Wolfurt-Rotterdam TransFER rail freight service achieves record volumes

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Rail Cargo Group’s container railshuttle between Wolfurt and Rotterdam will reach an all-time high in 2021, with over 18,500 TEUs transported. The figure represents an increase of more than 170% since the service began.

Wolfurt-Rotterdam TransFER rail freight service achieves record volumes
Port: Rob Dammers, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons (Illustrative Image)

Back in 2016, when Rail Cargo Group started the connection, 6,686 TEU were delivered.

Commenting on the announcement, Berhard Ebner, the Austrian company’s Business Unit Manager for Intermodal, said that both the efficiency of the service and the attractive of Rotterdam Port had contributed to the aforementioned growth:

“The growth since can be attributed on the one hand to the attractivity of the port itself. On the other hand, we have succeeded in persuading our customers of the quality and commercial efficiency of our Wolfurt–Rotterdam TransFER.”

This train connects Western Europe with economic centres in South and South-eastern Europe, like Koper and Trieste. In addition, a direct connection to other Austrian terminals is provided.

According to Ebner, the service will also expand in 2022:

“Next year we’ll be adding extra connections from Frenkendorf and Niederglatt to Wolfurt, with direct access to Rotterdam. We are merging the Swiss import surplus with the export surplus in the Vorarlberg region. In this way we are opening up a greater volume of traffic to the economy in the Lake Constance region. We transport goods of all kinds in both directions, although the freight is mainly consumer goods. Both Switzerland and the Lake Constance region are regions with a robust economy and the port of Rotterdam is a strong partner to connect them to the rest of the world. So for 2022 and 2023 we have set our sights on continuing the volume growth of the past few years.”

Meanwhile, Regional Representative for the Port of Rotterdam, Franz Zauner, said:

“We are pleased with such a great and important partner as Rail Cargo Group. Over the last 5 years we steadily have seen the container flows growing from and to Austria via Rail.”


Port: Rob Dammers, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons (Illustrative Image)

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