Van Donge & De Roo

"Navigation offers insight into sustainable transport connections"

The Rotterdam freight forwarder Van Donge & de Roo (D&R) is investing heavily in a healthy and safe working environment for employees, optimal service for customers and intelligent communication technology. This also includes participation in the Navigate tool of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. 'This tool makes all sustainable and efficient transport connections to, from and via the port of Rotterdam even more visible.'

D&R is one of the largest forwarding companies in Rotterdam. Since its foundation in 1977, the company has grown into a major player in almost the entire supply chain. The group consists of several companies that focus on container transport, depot and terminal activities, IT development, intermodal transport and customs brokerage. With logistics activities, terminals and depots in Rotterdam and Antwerp, branches in Duisburg, New York, Thailand and Italy, an extensive partner network and its own rail company (DistriRail), the group handles around 635,000 containers per year. As a "one-stop-shop", D&R transports both small and large volumes.

Insight into connections
'A tool like Navigate gives the market more insight into the sustainable and efficient transport connections between the port of Rotterdam and the European hinterland. This tool visualises all deepsea, shortsea, rail and inland shipping routes from, to and via Rotterdam. In Navigate you can also see where you can leave or collect empty containers. Many Chinese companies that want to bring containers to Germany are still initially thinking of Hamburg, while it is often smarter to do this via Rotterdam. You cannot get there by truck from Hamburg and there are only a limited number of rail connections with the Ruhr area. Moreover, customs in Rotterdam are faster. During trade trips we have to explain this over and over again. Navigate supports us in this. If you enter "Rotterdam", you immediately see where you can bring goods from Rotterdam and how. Fast and clear. We think Navigate is a strong marketing tool to increase the findability of the port of Rotterdam. ' says Dennis de Roo, Managing Director of D&R.

The lockdown as a result of COVID-19 was used by D&R to accelerate the renovation and modernisation of the Rhoon office. 'Working from home is not an option in our business. We are therefore pleased to be able to gradually welcome our 120 employees in Rhoon back to the office. We have invested in a hospital-grade climate system that removes particulate matter from the air and kills viruses and bacteria. We have also laid sound-absorbing floor coverings and installed modern standing and seating desks. As a traditional family business, we take good care of our employees. A clean, pleasant and safe working environment is part of this. "

Growth ambition
In the past 15 years, the organisation has been able to achieve its growth ambition of 10% per year. Despite the corona pandemic, there is a lot of confidence that it will turn out well this year. 'This could also be through an acquisition, for example. In terms of expanding the depot space, we mainly look at Germany, especially Duisburg. Furthermore, they want to expand the reefer activities. As a family business, we want to make as little appeal as possible to banks. We have had good years. This gives us room to invest. We have also always focused on spreading our activities. In Rotterdam, for example, we do a lot focusing on America. But we also have an air freight department at Schiphol, are active on the new Silk Road by train from China and provide transport that does not touch the Northern European ports. By spreading your services, you can better absorb blows. '

Source: Port of Rotterdam

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