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Demand rises for international rail shuttle services

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There is considerable market demand for international rail shuttle services. Green Cargo and the Belgium firm, Lineas, have increased the number of train departures on the popular direct route, Belgium Direct, between Sweden and Belgium for existing and new customers. On 12 January, the fourth shuttle started between the countries and volumes on the trains is increasing.

Demand rises for international rail shuttle services

“We are creating an even better product by increasing the number of departures in both directions. With four departures per week we have increased availability and capacity, which facilitates customers’ freight planning. Customers gain faster shipments and shorter wagon turnaround times, which also increases the system’s efficiency,” says Lennart Johansson, Business Development Manager at Green Cargo.

Belgium Direct started on 20 October 2016 and is not only the fastest transportation alternative for wagon loads and intermodal units between Scandinavia and Belgium – it is also a more reliable and environmentally friendly alternative. It doesn’t just reduce road congestion, it also reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 70% compared with road transportation over the same distance.

“I am very happy with the positive development of the Belgium Direct. Together with Green Cargo, we want to ensure a stronger corridor between Sweden and Belgium. We see a specific and increasing interest from customers in the chemical sector, intermodal players, paper and wood, and automotive. For Lineas, this product is part of our Green Xpress Network that we keep on growing in order to realise the modal shift towards rail. Thanks to the Belgium Direct, we can also offer other direct destinations to Swedish customers, for instance in France, the Netherlands and Spain”, says Sam Bruynseels, CCO Lineas.

To ensure a rewarding partnership, both companies are contributing their unique expertise and experience in international shipments, and in customer groups in the Nordic region and the rest of Europe.

On 5 April 2017, Green Cargo changed terminal for the direct route to Norra Hamnen in Malmö, thus providing customers with even more generous hand-in and pick-up times for more efficient shipments. Norra Hamnen will provide increased service levels with a broader coverage, favourable transit times and smooth handling using CMP Malmö as a hub.

“We are very positive to this increase in the number of departures in Belgium Direct and we look forward to continuing this productive partnership with Lineas and Green Cargo. We always aim to ensure we enable our customers’ growth possibilities and meet their needs for flexibility and good service, which this development is a good example of. We are proud to be part of this environmentally friendly transportation chain in Norra Hamnen in Malmö,” says Ann-Charlotte Halldén Åkeson, Key Account Manager at CMP.

Image courtesy of Green Cargo.

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