Transportation by inland waterways helps the bottom line and is good for the environment
Our transportation services include movement by inland waterways as part of an integrated logistics offering, providing an environmentally friendly alternative to truck and rail transportation.
APL Logistics has considerable expertise in managing barge transportation in Europe and China. Rotterdam, Europe’s largest container port moves 40% of its container traffic to and from its hinterland by barge. In China, transporting containers by barge is relatively low cost, safe from pilferage and provides cross-border opportunities.
Advantages of barge services:
Cost – Barge shipping offers a cost-effective means of transporting bulk and container cargoes where navigable waterways – directly linked to main sea ports and customs bonded warehouse – penetrate to interior markets.
Planning – Once delivered by barge to a local inland canal or river depot, customers have more flexible control over when the container is called off, reducing warehouse planning requirements.
Demurrage prevention – Moving containers away from inbound main sea ports can eliminate or reduce demurrage at the main sea port. Detention and storage costs at inland canal and river depots can often be cheaper than demurrage.
Avoid road traffic congestion – The road network infrastructure from many deep sea ports is becoming more congested. The use of barge transport would help customers alleviate this problem.
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