Friday, May 6, 2011

Rail Freight Service Challenges Road Haulage

Cross Border Traffic Targeted by Schenker
Shipping News Feature

ROMANIA – In a continuation of their corporate strategy DB Schenker Rail have formally integrated Logistic Services Danubius SRL into their rail freight network by officially renaming the company DB Schenker Rail Romania SRL. In a press release yesterday Schenker confirmed Danubius, which has offered industrial railroad, block train traction and logistics services at several sites in Romania since 2000, was now clearly their vehicle in the country to persuade more freight from road haulage to rail. Hans-Georg Werner, Member of the Management Board of DB Schenker Rail responsible for Region East commented:

"It is now clear to the outside world that the company is part of our European DB Schenker Rail network. Romania offers enormous potential for development in cross-border rail freight transport due to its growing export economy and due to the relocation of foreign companies’ production facilities to the region. Renaming the company shows our customers that they can expect the same quality and services from DB Schenker Rail Romania as they are accustomed to receiving from DB Schenker Rail in other European countries."

The renaming follows Schenker’s purchase of locomotives and wagons specifically to target what they see as a fruitful market, particularly in South East Europe, utilising Danubius’ selection of offices in Bucharest and Timisoara and around Romania, and with some 45% of the company’s current traffic already international, and existing border agreements in place with rail operators in neighbouring countries. Dr. Michael Hetzer, Chief Executive DB Schenker Rail Romania said:

"Continuing to internationalize our transports is an important component of our company strategy. We hope to achieve this through a strong presence on the domestic Romanian market, where we have been active since 2000.”