TWO members of the Xrail international wagonload freight alliance have jointly launched new services between the major industrial centres of Germany and Switzerland offering increase frequencies and reduced transit times for less-than-trainload customers.
GERMANY's railfreight industry has suffered a disappointing start to 2015, according to figures released by Germany's federal statistics agency Destatis on June 3, which show the largest decline in first quarter traffic since the height of the financial crisis.
GERMANY's railfreight operators failed to capitalise on growth in the overall freight transport market last year as strikes held back volumes, according to preliminary annual figures released on February 13 by the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis).
SPANISH national train operator Renfe and German Rail (DB) subsidiary Transfesa are facing an investigation by Spanish competition authorities following evidence of a possible collusion agreement and abuse of a dominant position by the public company, which could be detrimental to other railfreight operators.
DB SCHENKER and Zhengzhou International Land Port Development and Construction Company launched a new direct Germany – China freight service on September 1, when the first train was flagged off from the Billwerder terminal in Hamburg by Dr Karl-Friedrich Rausch, DB management board officer for logistics and the governor of Hunan province Mr Xie Fuzhan.