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DUISBURG, Germany: September 09, 2019. Multimodal European logistics company Samskip has launched a four-times weekly rail shuttle between Duisburg and Falköping, Sweden.

Under the terms of a new haulage agreement with Hector Rail, the new service takes the place of direct connections between Duisburg and Göteborg, although Samskip customers more local to the Swedish seaport will be supported through a dedicated link to Falköping.

Samskip multimodal duisburg“As the provider of the most extensive freight rail services connecting Sweden to Europe’s mainland, we are adjusting our network to reflect growing demand inland, at a time when new shortsea capacity concentrated at Göteborg is chasing ever scarce drivers for trailer services,” commented Gert-Jan Meijer, Samskip Trade manager Sweden. “We are enhancing reliability for inland industrial customers around Falköping and bringing loads closer to them for final delivery miles by road, also offering crossdocking services out of the terminal with immediate effect.”

Meijer noted the sustainable nature of the multimodal option, which will cut CO2 emissions by a minimum of 50 percent over its road service counterpart. Swedish exporters whose nearest unitised train connection was at Falköping could also take advantage of multimodal payload advantages available under EU law, he added.

“Falköping is ideally located for growing demand to move automotive parts into the Netherlands and Germany,” added Remco Leijgraaff, Samskip Sales manager Rail Network. “The potential is also there to develop 40ft ISO container transits between Sweden and China via daily services connecting at Duisburg to the ‘New Silk Road’. Overall, we think Falköping is going to attract a different type of customer to the multimodal option.”

Samskip offers pan-European, environmentally responsible combined transport services via shortsea, road, rail and inland waterway routes.

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