About NBK

Mission

NBK should provide a neutral platform for its clients, partners and suppliers in order to make physical, financial and information exchanges within its clients' trading chains more efficient.

Vision

NBK expects that the existing income models of logistics providers will change as a result of the integration of goods, financial and information streams.

According to NBK, the solution for this can be found in the application of new technologies, collaborations and business models that are compliant with ever-changing legislation and regulation and the need for supply chain transparency.

NBK does not believe in one-size-fits-all solutions for its clients, and strives for tailor-made solutions based on the needs and demands of its clients.

"Our knowledge creates the perfect transportation"

Our history

The year is 1919, and Cornelius Klick, who's working for a ship broker in Amsterdam, is intrigued by the fact that the wooden ships bringing cellulose into the port of Velsen are returning to their home port of Gothenburg empty. He believes they should be returning with general cargo, and on 10 October 1919, he sets up the Nederlandsch Bevrachtingskantoor in Amsterdam to turn his idea into reality. Blaauwhoedenveem-Vriessenveem, which would later become Pakhoed, is the first investor in his company. Shortly after the creation of NBK, Wilhelmus Schalekamp enters the scene and quickly becomes a joint director. NBK flourishes under the stewardship of Klick and Schalekamp, and an Amsterdam-Hamburg line is just one of the services provided.

Two years after its creation, NBK opens its first branches in Velsen and Rotterdam. A third branch in IJmuiden would follow in 1924. NBK becomes the shipping agent of choice for Unilever Rotterdam, and is able to enlist Norwegian whalers - who at the end of the hunting season are delivering whale oil to the ports on their 30,000 tonne ships - for this task.

Saving grace

Early in the Second World War, neither ship owners nor charterers have any appetite to operate in the North Sea, as memories of the First World War minefields in those waters are still too fresh. As a result, NBK opens a branch in Delfzijl, in the far north-east of the Netherlands. This turns out to be the company's saving grace, as shipping from Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Dordrecht comes to a complete halt during the war. Thanks to its good relations, NBK takes care of the transport of huge amounts of cellulose and wood pulp to all paper factories in the Netherlands, allowing these to remain in operation.

After the Second World War, NBK becomes an agent for the Arnold Bernstein Line in Hamburg, which transports unpackaged cars from the USA to Europe. As a result of this assignment, NBK can now count all large car importers as its clients. In addition, the company receives a large number of assignments and consignments of wood from the Baltic Sea to the Netherlands, and through NBK, these are distributed across the length and breadth of the country.

NBK Forwarding

In 1982, Pakhoed takes over NBK, which becomes an operating company within that group. Fourteen years later, Pakhoed decides to sell off its operations south of the North Sea Canal. To avoid redundancy for its five employees, one of them, Bob de Winter Sr, is willing to take a risk to save the department, as he believes there are opportunities in the storage and transport of cargoes that are currently untouched. In 1996, the branch starts anew under the NBK Forwarding name.