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Swissterminal expands its Schweizerug rail product portfolio


Swissterminal AG has launched a new connection between the Port of Antwerp and Ottmarsheim.

This latest offering from the Frankendorf logistic service providers will see 540 TEU transported every week on eco-friendly rail. The product will also offer relief for supply chain congestion across the region and build greater resilience into its network.

Ottmarsheim will be transformed into a rail hub and will be where handling takes place every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In Antwerp, the handling days are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

According to the company, customers utilising the service will benefit from convenient pick-up and delivery times as well as a range of Swissterminal ancillary container services such as maintenance/repair and reefer services.

“With this addition to our rail network, we will bring new opportunities to the border triangle of France, Switzerland and Germany,” said Roman Mayer, Swissterminal CEO.

“Positioned on the river Rhine, Ottmarsheim is an important location for a wide range of shipping lines, freight forwarders and beneficial cargo owners.”

The announcement comes after Swissterminal won the concession to operate the French ports of Mulhouse in Ottmarsheim, Ile Napoleon and Huningue-Village-Neuf on 1 July 2021.

Following this, the company expressed its intentions to improve transport connections to key locations across Europe for the forwarding industry in Alsace, Southern Germany, and Switzerland.

The introduction of this new connection is the first in a series of progressive developments planned over the next coming months.

“The Alsace region has strong logistics potential, and we have ambitious plans for the future here,” continued Mayer.

“With our intermodal know-how – as well as our wide range of services, innovations and warehousing – Swissterminal is fully committed to supporting the growth of the region and meeting demanding market requirements.”

Swissterminal also recently announced that its terminal sites in Switzerland are being powered by 100 per cent electricity.

The company has signed a contract with independent electricity brokers Renergy GmbH to supply all its terminal sites throughout Switzerland with energy generated from Swiss hydropower until at least 2024.