George van Eldik spent years at Food Center Amsterdam, working at companies like the defunct Vroegop-Windig and De Kewer food wholesaler. He is now a business consultant for, among others, TAN Logistics.
“TAN Logistics is a rapidly-growing logistics service provider for the fruit and vegetable sector. It has new premises equipped with the latest refrigeration and dehydration technology. From there, we can flexibly provide all kinds of high-quality logistics services," says George, on the company's behalf.
It serves European importers and wholesalers, with ginger as its true specialty. "We mainly do quality control, storage, drying, trimming, and repackaging of ginger. We process hundreds of containers of ginger annually from production areas all over the world."
"The COVID-19 regulations are still very stringent, thus hampering exports. Yet sea freight costs are falling, which benefits Chinese product exports. However, due to various political and economic risk factors, it remains difficult to predict logistical availability and costs," George explains.
From TAN Logistics's facility in the Netherlands the ginger is sent all over Europe. The company, which got off to a flying start, also processes lots of other products like nashi pears, apples, and citrus. "Things have been going well from the get-go. We haven't even had time to launch a website yet."
Customs warehouse and Quality Control Bureau inspection site
TAN Logistics is a customs warehouse as well as a Quality Control Bureau (KCB) inspection site. "Every day, we help our customers prepare their T1 and other customs documents, and facilitate KCB inspections. We have room for flexible services for other products too, including several cold stores where we can store fruit and vegetables at temperatures ranging from 1°C to 13°," Van Eldik continues.
"The WMS system provides all the relevant information, with extensive reporting functions for clients. Full containers or single pallet storage? Repackaging, labeling, or order picking? We can do all that. Things like the latest refrigeration and dehydration technology, our information system, and our IFS Food and SKAL certifications guarantee service quality."
Are the high energy costs affecting the company? "Obviously. Fortunately, the new building has been designed to be completely gasless, and our solar panel system generates some of the electricity required for cooling and drying. When the days start getting colder, those systems' residual heat heats the offices, staff rooms, and all the unrefrigerated logistical areas," George concludes.
For more information:
George van Eldik
50 Aluminium Street
2718 RA, Zoetermeer, NL
Mob: +31 (0) 650 662 300