As of the beginning February, semi-trailers can travel along the Antwerp-Novara route via intermodal transport. A new group of up to four well cars will now be coupled or decoupled in Domodossola, Italy, on the Swiss border.
Schenker Italiana S.p.A., the Italian DB Schenker company, is responsible for terminal activities in Domodossola. The main leg between Basel and Aachen is under the responsibility of the Market Unit Intermodal at DB Schenker Rail.
Specialists at the Swiss headquarters of DB SCHENKERhangartner will also load their own semi-trailers in collaboration with national companies in Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. The journey from Belgium to northern Italy takes two days door-to-door.
The train previously traveled only between Antwerp and Novara. Thanks to the new solution, with up to five weekly departures and eight parking docks, an additional 2,000 full loads can be transported annually in each direction.
DB SCHENKERhangartner offers customers in industry and trade the combination of truck and train transport from a single source. Trucks handle pre-carriage and onward carriage, while freight travels long distances by rail in unaccompanied intermodal transport.