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Low-CO2 transport for sustainably produced paper

An eco-friendly ocean and rail freight link is now being used to transport pulp for making printing paper from Sweden to Austria. Plans are already being made to step up deliveries in 2019.

The pulp used for paper manufacturing comes from Sweden, and, a few months ago, rail freight was selected to transport it from the north German port of Brake to its ultimate destination. The Swedish pulp producer opted for the world's largest freight forwarder in the pulp and paper industry, Meyer's Sohn (FMS) from Hamburg, which in turn works with DB Cargo as its transport partner.

In a normal week, groups of four single wagons make the journey from the North Sea port to Austria. Deliveries arrive punctually at the paper factory at the specified unloading time, much to the satisfaction of the customer. As a result, FMS intends to use DB Cargo's single wagonload network to transport an additional 30,000 tonnes of pulp as of January 2019.

Founded in 1897 and based in Hamburg, Friedrich Meyer's Sohn today has over 50 bases in upward of 20 countries. It handles 850,000 TEU of freight a year. The company leads the market in transport services for the paper industry. Working with DB Cargo, it moves almost 600,000 tonnes of rail freight a year. Martin Reiser oversees DB Cargo's pulp market activities: "In Europe, our continent-wide collaboration with Meyer’s Sohn constantly generates new transport orders for our single wagonload services on top of the volumes that we already handle for our direct customers. We can already see where further growth will happen next year: along the Rhine and Danube corridors."

Much of the pulp used in Austria is produced in Sweden, and road hauliers transport a sizeable percentage of it to its destination. This situation is now changing. Transporting freight with DB Cargo helps many of the companies in the sector reach their CO2 targets, as rail transport produces far less carbon dioxide than lorries. DB Cargo's cross-border and flexible single wagonload services can be adapted to suit the specific needs of a particular customer: companies can use environmentally friendly rail links to dispatch even small volumes according to coordinated delivery schedules.