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DSV offers intermodal option from Turkey

[ January 28, 2014   //   ]

DSV is offering an intermodal service between Turkey and the UK alongside its existing road, air and short-sea services between the two countries. The service is a joint venture between DSV Air & Sea and DSV Road.

There are two options: three times a week direct by rail from Halkali train terminal in Istanbul to Zeebrugge or Rotterdam, or by short-sea services from Istanbul to Trieste in Italy and then by rail to Zeebrugge or Rotterdam, depending on final UK destination. The 45 pallet wide, hi-cube containers are then shipped across to the UK, either direct to the customer or into the DSV hub at Purfleet. The containers have the same loading capacity as a curtain-sided trailer. They are sealed by the shipper after loading and are fitted with enhanced locks for extra security.

Managing Director DSV Road, Turkey, Morten Joergensen, said: “We have seen an increasing interest in intermodal services as shippers seek more cost effective ways of sending their goods. As rail services between Turkey and the UK become more efficient and reliable, transit times are improving and the service becomes a real alternative to both road and shortsea.”

Eastern European market manager, road freight division, Michael Morberg Madsen, added: “As it is more economical than the conventional route by road, with a transit time that is only slightly longer, I am convinced the product will be of interest to many existing and potential DSV customers. The rail service is also environmentally-friendly, which is of prime importance to some importers and exporters.”