LESS TRANSPORT BY ROAD, MORE BY WATER AND RAIL
The scheme must contribute to maintaining structural accessibility to urban areas and industrial port complexes in the Randstad region.
Modal Shift overview
Logistics companies (shippers and forwarders) operating on all or part of the following routes:
- The route between the port of Rotterdam and Germany, via the Arnhem-Nijmegen region (Eastern goods transport corridor) and/or the Venlo region (South-eastern corridor).
- The route between the port of Amsterdam and the port of Antwerp, via the ports of Rotterdam, Moerdijk and the North Sea Port (Southern corridor).
Routes in the Netherlands other than the abovementioned corridors are also eligible for the grant, for projects shifting transport from road to rail.
The Modal Shift grant scheme covers the period 2023-2025, and consists of several application rounds:
- 2023: from 1 January to 31 August 2023 (budget: 15 million euros – was originally: 7.5 million)
- 2024: from 1 January to 31 August 2024 (budget: 7.5 million euros)
- 2025: from 1 January to 31 August 2025 (see note below)!
Grant applications are processed (per round) in order of receipt and as long as the budget extends. By June 2023, so many applications had been submitted that it was decided to bring forward the 7.5 million euros actually reserved for 2025, and add it to the budget for the 2023 round. Whether budget will be available again for an application round in 2025 is not yet known (however, this is not excluded).
The total Modal Shift budget for the period 2023-2025 is 22.5 million euros (of which 15 million euros is for road-to-water and 7.5 million euros for road-to-rail).
The grant is intended to offset extra transport costs (such as for additional container transshipment), for the following amounts:
- From road to water: 20 euros per permanently shifted container in the eastern, south-eastern and southern corridors.
- From road to rail: 20 euros per permanently shifted container on Dutch territory.
The grant can be obtained to facilitate the consolidation and permanent shifting of existing container and bulk transport from road to water or road to rail.
Modal Shift categories
- Container transport
- Bulk transport
MEET THE REQUIREMENTS
Modal Shift conditions
The grant applicant must submit a solid proposal for the way in which road transport is to be permanently shifted to water or rail transport.
This shift must contribute to the ‘modal shift’ and its structural incorporation into business operations.
The applicant must shift from road to water or road to rail an average of at least 3 TEU per day, calculated over 250 voyage days per year, for a distance of at least 35 kilometres.
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