Shortly after launching our own train connection from Munich to Halkali, we are already expanding our range of intermodal services. We have just launched our first container trains to Gothenburg and London. The new environmentally friendly solutions include pre- and on-carriage services and act as gateway connections to all major Swedish and English economic centres.
We know the UK’s exit from the EU Customs Union is challenging many shippers to deal with the changed import and export procedures. That’s why we are offering a direct customs clearance service for import and export shipments in parallel with the new drop shipment service. The experts at CobanturBoltas master the complex import and export regulations and ensure smooth clearance.
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In the humanitarian crisis, we also want to show humanity and solidarity. Cobantur Boltas has joined forces with other companies to collect donations for Ukraine and transport them to the Polish-Ukrainian border region. In consultation with experienced aid organisations, the donations included a special request for durable food, medical and hygiene items as well as electronic devices such as batteries, power banks and torches. The result exceeded all expectations, a whole container of urgently needed donations in kind came together, a sum from many small donations but also donations in commercial sizes.
Supporters were also found for the safe transport. The necessary pallets, stretch films and adhesive tapes were donated by local companies, for example 200 moving boxes or a spontaneously donated truck fuel.
Our truck started on Thursday for Przemysl on the border between Poland and Ukraine. From there, the relief supplies were transported to the needy people in Ukraine through private initiatives and secured supply channels. The encouragement and support of the people in Allersberg and the surrounding area was overwhelming. In addition to the donors, the companies and the helpers, we would especially like to thank our driver who carries out these transports.
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.