Transbox introduces Congestion Surcharge

Press Release 25 Mar 2015

Bottlenecks in Rotterdam affect inland waterway transports

Antwerp, 25 March 2015: From 30 March 2015 Transbox, the container transport provider in Benelux, is introducing a congestion surcharge for containers which are to be handled in Rotterdam. For several weeks now, the increasing bottlenecks in the processing of inland vessels in Rotterdam have led to additional costs for Transbox.

Ever since the beginning of this year, barges in Rotterdam have had to contend with long waiting times, and now many barges are having to wait for up to 72 hours to be processed. To continue to keep to its own schedules, Transbox has increasingly had to charter additional tonnage, because its own vessels were still waiting to be processed.

“In order to be able to continue to offer this product, we will be levying a surcharge of 6 Euro per TEU for full and empty containers, for all transports to Rotterdam, commencing with departures on 30 March 2015”, says Marcel Hulsker, Managing Director of Transbox. “This decision stands until the situation improves again. We will continue to keep a close watch on the situation in Rotterdam. We would ask our customers to book as early as possible to enable us to plan more efficiently.”

About Transbox
The company offers container transports in the Benelux states. The young and dedicated barge operating enterprise offers various container services: container transports between the seaports of Rotterdam, Moerdijk and Antwerp, container transports within the seaports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, and the purchase and sale of new and used containers. Transbox is a brand of Contargo Waterway Logistics BV.

Contact at Transbox / Contargo Waterway Logistics BV:
Marcel Hulsker, Contargo Waterway Logistics BV, Scheepmakerij 110, 3331 MA Zwijndrecht, Niederlande, Tel.+31 78 6254601,

About Contargo
With an annual transport volume of 2 million TEU, Contargo is one of the largest container logistics networks in Europe. Contargo integrates container transport between the western seaports, the German North Sea ports and the European hinterland. The enterprise has 25 container terminals at its disposal in Germany, France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic and maintains offices at seven additional locations in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Japan. Contargo also operates its own barge and rail lines. In 2014 the workforce of 800 employees achieved a turnover of 410 million Euro.


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