The hinterland connection between Duisburg and Zeebrugge has been completed
The hinterland connection between Zeebrugge and duisport has been completed. The happy cooperation partners (from left to right): Peter Plewa, Managing Director duisport agency GmbH; Sun Ping, Representative of Cosco Shipping (Europe) GmbH; Sven R. Repp, Branch Manager Cosco Shipping Lines GmbH, Frederik Degroote, Business Development Manager CSP Zeebrugge. © duisport/krischerfotografie
Duisburg, 27th of September 2019 - Regular transports of goods have started between the Cosco Shipping port Zeebrugge Terminal (CSP) and the Port of Duisburg. This means that the trilateral agreement for the new hinterland connection between duisport, CSP and the Belgium port of Zeebrugge (MBZ), which was approved in June of this year, has now been implemented.
The Chinese company Cosco Shipping Lines recently expanded its activities as part of the “Belt & Road” initiative with two weekly maritime connections from China to Zeebrugge. With this regular hinterland connection, dpa now uses the network of the Port of Duisburg as the central logistics hub for further transport into Europe.
The operational aspects of the connection between Zeebrugge and the Port of Duisburg will be handled by duisport subsidiary duisport agency GmbH (dpa). dpa is the central marketing company for intermodal transport solutions, which also include the option of using duisport as an extended gate. Therefore, goods do not have to be cleared for customs at the Zeebrugge seaport because this function has been transferred to the terminals in the Port of Duisburg. This dpa service considerably reduces the transport time for the goods.
In addition, Cosco Shipping will create the required logistics environment in the Port of Duisburg, so that it can organize the further transport of the goods “from door to door” into the surrounding area on its own. “Cosco Shipping is a major multinational partner who believes in the advantages of our international network and who uses the Port of Duisburg as a gateway into all of Europe,” says duisport Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake.