Kenyan Logistics Entrepreneurs Meet Dutch Companies
Thursday, 18 October 2012 06:44

Kenya Shippers Council in collaboration with a Dutch Consultancy company, TEAMPRO,  took a delegation of Kenyan logistics-related firms to the Netherlands in the last week of September 2012. The mission’s aim was to assist the Kenyan logistics and IT companies to develop long-term, sustainable partnerships with Dutch companies who provide ICT solutions for the logistics sector and learn from logistics companies who have embraced IT systems to enhance the efficiency of their operations.

The mission was organized locally by Teampro Kenya Ltd and partly sponsored by the Dutch government through the NL EVD International, an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs responsible for the implementation of various development programmes for government bodies.
The Kenyan delegation consisted of Senior Employees and Directors of Airflo Ltd and member of KSC, Jaspa Logistics Ltd, Bahati Logistics International, Hambufreight  Services Ltd, Seacon K. Ltd, & Weston Logistics Ltd, Doshi Group of Companies, East Africa Online Transport Agency, Impax Business Solutions, and staff from the Kenya Shippers Council Secretariat. The companies were drawn from Nairobi and Mombasa.
Pursuant of the mission’s objectives, the delegation visited ten companies in the ICT, logistics, and transportation sectors as well as the Harbour of Rotterdam which stretches over 42 kilometers.
The visit also included a one day seminar which featured plenary and matchmaking sessions of Kenyan and Dutch companies. A brief profile of the visited companies follows:
1. Port of Rotterdam – It is 25m deep and the largest port in Europe  whose infrastructure is built on 2000 acres of reclaimed land. The port handled 434 million TEU’s in 2011 with 80% being transit cargo. The Port of Rotterdam Authority manages, operates and develops the port infrastructue and its industrial area. For more information about port operations: www.portbase.com
2. Forvision( Part of Fritom Group)- The Fritom group provides customs and tax and logistics services in the market segments of groupage, warehousing and liquid food across all modes of transport. They also offer short sea ( UK & Ireland) and deep sea (Africa, Middle East, China) transportation services. For more information: www.fritom.nl
3. Tom Tom International – It is a software solutions provider specializing in portable navigation devices, in-dash information systems, fleet management solutions, maps and real-time services. Its Business Solution unit offers solutions for fleet management and efficiency control for commercial fleets. For more information: www.tomtom.com
4. Ortec – is a software solutions provider focusing on workforce scheduling, service planning, vehicle routing and dispatch, pallet and load building, warehouse control and picking, logistics consulting, production and project planning. For more information: www.ortec.com
5. Kewill B.V. - is a software development firm that provides solutions in customs compliance, freight forwarding, transportation and warehousing, parcel shipping, trade compliance, e-commerce and B2B integration. The company also trains logistics engineers to do process audits of shippers and logistics service providers. For more information: www.kewill.com
6. Transvision – This is a Danish software company that provides transport planning and optimization solutions, simulation and analysis, advanced route and fleet planning, and tracking solutions which can be integrated with Tomtom devices. The software development is done in Denmark and integrated at the customer’s premises. For more information: www.transvision.eu
7. Van Der Wal – is a high volume transport and logistics service provider. For more information: www.vanderwal-transport.com
8. Havi Logistics – is a German company providing transport, storage and handling, freight management and supply chain integrations solutions in food and non-food logistics. It also provides distribution services with its biggest customer being retail food chain, McDonalds. For more information: www.havi-logistics.com
9. E Van Wijk Logistics – is a transport and logistics service provider for groupage, non-food materials. The company manages and controls the flow of goods by employing warehouse, transport and customer relation management systems. For more information: www.evanwijk.com
10. Flora Holland – It is a co-operative owned by  approximately 6,000 growers of horticultural products providing the largest trading platform for flowers and plants in the world. Itoperates five auction sites in the Netherlands and one in Germany. It has 14 auction halls,  serving 9,500 suppliers, 5,600 traders,  and with an annual turnover of €4 billion. For more information: www.floraholland.com