Building projects are usually planned a long time in advance. But suppliers have to provide building materials to building sites at short notice when the actual construction work gets underway: the materials have to arrive in good time, construction phases require punctual deliveries and packaging has to be disposed of. As a result, intelligent production and sales planning and flexible warehousing and distribution are crucial for the producers and suppliers of building materials in order to guarantee availability, even at peak demand periods.
We can handle domestic and international transport services for building materials by seagoing and inland waterway vessels, rail or truck – right to the building site, if necessary. We provide storage areas and have the necessary special equipment to handle large-volume and bulky goods. Also airfreight solutions via partial or full charter can be found in our portfolio.
Every building site is unique. Deliveries and disposal services at building sites must be provided in line with the project and for each individual customer. Delivering building materials is a multifaceted task and may involve bulk materials and big bags or canisters or even barrels and goods in sacks. It is sometimes necessary to handle hazardous goods, heavy items or transport oversized building components. In order to guarantee smooth production supplies, we pool the flows of goods needing to be delivered and not only offer pure truck services, but also services combining several modes of transport. If deliveries are particularly urgent, our express and courier services are the right option for you.
On the right waterway
Ships are often superior to other modes of transport when it comes to handling bulky goods or shipping items over fairly large distances. They are not only environmentally-friendly, but also provide a powerful argument in terms of prices and the vessels can be loaded with very heavy weights. You can choose between coasters, seagoing ships or inland waterway vessels, depending on the transport requirements and the route in question.
As a result of having a broad network – which includes our own company seaports and inland waterway ports – we organise complete transport chains with the pick-up and final delivery runs, transhipment and customs clearance. As a result, international consignments, particularly between Western and Eastern Europe or Asia, are routine business operations for us.
Beyond national borders
Building parts do not just have to be transported to the building site within a country. The production site and building project are often located in different countries. As well as having specific knowledge of the national customs regulations, good contacts with the relevant customs authorities make customs clearance operations easier and reduce waiting times. As a logistics services provider with global operations, we help you to register your imported goods (electronically) around the world.
We are one of the few Western European logistics services providers to have a customs broker licence in Russia to handle imports and exports. Our bonded warehouse on the Belarusian/Russian border means that goods do not have to be shipped via Moscow and we can guarantee that customs clearance will be provided within 24 hours.
Rhenus Traffic Solutions is an independent company with its headquarters in Basel and it specialises in providing building logistics solutions for large building sites or medium-sized and fairly small projects – for example, for pharmaceutical companies in Switzerland. Rhenus has already demonstrated its specialist expertise in the field of building logistics in Germany too: we supplied Europe’s largest inner-city building site at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin with more than one million individual items and disposed of 200,000 tonnes of building waste.
Fresh supplies in store
Permanent supplies of building materials are required in order to complete the construction work on a building. We handle the port transhipment operations and, if necessary, the video monitoring of intermediate storage areas at the Rhenus seaport and inland waterway ports for building materials that come from far away.
Reliable storage handling is required at the building site too. This is essential if companies are going to locate goods quickly and keep an eye on stocks at all times. It is also important to carry out quality checks to prevent any damage and soiling of the items. You will not waste any time with us: we pick up your goods from our regional warehouses and deliver them to the relevant construction stage.
Building components, for example a foundation for an offshore wind turbine, a boiler or a tank, are often items that weigh several tonnes. Moving large items or oversized packages not only requires expertise gained from experience, but also suitable equipment like reach stackers, heavy-duty platforms and special cranes. Special permits have to be obtained for the transport route and checks have to be made on special features like bridges. Your heavy goods are in the right hands – with our broad network of many branches, our own project team and our international project experience.