Summer will see rail link from Basel and the Port of Antwerp
Swissterminal is launching a new direct connection between Frenkendorf and the Belgian port as of early July
Schweizerzug, a rail service offered by the Swiss-based logistics provider Swissterminal Group, is launching a new direct connection between Frenkendorf/Basel and the Belgian port of Antwerp on 2 July, to let Switzerland have an overnight rail service with the Belgian hub for the first time.
The new rail connection offers shippers a fast, reliable link to one of Europe’s most important seaports. Schweizerzug will initially start with 2 departures a week to the Antwerp Gateway 1700 terminal, which is operated by DP World; from there, connections are offered to all terminals in the Flemish hub.
There are also other links available via Swissterminal‘s headquarters in Frenkendorf to Niederglatt/Zurich and Melzo/Milan.
“With the direct rail link from Gateway 1700, Schweizerzug helps to reduce handling delays of container barges due to congestion in the Port of Antwerp” stressed Roman Mayer, president and delegate of the board of the family-owned company. “Our new direct service to Antwerp provide shippers in Switzerland and neighbouring regions with a reliable new rail service that offers substantial time savings in comparison with other means of transport up to now. We have been constantly developing the Schweizerzug service since we launched it in October 2016, and the new product paves the way for new cooperations”.
In addition to the direct connection to the port of Antwerp, Schweizerzug will continue to run 3 times a week to the port of Rotterdam and Antwerp via the Neuss Trimodal hub in Germany; from there it is possible to reach all the terminals in both sea ports by barge as well as by rail.
Swissterminal’s rail product Schweizerzug/Swisstrain has been operating since October 2016 linking the terminals Frenkendorf and Niederglatt directly with terminals in the port of Antwerp.
The Swiss Group operates 4 terminals in Switzerland and is represented by partners at the crucial transportation hub of Rotterdam.
Its two trimodal terminals in Basel and Birsfelden link Switzerland internationally by water, rail and road. The bimodal terminal in Frenkendorf is situated at the important European North-South Corridor and offers plenty of rail and road connections to destinations within Switzerland and to adjacent regions. The site in Niederglatt is close to Switzerland’s largest city Zurich and offers bimodal connections via rail and road to one of the key markets of the entire region.
The company set a new standard in terms of digitalisation for combined transportation with the introduction of the first online system for slot bookings at a European inland terminal in 2016.