Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics conducts survey on hinterland transport

(PresseBox) ( Bremen, )
The Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) is currently conducting a survey on container hinterland transport among forwarders, transport companies as well as importers and exporters. This regular survey aims at enhancing the knowledge about the regional and modal distribution of container hinterland traffic.

In 2008, the six largest North Range ports (Le Havre, Zeebrugge, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremen/Bremerhaven and Hamburg) handled approx. 40 mill. TEU. According to preliminary ISL estimates from ISL, a share of about 13 mill. TEU was transhipment, while the larger part had its origin or destination in the hinterland of the North Range ports. Despite the outstanding importance of the hinterland traffic structure for the planning of infrastructure, little is known about the regional distribution of this traffic - especially for truck traffic.

Since several years, ISL's North European Container Traffic Model fills this gap. With the support of participating companies from the transport sector, total container traffic is split into its major segments (deepsea-land, shortsea-land and transhipment), into regions and by modes. The standardised methodology allows direct comparisons between ports and market share analyses. The North European Container Traffic Model was developed in cooperation with Global Insight within projects for the Port of Rotterdam and the Hamburg Port Authority.

The information gathered biannually through surveys are used to map the North Range ports' container hinterland traffic in a consistent regional structure. Within Germany the model distinguishes between the Laender, France is split into four regions. The other countries are included as totals. Next to the regional distribution for inland transport modes, the regional distribution of feeder traffic is determined in a survey of shortsea operators. The information gathered in the North European Container Traffic Model is used for infrastructure planning and strategic development.

ISL has set up a website for the survey, which will be conducted until October 30th. All participating companies receive an exclusive summary of results. Companies interested in participating in the survey will find all relevant information including different types of questionnaires at www.isl.org/projects/nectm
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