Westerman launches railway services to Sweden
Westerman Multimodal Logistics
On 2 September, Westerman started its own railway service from Venlo to Sweden. The train hauls a variety of intermodal loading units, including huckepack trailers and all types of containers. With regular departures on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening, and an arrival 24 hours later in Malmö and Norrköping in Sweden, the freight transit times are comparable to road transport.
Shifting the movement of goods from road to rail leads to several positive achievements: the CO2 emissions halve, road congestion is reduced, and local trucking capacity can be used. Westerman Multimodal Logistics now realises these benefits for freight transport by connecting the Benelux and Germany with Sweden.
The train leaves from Venlo and, therefore, has a large service area in the Netherlands, Belgium and the German Ruhr area. As the operator of the new block train, Westerman as well takes care of the trailers before and after transport, offering the market a door-to-door service. This multimodal concept optimally combines the advantages of long-distance railway transport with the flexible door‑to‑door delivery by truck. The first trains had left both Venlo and Sweden and had arrived exactly on time. “We want to surprise our customers with a fast, reliable, but also cost‑efficient service.” CEO Johan Logtenberg continues: “add the sustainability aspect and the choice for this new service is made quickly!”
Niels van der Vlist, General Manager International, is satisfied with the cooperation with Cabooter as the operator of the Rail Terminal and DB Cargo as a traction supplier of the train. “Cabooter has a strong position in Venlo, and is building a new rail terminal at Tradeport Noord. As the European market leader for intermodal transport, DB Cargo has a strong position on the Scandinavian corridor. “
Given the interest in the new service, Westerman wants to increase the number of departures of the train from 3 to 5 per week in the short‑term, so that the train is going to Sweden every working day. Westerman also opens the train slots to third parties, both for (mega) trailers and all types of containers.
Westerman Multimodal Logistics is an all-round logistics service provider that offers its clients a complete logistics solution. The company has branches in Nieuwleusen, Hasselt, and have recently opened a cross‑dock at the Rail Terminal in Venlo. In addition to warehousing and 24-hour Distribution in the Benelux, Westerman maintains a daily barge service from its inland terminal in Hasselt to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp. The international transport of LTL and FTL shipments is offered throughout Europe, whereby Scandinavia is served with its own assets. Westerman has set itself the goal of making transport as sustainable as possible through the use of multiple modalities (rail, inland shipping and shortsea).