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What is synchromodality?

H.Essers is a pioneer in worldwide synchromodal transport. By combining road, rail and water transport in an intelligent and dynamic way, we reduce the environmental impact, shorten transit times and lower the cost price of our customers’ supply chains based on their specific needs. All of this with secure and compliant solutions for various cargo types, including temperature-controlled, high-value goods, healthcare products and ADR goods.

What is synchromodality?

Synchromodality is the efficient use of various modes of transport – road, rail, inland waterway, shortsea, ocean freight and air freight – along or combined, with a view to offering an optimal, flexible, sustainable and integrated supply chain solution for clients. It is a dynamic and proactive way to optimise the flow of goods. The combination of transport modes can vary depending on the goal (reducing costs, CO2 emissions or lead times). Real-time changes can be made throughout the transport process to ensure the optimum transport solution.

What are the benefits of synchromodal transport?

  • Reduced carbon emissions
  • 100% cold chain & GDP guaranteed
  • Less road congestion
  • Secure transport & monitoring by control tower
  • Synchromodal transport for all ADR types

Control tower

H.Essers has a control tower in place for the 24/7 monitoring of all cargo flows. It allows us to track and trace your cargo and operate containers remotely. Thanks to this continuous information flow, we can address incidents proactively by calling for interventions or by rerouting transports. Powerful data processing and calculation tools provide us with all the necessary insights to make the right decisions with full knowledge of the consequences.


With safebox, H.Essers has developed the first highly secured intermodal shipping container. This 45-foot container is TAPA TSR1 certified and features integrated electronic locks and sensors and is monitored by the control tower. Its inside walls are non-ribbed to prevent damage to goods. The safebox can be loaded onto trucks, trains, barges and shortsea ships, making it a key element in establishing synchromodal transport flows.