The Netherlands is often described as the front door to Europe . This is mainly due to the strategic location, latest transportation and IT infrastructure, and both lower import and export costs in comparison to its neighbours, such as Germany or France 1 . Several Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Coca Cola, and Cisco systems therefore chose to access Europe via the Netherlands.
However there are still construction zones in the Dutch logistics structure. The Nederland Distributieland (NDL) can best be described as the foreign department of the Dutch transport and logistics sector. Among other things, the NDL is trying to convince foreign companies to conduct their trade through the Netherlands, and engage Dutch logistics companies.
But as the times are changing, the NDL needs to be overhauled and optimized. Over time the solidarity between the players in the Dutch transport and logistics sector has given way to fragmentation. Small and medium businesses are happy because the NDL delivers and supports contracts, but great players go their own way.
This also applies to the regional development institutions, which send people abroad trying to lure companies to their regions. To counteract any adverse affects, the NDL undergoes several changes. For example, Carel Paauwe has just been appointed as the new director, and he has ambitious plans.
In addition to preventing fragmentation of logistics players, Paauwe has promised that the total value of logistics services in the year 2020 will be tripled to roughly ‘ 10 billion. This optimistic utterance is based on the flow of goods from countries like China, Vietnam or India. Therefore Paauwe plans to adjust the approaching of top sectors, such as medical, pharmaceutical, food and high-tech, as well as of companies in foreign countries.
And there is more to come. During a symposium at the LIOF Business Center about the opportunities for rail freight in the south of the Netherlands, many parties mentioned that they have been considering to switch to rail for a long time. However they are still looking for someone who coordinates everything.
Similar to the spider in the web, which syntonizes supply and demand for both terminals and companies to finally provide the cheapest way for getting loads from A to B. The proposed solution to this problem: synergy. Collaboration is the key, says Judith Kleinen, Land Transportation Category Manager Supply Chain Chemicals SABIC Europe.
The companies should not do it by themselves, someone needs to arrange the terminals and coordinate the rail transport so that the whole process will be more cost effective. The conclusion of the symposium: cooperation is the basis for successful international freight via Limburg s rail. To achieve this, participants of the event are currently searching for a proper manager or institution.
The Netherlands are steadily on the up concerning European logistics. The many cooperations which are in the pipeline and rising investments in the market show that the last remnants of the big economic crisis are almost overcome. However it remains to be seen how the current Eurozone crisis develops, and how it influences the economy.
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