International transport with a green character

There’s nothing nicer than a glass of Port on a summer’s evening. But how does the Port get here? Our Port travels from Portugal by boat to Antwerp, after which it’s transferred to a barge for the leg to Brussels. Trucks then take the Port to our distribution centre. Nice and environmentally friendly, because we save a lot of truck kilometres and reduce emissions. But Port is not alone. Over half of our international goods travel by train or boat!

A sustainable alternative

The majority of our foreign suppliers organise their own transport. But there are a few European suppliers from whom we collect the goods ourselves. So we always choose the means of transport with the lowest ecological footprint. In 2016 for example, 51% of our goods came by train or boat. That corresponds to 78,606,408 tonnes/kilometre (the total weight of goods transported x the number of kilometres travelled) by train and boat. By doing so, we avoided doing 3,169,000 truck kilometres on European roads. This reduced our CO2 emissions by 45.18%.

Every year, barges transport about 1,500 containers from Antwerp to Brussels.

The share of boat transport is also rising in Belgium. Since 2010 we have increasingly chosen barges over trucks. Every year, barges transport about 1,500 containers from Antwerp to Brussels. That saves us 180,000 truck kilometres. This is not only positive for the environment, it’s also cheaper and more efficient.

Spanish citrus fruit by rail

Since November 2016, several containers of citrus fruit have been sent from Spain each week via Cool Rail. This is a new rail link from Valencia in Spain to the port of Cologne. The containers then go by truck to our distribution centre in Halle, and the trucks then return to Cologne with empty crates. This means that we don’t transport ‘fresh air’ at all. Every container means 83% fewer truck kilometres and a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions.

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Fresh produce is transported from Valencia to Cologne via Cool Rail.

Met dit initiatief dragen we bij aan het realiseren van deze Duurzame Ontwikkelingsdoelstellingen van de Verenigde Naties.

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