Transport The Netherlands with Seacon Logistics

Seacon Logistics is your logistics service provider and central point of contact for transport to and from The Netherlands. From strategic locations and together with our worldwide network of agents and partners, we quickly, smoothly and cost-effectively take care of your transport. From full loads (FTL), part loads (LTL), pallets, intermodal to special transport

The Netherlands is a special country for us as a company. It is, of course, our home base. Since our establishment in Venlo, we are deeply rooted in the logistics industry and closely involved in society, our (local) environment, culture and organisations (Seacon Blue). Numerous partnerships have also been built up over the years, including industrial and logistical ones. With us as your logistics service provider, you will benefit from our knowledge of the economy, logistics and industry in the Netherlands. 

The Netherlands is one of the world's largest exporters of goods and services and has one of the most competitive export economies thanks to Europe's largest deep-sea port (Rotterdam). The Netherlands is located in the northwest of Europe and borders The Netherlands, Germany and the North Sea. With a favourable geographical location and 450 km of coastline, the country is a good base for worldwide transport. Many international companies are active in the Netherlands. Important pillars in the economic structure of the country are: food production, the chemical industry, processing industry, oil refining and the manufacture of electrical appliances. 

For transport to and from this interesting transport country, it is only logical for you as a company – together with Seacon as your professional partner – to take your logistics to a higher level. On this page, you can read more about our transport solutions for The Netherlands. 

Important transport routes the Netherlands and your advantages 

The Netherlands has one of the strongest economies in Europe. Thanks to major investments in logistics and infrastructure, the country has one of the best road and rail networks in the world. Furthermore, the deep-sea port in Rotterdam is exemplary in Europe and the country also has one of the largest airports in Europe: Amsterdam – Schiphol Airport. Seacon has its own office here. The interplay of transport solutions makes intermodal transport possible within and beyond the national borders of the Netherlands. 

The road network in the Netherlands is well developed and extremely dense. With more than 100,000 kilometres of roads, of which more than 3,000 are exclusively motorways, the country is among the absolute top in Europe when it comes to traffic density. The direct connection to the industrial centres ensures that your road freight is transported quickly and efficiently. 

Rail transport in the Netherlands is also well developed. With more than 2,500 kilometres of rail, it is one of the densest rail networks in Europe. Here, the transport of goods is mainly used as a direct connection to the ports and coastal areas. Through our partner network we offer you tailor-made solutions for rail transport. 

Amsterdam – Schiphol Airport is an important hub for air freight in Europe. Your company can thoroughly profit from this asset, especially due to the high flight density to distant regions. Rotterdam – The Hague Airport is the second international airport in the country.

Both inland shipping and worldwide sea freight (via deep-sea ports) are perfectly realized from the Netherlands. Intra-European transport is possible via the direct connection to the rivers De Rijn, De Maas and De Schelde. From Rotterdam, where Europe's largest deep-sea port is located, goods are imported and exported all over the world into the Schengen area.

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport (Netherlands). With the Sheraton Hotel in the foreground and the air traffic tower in the background. | Seacon Logistics
Aerial view of the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands. This shows both the city and industry. | Seacon Logistics

Important cities for freight transport in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, there are several logistics centres from which a large part of the economic power is generated.

The so-called Randstad is of particular importance. This includes the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Delft, Dordrecht, Gouda, Leiden and Hilversum. These regional centres are strongly interconnected. In addition to local industry, the region's rail network has also been extensively rebuilt and expanded. A large part of the infrastructure investments takes place in this region. 

Other logistics points in the country are Tilburg-Waalwijk, the Arnhem-Nijmegen region (which forms a favourable connection between the German Ruhr area and Rotterdam) and Venlo-Venray (the West Brabant region and the Rivierenland region). 

Industry is located in many regions in the Netherlands and there is also close cooperation with neighboring countries in the field of logistics. For you as a company, the Netherlands is therefore ideal for national, European and international trade. 

Transport solutions from Seacon Logistics

We offer different types of transport to and from The Netherlands. Whether it concerns general cargo, less-than-truckload or full-truckload shipping, air freight, sea freight or freight transport – we will ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. Below you will find our transport solutions to and from The Netherlands:

  • Groupage transport to The Netherlands 
  • Pallet shipment
  • Partial loads (LTL / LCL)
  • Full loads (FCL / FTL)
  • Rail transport
  • Deliveries in the city centre
  • Delivery with tailboard
  • Express delivery to The Netherlands
Iconic canal houses and houseboats along Amsterdam's canals, Netherlands | Seacon Logistics

Groupage The Netherlands - LCL and LTL

The term LTL (Less Than Truck Load) is used in freight transport to indicate that only part of the available cargo space of the truck is filled. In the logistics industry, it is therefore common to combine several partial loads at one loading point or to add a partial load. In short, groupage or LTL is therefore the merging of several smaller loads into one larger load. This optimises the use of the freight container during road freight.

The abbreviation LCL stands for Less than Container Load and in sea freight refers to shipments that do not fill an entire container and are combined with other general cargo in a consolidated container. LCL transport mainly offers price advantages and some benefits in practical handling and stowage. For general cargo, only proportionate transport costs are incurred for the use of the container volume.

Full loads The Netherlands - FCL or FTL

The abbreviation FCL (Full Container Load) is used in sea freight for full container loads. Unlike LCL: a load that only partially fills a container. With FCL loads, the container is loaded by a shipper and unloaded at the destination by a consignee.

