Sweden is closer than ever
Kombiverkehr KG has joined forces with DB Cargo Scandinavia and ferry operator TT-Line to launch its first regular-interval direct service within Sweden. Trailers and containers will make the round trip between Trelleborg and Hallsberg by train three times a week.
The three departures per week represent a "starter" schedule following the launch of the service at the beginning of November. Next year, this figure could increase to five round trips per week, with additional connections possible if there is demand for them. Spedition Bode is one of the parties behind the launch of the connection. The company is involved in transporting foodstuffs, consumer goods and wood products within Sweden.
Together with its customers in the industrial sector, Bode is very keen to reduce CO2 emissions, and this motivated its decision to go with combined transport. Bode shouldered the entire economic risk on its own when it booked its first company train from Kombiverkehr KG in 2015. The company will now be one of the main clients using the new Trelleborg-Hallsberg link.
Stev Etzrodt, an authorised representative at Bode in Reinfeld in northern Germany, says, "Multimodal accounts for around 50% of our total transport mileage. This is why business partners like Kombiverkehr are so important for us, and we have been a customer for no less than 10 years now."
Depending on the day of running, a consignment that starts in Duisburg and travels via the Skandinavienkai dock in Lübeck can take an average of two days to reach Hallsberg. Going by train enables a load weighing 25 tonnes to cut CO2 equivalent by almost 1.2 tonnes – a reduction of some 60% on the figure for road-based transport.
Peter Dannewitz, Head of Sales at Kombiverkehr, says, "We can always rely on Spedition Bode when performing a transport. It is important to us that customers supply the agreed transport volumes for every planned departure, particularly when dealing with newly established connections like the Trelleborg-Hallsberg service. We really appreciate how well our companies work together."
Other customers can access the new direct train to and from Hallsberg via a host of gateway connections, and deliveries can be booked to run from door-to-door. Transports cross the Baltic on TT-Line's ships sailing between Travemünde in northern Germany and Trelleborg in southern Sweden.