All organisations in our community face complexity in their own operations and in working with other parties in the chains. This is affected by, among other things:

  • Compliance with legislation and regulations
  • Transparency of, and insight into, supply chains
  • Making one’s own operation and the chain more sustainable
  • IT maturity, standards and digital security

Our six basic principles

Collaboration, data sharing and thinking about collective digitisation does not happen automatically. Trust plays an important role in the collaboration. When we were founded, we made agreements with a representation of our community. We drafted our principles based on those agreements. The six principles give direction to our organisation and the relationship with our community.

We know our role

Portbase exists to connect all parties in the Dutch ports through our platform and support the core processes of port logistics in order to strengthen the competitive position of the Dutch port. Nothing more, nothing less. We are aware of the trust and mandate given to us by the port community and we realise that a neutral position is key in this regard. 

We set the course together

We always determine the strategic direction of our organisation in consultation with community representatives. Through working groups, customer panels and our advisory board, we ensure that we represent all interests and work together on wishes and priorities. This is how we shape the logistics of the future together. 

We are not for profit

We are a not-for-profit organisation. We only charge money to cover our costs. Every euro that comes in through our services goes towards developing and operating those services. That is how we keep it clean and transparent. 

We ensure simplicity and efficiency

Our Port Community System makes the exchange of logistics data as easy and efficient as possible for everyone. By processing data on a central platform, we avoid a patchwork of IT solutions and create a ‘single source of truth’ with industry standards. As a result, everyone works with exactly the same data which does not have to be entered twice. This is how we make people’s lives easier and our ports more efficient.  

Your data is and remains yours

The data customers share through Portbase does not belong to us. In principle, their data in our Port Community System is there only to streamline core processes. For any other application, we first seek explicit permission from the data owner. We will therefore never sell or use datasets for commercial applications.  

Sharing data is a means, creating value together is the goal

Sharing information is crucial for strengthening the position of Dutch ports, and is therefore in the interest of the entire port community. Shipping companies, terminals, transporters, shippers; we encourage all parties to share their data. Because when they come together, processes go more smoothly and money and energy are saved throughout the chain. Moreover, cooperation is the perfect breeding ground for optimisation and innovation. 

Board & Leadership Team

The Management Board, Iwan van der Wolf and Peter de Graaf, is collectively responsible for the management of Portbase and the general operations at the company. The Management Board is accountable in this regard to the Supervisory Board. Portbase’s Leadership Team is responsible for the operational affairs of the company. The team is accountable to the Management Board in this regard.

Annual bulletin

  • Annual statement 2023

    Annual statement 2023 2023: our year in a nutshell “Seamless, safe and sustainable logistics processes. That’s what Portbase stands for. We would like to thank the port community for their hard work, dedication and real commitment to Portbase over the past year. In 2024, we once again hope to extend our collaboration to create the […]
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  • Secure Chain

    Portbase was asked by the Secure Chain to make the process of releasing and collecting import containers in the Port of Rotterdam more secure and reliable.
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    Import Control System (ICS2)

    Import Control System (ICS2) New legislation for process of Entry for the maritime sector The European Union is introducing the Import Control System 2 (ICS2) for the maritime sector on 3 June 2024. This will significantly change the declarations for the ENS (Entry Summary Declaration) and ATO (Declaration to Temporary Storage). Together with industry organisations […]