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16 June, 2015 - 17:30 By Kate Sweeney

New web tool to slash HGV costs and carbon emissions

Andy Barker of Boxreload

Hutchison Ports, owner of the Port of Felixstowe, has launched an online tool which enables road hauliers across Europe to reduce costs and cut carbon emissions.

Boxreload helps trucking companies of all sizes to combine loads with the aim of replacing two journeys by two trucks, each with an empty leg, by one return journey (backload) with a single truck – a  ‘boxreload’. 

Boxreload, which is being piloted in the Benelux territories, focuses on cooperation between trucking companies to share certain information and enable better planning.

Andy Barker (pictured), general manager of Boxreload, explains: “The beauty of Boxreload is that it allows both trucking companies to protect revenues and cut costs. The advantage increases the more trucking companies get involved as more and more opportunities to reduce costs can be identified.

“It is not just about reducing cost. Boxreload allows better utilisation of equipment, trucks and drivers, reduces road miles, minimises the environmental impact of transport and can help cut congestion.”

Boxreload, supported by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and co-financed by the European Union’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme, is being launched in the Benelux area.

Barker added: “The concept has been proven in a pilot with several Rotterdam-based trucking companies. We are now launching the project with 12 companies.bWe expect many more trucking companies to join in the coming months.  Based on the pilot and feedback so far, Boxreload will cut costs and carbon emissions on 5,000 additional reloads in the first year.” 

Boxreload has been developed with the support of Erasmus University of Rotterdam, and is a neutral platform which any trucking company can join. The secure structure ensures that each trucking company’s sensitive customer information is kept private. Users can only cooperate with other trucking companies if they are connected as ‘friends’ on the Boxreload system.

Boxreload has been developed by the PARIS Optimal Transport Planning division of Hutchison Ports. PARIS has extensive experience delivering multimodal optimisation solutions for its clients which include some of the world’s largest shipping lines.

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