The client has asked for an investigation into the level of logistics transit and inspection costs for the import of selected fresh products from outside the European Union through various North Western European seaports and airports. These port logistics transit and inspection costs include the average logistics costs of transportation by sea/air, handling in the port area and final delivery to the customer in the Netherlands or Germany; the costs for the legal required supervision and inspection activities by national authorities for the selected fresh produce import supply chains.Project summary
The objective of this study was to gain a fact-based overview of the average port logistics transit and inspection costs in selected supply chains of various sectors benchmarking three ports (Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg) and five airports (Amsterdam Schiphol, Brussels, Liege, Frankfurt, Paris). The focus of the study was on the calculation of the costs of air or sea transport, the costs of transshipment and other logistics activities in the (air) ports, the tariffs for inspection and supervision in the (air) ports, and the costs of onward distribution transport from the (air-)ports to the destination in the hinterland. Next to the costs, also the service level of handling in different ports was taken into account in this quick scan. To achieve this, the opening and closing times for inspection and supervision activities in different countries were compared.Method
BCI worked in four consecutive steps:
The main findings of the research study can be summarized in five conclusions:
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