Trends & Markets 02/17
TWO NEW GATEWAYS FOR THE RHENUS AIR & OCEAN NETWORK
The Rhenus air and sea freight units have enjoyed considerable growth during the last few years. It is therefore not surprising to hear that the logistics specialist opened two new gateways in Germany for groupage freight at the same time in 2017. The sea freight gateway is located at the Hilden business site near Düsseldorf, while the air freight hub is based at “Cargo-City-Süd” at the international airport in Frankfurt. Goods for import and export are consolidated at both the gateways and new freight services are being developed and expanded.
The Rhenus air freight site at “Cargo-City-Süd” has rapidly developed from a simple consolidation hub into a genuine European gateway. The pickup and delivery area not only includes Germany, but many neighbouring European countries too. “The European road transport network operated by Rhenus plays a huge role in ensuring efficient transport services to and from the gateway in Frankfurt,” says Peter Pasman, COO Airfreight Europe at Rhenus Air & Ocean.
From Frankfurt to the world
Goods can be screened at the gateway for security purposes. “We minimise our security risks by performing the security checks at the gateway and speed up the process at the same time.” Even temperature-controlled goods or hazardous items can be handled there. “We’re able to offer global transport services for any kinds of goods to and from our European gateway,” he promises.
The demand for services between Frankfurt and Asia, North and South America as well as the United Arab Emirates is particularly high at the moment. “By combining freight shipments to and from different countries, we can increase our volume of consignments and this has a positive effect on the conditions that we can offer our customers,” Pasman adds.
Groupage freight services according to a set timetable
The sea freight business site at Hilden in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has also been developed into a gateway since this summer. The shipments that are imported and exported via the Western European ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp nearby are consolidated there. This creates benefits for customers: the so-called LCL services operate regularly according to set timetables and can there-fore be planned in a reliable manner.
“During the initial stage, we’re concentrating on markets where Rhenus is already operating. We plan to tap into new markets like the USA, Canada or South Africa during the second stage,” says Andreas Saltuari, COO Ocean Freight LCL Europe at Rhenus Air & Ocean, revealing the plans for the future.
Rhenus provides value-added services at its warehouses, in addition to loading and unloading containers and the associated cargo handling. “When developing our products, we’re guided by our customers’ requirements,” Saltuari explains. “It doesn’t matter whether the job involves a cardboard package or a box that weighs several tonnes and is six metres long.”