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- New direct train Nuremberg-Trieste improves supply chains
The new direct connection, implemented in cooperation between Cobantur Boltas and DFDS Mediterranean Business Unit, the Turkey subsidiary of DFDS, expands the range of sustainable transports between Europe, Turkey and beyond.
Successful launch of the new connection
The first train on the new line left Trieste last Thursday, November 5 and reached the TriCon-Terminal in Nuremberg on Friday, November 6, 2020. The connection is part of the intermodal freight traffic to Turkey, Greece and the neighboring economic areas. The new block train is operated by DFDS and connects Nuremberg, via Trieste, with Pendik and Ambarli in Turkey and Patras in Greece, with regional and supra-regional pre-carriage and onward carriage in each case.
The weekly train consists of 4 double pocket wagons and 26 flat wagon groups with a capacity of 8 megatrailers and 26 45-foot containers. In the near future, an increase in the service to 2 – 3 weekly departures is planned.
The President of the DFDS Mediterranean Business Unit, Lars Hoffmann, highlighted the importance of the Nuremberg-Trieste connection as a strategic development: “The DFDS Mediterranean Business Unit, in partnership with Cobantur Boltas, has become the operator of the new direct rail link Nuremberg-Trieste, further improving our sustainable supply chain services. We are very pleased to have added another strategically important service to our service portfolio”.
A strong intermodal infrastructure
As one of the largest integrated shipping and logistics companies in Europe and operator of narrow route networks in the North Sea, Baltic Sea, English Channel and Mediterranean, DFDS offers a strong intermodal transport infrastructure, with ro-ro services between Turkey and Europe and rail connections from Italy.
DFDS has decided to establish an intermodal competence center in Cologne, Germany, as train solutions are considered an important part of its future business. This new line is the first successful project of the competence center and the joint venture with primeRail GmbH.
The Turkish-German logistics association Çobantur Boltas, based in Maltepe/İstanbul, and Allersberg/Nuremberg, has been handling transports via Trieste for 20 years. “With the new service, we are expanding our range of resilient and sustainable connections between these now closer economic areas with the support of DFDS,” says Iskender Cobanoglu, member of the Board of Directors at Cobantur Boltas and Managing Director of the German Boltas GmbH.
- Cobantur Boltas with digital presence at the LogiChem2020
The Turkish-German logistics network is presenting its intermodal Industry Solutions at Europe’s leading chemical logistics event.
From September 8 to 11, logistics managers from the world’s leading chemical companies and supply chain experts will meet for the first time in purely virtual form to discuss the future design of the chemical supply chain in interactive sessions. In view of the current situation, the focus will be on concepts for contingency planning. Cobantur Boltas will present its solutions for resilient supply chains. “During the crisis, our intermodal rail transports have proven to be much more resilient in cross-border traffic compared to pure land transport”, says Iskender Cobanoglu, member of the Board of Directors at Cobantur Boltas and adds, “that is why we are further expanding our offer of regional multimodal supply chains”.
At the four-day event, more than 300 chemical supply chain leaders will meet virtually and exchange valuable insights in around 40 sessions. Up-to-date information on the event and the possibility to register at https://logichem.wbresearch.com/
- Greece Traffic – back to normal.
The economy in Greece has started up again on Monday, May 4th, taking into account distance and hygiene requirements. Together with our cooperation partner Omonia Trans, we are increasing our weekly groupage departures. Further our intermodal routes to Greece offer a reliable alternative to regular overland transports.
Transports to and from Turkey – lifted quarantine measures
Since last week, the Turkish government has partially lifted the quarantine measures for drivers returning from the EU.
As a result, we are already feeling further improvement in the availability of truck capacities. Together with our intermodal units, we can therefore offer the entire range of our transport-route mix.
Turkey – special customs tariffs on various goods
To protect its economy, Turkey temporarily imposes special tariffs on various goods. The special duties apply from April 20, 2020 to September 30, 2020. Goods originating in the EU are not fully affected.
- Transports to Iran – New Opportunities.
The European-Iranian traffic has come to a complete standstill due to the closure of the Turkish-Iranian border crossing at Gürbulak / Bazargan with no short term solutions in sight. In order to be able to continue offering transports to Iran, we have added the intermodal transport of 20 ‚and 40‘ containers by road and rail to Tabriz and Tehran to our service. Please contact us for further details.
Transports to and from Turkey – Restrictions on capacities.
Due to the fasting month of Ramadan, the departure frequencies on the ferry and train connections to and from Turkey will be reduced in the next few weeks. This can occasionally lead to delays in the transport process. We react flexibly and, if necessary, switch to other options in our processing mix. Should your shipments be affected by delays, we will inform customers directly. Please contact us for further details.
We wish all Muslim people a blessed and healthy Ramadan!
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