Twente Express at Backing Britain 2020 Live


In response to the global Covid-19 crisis, Twente Express’ participation in the Made in the Midlands Expo is being digitised in the industry’s first virtual exhibition of its kind Backing Britain Live 2020. Beginning on August 17th, this will be a 2 week long Digital Business Festival, featuring over 30 events and aiming to feature 5,000 delegates.

We are proud and excited to be exhibiting at such an iconic moment in modern industry history and be at the forefront of technological innovation. It is the time for the industry to not only stand up and be counted, but to ultimately embrace change and be enthusiastic in the face of new ways of working, such as virtual networking.

It would be great for you to join us at the event. Book your ticket and you’ll be invited to: Webinars, Conferencing, Round Table Discussions, Networking, a Virtual Expo Hall, Digital Mastermind Groups and receive a Physical Goodie Bag.

Come and see us on our stand

Follow the following link to book your free place:
Register for your Backing Britain 2020 Live Ticket

More about the event

Backing Britain Live 2020 is being organised by the Made in Group which has two strong networks in the Midlands and Yorkshire, its aim to keep industry connected and help manufacturers collaborate, share best practice and promote British manufacturing.

"Made in exhibitions are significant events that many members and visitors look forward to, but like many aspects of our way of life, we have had to make considerable adjustments. We are an innovative organisation when it comes to technology. We do more than many realise. As a business, we have developed a digital platform that allows members to create their own social media microsite, upload news, attend virtual webinars and soon to include virtual mastermind groups, question-and-answer sessions and panel discussions."
Jason Pitt, Chief Executive of the Made in Group

More about Backing Britain 2020 Live

Reaching out to exporters

With an impeccable pedigree and outstanding service record spanning 37 years, Twente Express operate daily departures to and from the Benelux region – Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg – specialising in the 24 and 48 hour door-to-door delivery of parcels, pallets, part and full mega trailer loads.

With the challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic we are supporting existing and new customers with the delivery of essential products for all imports and exports and are proud to have maintained our essential Benelux service throughout.

Experience Shared

To share this experience, we’re pleased to be reaching out to more exporters in the current edition of the prestigious publication, The Exporter.

It would be great if you have time to take a look, let us know what you think and forward it on to anyone who you might also benefit.

See us in The Exporter (Page 52)

We couldn’t express it better…

In these challenging times, it’s been very rewarding to see the support, recognition and thanks from businesses and the public, to the many supply chain workers keeping freight moving, production happening and vital products on the shelves.

As with every logistics company, we at Twente Express are extremely proud of our employees and especially our drivers who in an environment of changing conditions, to protect suppliers, customers and public safety, continue to handle and deliver freight with their usual determination, professionalism and resolve to get the job done – it makes us extremely proud.

Special thanks to our drivers, loaders and overseas partners

We’re all witnessing daily change by Governments in response to Covid-19 threats. Businesses too are reacting to protect their staff members and to serve customers.

We’re pleased to say, that Twente Express are presently maintaining all services, especially our valued daily Express Benelux accompanied linehaul service, thanks to the tremendous efforts of our drivers, loaders and overseas Partners. We of course are reviewing this situation daily with the aim of finding solutions to meet our customer’s requirements.

Safety is paramount

The welfare of our colleagues is paramount, as is our ability to service our customers.

We’ve already taken steps to enable home-working for many of our staff in support of their personal circumstances. Due to the nature of our business, we will have a number of staff continuing to work at our Brownhills Distribution Centre and Head Office to maintain essential work and co-ordinate between our various departments.

Please reach out to us to utilise our Import, Export, International Forwarding and Domestic Transport services for any freight shipments, Express or otherwise.

Trevor Paul
Managing Director

Twente Express is ready for Brexit

The 31st January this year (2020) is a landmark day for the UK, as we progress with the legal withdrawal from the European Union (EU) membership, and no matter whether you view this as a celebration or not, or just glad that this milestone signals and represents the start of some big changes, in our future business and how we will trade with our close neighbours in Europe and beyond.

With change brings new opportunities as we always learn in business, especially for dynamic and entrepreneurial businesses such as ours and for many of our customers and partners also.

Twente Express has been planning for all considered Brexit outcomes since early 2017. With customers located both in the UK and throughout the Benelux region, and with goods moving on our own dedicated scheduled services to and from the UK, we have invested significant management time in working with independent experts, suppliers and customers, to understand the post Brexit requirements of authorities in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and France, in order to support and maintain our Benelux premium services without disruption.

