Intermodal connection between Cologne and Istanbul will be expanded
TX Logistik AG, which is part of Mercitalia Logistics (FS Italiane Group), intends to further expand its intermodal rail freight transport services between Istanbul and Cologne.
For this purpose, the company is showing its European network at Logitrans Istanbul, Eurasia's largest transport and logistics trade fair, and presenting the current NiKRASA 3.0 handling system of TX Logistik, which makes it easy to load non- craneable trailers onto the train.
For TX Logistik, Turkey is a market with good growth prospects for intermodal transports. Therefore, the rail logistics company has launched a first connection in June between Istanbul and Cologne. In cooperation with a traction partner that operates the route between the Halkali Terminal in Istanbul and Curtici in Romania three times a week, several units are currently being loaded each week. In Curtici, these units are then taken over and transferred to the company's own intermodal connection Cologne – Curtici, which TX Logistik currently operates with seven round trips per week.
In 2023, the number of shipments in Turkey is to be further increased. One advantage is the transit time between Cologne and Istanbul, which averages nine days and ideally only seven. According to TX Logistik, there is a growing demand in the Turkish economic area for intermodal transports to Europe, especially among smaller and medium-sized forwarding companies.
At Logitrans, which will take place from 16 to 18 November, discussions with this target group are to be deepened and possible plans for 2023 concretised – also by using the NiKRASA transshipment system.