InlandLinks which is an initiative of the Port of Rotterdam Authority (RPA) and developed in cooperation with the Dutch Inland Container Terminal Organisation (VITO) is the online quality mark for container terminals in the hinterland of Europe offering intermodal services to/from Rotterdam and is based on identified and comparable criteria. The terminals are presented on the basis of objective criteria enabling all participants in the logistics chain to better identify comparable general and specific advantages in both qualitative and quantitative terms.
Whilst 90% of the Dutch hinterland terminal members affiliated to VITO have been participating in InlandLinks, the concept has been adopted in Belgium and the aim of the RPA is to extend the concept further into Germany and the Rhine terminals in particular.
The Port of Rotterdam expects to see container flows triple in the next 25 years and of the anticipated 30m teu to be handled in 2035, around 2m are expected to be shipped in and out using smaller vessels from and to European ports. With around 18m teu travelling to and from the hinterland via intermodal transport, InlandLinks should provide an insight into better and more sustainable connections.