Although full details of all cross border processes are not yet available, businesses are advised that there will be no change until 31st December 2020 in terms of trade with the EU or the rest of the world, however, we are advised to start preparing for “life outside of the EU” and we at Twente Express are confident that we are business ready for all likely outcomes, in the interest of our customers’ continued service surety and our expert Twente Express delivery!

A summary of the steps we have taken so far

  • We have been working directly with experienced Customs advisers with many years of service in senior roles in multinational express logistics operations. These advisers are now retained by the company to advise our Board of Directors and Senior Team on an ongoing basis
  • We have invested significantly in IT, staff recruitment and training giving us the in-house capability to complete all UK Customs entry requirements ourselves. By the time we reach Brexit Day all staff in all of our International Teams will be fully trained in the necessary customs processes and procedures to support our customers. Once the nature of the UK – EU Trade Deal is confirmed it is highly likely that we will form a dedicated in-house customs team and already have identified suitably trained staff in other roles in the company ready to form this team
  • We will continue to operate via Eurotunnel driving through the night via France to our destinations in the Netherlands and Belgium utilising the Common Transit Convention (CTC) to avoid delays at the borders. The return journey will again cross France before entering the UK in Folkestone. Subject to border processes our schedules will remain unchanged either side of Brexit
  • We have successfully applied for Authorised Consignor Status for our Brownhills depot meaning we can raise NCTS Transit documents ourselves and avoid the (anticipated) lengthy queues for this service in the Kent area. We have authorised destinations via our long-standing partner network in the Benelux to receive our inbound groupage trailers ahead of customs formalities being completed locally and goods being delivered.
  • Freight will continue to be collected into these same Benelux locations ahead of customs formalities being completed by our partners prior to goods being loaded to our trailers for the return journey back to Brownhills which again can be completed under NCTS Transit to minimise cross border delays.
  • We have identified alternative routes via of all of the main east coast ports directly with Rotterdam and Zeebrugge in the event that the Kent / Calais areas see substantial disruption.
  • We have contracted additional vehicles to enable up to a 100% increase in the equipment that we allocate to our International line haul to cope with delays meaning that schedules cannot be maintained for a short period of time and have a similar number of experienced drivers, ready to switch responsibilities if needed.
  • We have been engaged with customers at all levels for many months and have been issuing regular updates both generic and customer specific to allow them to prepare for what lies ahead.

Twente Express was formed and thrived long before the single market became the norm and we are looking forward to the many new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for us and all of our customers and partners

We welcome the opportunity to come and discuss your business needs in preparation for post Brexit (2021), so we may continue to add value as your expert Express Freight provider, in meeting your company supply chain needs for current and any new business requirements. Please feel free to reach out to our Brexit Expert Rob Clarke for advice and business support, using the following contact details:

E: rob@twente.co.uk
DDI – 01543 362231
Mobile – 07580 166 999

Brexit Update – A guide for UK Import and Export

After months of contingency planning (us and I am sure you) we are now days away from a potential exit from the EU and still do not have legal certainty on the UK’s short to medium term relationship with the EU and on the processes and procedures required to allow goods to be traded.

I am now writing to advise what we as a haulier will be able to do for you to assist you in completing successful transactions between UK and Europe.

The majority of the goods we move are done via Eurotunnel. This is a key part of our dedicated driver accompanied service and will remain so whatever the outcome of Brexit. Our dedicated overnight transit ensures fast transfer of goods between our hubs which then allows for fast delivery of goods. Eurotunnel will continue to operate as now, facilitating the fast movement of goods and (subject to the additional paperwork and processes detailed below being completed in time) we will maintain the same transit SLA’s as we offer you now.

Eurotunnel are very clear in their message to us on several key areas

  • That we should only attempt to check in a vehicle that has had all customs formalities completed. These customs formalities always include an element relating to the Exporter and an element relating to the Importer. It is essential that we are provided with information on both of these – Please see Appendix 1 listing what information we will need.
  • That ‘Goods which fall under Special Regulations’ should not be transported on the same vehicles as ‘routine Items’ – please see Appendix 2 for a list of Goods which fall under Special Regulations.

