New sales location in Antwerp
DB Cargo boosts its sales power in Belgium. The new production company DB Cargo Belgium has begun operations in Antwerp, Europe's second-largest seaport. The company is also active in Ghent and Zeebrugge.
The new location offers sales services across various industries while also performing its own dispatching activities and providing block train and single freight car transport between Belgium and its neighbouring countries. Antwerp is the starting point for intermodal traffic for the chemicals industry, while Ghent and Zeebrugge are departure points primarily for road transport services. Most of these transports take the Belgium–Netherlands corridor and pass through Aachen-West station on the route to Germany. This corridor's capacity will be better utilized in the future.
The Belgian rail freight market is attractive and, with an expected annual growth rate of 1.5%, it has a great deal of potential. From a strategic perspective, Antwerp, Ghent and Zeebrugge are highly important for freight transport in Europe.
DB Cargo Belgium currently has 120 employees, 100 of whom hold operational positions. The team will likely grow in the coming years, and the number of train drivers has already increased considerably.
Up until now, DB Cargo's activities in Belgium have been coordinated through its Dutch national company; the company held a permit to operate trains there.