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Packaging goes off road

DUBLIN: December 10, 2017. Smurfit Kappa, the Sustainability-driven global producer of paper-based packaging, is switching from road to inland waterway for deliveries from Rotterdam to its cardboard factory in Roermond, the Netherlands.

BCTN inland bargeTogether with multimodal network operator Samskip, responsible for handling most of Smurfit Kappa's packaging shipments within Europe, the company is using the Netherlands barge terminal operator BCTN to receive 60 containers a week at its Roermond terminal as a cost-effective, emissions-reducing alternative to trucks.

The BCTN barge terminal (right) is 950 meters from Smurfit Kappa's factory – cutting the cost of trucking an average two hours from Rotterdam and saving 45kgs of CO2 emissions per load, according to the company.

As a result of the partnership with BCTN, Samskip said it can now offer 26.7 tonne barge capacity to customers with shipments to Cologne, Bonn and Koblenz as the inland terminal is situated between Samskip's Duisburg and Mannheim depots.

"Smurfit Kappa Recycling is excited about the partnership with Samskip and BCTN which enables us to make big steps forward in striving to make logistics as sustainable as possible", said Leon Graff, managing director of the company's Benelux recycling operation.

Smurfit Kappa is one of the world's major providers of paper-based packaging from 370 production sites in 34 countries that employ 45,000 people. Revenue in 2015 was €8.1 billion. BCTN's Netherlands inland waterway network includes terminals in Nijmegen, Alblasserdam, Den Bosch, Meerhout, Roermond and Venray.

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