A large portion of hinterland transport to and from the European ports is facilitated by road transport. In addition, 30-40 % of transported containers are empty and trucks are on average half empty.
The ambition of the project is (i) to facilitate the transfer of cargo from road to other modes to reduce congestions and emissions, (ii) to reduce the transport of empty containers and (partially) empty trucks.
At the moment individual freight forwarders organize their transport with their own limited cargo volume. There is a need to merge these cargo volumes for the benefit of better planning by systematically selecting the best from multiple transport options.
The proposed solution will enable groups of shippers and freight forwarders to form a collaborative community, merge their transport volumes, and decide on the best transportation options based on this aggregated volume. This is realized by enabling interoperability between several value added services and between multiple regional community initiatives.
The SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) platform will enable a one-stop-shopping for planning & executing of all services needed to move cargo either as Full Container Load or via distribution centres as Less Container Load.
The platform will benefit from the possibilities of large-scale sharing of information through standards, e.g. available transport services using the standard ?Transport Service Description? and available status using the standard 'Transportation Status'
The benefits of the projects are:
- Joint procurement of transport services
- Enable intermodal links along transport corridors
- Deploying intermodal expertise systematically