Sea freight to Twente
HST Groep is a specialist in the field of international sea freight and domestic transport over water. Most Dutch logistics service providers depend for almost all of their sea freight entirely on de port of Rotterdam. This is where shipments from all around the world arrive. For organizations that are located in the west of the Netherlands, this is generally for the best. For customers located eastern of the river “the IJssel”, this is not always the most advantageous solution. Sometimes it’s more convenient to get the containers by sea freight to Twente. For companies in the east of the Netherlands, the port in Hengelo can be a good option. Container ships arrive in Rotterdam, but instead of unloading the containers and putting them on container chassis, containers can be loaded onto inland vessels and then cruise to the east of the Netherlands.
One of the major advantages of the container unloading in Twente, is the short road transport. Containers that are loaded onto barges are not subject to traffic jams in the Randstad. This allows the transport to be planned better. Moreover, sea freight also is a cleaner method of transport than road transport since sea freight causes less CO² emissions.
Flexibility and freedom
Another major advantage of transporting containers via barge to Hengelo, is freedom regarding the unloading and uncoupling of the container. Normally, a customer has two hours to unload an arrived container. After that, the driver needs to go to his next stop or return the empty container to Rotterdam. Because the port is near companies that are located in Twente, it is possible to leave a full container at the receiver for a whole day. Now, the customer has plenty of time to unload the entire container. The following day, a new full container (if applicable) is brought and the empty one is picked up again. Especially companies that receive multiple containers per week or per day or receive containers with a lot of small packed goods could benefit from this, since the unloading often takes more than two hours. In such a case, container transport via water to Hengelo looks like a perfect solution.
Containers as addition to intermodal transport
With the rise of container transport by rail, intermodal transport becomes more and more important within the various traditional modes of transport. This also applies to shipping containers by rail that arrive in Rotterdam. The containers can be transported by train to areas close to the German border such as Bad Bentheim. This German city is close to Enschede and is ideal for companies located in Twente that are using container transport by rail. Moreover, from Bad Bentheim there are rail connections throughout Germany, Scandinavia, Eastern and Southern Europe. Using intermodal transport, containers from Bad Bentheim can be transported by truck quickly to Enschede or by rail to the rest of Europe. Thanks to this relatively new combination of ocean freight, road and rail transport, international transport is more multimodal than ever.
Sea freight at HST Groep
For both sea freight to Enschede as well as additional transport within sea freight, HST Groep is the right party for you. Are you wondering what we can do for you and your shipments? Request a free quote now.