PSA European rail link hits 1,000 TEU milestone

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A PSA European rail link has reached an operational milestone, transporting 1,000 TEU in August 2022.

The Southern Express Rail Service between Genoa and Basel reached the figure earlier this year.

The rail line was established by PSA Italy and PSA Cargo Solutions to connect the Mediterranean Port of Genoa and the Swiss Frenkendorf rail terminal in 2018.

The service has been found to be a more sustainable option with significantly less carbon emissions produced as compared to moving cargo by road according to a new carbon emissions tool.

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The tool, developed by German environmental software company EcoTransIT World (ETW), shows that cargo owners and companies can reduce carbon emissions by 83 per cent and consume 49 per cent less energy by using this Southern Express Rail Service compared with moving the same cargo by road.

PSA Italy’s Managing Director Roberto Ferrari said: “Companies these days are extremely interested in efficiency, but are also very concerned about energy costs and sustainability.

“The Southern Express not only reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) and energy consumption compared to transportation by truck, it also saves up to seven days of time for companies that wish to ship goods to Switzerland from the Mediterranean, Middle East and the Far East, by using the train instead of sailing to increasingly congested northern ports.”

Earlier this month CMA CGM launched a new rail service to serve the industrial zone of Gaziantep located in the Southern Central part of Turkey.

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