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Plants and Flowers

Making the world greener

The flower market is a dynamic, fast-growing global industry and the EU has one of the world's highest densities of flower production per hectare, 44% of world flower and pot-plant production. At the heart of it all is Rotterdam, both in terms of trade and production and as a hub port. 
 
For more than 30 years, Unifeeder has been providing door-to-door transport solutions to some of the biggest players within perishable goods. Rotterdam is also at the heart of Unifeeder's network with well-established international trade ties, and in our pursuit to enable smarter trade that is faster, safer and more sustainable, we have developed highly customised solutions for the plants and flowers industry that tackle the industry's pain points: 
Keep cargo fresh
Volume fluctuations
Stolen or damaged cargo
CO2 emissions
Transportation costs
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Temperature Control

Keep your flowers fresh

Cut flowers have to be transported quickly and under cold temperatures in order to put them into a dormant state, so they stay fresh from farm to shop. 
 
A reefer container can maintain cargo temperatures ranging from -35°C and +35°C, regardless of the outside conditions. Unifeeder leases a wide variety of quality containers for intermodal transportation including a wide range of reefers and systems for controlling the atmosphere, temperature and humidity of your frozen or perishable goods.
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Volume fluctuations

Scale your capacity and meet consumer demands

Seasonal factors make the floriculture industry problematic in matching demand with production. Demands are high during e.g. Valentine’s Day followed by Christmas and demands are low at other times. 
 
Due to the size of our vessel fleet, extensive European network and multiple sailings per week, Unifeeder is able to quickly adapt our flows in order to cope with last minute orders, changes or delays by adding or rerouting cargo on an as-needed basis.
Whether you need to reduce cargo flow, increase volume or add new dropoff locations, multimodal and Unifeeder have the ability to scale far better than trucks and accommodate the industry's fluctuations.
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Safety and security

Transport your cargo safely on a vessel

In 2019, only 1% of all cargo theft happened on a vessel, making it the safest means of transportation possible.
 
At sea, your cargo is moved in sealed, steel containers from door-to-door without any handling of the cargo in between. Thereby you lower the risk of contamination and loss of your cargo as you reduce the human touchpoints along the ride. 
Additionally, our containers can be equipped with high security seals which are stronger and more difficult to tamper with and reefer containers can be plugged in during the entire sailing.
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Sustainability

Make flowers greener

Because the cut-flower industry has such a short cycle, a lot of chemicals are used to manipulate a flower from harvest to consumer, which pollutes air, soil and water supplies. Furthermore, refrigerated trucks use about 25% more fuel than non-refrigerated, which is why, you should use multimodal transportation to limit the use of trucks and make the plant and flower industry greener. 
  
Shipping containers by sea is a more sustainable alternative to conventional, overland transport with significantly smaller CO2 emissions per tonne/kilometre carried (16 g CO2/tonne per km. vs. 22 g for rail and 62 g. for truck).
Thus multimodal transport can contribute tremendously to reducing the carbon footprint of European transportation and the flower and plant industry.
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Transportation costs

Competitive pricing, customised solutions

Traditionally, flowers are transported by air; however, there is an increasing interest in shipping flowers to Europe by sea in order to reduce costs. 
A single vessel can transport the equivalent of 700 truckloads. Large-scale operations and efficient utilisation of vessels enable highly competitive prices while allowing for flexible, door-to-door solutions. With multimodal transport, Unifeeder finds the best combination of sea, rail and road, giving you a smart and cost-effective solution to get your cargo to the destination on time.
 
Approximately 60% of imports of flowers in Europe occurs from or via the Netherlands. Rotterdam is a very important hub port, as it can handle the largest ships, has room for storage and is linked to a large array of hinterland destinations, accessible by road, water and rail. For example, going from Norway to Belgium is approximately 25% cheaper by multimodal than truck only. 

Where do I go from here?

Still wondering if Multimodal Transport is the right solution for your supply chain? You are always welcome to request a non-binding quote or contact one of our Multimodal Experts for more information about a custom solution for your setup.