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Analysing the flow of traffic goods - north sea/north rhine-westphalia/balkans

A feasibility study on a traffic corridor (north rhine-westphalia/balkans) to determine more concrete figures and documentation concerning the current and future exchange of goods in these two regions and connecting regions.

Through the international division of labour and the exchange of goods associated with it, the global transportation of goods will increase dramatically in the coming decades. In particular, exchange relations are taking place between underdeveloped and highly developed national economies. For the European transportation of goods, this means that an important part of the supply of European import and export goods will be transacted via the ARA harbours (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp) as well as from the harbours of Bremen and Hamburg. However, for maritime port hinterland traffic these three harbours are dominant. In particular, we need to consider the fact that future traffic management will only be possible with strong participation from the railroad and inland waterways traffic. The dominant thoroughfare on this route could be the Danube. North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has a special function here through its maritime hinterland port hub of Duisburg, not only as a transit area, but also through its export strengths. Goods will be generated in North Rhine-Westphalia that will be sent to the Balkans in the foreseeable future. In a simple plausibility consideration, one can immediately imagine that the flow of import goods from Duisburg to ROMANIA and BULGARIA will increase, in order to guarantee supplies for the country in a first step. In a second step the export goods from these countries will increase and take their export route via the Balkans - Duisburg traffic corridor and then from Duisburg via the maritime ports to the whole world. This statement, formulated first as a hypothesis, but definitely to be assumed as plausible, would have to be verified. Therefore it is advisable to prepare a multiple year feasibility study on the development of the transportation of goods between North Rhine-Westphalia and the Balkans. PROCEDURE: The procedure of a pre-feasibility study is broken down into three modules. It will be drawn up by a work group consisting of MVEL (MINISTRY OF TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION, ENERGY AND COUNTRY DEVELOPMENT), Dusseldorf, BMV (FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION), Berlin, the MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION OF SERBIA, NRW enterprises and Serbian enterprises, under the leadership of the association. * 1st Module: The first module deals with the description of the situation and the infrastructure, the facilities in Duisburg with regard to the ARA (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp) maritime ports as well as the transportation routes in the Balkans. An inventory analysis of the existing structure will provide a good overview of the necessary improvements. * 2nd Module: The second module, through an ex post-analysis, deals with the preparation of numbers and data concerning the exchange of goods between these two regions, broken down into various key figures such as Branches, Goods Rates, Modes of Transport, etc. The preparation of the old data leads to a prognosis of the volume of goods expected to be transported in the future as well as concrete statements about a modal - split. In the encounters involved in the exchange of goods between a developed national economy and a national economy that is not developed, a unique opportunity arises to strongly influence the control of the transport of goods to the benefit of environmentally friendly modes of transport. The objective of the 2nd module is to draw up concrete investment recommendations to create project applications for E.U. financing. This requires cooperation from each of the transportation ministries, the enterprises as well as some planning corporations. * 3rd Module: Recommendations for action The third module deals with the formulation of concrete conclusions and recommendations for action with regard to policy and the economy. It represents an advisory function for policy and may, after an evaluation, reach the conclusion that it is definitely useful for North Rhine-Westphalia to undertake a several year project on a multi-modal logistics chain NRW - Balkans. For the flow of goods in Europe for the next 20 years this means that a very dominating flow of goods will take place via the ARA harbours with central turnover in Duisburg or also the other Rhine harbours between Emmerich and Bonn. Keywords: multimodal transport, freight flow, East Europe - Balkan.
Acronym: 
MTC NRW - BALKAN
Project ID: 
3 012
Start date: 
01-02-2003
Project Duration: 
35months
Project costs: 
410 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Software for transport, logisitics and human resources (Enterprise Resource Planning - ERP)
Market Area: 

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.