Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Another Environmentally Friendly Logistics Terminal for Freight Forwarding Group

Belgian Facility to Service Flanders and Hainault
Shipping News Feature

BELGIUM – It seems hardly a month goes by without freight forwarding group DB Schenker announcing the details of a new logistics centre to the world. The latest addition services shippers in the Belgian provinces of Hainault and West and East Flanders via the 5,000 m2 operational hub at Zwevegem. Construction, as at the other terminals which the company has developed of late, uses the latest environmentally friendly technology such as solar panels, sensor-controlled lighting and service water recycling.

The new building also has 2,900 m2 of offices, sits on a 36,000 m2 site and came in at a cost of €13 million and offers the option of a quick turnaround for a multitude of vehicle types with over 70 bays available for loading and unloading. The site’s approximately 120 DB Schenker employees previously worked at two sites in Waregem, ten kilometres away, and moved to the new cross-dock terminal in Zwevegem one year after construction began.

The location also has its own air freight team, which immediately logs consignments electronically. A dedicated daily shuttle transports export consignments to the airport in Brussels and picks up certain import consignments for the region, which are then distributed on the following morning. The latest facility is headed up by Pascal Duhamel, who commented:

“We offer our customers the full range of logistics services, from land transport and air and ocean freight to intermodal concepts. With 40 regular scheduled transports daily, we connect the Flanders region quickly and reliably to all destinations in Europe.”