Who are we?

Berkman Forwarding operates as an international freight forwarder with its main focus on overseas shipments to and from China, Southeast Asia and India. The rest of the world is served by our worldwide network of agents.

Overview of our activities:​

In addition to offering transportation, we provide total logistics solutions, taking care of the entire logistics flow of your goods: from arrival at the port to delivery with the customer.

Overview of our additional services:

Our team of experienced and motivated professionals will make sure all your transportation needs are fulfilled, prioritizing personality and quality. We provide customized transportation solutions and help you ship your goods as efficiently as possible.


The Berkman history goes back to 1903. In this year, founder Johannes Berkman took over the coal trade from his boss. This was the start of the Berkman family business. From this, Vobex was founded in 1976. This company has since grown into an international forwarder and has been called Berkman Forwarding since 1988.

From coal to fuel and transport. From father to son. Now, more than a century later, the Berkman family business is a household name and Berkman Forwarding has grown into a global service provider.

Today, Berkman Forwarding has 9 offices, spread all over the world. The head office in the Netherlands is located in Barendrecht, near Rotterdam. We take care of goods transport, storage and distribution, and the handling of other matters such as customs clearance, transport insurance and claims handling on a worldwide scale. In addition to transporting general cargo, we are specialized in the transportation of chemicals and perishables.

Authorised Economic
Operator (AEO)

AEO certified

The AEO concept is based on the Customs-to-Business partnership introduced by the World Customs Organization (WCO). Freight forwarders who meet a selection of criteria are capable of working closely with customs authorities to ensure the common goal of supply chain security. As a result, they are entitled to benefits throughout the European Union.

Berkman Forwarding has been an Authorized Economic Operator since 2009, which means that we demonstrably meet the following criteria:


Whether you want to ship by sea, air or rail; we take care of it for you.

Sea freight

Thanks to our many years of cooperation with carefully selected shipping companies, we are able to provide an optimal and reliable service for both import and export shipments.

Air freight

If transport over land or sea takes too much time, air freight is often the best alternative.

Rail transport

Container transport by train from China is on the rise. This “Silk Road” used to be a network of caravan routes through Central Asia.

Intermodal transport

Intermodal container transport is a form of transport in which goods are transported in containers using multiple means of transport.

Customs clearance

With our team of certified declarants, we are able to offer you flawless and fast customs clearance.


We offer our customers a “total logistics” concept, which not only concerns the transport and handling of goods flows, but also value added logistics.

Recognized training company​

The Education and Vocational Education Act obliges MBO students to follow the practical part of their training at a recognized work placement company. We call this practical training (BPV).

Berkman Forwarding B.V. is a recognized training company. By providing students with training, we add an important contribution to the future of craftsmanship.


As an international forwarder, we are members of a number of networks formed by selected international forwarding companies. Through these memberships we show our reliability to partners and clients.


The conditions

The general terms and conditions for the forwarding sector are determined by FENEX. As a trade association, they aim to strengthen the national and international position of Dutch freight forwarders through collective advocacy. These conditions have been developed to regulate the legal relationship between the client and us as a forwarding agent. These forwarding conditions apply to all our activities.


Many of our answers can be found online on our website. Can’t find the answer? Or are you running into complications in your logistics process? Do you have questions about a shipment? Or do you just want to spar with one of our experts?

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