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SWITZERLAND: May 02, 2018: Swiss rail operator Schweizerzug is launching the first ever direct connection between Switzerland and Belgium. The new direct connection between Frenkendorf/Basel and the Port of Antwerp will start operating on July 2 2018. 

RailpoolThe new rail connection between Antwerp and Frenkendorf offers shippers a fast, reliable link to one of Europe’s most important seaports. Schweizerzug will initially start with two departures a week to the Antwerp Gateway 1700 terminal, which is operated by DP World. From there, connections are offered to all the terminals in the port of Antwerp. 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.

Roman Mayer, president and delegate of the board of the Swissterminal group, comments on the new link as follows: “With our new direct service to Antwerp we 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 are delighted that we can cooperate with the port of Antwerp and terminal operator DP World in offering this service. 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 three times a week to the port of Rotterdam and Antwerp via the Neuss Trimodal hub in Germany. From Neuss, it is possible to reach all the terminals in both sea ports by barge as well as by rail.

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