Modal Shift

A Dutch grant for shifting road transport to water and rail



Modal Shift

Modal Shift is a Dutch grant scheme for the transport sector. The goal of the scheme is for more goods to be transported by water (inland shipping) or rail instead of by road (this transition is known as the ‘modal shift’). This will reduce congestion on the roads, improve traffic safety, and reduce CO2 emissions.

The scheme must contribute to maintaining structural accessibility to urban areas and industrial port complexes in the Randstad region.

In short

Modal Shift overview

For Whom?

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.

When to apply?

The Modal Shift grant scheme runs from 1 January 2023 to 31 August 2025. The scheme works on the basis of annual budgets. Applications can be submitted annually from 1 January to 31 August, and will be processed in order of receipt.

How much?

The total Modal Shift budget for the period 2023-2025 is 22.5 million euros. There is an amount of 5 million euros available annually for the shift from road to water, and 2.5 million euros for the shift from 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.

For what?

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.

Overview of

Modal Shift categories

  • Container transport
  • Bulk transport
Containerschip in Duitsland


Modal Shift conditions

There are a number of terms of eligibility associated with the Modal Shift grant scheme, including the following:

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.

Your application

What can EGEN do for you?

The experts at EGEN have a thorough understanding of this grant scheme, and are more than happy to tell you about the possibilities for your organisation. If you have ideas that could contribute to the ‘modal shift’, tell us about them! We’d be delighted to help you get underway.

“The way in which we will travel and transport goods in the coming years is going to be more sustainable, and I am excited to be able to contribute to these physical changes. My perseverance in turning projects into a good-news story and bringing the right parties together is my main asset.”

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