In order to maintain a fast service for you we will apply the following principles

  • We will only load goods onto the International Vehicle once we have confirmation that all Export and Import Formalities have been completed. This does not necessarily mean that the goods will not be collected but does mean that they will remain in the country of collection until such confirmations are held.
  • We will only load ‘Routine Items’ onto our scheduled overnight service. This does not mean that we cannot move your goods if they fall under “Special Regulations” but does mean they will move in a different way which will may alter the transit schedule and cost.

Your last minute check list should now be as follows

If you are Exporting Goods from UK to EU

  • Do your Goods fall under Special Regulations.
  • What is your EORI Number.
  • Who will be arranging your Export Declaration, we can do this but are also happy for you to arrange this in another way.
  • Can you provide a Commercial Invoice and Packing List with a Detailed Description of the Goods (HS Code) and the Reason for Export (Customs Procedure Code) to whoever is arranging your Export Declaration.
  • Have you checked that your customer has done everything that they need to do? They are the Importer and it is just as important that they are ready otherwise they will not receive the goods.

If you are Importing Goods from UK to EU

  • What is your EORI Number.
  • Once you have received a copy of the Commercial Invoice and Packing List from the Exporter have you made the necessary arrangements to pre lodge an Import Declaration? This needs to be completed in your own country. We have representatives who can assist you directly but are happy for you to arrange it another way. This process includes planning to pay duty and VAT via a deferment account.

If you are Exporting Goods from EU to UK

  • Do your Goods fall under Special Regulations.
  • What is your EORI Number.
  • Who will be arranging your Export Declaration? We can assist you with this via our representatives in your country but are happy for you to arrange it another way.
  • Can you provide a Commercial Invoice and Packing List with a Detailed Description of the Goods (HS Code) and the Reason for Export (Customs Procedure Code) to whoever is arranging your Export Declaration.
  • Have you checked that your customer has done everything that they need to do? They are the Importer and it is just as important that they are ready otherwise they will not receive their goods.

If you are Importing Goods from EU to UK

  • What is your EORI Number.
  • Have you registered for Transitional Simplified Processes (TSP) and do you know how to make an Entry In Declarants Records (EIDR).
  • If are not able to register for TSP, once you have received a copy of the Commercial Invoice and Packing List from the Exporter have you made the necessary arrangements to pre lodge an Import Declaration? This process includes planning to pay duty and VAT via a deferment account.





Appendix 1

Your checklist of the information that we will need prior to loading your goods to an International Trailer.

To Move Goods from UK to EU

  • The Exporters EORI Number.
  • The Export Movement Reference Number (MRN) and ‘Permission to Proceed’ confirmation.
  • The Importers EORI Number.
  • The Import Movement Reference Number (MRN).
  • The Importer (and/or their representatives) email contact details so we can notify them when the Goods have Crossed the Frontier.

To Move Goods from EU to UK

  • The Exporters EORI Number.
  • The Export Movement Reference Number (MRN) and ‘Permission to Proceed’ confirmation.
  • The Importers EORI Number.
  • Either
  • Confirmation that the Importer have registered for Transitional Simplified Processes.
  • Or
  • The Import Movement Reference Number (MRN) if a Full declaration is being completed.
  • The Importer (and/or their representatives) email contact details so we can notify them when the Goods have Crossed the Frontier.





Appendix 2

Goods that fall under Special Regulations and therefore will not move smoothly on usual services

This is not an exhaustive List and may be interpreted differently by Customs authorities in the UK, France, the Benelux Regions or the authorities in the other EU States, there is generally consistency in these main categories.

  • Excise Goods
    • Energy Products and Electricity
    • Alcohol and alcoholic Beverages
    • Manufactured Tobacco
  • Plants and Plant Products
  • Fish and Fish Products
  • Live Animals and Animal based products
  • Endangered Species
  • Healthcare Products (Medicines)
  • Controlled drugs
  • Drug precursor chemicals
  • Chemicals
    • Toxic Chemicals
    • Ozone depleting substances and hydrofluorocarbons
    • Mercury, mercury added products and mixtures of mercury
  • Waste
  • Anti-personnel mines
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Nuclear materials
  • Offensive weapons
  • Pyrotechnic articles including fireworks
  • Realistic imitation firearms
  • Rough diamonds
  • Torture equipment

It remains our belief that we will not leave on 12th April with No Deal but assure you that we are as prepared as we can be to continue to support you should that be the outcome.

