25 Rail Planning

will be replaced in 2021 by Hinterland Container Notification Rail

In the future, it will be possible to pre-notify rail containers and train visits using Hinterland Container Notification as well. We intend to keep you informed of our progress via this page. To see the services we currently provide to the rail sector, please refer to the service Rail Planning.


  • Quicker processing of trains at terminals in the seaport
  • A clear view of operational processes
  • Automatic loading/discharge confirmations and feedback of loaded weights

Efficient communication

Via Rail Planning, you can communicate efficiently with all the parties in the rail chain. For the dry bulk sector, the service is targeted at the information exchange about trains; for intermodal transport at both the trains and the cargo. Each terminal visit proceeds optimally via Rail Planning.

Rail Planning in dry bulk transport

Traction suppliers inform bulk terminals at the sea port via Rail Planning about the train compositions and wagon orders. With this information, the terminals can organise the loading optimally. The traction supplier receives the loaded weights automatically.

Rail Planning in intermodal transport

Rail operators can submit their loading and discharge lists simply. The rail terminals automatically provide feedback about the status of the pre-notified containers, multipurpose wagons and chassis. If needed, missing information can still be added. Automatically, rail operators receive a loading and discharge confirmation for all the containers.

Condition to pick up or deliver

At APM Terminals Maasvlakte ll, APM Terminals Rotterdam and Rotterdam World Gateway, pre-notification via Portbase is the condition to pick up or deliver your containers. You can also pre-notify your containers via Rail Planning at the Hutchison Ports ECT Delta, Hutchison Ports ECT Euromax and Rail Service Rotterdam.

Use is free for rail operators

Due to the strategic importance of good advance information to the functioning of the port, participation in the service Rail planning is free of charge for rail operators. These costs will be covered by Port of Rotterdam Authority and Amsterdam Port Authority. Traction suppliers, rail terminals, sea terminals and rail infrastructure operators will be required to pay a contribution for the use of the service.
Decided you prefer a system interface? Our interface specialists can help you realise such a link. You will need to pay a one-off connection fee of € 249.50 (exclusive of VAT) per service. Users who subscribe to a service via a system interface will also receive a subscription to the web interface at no extra charge. Portbase is a non-profit organisation.

Here’s how you connect!

For this service, our partners in the logistical chain have established additional requirements of their own. Click here to learn what you will need to do before you can use our service.

For questions

Kevin Lammerts
Specialist, Hinterland Send an e-mail +31 (0)88 625 25 34


Are you already a customer and do you have questions about using this service? Go to support.


For cargo type

  • Containers
  • Bulk

Available via

  • Web interface
  • System interface