In addition to companies having direct regular rail container services between Turkey and Europe, there are some other companies which are indirectly in this traffic.
Rail Cargo Logistics
Rail Cargo Logistics (formerly Express Interfracht), used to keep a huge volume in Turkey until last year and was second in Turkey-Europe traffic list in 2012. Unlike others, Express Interfracht was not acting like an operator working only with forwarders, but having direct contacts to end clients in Turkey as well. Although not announced officially, 3 trains/week had been achived during last year.
As a part of cooperation with Balo, Rail Cargo Logistics now seems to limit its self-owned container activities in Turkey in 2014 and start using Balo trains except the “client-owned” full container trains.
DB Schenker Rail
DB Schenker Rail had operated a container+swapbody train from Cerkezkoy for a while with the name “Bosphorus Shuttle”, which was formerly the swapbody train of Omfesa, joint venture company of Omsan Logistics and Transfesa.
Due to congestion and delays, as announced, Bosphorus Shuttle had been stopped at the end of last year. Instead, DB Schenker started to cooperate with EWNS, which had a weekly container vessel to Constanta from Gemlik. Containers and swapbodies were planned to be distributed to all Europe by Schenker’s rail network. After a short trial period, the service stopped.
DB Schenker Rail is expected to restart its container train service directly to Turkey, probably after opening of Halkali Terminal.
Europe Intermodal was one of the “old” intermodal operators, a joint venture between the German Kombiverkehr and the Slovenian Adria Kombi. Europe Intermodal container trains run regularly since 2008, but stopped departing from Turkey last year.
Since Kombiverkehr and Adria Kombi’s new solution of container trains from Trieste has faced with a big demand, all loads of this traffic now shifts to Trieste solution where containers are taken from Pendik Port to Trieste Port by UN RoRo.
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