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EWS & Mainhub: New logistic approach for container fumigation

Fumigation is a type of insecticide treatment, using toxic gasses. On yearly base thousands of containers are fumigated in the Port of Antwerp Containers with wood logs for export to China all need fumigation as a quarantine treatment. Since this is a volume business with relatively low value cargo, the logistics of these containers is a great challenge.

EWS & LINEAS INTERMODAL joined forces and opened a new fumigation area at the MAINHUB rail terminal in Antwerp. EWS is an international company, specialized in fumigation. LINEAS Intermodal offers a complete terminal-to-terminal intermodal rail solution and has an extensive pan-European network spanning 50 terminals in 10 countries.

“We believe this is a very strong logistic concept”, says Michiel Verwerft, Int. Fumigation manager at EWS. “We have to deal with growing congestion problems at different terminals and the planned road works at Antwerp Linkeroever in 2018 will also be a bottleneck for mobility in the Port of Antwerp. MAINHUB is strategically located at Antwerp Rechteroever and containers can be delivered by truck or by rail”.

Sam Bruynseels, Managing Director Lineas Intermodal: “By extending our services we are able to keep our service level high for our intermodal clients. The creation of this fumigation area of the Maintub terminals responds to the needs of a large number of our customers.”

At the MAINHUB terminal a fumigation area is created for 40x 40ft containers. After fumigation the containers can be transported directly to international destinations by the Green Xpress Network or by the LORO rail-service. This dedicated ‘fast lane’ connects MAINHUB with the major container terminals at Antwerp Linkeroever (Q1700 + 1742). This results in saving time and money, and less trucks on the road.

At the moment, Mainhub is connected with:

  • Germany (Ludwigshafen & Schkopau)
  • Austria (Vienna & Wels)
  • Czech Republic (Lovosice)
  • Sweden (Malmö)
  • Switzerland (Basel)
  • Italy (Milan)
  • Spain (Granollers, Taragona & Madrid)
  • Luxemburg via CFL
  • Metz via LIS
  • Dourges via Shuttlewise

With the SOLAS-option, fumigation on the terminal and the fast delivery by rail to the export terminals, we can offer you a full service package and a great logistic solution!

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