Big, heavy or both at the same time – if goods exceed the ‘usual’ loading dimensions for road haulage, a transport can be complex and expensive, too. That is why inland waterway transport solutions are important for the Karl Gross logistics specialists.

They know the advantages and make use of the European net of inland waterways to create tailor-made transport solutions – especially to inland destinations like Austria or adjoining Eastern European countries such as the Czech Republic.

The European net of inland waterways is extensive and provides excellent access to international seaports – no matter which direction. “For performing pre and on-carriages for project cargo shipments to international seaports, barge traffic can be a good alternative to road haulage – depending, of course, on the location of the shipper and/or consignee”, Fabian Schmid from our Karl Gross office in Regensburg explains. “Also for our inland customers – e.g. in Southern or Eastern Europe – inland waterway transportation can be an interesting alternative to road haulage. Especially for voluminous cargo, it may even be the only feasible transport solution.”

"Connecting line" Danube

The Danube is an extensive connection to many countrys.

Being directly located at the Danube port area – Europe’s second largest river – our colleagues in Regensburg know about the manifold opportunities of inland waterway transportation. “In the East, the Danube connects ten countries whereby the river is navigable on almost 2.420 km. The Main-Danube canal and the Rhine connect via waterway the North Sea with the Black Sea”, Fabian Schmid explains.

North east connection across the Elbe


Some bottlenecks can or must be transshiped by barge.

Karl Gross offers preliminary route and feasibility studies and is happy to help creating tailor-made logistics solutions for you.


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