Thursday, July 6, 2017

Swiss Multimodal Freight Service Expands to Port of Antwerp

Success of Rotterdam Link Pushes Increase
Shipping News Feature
NETHERLANDS – SWITZERLAND – BELGIUM – Schweizerzug, a multimodal offering by Frenkendorf-based container terminal operator Swissterminal AG, has announced that from July 10, it is expanding its service portfolio to include the Port of Antwerp, in addition to the current Port of Rotterdam link. As such, Swissterminal will switch its service connection from the inland hub of Duisburg, Germany, to the Neuss Trimodal container facility in Germany, to offer links between Switzerland and two of Europe’s most important sea ports. Roman Mayer, President and Delegate of the Board at Swissterminal, said:

“We are delighted that we are able to expand the service offering of our Schweizerzug just shortly after its launch. The first Schweizerzug carrying boxes with destination Rotterdam left our terminal in Frenkendorf in October last year. Since then we have noticed an increasing demand for transport solutions in the market.

“By adding Antwerp to our service portfolio, the change to Neuss Trimodal as a hub and Optimodal as import agency, we expand our market leadership as a provider of integrated and independent services for the transport and terminal services in Switzerland.”

Swissterminal has also entered a partnership with the logistics service provider Optimodal Nederland as an import agency. This will give Swissterminal a presence at the major transport hubs of both Rotterdam and Neuss and information on cargoes can be delivered even quicker. The Schweizerzug, simply translated to Swisstrain, will connect its Swiss terminals in Frenkendorf three times per week and the facility in Rekingen twice per week with the respective sea ports.

The link with the Port of Rotterdam is offered either via a pure rail connection or through combined transport using rail and barge. The Antwerp service operates with two barge departures per week.