DHL Supply ChainDHL Supply Chain recently opened a new intermodal link between Slovakia and the UK for the transportation of high-value goods. A secure connection starts with effective locks. But that’s only part of the story. Read on quickly to find out how you can prevent crime in intermodal transport even more.
1. Choose a well-cecured terminal“At the moment, everything is still manageable”, says Veermani Singh, Multimodal Product Manager at DHL Supply Chain. “We currently transport three trailers of high-value goods per week from Slovakia to the UK. The consignments are transported by road from Mitra in Slovakia to the WienCont terminal in Vienna, where the goods are unloaded from the truck onto the train. The terminal is a non-stop operation which means that we can unload freight there at any time. The Terminal guarantees that there is always a high level of security which is extremely important to us.
“The freight train to Rotterdam departs daily at 18.00. Our trailers arrive at the terminal as close as possible to the departure time for loading them on the train,” explains Matej Koči, Carrier and Transport Solution Coordinator at DHL Logistics. “In any case, the waiting time is never more than one day.” From Vienna, the unescorted trailers are transported by train to Rotterdam where they are taken by ferry to the port of Purfleet in London. “There they are picked up by a local contractor for DHL and the freight is transported to its final destination.”
"Given the distance, the client’s wishes and the fact that part of the journey was unaccompanied, we opted for extra secure box trailers. These have mechanical and electronic SBS locks as well as a GPS tracker."