Companies, carriers and forwarders can arrange the drop-off and pick-up of their cargo in the Main Hub terminal in Antwerp via the online platform Fast Gate. After processing the number of units and preferred timeslot, the e-portal provides a unique TRAC per truck and TRAC Unit per registered unit. With these codes drivers can go through the transit process in less than twenty minutes.
Tim Mertens, Logistics Assistant at the Antwerp-based chemical company Evonik, confirms the benefits of taking the ordering process online: “Fast Gate significantly optimizes the transit times for our drivers in the Antwerp terminal. They no longer have to queue at the check-in desk but can go straight to the gates. It also helps us to keep an overview of our high volumes. We have about 100 units passing the terminal every week. Thanks to the online platform, we can easily see the status of all our units in transit.”
Contactless intermodal transport keeps goods flowing
The outbreak of Covid-19 has put unprecedented pressure on society. While many countries are implementing rigorous measures to try and contain the virus, all have been relying heavily on freight transport to keep economy going.
Moreover, the current health crisis highlights the essential role of intermodal transport in the continuity of companies’ supply chains.
Kurt Coffyn, Chief Operational Officer at Lineas: “It is our responsibility to help sustain European supply chains in this difficult period. Our intermodal solutions, which have always been for the most part contactless, play a crucial part in this. Thanks to the paperless procedure of Fast Gate, we can minimise physical contact in our terminal even further. This reassures companies to keep their production going in a safe and efficient manner.”
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