In early September, the first shuttle of GVT Group of Logistics left for Rzepin in Poland. This month the frequency will be increased to twice a week. The plan is to add an additional trip before the end of the year. The service is in line with the trend of an increasing number of rail services between Rotterdam and Eastern Europe.
Rzepin is located in the west of Poland on the Berlin-Warsaw rail connection. ‘We recently acquired the terminal and updated it to the GVT standard last month,’ said Roland Verbraak, General Manager of the GVT Group. ‘This means that the terminal meets the highest TAPA security requirements, and the automation is provided by our modern software systems.’
The service, which is carried out by LTE, departs from Tilburg on Friday evening. ‘The shuttle arrives in Rzepin on Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday it is back in Tilburg,’ Markus Bertram, managing director of LTE Netherlands explains. Thanks to the daily rail and barge services, the cargo is in Rotterdam on Monday. ‘To Poland, we have a very diverse cargo package, including steel and raw materials,’ Verbraak adds. ‘From Rzepin we transport large quantities of fixed volumes for the Belgian company Essers. In addition, a large number of household electronics that is produced in Samsung SDS plants also comes this way.’
Six Huckepack carriages
‘It is good to see that the volumes for Poland and really all of Eastern Europe are increasing,’ said Bertram. ‘Thanks to our more than forty electric and diesel locomotives and large Huckepack carriage fleet, we are quite flexible in scaling up the services.’ Currently, the train consists of one 60-foot and twenty 90-foot carriages. ‘At the end of September, we will also have six Huckepack carriages.’
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