The presence of Holland’s largest university is just one reason for needing a reliable parcel delivery service to Utrecht Building good business contacts in the Dutch city of Utrecht takes more than just an excellent line in sales patter – it needs the back-up of a reliable courier service to deliver on those promises. Utrecht was the centre of the Christian religion for the Netherlands for almost 1,000 years, and its importance is illustrated by the fact that a city resident, Adriaan Florenszoon Boeyens, was the last non-Italian to be elected Pope before John Paul II – as long ago as 1522. The city sits on the original route of the river Rhine. However, over many centuries, the river took a new course to the south of the city, and a system of canals took its place with underground storage facilities, on top of which the main street was built. Several centuries later, the city experienced a new period of growth in the years after the Second World War, which saw several new neighbourhoods constructed, and part of the ancient canal network converted for more modern forms of transport, into a road. Its population in 2007 was 296,000, more than 30 per cent of whom were of non-Dutch ancestry. This figure has been projected to pass 350,000 by 2017. More than 52 per cent of the city’s households are occupied by a single person, with the proportion of such households greatly contributed to by the presence of more than 60,000 students, attached to either the university or the Hogeschool Utrecht higher education facility. The city still has a port, located on the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, and linked to the river Rhine. About four million tons of goods are moved annually, and a purpose-built container terminal can accommodate 80,000 containers each year. Utrecht has a large banking sector, and is the base of Rabobank, one of the Netherlands’ largest. It is also home to the headquarters of Dutch Railways (Nederlandse Spoorwegen). Engaging the services of a reliable and efficient parcel delivery company will show business partners that a company is serious about establishing itself in the Dutch market, and make it easier to meet their needs.