If you have any specific questions then please do not hesitate to contact me directly at rob@twente.co.uk.

Brexit Update – A guide for importers to the UK

As we move closer to the 29th March without yet receiving clarification on our short, medium or long term future relationship with Europe please find below our updated guidance notes to help you prepare to allow the movement of your goods with as little disruption as possible.

In simple terms trade with Europe will be completed in a very similar way to trade with the rest of the world.

The below suggestions are based on current published processes as at 22nd February 2019. The rules in the event of No Deal are evolving almost daily with a series of ‘Easements’ announced by HMRC. Some of these easements may simplify what is described below. Please note that full details of some recent easements are not yet available so we cannot guarantee that our interpretation is 100% accurate in all scenarios.

These suggestions are offered to help you be best prepared for No Deal. We could put in a disclaimer at this point but we trust you take our notes in the spirit that they are offered.

The below guidance describes ‘simple’ scenarios. If the movement of your goods involves (amongst others) licences other prohibitions or restrictions, or involves more complex customs procedures such as inward or outward processing then please get in touch at your earliest opportunity so we can discuss specific arrangement to move your freight as efficiently as possible.

Guidance as follows…

If you are involved in the Export of goods from UK to Europe

Preparation as the Exporter – (probably you)

  • Obtain your EORI Number (you may well already have this but please check).
  • Export Declaration – an Export Declaration will need to be completed and submitted to HMRC. This can be completed by the Exporter, by their customs agent or (if we are moving the goods) by us.
  • To complete an Export declaration you will need to provide a detailed product description (ideally a commodity code) and the reason for export. There will be an additional cost for an Export Declaration.

Preparation as the Importer – (probably your customer in Europe)

  • Register your business with your national customs authority to trade with non EU countries (you may well already have done this but please check).
  • Import Declaration – under current guidelines an Import Declaration will need to be completed to allow the goods to be delivered. This can be completed by the Importer, their agent or (if we are moving the goods) by our local representatives. We will need confirmation that this has been completed and that arrangements have been made to settle import VAT and Duty prior to us arranging the final delivery leg.
  • The sooner this information is available the quicker the goods can be delivered to the importer.
  • There will be an additional cost for an Import Declaration.

If you are involved in the Import of goods to UK from Europe

Preparation as the Exporter – (probably your supplier in Europe)

  • Register your business with your national customs authority to trade with non EU countries (you may well already have this but please check).
  • Export Declaration – an Export Declaration will need to be completed and submitted to Customs Authorities in the country of export. This can be completed by the Exporter, by their customs agent or (if we are moving the goods) by our local representatives.
  • To complete an Export declaration you will need to provide a detailed product description (ideally a commodity code) and the reason for export. There will be an additional cost for an Export Declaration.

Preparation as the Importer – (probably you)

  • Obtain your EORI Number (you may well already have this but please check).
  • Apply for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP). Current interpretation of easements suggests that this will allow you to arrange the Import Declaration at a time after the Arrival of the goods in the UK. This declaration will then need to be completed by the Importer or by their customs representative and Duty paid by a certain date. Please follow the below link to make your application.

Follow the link below to
Register for simplified import procedures (Transitional Simplified Procedures)

We hope that you find this useful to aid your planning.

In addition to the above we also provide a link below to the European Commission website that will take you directly to the most recent advice issued by them to EU Business. You may find this useful when discussing arrangements with your European customers and suppliers.

Download
European Commission Brexit Checklist For Traders PDF

If you have any specific questions then please do not hesitate to contact me directly at rob@twente.co.uk

Brexit Update – A guide for importers to the UK

With the increasing levels of uncertainty being created by the lack of clarity over Brexit (timings and procedures) we’ve written this article to advise you of our current thinking and next steps.

Guidelines are constantly evolving, with the latest updates being issued on the 4th February detailing what are called “Transitional Simplified Procedures”. These apply to Importers of Goods to the UK from the EU in the event of “No Deal”. HMRC have written to 145,000 businesses advising them of this.

Download
Letter to EU only traders about Transitional Simplified Procedures 04/02/19
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Given the very wide audience the guidelines are understandably light on detail and very general. We are working with HMRC to understand how we should best interpret and implement these guidelines to incorporate the new procedures just announced and others that may be announced in the coming days and weeks that may impact Exporters of goods from UK to EU.

