In the Netherlands, more than 80% of all goods are transported by road. In spite of this, transport contractors have little reason to celebrate. The economic crisis has left its marks on the sector, returns are under pressure and there is stiff competition from Eastern Europe. The emergence of e-commerce has led to a shift from business-to-business transport to business-to-consumer transport. As a consequence, links in the chain are being omitted and the size of shipments is falling. This has an adverse impact on the utilisation of capacity. In addition, transport contractors are having to find finance for the early replacement of their fleets, because restricted access to urban areas and the Maasvlakte (Port of Rotterdam) as well as tolls have forced them to invest in vehicles complying with Euro 5 or Euro 6 standards. On top of this, the burden of national and international regulation continues to increase.
Transportation Sector Group offers practical solutions
BDO’s clients include hundreds of transport contractors. We also hold regular consultations with organisations such as TLN and NEA. The Transportation Sector Group brings together our knowledge and expertise in the area of transport. Our specialists can support you in making the right decisions to help you survive or even grow in this market.
To get your business on the right track, the Transportation Sector Group offers you practical solutions in the following areas.
- Subsequent costing: the BDO Transport Calculation Model provides a simple way to work out the return on a vehicle, enabling you to use your fleet more effectively
- Benchmarking: you receive a report on how your business compares to similar transport contractors in the same segment of the market (in conjunction with NEA)
- Payroll records
- Support in applying for subsidies
- Payment of foreign VAT and excise duties on diesel
Please contact us if you would like to explore what the Transportation Sector Group can do for you.