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27 October 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 12:42 GMT+1

September 24, 2020

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Tough protest by Dutch transport companies over excessive waiting times at the gates of Rotterdam's port terminals

Transport en Logistiek Nederland complains that terminalists have no interest in solving the problem

The truck is fed up with suffering hardships and burdens caused by waiting times for trucks to enter terminals Rotterdam port. This was underlined by the Association of Dutch transport and logistics companies Transport en Logistiek Nederland (TLN) complaining that the problem, despite being highlighted for a long, too long time, it was not in the least solved, even for the disinterest of the terminalist companies to deal with it.

Prolonged waits at port terminals - explained association -- they've been on the agenda for a long time and they force truckers to stay still for hours. "At the terminals APMT MVII and RWG - said Jeroen de Rijcke, head of TLN for the containerised shipping sector - working on time slots, but they are operating full-time daytime hours only. Operating times at the ECT terminal are disproportionately long. In addition, there are many interruptions or delays in the system, with all of them blaming someone else. But, in the end - noted de Rijcke - the trucking companies they pay the price as their drivers and vehicles sometimes they're standing still for hours because of all these problems. These costs - pointed out - are supported by the transport company, because the terminal does not pay waiting hours."

De Rijcke recalled that the companies represented association have repeatedly discussed the issue with terminalists and with the port authority, but without a some effect: "Several times -- he specified -- we emphasised that this creates unsustainable situations for drivers, transport planners and businesses. Then an improvement is promised, but nothing changes again. The terminals - explained the TLN representative - are little incentivised to address this problem, because transport is not their customer, while the transport shipping companies: if a truck driver is stationary for hours weighs on their balance sheet, but on that of the trucking companies who, all this time, have ended up paying the price."

De Rijcke concluded by highlighting whether he will not intervene No change the port of Rotterdam will risk becoming less attractive, resulting in a reduction in volumes of traffic. "And this," he stressed, "is about All. But to reverse the trend, something needs to be change quickly."

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