With an FTL delivery (Full Truck Load), the shipment fills the entire available cargo space. The truck transports this shipment to its destination without reloading. This is for one recipient. This completely utilises the truck’s transport capacity. 

Fast delivery is the main advantage of FTL. This is because there is no need for transhipment or extra route planning to different recipients. The truck drives directly to one destination. It is the most effective method of transporting goods by road to a final destination. 


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Loading special transport onto a truck. | Seacon Logistics

Special transport The Netherlands

In our wide range of transport services, we also offer special transport to and from The Netherlands. This is the worldwide transport of long, high and heavy goods that do not fit in a container or truck. We believe it is important to comply with all international regulations and guidelines in this type of transport. Especially when transporting dangerous goods, regardless of whether they are transported to or from The Netherlands to abroad. Below you will find an overview of all goods that Seacon Logistics transports: 

  • Long goods
  • Dangerous goods (ADR)
  • Boxes (KTN)
  • Boxes (BOX)
  • Bundles
  • Heavy load
  • Pallets (PLT)
  • Gitter boxes (GIBO)
  • Barrels (FSS)
  • Other loose goods

Transport options The Netherlands: to and from Asia, America, Europe and Africa

At Seacon Logistics we understand that, in addition to the quality of your products, fast shipping and associated satisfied customers are of great importance. That is why we facilitate the worldwide transport of your goods in all aspects. Goods transport within Europe is usually handled via road freight, but for shipments to and from Asia, North and South America and Africa, we of course also have sea freight and air freight at your disposal.

From our locations at strategically located terminals, we supply all major consumer markets. By outsourcing your transport to and from The Netherlands to Seacon Logistics, you benefit from the advantage that you do not have to worry about complicated coordination across different continents and time zones. With us, you are guaranteed – partly thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partner network – a fast, efficient and well-organised shipment. 

Container terminal from above, showing a container ship loading sea freight and moving trucks (road transport). | Seacon Logistics

Transit and delivery times for transport to The Netherlands

To satisfy you and meet all your requirements, reliability and speed are paramount at Seacon Logistics. That is why we work closely with a worldwide partner network and can plan, execute and organise your transport efficiently. 

It is also possible to send express shipments, we arrange this in collaboration with our network. Fast transport services and our in-house customs clearance ensure that your transport from The Netherlands arrives at your customer faster than usual. 

For daily updated information and reliable transport planning, please contact us directly. Our specialists are always ready to help you. 

Customs: the correct import and export documents

Our focus is always on the entire logistics chain. To serve you even better, our in-house customs department takes care of the necessary import and export documents and transport certificates. Our Compliance Desk checks whether your goods comply with all guidelines and sanction regulations at the place of destination. This way you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and you can concentrate on your core business. Thanks to our status as Authorised Economic Operator (previously AEO-certified) and 'preferred supplier', we can minimise delays. An important advantage for you as a customer.

Want to know more about how we unburden you in terms of customs and customs declarations? 

More about customs

Incoterms®: Protect your international trade with The Netherlands

As a global logistics chain director, Seacon Logistics deals a lot with Incoterms®. Although we are not involved in the commercial agreements between buyer and seller, we are often consulted about the dangers and consequences of the various Incoterms® before a transaction is concluded. In practice, many companies still underestimate the risks.

To ensure that contractual formulas in the trade of goods are interpreted equally by buyer and seller, we have created a white paper and an infographic. 

View our Incoterms® page

Important additional information: Holidays, driving bans and local details

The Netherlands is a popular, industrial and modern country for companies from all over the world. Both the transport connections and the partnerships with neighboring countries ensure that the Netherlands is seen as an important trading partner. For the northwesternmost country in Europe, you must take the following into account when transporting goods within and outside the Dutch borders: 

  • Secondment of employees: When foreign companies second drivers, they are bound by the bilateral transport conditions of the Netherlands. These include minimum wage compliance, reporting obligations, and contact statements.
  • Toll: For the Kiltunnel and the Westerscheldetunnel, a toll is charged for lorries of more than 12 tonnes. An e-vignette is required for this.
  • EU membership: Depending on the project, you need an EU permit or CEMT permit for international transport. See also the bilateral licenses between the Netherlands and third countries.
  • Favourable corporate tax structure: Due to the favourable tax structure, many large global companies have chosen to establish themselves in the Netherlands. As a company, you can therefore benefit from a large supplier network and a reliable supply chain.

If you have more detailed questions about the specifics or rules in The Netherlands, please feel free to contact our team. In a joint logistic analysis, we examine which aspects are relevant for your goods transport. 

The strength of Seacon: logistics at its heart since 1985

Since the establishment of Seacon Logistics, we have been building our organisation as a leading logistics chain director. Today, Seacon Logistics has over 700 employees at various strategic locations throughout Europe. Yet the origins of the family business can still be felt in our organisation. And that is precisely where our strength lies. Logistic services from the heart, that's what we are all about!

With a strong we-feeling, we take on logistical challenges and work together to serve you as our customer in the best possible way. With innovative and efficient solutions, we take your logistics to a new level. Transparent communication, personal approach and entrepreneurship are the basis of our customers' trust. 

Are you interested in a transport solution to a country other than The Netherlands? Then take a look at one of our many other partner countries:

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