Schiphol Hinterland

Schiphol Hinterland: a smarter, faster way to Schiphol

In NLIP verband werken KLM, Douane, Schiphol en Cargonaut samen in het Smart Mainport programma om Schiphol de slimste luchthaven ter wereld te maken. Dit betekent o.a. het ontwerpen en implementeren van slimme nieuwe logistieke ketens met 100% voorspelbaarheid. Het project “Hinterland” is hier een voorbeeld van. Voor het transport van luchtvracht over de weg van Frankfurt naar Schiphol wordt een zogenaamd Proof of Concept ontwikkeld.

What is the context?

KLM, Dutch Customs, Schiphol and Cargonaut are collaborating on a Smart Mainport programme to make Schiphol the smartest cargo airport in the world. This includes designing and implementing smart new supply chains with 100% predictability.

What does the NLIP project consist of?

KLM Cargo, cargo handler Swissport, air cargo trucking company Jan de Rijk and shipping agent Kuehne + Nagel are developing, via a Proof of Concept, a method for implementing these new chain designs and digitally exchanging data in practice for lorry transport from Frankfurt to Schiphol. Cargonaut is responsible for developing the technology which enables data to be reused between cooperating parties. This means that data supplied once can be reused, supplemented or modified as necessary by the other parties in the chain, in accordance with the current situation. In addition to exchanging administrative data, it also enables the parties to share shipment status information and temperature data, for example. The parties are only permitted to access information if they meet certain conditions (identification/ authorisation) and sign a protocol.

What is the working method and schedule?

For the Proof of Concept, the logistics chain has been ‘split up’ into a number of steps:

  1. Data transferred from customer to KLM.
  2. Shipment accepted in Frankfurt (e.g. load safety check, data accuracy, schedule). 3. Transport by lorry to Schiphol (e.g. ordering and prioritising loads, checking for correct CMR, departure and arrival times).
  3. Arrival at Schiphol (e.g. unloading schedule: where, when, which aircraft).
  4. Data shared across the chain (e.g. what data, how to collect it, how to enrich it with new data).


At each step, the parties must identify what is needed to achieve the desired results. This involves general and process-related agreements, allocation of roles and the necessary technological functionalities. Steps 1 and 2 will be tested from September to December 2016. Steps 3, 4 and 5 will be tested from January 2017 onwards. A second Proof of Concept for a smaller chain will follow after the first Proof of Concept in order to test the general usability of the technology and working method. The schedule will be defined in further detail.

Completion of project: April 2017.

When will the project be considered successful?

  • Proven added value: faster processing*, no delays due to repairs at Schiphol and data that is always accurate (Air Waybills and House Waybills)
  • The parties have finalised their agreements regarding the data sharing process through general-purpose (process) agreements/contracts.
  • The new technology is capable of facilitating this process.
  • The platform and working method can also be used for other/smaller transport streams

*Targeted handling time at Frankfurt: 3 hours -> 2 hours; Schiphol: 5 hours -> 3 hours.

September 2016