“It takes great skill to organize daily transport”

Every day, Freight Line Europe ships Dutch flowers, potatoes, fruit and vegetables to Great Britain in refrigerated trucks. It had gone off without a hitch for many years; then Brexit happened. This placed a huge administrative burden on the carrier.

Freight Line Europe had to invest heavily in process automation. Moreover, it is looking for new sales markets, partly with the support of the EU trade program, reports the Netherlands Business Agency (RVO).

Freight Line Europe specializes in international refrigerated transport. It serves its customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from a brand new temperature-controlled site in the Netherlands and an independent branch in Felixstowe, England.

Transport to GB is more complex
Early every morning, the carrier receives orders which often have to be delivered the same evening. “We pick up the items, group them together, organize the customs formalities and, the same evening, everything is delivered,” says commercial director Viktor Vijverberg with well-deserved pride.

He explains that this is not an easy task as transport to the UK has become considerably more complex since the introduction of new customs regulations. “Before, when we transported a pallet of vegetables, we filled in ‘vegetables’. Now we have to add product codes, weights, commercial invoices, product origin and international codes.”

“It all seems quite heavy,” adds chief financial officer Edwin Zuijderwijk. “We have become a completely different service provider: from carrier to customs specialist. Brexit has forced us to invest heavily in automation.” Edwin is proud of the staff. “It’s amazing how we managed to do this with the same team. Hats off to everyone.” At the same time, the company automated its customs processes. “We are ready for the future,” he says.

Finding new sales markets
Along with process automation, Freight Line Europe discovered new sales markets. It has extended its area of ​​intervention to France. “We saw Brexit coming and didn’t want to be dependent on Britain anymore. Less competition made room for us in the French market.”

Freight Line Europe recently joined the EU trade program. Edwin hopes this will boost the company’s international goals. “The program gives us even more insight into untapped export potential. But what we love the most is the sense of community. We consider that the sharing of knowledge and expertise is essential, and the program will, ideally, lead to great collaborations”, he concludes.

Source: RVO

For more information:
European Freight Line
791 Netherlands
2676 LV, Maasdijk, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0) 174 520 010
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.fle-nl.com