Neutral Logistic Information Platform

The Neutral Logistic Information Platform (NLIP) has been developed to give the Dutch logistic sector a renewed competitive edge in Europe. In NLIP, information is submitted and shared throughout the chain using intelligent processes, making our sector more efficient and competitive. NLIP contributes to a more reliable product. It significantly increases predictability in the complex logistic process.


Why do we need NLIP?


Logistic top sector

The logistic sector is an important pillar in the Dutch economy, generating an annual turnover in the region of 40 billion euros and providing 750,000 jobs. The Dutch government and the market are together taking the initiative to return the Netherlands to its leading position in the European logistic sector by 2020. The focus is on three main aspects:

  • Chain logistics and chain optimisation, and re-establishing the Netherlands as the gateway to Europe
  • Handling goods flows
  • Ensuring a favourable business climate


Together is the basis for better

The entire logistic chain benefits from NLIP, from the public sector to logistic providers and from shippers to mainports, knowledge institutions and system suppliers. The success of NLIP depends on cooperation, confidence and openness. If all participants share their information in a transparent way, the Netherlands can regain its leading position in continental transport and as the gateway to Europe.


The Strategic Logistic Platform

The Strategic Logistic Platform already recognised the need for a more sensible approach to information sharing. Prominent representatives of the sector have also been working to find ways to tackle these challenges. Their approach is set out in the advisory report

‘Partituur naar de Top’.
During the past year, many stakeholders have been involved in developing NLIP, one of the priorities on the agenda of the Logistic top sector.


The core message

The aim of NLIP is to optimise logistic information-sharing in order to make the sector more efficient and sustainable and to reduce administrative load. This will promote the competitive position of importers, exporters and logistic players in the Netherlands, and of the Netherlands itself as a leader in logistics.

Video’s about NLIP





An overview of the various advantages of NLIP

  • Information only needs to be submitted once
  • Greater predictability
  • Less red tape and paperwork, reduced compliance costs
  • More efficient risk management and fewer inspections
  • Competitive advantage
  • Chain optimisation
  • Information is available to all relevant parties
  • More effective utilisation of transport resources and infrastructure
  • An efficient and cost-effective public sector
  • Greater safety and improved emergency management
  • Image reinforcement
  • Improved planning
  • Better information makes chains manageable, reliable, flexible, cheaper and transparent
  • Digitisation reduces paper transaction costs
  • Environmental benefits through improved capacity use
  • Customer loyalty

How does NLIP work?

How does NLIP work?

NLIP is a state-of-the-art input point for information. NLIP users only need to submit their information once. The information is then shared with all the necessary links in the logistic chain. The originator of the information determines who has access to it and under what conditions, and therefore always has control of the information The aim is to maximise the availability of information for the relevant parties.

NLIP utilises the knowledge and experience from existing and successful information platforms used at Schiphol (Cargonaut), by the port authorities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam (Portbase) and by the government (Digipoort), and will be expanded to include additional platforms. All these platforms ‘speak to each other’, and this should ultimately result in a single integrated platform.

NLIP is a neutral and not-for-profit platform. It is accessible to all parties on equal terms. None of the parties is the ‘boss’ within the platform.


A ship from Japan unloads its containers at Rotterdam. The exporter has filled in the information: contents of the containers, the consignment code and the container number. Through NLIP, the logistic provider knows precisely when and at which quay to pick up the container. Waiting times are a thing of the past. Thanks to the information in NLIP, the Customs authority also knows what’s in the containers and can clear the consignment more quickly.



*Financial and commercial agreements will not be disclosed!



Involved Parties

An overview of the parties involved

Logistics providers

Ground handlers, barge operators, forwarding agents, air freight operators, shipping companies, shipbrokers, terminals and road hauliers have already declared their support for the NLIP.


Shippers of goods want transparency, innovation and cooperation. Uniform systems such as the NLIP meet all these needs.


Integrated information systems are in the interest of mainports such as Schiphol and the port authorities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, which already have their own community systems for sharing information: Cargonaut and Portbase. The NLIP complements and connects with these systems and utilises their knowledge and experience.


The Dutch government, like the governments of all other EU Member States, is required to set up a ‘single window’ for submitting information once only to government authorities. This platform is already being developed, and the NLIP is an important part of it. It will make public-sector services more efficient and more cost-effective. The government is also involved due to the importance of the system for employment and economic growth.

Cooperating parties

The parties working together in the NLIP