The conference began with a speech by Agnieszka Hipś, CEO of the CLIP Group and Sanne Kaasjager, Head of Economics at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Warsaw. Sanne Kaasjager in his speech emphasized the advantages of Poland resulting from a favorable location for both manufacturing and logistics companies in Europe. In addition, he presented the Dutch plans to achieve the objectives of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and highlighted the importance of sharing knowledge, innovation and experience in logistics,
The plenary session gave a broad view of international corridors and proved the huge potential of multimodal solutions for the global supply chain. Marcin Żurowski, director of the CLIP Group Intermodal Terminal, presented the latest technological innovations that will allow to increase the efficiency of intermodal operations. Maurits vaan Schuylenburg, project manager at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, highlighted the existing connections between the port of Rotterdam and Poland (“connected by rail”). In addition, he mentioned the potential arising from the transfer of 2.2 million tons of goods from roads to rail, which will result in a 38% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 30% reduction in costs. The presentation given by Marcin Kamola, sales support manager at DCT Gdańsk, showed the dynamic development of DCT activity. Marcin Kamola also emphasized the advantages of DCT offers for intermodal rail connections with all major inland destinations in Poland and with a direct connection to the Czech Republic (AWT Paskov, Ostrava). Emmanuel Piskozub, Leading Director of Axell Logistics, pointed out several important factors that will have a major impact on transport operations in the near future, such as lack of drivers, digitization and reorganization of international freight transport (amendment of EU legislation).
The afternoon group sessions were devoted to two very different, but at the same time interesting topics: Brexit and Sustainable Development. As an introduction to the Brexit session, Maurits van Schuylenburg discussed the impact of Brexit on the flow of goods and explained how the Port of Rotterdam is preparing for this challenge by introducing the Portbase system to smoothly pass through all Dutch ports, special livestock checkpoints and preparation of road traffic plans. A panel discussion moderated by Elro van den Burg, director of NPCC, showed Brexit’s challenges from different angles, i.e. from the point of view of organization of the TLP road transport departments, Boekestijn transport company and freight forwarder and bakery ingredients manufacturer Zeelandia.
Conference participants had the opportunity to see a demonstration of the VEGA solution held at the CLIP terminal. Fran Blum also shared his insights on the broader context of intermodal transport development, highlighting the lack of rail harmonization as a major obstacle to the development of intermodal transport.