We will be issuing another update on or around 22nd February which will contain more specific actions that you will need to take to allow us to handle your goods in the most efficient manner in the event of a No Deal Brexit.

If you have any specific questions then please do not hesitate to contact me directly at rob@twente.co.uk

Brexit Update… when will the fog clear?

When will we know the details of the U.K.’s post-Brexit relationship with the European Union? The “political declaration” on future ties scheduled for completion in October could leave many questions unanswered.

There are two reasons. One is time. Substantive talks haven’t even started yet. There’s now just under six months before the EU summit in October. Factor in a short summer break and time is already tight for getting anything close to a full trade deal of the sort that Brexit Secretary David Davis said he wants.

In any case, talks on the future don’t look to be starting any time soon. EU officials say the priority should be solving the Irish border issue and the other not-insignificant matters left over from the first phase of the negotiation, such as how to settle potential breaches of the Brexit deal itself. Some in Brussels think that could eat up two months.

But the main problem isn’t really time, it’s about the will – on both sides. As a few U.K. newspapers reported last week, Davis is said to have won the opening round of a battle against Oliver Robbins, the civil servant heading the U.K.’s negotiating team, to push for a more detailed text in October. Many U.K. officials privately acknowledge however that vaguer language would suit Britain better so as not to tie its hands in trade deal talks during the 21-month transition period, according to people with knowledge of the talks in Brussels.

The U.K. might not have much say anyway. The level of detail contained in the future-relationship declaration will largely be determined by the EU. Many of the 27 EU governments are coming round to the idea that absence of detail would be beneficial, according to officials. Some see it giving the U.K. more opportunity to remain closer to the EU than current plans allow for; others don’t want to lose their own bargaining power (with the U.K. and among each other) on sensitive issues.

One thing is clear though: Don’t confuse lack of detail for lack of precision. While the political declaration might well fall short of anything resembling a full trade deal, the EU will nonetheless make sure that it pins the U.K. down on the fundamentals of the relationship.

…and now for Trade

It’s the moment Britain has been waiting for since early last year: the chance to talk about what trade ties between Britain and the European Union will look like after Brexit.

But as discussions on the future relationship open this week, it’s still not clear how much the two sides can achieve – or want to achieve – before Brexit day on March 29, 2019. Even within the British side, there are divisions about what the U.K. should be aiming for. At stake is how much British voters and businesses will know about where they are headed post-split. So far all the talk has been about the divorce, rather than what comes next.

Brexit Secretary David Davis is still pushing for as much detail as possible on the future relationship before exit day. He raised the prospect on Thursday that Parliament could veto the divorce deal if future trade ties aren’t spelled out enough. But some U.K. officials in private say a less specific agreement is a better idea, so as not to bind their hands going into the nitty-gritty negotiation that’s due to take place during the two-year transition starting next March.

EU officials have long said that the agreement on the future relationship will be vague, and many EU governments are also coming around to that idea. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier raised the prospect last week of Britain changing its mind after Brexit and going for a much closer relationship than the one it’s headed for now.

The other reason it’s unlikely much will get done on trade this year is a lack of time, and EU officials are focused on the issue of the Irish border. They may have agreed in December that “sufficient progress” had been made on the matter for talks to move on to trade, but there’s still no agreement on how the divorce treaty will be worded on that intractable issue.

Finally, the two sides start trade discussions from distant positions. The EU says Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals so far amount to unacceptable cherry-picking. While Davis says the individual national interests of the 27 countries on the other side will start to come into play, helping Britain, EU unity seems to be national interest No. 1 even for Britain’s closest EU friends.

SOLAS Chapter VI Regulation 2 – are you compliant?

What’s changing and when?

Twente Express Seafreight

From 1st July 2016, amendments are being implemented to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention making shippers responsible for the gross mass of a packed seafreight container. This verified gross mass (VGM) must be declared in the shipping document.

This amendment follows the reporting by carriers to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), over a number of years, of problems associated with mis-declaration of weights in packed containers.

Will it affect me?

If you are loading FCLs (full container loads) for transporting directly to the port then the answer is ‘yes’. It doesn’t impact your LCL (less than container load) consignments because we will declare the total VGM for the packed consolidation container to the shipping line.

What do I need to do?

