The Netherlands is at the heart of the European freight forwarding, customs brokerage and logistics industries.
Japan-headquartered Kintetsu World Express celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and as “A Global Brand Born in Japan,” the company is strengthening its commitment to Europe.
In addition to Belgium and Luxembourg, the Netherlands is part of the Benelux economic union. In 1990, Kintetsu World Express (Benelux) B.V. (KWE Benelux), was established at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands to handle international freight and provide customs clearance services.
Today KWE Benelux operates from three strategic locations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Brussels and provides customers with total logistics services, including air freight forwarding, sea freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution.
In accordance with Kintetsu World Express’ long-term vision of becoming a global Top 10 solution partner, KWE Benelux has been driving volume expansion and even recently entered the challenging perishable goods market.
This year sees the company redesigning and renovating its Schiphol Airport warehouse with work scheduled for completion in autumn.
The 12,000-sq.-meter facility will include temperature-controlled zones (cold storage), to enable better handling of health care, pharmaceutical and medical products. The temperature-controlled warehouse will have two cold storage areas — one between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius, and a specialized one between 2 and 8 degrees.
To ensure health care products reach their destinations safely, swiftly and with traceability, KWE Benelux will also offer medical and pharmaceutical customers high-quality air shipment and logistics solutions.
With extensive expertise in shipping pharmaceutical products and medical equipment, KWE Benelux is certified under Good Distribution Practices, a quality system for warehouses and distribution centers for medicines.
This year has seen KWE Benelux supporting the international transportation of COVID-19 vaccines with a dedicated operations task force of health care specialists.
“We are very proud and privileged to be able to support this crucial mission,” said Ryusuke “Jack” Kutsuna, managing director of KWE Benelux.
“As a leading logistics service provider, we intend to remain a crucial, yet ‘backseat’ partner as we continue supporting people in their daily lives.”