'Deliver quickly? That is only possible by road…'
The freight forwarding office of United Container Transport BV organizes the daily road transport of sea containers over land. They bring goods from the port of Rotterdam to locations throughout Europe and vice versa, say father and daughter William and Laura van Beers.
The company in the Waalhaven quickly grew into a specialist in the transport of sea containers by road. At some point, William went on to lead UCT on his own. Until Laura came along. She is now an official partner. "It's great to do this together."
Since last year, the company has been housed in a modern building on the Faradayweg in Spijkenisse. A team of eight people solves the logistical jigsaw puzzle here every day. “No day is the same,” say William and Laura. Every day about fifty charters, mostly contracted carriers, are on their way for the company. That means a lot of hectic preparation and planning. “Nice crowds, because of the diversity and the contact with the drivers.”
They transport goods to all corners of Europe or vice versa. William: ,,Import, export, empty shuttles, full shuttles. And everything you can think of arrives or departs by seacontainer. Our job is to ensure that all those items arrive at their destination as quickly as possible. We can do that with road transport. The goods are where they need to be within one to two days.”
His daughter is the new generation that brings modern techniques for freight forwarding and arranging into the company. “But I also value personal contact with our customers and our drivers.
After all, it is the way to be able to offer the service that we stand for,” says Laura. All journeys are streamlined from the office.
The trucks are commissioned by shipping companies, forwarders and logistics service providers. “Some customers have been involved almost from the start. For some we drive once a month, for others we make fifty bookings a day, but we treat everyone with the same respect. We still really enjoy making our customers happy.
And we don't know the word no. We are not satisfied until it is resolved.” The team is also loyal. One of the former partners has been active in the day-to-day business at the office for years and some employees have been there from day one. We believe in the atmosphere of a family business.
That gives something extra that our customers feel sure.”