? On the InlandLinks website inland terminals jointly present themselves to the market. By doing this, shippers and transport parties can compare and select the terminal that meets all requirements best. The terminals are rated by Lloyd’s Register, an independent maritime classification agency and the assessments were tested by shippers, carriers, deep sea and inland terminals. Users of InlandLinks can also find general information about the terminal, such as its opening times, size and facilities. With the new feature, an intermodal route planner, it basically is like choosing the perfect hotel for a careless holiday. Is the intermodal alternative easily accessible, which facilities are available and how are the security standards?
InlandLinks was developed on initiative of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, in collaboration with the Association of Dutch Inland Terminal Operators. At this moment the tool is unique in Europe and mainly used in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. InlandLinks has the ambition to expand their online platform with routes to terminals in other European countries. Sustainability is one of the key drivers of the concept and therefore InlandLinks investigates how to incorporate the transport of empty and full containers in their tool.