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DB Cargo Polska as a leader of intermodal freight transport

The company was awarded during FRACHT Congress 2019 for achieved results, for effective and innovative technologies and for sustainable development connected to intermodal freight transport.

A strong emphasis on development and continuous improvement of services led DB Cargo Polska to be one of the top national railway undertakings within the intermodal market. The company, as one of the first players on the market, gave an opportunity to benefit from high quality solutions in this area. In the last three years, in this area, the company recorded a 23% growth dynamics, performed 2.650.000 trainkilometres, carried 700.000 TEU units and 460.000 containers.

“Today, being a rail freight undertaking, DB Cargo Polska bets most of all on a quality delivered in the form of reliability of services. We give our clients a feeling of comfort and certainty, that the transport service will be performed according to their expectations. To achieve that, we established customer service points nearby Szczecin, Gdańsk and Braniewo to execute a complete transport service on an adequately high level. We actively participate in our clients’ development plans. By adapting our resources we help build optimal logistics chains. - An example would be launching an intermodal connection from Tricity to distribution centers nearby Poznań and Wrocław, says Paweł Pucek, Board Member of Sales in DB Cargo Polska.”

By using a convenient geographical location and affiliation to the European rail network of DB Cargo, the company successfully performs intermodal transports in transit on China – Western Europe axes and to Poland.

Simultaneously, in cooperation with DB Cargo Logistics the company operates regular transports of car parts in containers from factories in Germany and Czech Republic to assembly plants in Russian cities Kaługa and Nizny Novogrod. These flows are connected at a transshipment terminal in Brześć, where after the handling to a wide track they are transported further to their final destination in Russia. Transport to Kaługa is one of the biggest of this type of homogenous flows in Europe.

On a national market, DB Cargo Polska provides their clients with intermodal connections on route Gdańsk/Gdynia harbours – distribution centres near Poznań. Since April this year, international connections and those from Tricity and near Poznań are operated to terminals located near Wrocław.

Affiliation of DB Port Szczecin with DB Cargo Polska broadens the scope of services offered by harbour offer and marine route. DB Port Szczecin with processing capacity of 150 000 TEU annually, 3 waterfronts of joined length 1000 m, 157 connections to refrigerated containers and a stacking yard with a capacity up to 5000 TEU is an important part of the biggest transshipment terminal in the western region of the Baltic Sea.

Currently the company implements a project co-funded by the EU with an objective to improve intermodal transport of goods by connecting container terminals on a Baltic coast and distribution terminals in Southern Poland with a transport axes connecting Western Europe with CIS countries and China. One of the goals is to create arrangements for implementing regular intermodal rail connections.