Over 400 international rail connections run from and to Rotterdam. The rail connections are mainly suitable for transporting containers, dry bulk, general cargo and chemical products. The transit times are short: cargo arrives at the German border within 3 hours and at other European destinations within 24 hours. Various terminals also have rail transhipment facilities which means that cargo can be loaded directly onto a train at the terminal.
Rail transhipment facilities can be found via the Rotterdam Rail Service Center, CTT Pernis and Bertschi. The majority of deep sea terminals on Maasvlakte and the RoRo terminals also have their own rail facilities.
PortShuttle Rotterdam is the neutral rail solution for the exchange of containers between terminals in the Port of Rotterdam. PortShuttle offers a daily rail shuttle from RSC Rotterdam and CCT Pernis to the deep sea terminals at Maasvlakte. Exchange between the Maasvlakte terminals is also possible. PortShuttle enables shuttle operators, logistics service providers and shipping companies to consolidate cargo flows and optimise logistics within Rotterdam.
Container throughput is increasing, which is why expansion in the rail transport network is needed. The Port of Rotterdam can provide this expansion. In establishing new rail connections, the Port of Rotterdam Authority assists operators via the support programme Rail Incubator. The Port Authority is also investing in new rail services and in increasing the frequency of existing rail shuttles.Rail Incubator
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Rotterdam embraces and accelerates innovations that make the entire chain more reliable, smarter and cleaner in order to remain the best choice for all parties in the chain in the future. And as a neutral party, the Port of Rotterdam is committed to optimise the entire chain for all parties.
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