DP World is launching a new rail service between the Upper Rhine region and the Port of Rotterdam.
The new service, starting on 14 March 2022, connects Rotterdam with two roundtrips per week with calls in Germersheim and Stuttgart.
It is another significant step for DP World’s Inland Network, which now consists of 12 inland terminals: three in Germany, four in Switzerland, two in Belgium and three in the Alsace region of France.
Rob Harrison, Vice President for Inland & Logistics, at DP World Europe & Russia, said: “This is the latest exciting step in our journey to improve and expand our services for customers in Europe.
“Offering more rail connections means we’ll continue delivering on our commitment to increase efficiencies and reliability for customers whilst simultaneously reducing our carbon footprint in the region.”
According to Eurostat, Intra-European trade was estimated at €3.11 trillion ($3.49 trillion) in 2016, 78 per cent higher than the value of exports leaving the EU, and accounting for more than 15 per cent of total global trade.
Harrison continued: “By offering trimodal solutions, we believe it makes it easier to build in redundancies in case of congestion, low/high water, or incidents, while also allowing us to expand our geographical scope.
“This moment in time, therefore, represents – not a challenge – but an opportunity for businesses to reconsider the quality and connectivity of their operations, both for the benefit of themselves and for their customers.”