Synchromodal transport is not a new form of intermodal transport, but a well-thought use of all transport modes in parallel. For every transport order, the logistics service provider chooses the best possible transport mode, carefully balancing time, cost and service levels. On the same corridor this can sometimes result in the use of road transport, in other situations rail transport or the use of inland barges. The logistics service provider orchestrates the transport order; how he does it and when and where, that’s the responsibility of the service provider. Logistics service providers who want to offer synchromodal transport services need to think in networks. On the other hand, investing in and using these networks offers opportunities for regions who want to strengthen their logistics profile. “For both logistics service providers and regions we have developed strategic roadmaps, which show step-by-step how synchromodal transport can be implemented successfully”, says Kees Verweij.

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