It is already a good five years since the Milkrun Import project was awarded Schiphol Airport’s Cargo Award. The experience gained in that project has been used in the development of Milkrun Export the pilot of which commenced last summer. Cargo Magazine talked to two of the initiators, Jeroen Giling of Swissport and Dimitri Brink of DHL Nederland over the partnership that arose through that project.

What was the reason for the Milkrun Import project at that time?
“At that time, I was working for Menzies and Dimitri with Panalpina”, Jeroen begins. “The direct reason was the load factor of the trucks picking up cargo from the handling agent. This was pitifully low and both Panalpina and Menzies were of the opinion that it must and could be different.” Companies such as Bos Transport, DHL, Nippon Express and Rhenus shared this view and quickly joined in. Together these parties tackled the project in close cooperation with ACN and Schiphol Airport. In response to the question what are the benefits of Milkrun Import for a handling agent, Jeroen responds: “Combining consignments from multiple forwarders in one truck means  there are far fewer truck movements on our forecourt. Less traffic means less chance of congestion and delays. Through good planning, cargo can be shifted more quickly to the participating agents. A smaller number of full trucks contributes to a reduction in CO2; as opposed to a large number of trucks with a low load factor.”

Dimitri indicated the benefits for a forwarder: “Reduced pressure at the handling agent helps with waiting times. Exceptions aside, we no longer have to pick up consignments ourselves thus we no longer have to do our own planning. Furthermore, the reduction in CO2 emissions is very important for DHL as our company has set a goal of zero emissions by 2050*”.

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