There are two methods by which you, the Shipper/Consignor, may obtain the verified gross mass of a packed container:-

Method 1: Weighing the packed container using calibrated and certified weighing equipment (e.g. weighbridges, load cell sensing technologies etc)

Method 2: Weighing all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other securing material to be packed in the container and adding the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses, using a certified method approved by the UK competent authority, that is the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) or its authorised body.

You can declare the VGM on your shipping instructions to us or send us the weight certificate produced by a weigh station. Either way, the document should clearly highlight that the gross mass provided is the “verified gross mass”.

Where can I get more information?

From the Government website by clicking here

Or by contacting the Twente Express seafreight department on: 01543 36 22 20

A History of the Port of Rotterdam

Port of RotterdamRotterdam is undeniably important to the freight industry, and has served as a central hub for shipping in Europe for generations. But did you know that its history in freight dates back to the Late Middle Ages? Let’s set sail through history to discover the story of this key location.

Humble Beginnings

Records show that there has been settlement in the area currently known as Rotterdam since around the 900’s, when it was referred to as “Rotta,” referring to the muddy estuary of the Meuse (Dutch: Maas) river. A large dam was built in the 1260’s, changing the name of the town to “Rotterdam.” Shortly after becoming a city in 1340, the shipping canal known as the Rotterdam Schie was completed; this allowed the new city to cement its position as a shipping centre between the Netherlands, England and Germany.

Industrial Growth

As is the case with a lot of locations, the Industrial Revolution left an irreversible impression on the city. The growth of industry allowed Rotterdam to grow slowly and steadily as a global port town, and it became an important location for the Dutch East India Company. The most significant development in this era came near the end of the 1800’s in response to the ineffectiveness of the natural coastal features for industrial shipping. The marshy, shallow delta caused issues for industrial vessels, and a custom created shipping canal was conceived. This Nieuwe Waterweg (“New Waterway”) was completed in 1872, also serving to connect industry along the Rhine and Meuse rivers to the North Sea.

The Modern Era

The already bustling city saw immense growth during the 20th Century. The Nieuwe Waterweg was deepened several times to allow for increased use by larger and larger vessels. The Europoort (“Gate to Europe”) was developed in the 1960-70’s; a massive complex on the mouth of the Nieuwe Waterweg. The most notable part of the Europoort is the Maasvlakte, a man-made port, created by displacing a sand bank which was potentially dangerous to large shipping vessels. Construction on a second Maasvlakte, simply named Maasvlakte 2, commenced in 2008 and was opened for use in May 2013.

One for the Record Books

Apart from its role as the most significant port in Europe, Rotterdam was also the largest port in the world for 42 years, between 1962 and 2004. After developments to Port of Singapore, Rotterdam lost the title of “world’s largest port,” and the title has since now passed to Shanghai. Rotterdam is still Europe’s largest port, reported to cover a massive 41 square miles (105 sq km), and the quantity of shipping that passes through the port is mind blowing. 2014 saw 444.7 million tonnes of cargo pass through the Port of Rotterdam’s various facilities, ranking it 8th in the world for throughput for the period of 2012-2014.

Plans for the Future

There are a number of plans for the future of The Port of Rotterdam, outlined in the Port of Rotterdam Authority‘s Port Vision 2030 project. Port Vision 2030 relies on two “pillars,” the first is for Rotterdam to become the leading Intra-European cargo hub, by galvanising existing infrastructure and logistics chains and opening up its facilities to new types of cargo. The second pillar focuses on making Rotterdam an integrated hub of industry by 2030, alongside Antwerp, Moerdijk and Terneuzen. The port has a history of ties with the energy and petrochemical industry, and these developments seek to bolster ecological focus with sustainable energy sources across the complex.

The story of Rotterdam and its port reveal some key lessons for any company involved in logistics. Focus on flexibility and improvement, and improve wherever possible. As the the Port Vision 2030 page proudly states: “Industry and logistics have been the pillars of the port of Rotterdam for decades, thanks to its favourable location and an entrepreneurial spirit.” Rotterdam’s focus on functionality and development of its shipping facilities have kept it at the forefront of industry and commerce in Europe for centuries.

In this increasingly digital age, it’s easy to forget the sheer amount of physical goods that need to be transported around the world; but the need for devices, electronics and modern comforts make the process of shipping more important than ever. Rotterdam connects Western Europe to the world at large, and development shows no sign of stopping.