Schweizerzug, a rail service offered by Swissterminal Group, is launching a new direct connection between Frenkendorf/Basel and the Port of Antwerp from July 2018.
This means that Switzerland will have an overnight rail service with the Belgian hub for the first time.
The Swiss-based logistics provider claims that the rail link will help to reduce handling delays of container barges due to congestion in the Belgian hub.
Schweizerzug will initially start with two departures a week to the Antwerp Gateway 1700 terminal, which is operated by DP World.
From there, connections are offered to all the terminals in the Port of Antwerp.
There are also other links available via Swissterminal‘s headquarters in Frenkendorf to Niederglatt/Zurich and Melzo/Milan.
Roman Mayer, president and delegate of the board of the Swissterminal group, said: “With our new direct service to Antwerp we provide shippers in Switzerland and neighbouring regions with a reliable new rail service that offers substantial time savings in comparison with other means of transport up to now.”
In addition to the direct connection to the port of Antwerp, Schweizerzug will continue to run three times a week to the port of Rotterdam and Antwerp via the Neuss Trimodal hub in Germany.
From Neuss, it is possible to reach all the terminals in both sea ports by barge as well as by rail.