Best Practices: Services

An organised list of the 9 best practises collected from transport operators is presented below.

Operator Countries Type of
inter-
-modality
Type of
ILU
Type of
goods
Range
Short : < 100 km
Middle : 100-1000 km
Long : >1000 km
Bohemiakombi Czech-Germany Road-rail - Chemicals, foods, raw material, hard goods Middle
BoxXpress.de Germany Rail-road Container Various Middle
BoxXpress.hu Germany-Austria-Hungary Rail-road Container Various Long
GYŐR - GÖNYŰ KIKÖTŐ Belgium-Germany-Austria-Hungary-Serbia-Romania IWW-road - Bulk commodities (grain) Long
Kusters Transport Belgium IWW-road Container Various
containerised goods
Middle
MÁV Kombiterminál Hungary-Austria Rail-road - Various goods Middle
Pegasus Italy-Austria-Germany Road-rail-road Container Various Middle
Polzug Germany-Poland Road-rail-road Container Various Middle
Transfennica Spain - Belgium Road-IWW-road RoRo Palletised goods Long

As concerns the modes of transport we therefore have gathered :

  • 6 "service" best practices focused on rail
  • 3 "service" best practices focused on IWW

A big input on IWW comes from Benelux, where barge transport is the most widely represented in the intermodal chain.

A further detail on the collection of best practices comes from the analysis of the loading units involved in the different cases:

  • 5 "service" best practices involve containers
  • 1 "service" best practice involve the RoRo system
  • other three involve various type of ILU’s

Best Practices: Transport Chains

An organised list of the 24 best practises collected from shippers/manufacturers/forwarders is presented below.

Shipper Countries involved Type of
inter-
-modality
Type of
ILU
Type of
goods
Range
Short : < 100 km
Middle : 100-1000 km
Long : >1000 km
Acciona
(Shipper’s name undisclosed)
Spain-Morocco Road-SSS-rail-road Container Fruit Long
Agro Handel Italy - Switzerland - Germany - Belgium Road-rail-road Swap bodies Dry non-refrigerated, chemical, waste, furniture/paper/cardboard Long
Atlas Copco Belgium Road-IWW Container High value goods for machine and aviation industry Short
Baxter Belgium IWW-road Container Pharmaceutical Middle
Construrail (Shipper’s name undisclosed) Spain - Italy Road-rail-SSS-road Container Construction materials Long
Corman Belgium IWW-road Container Dairy products Middle
Corus Belgium-Germany IWW-road - Steel products Middle
Decathlon France Road-rail-road Swap bodies Sport items Middle
DHL Freight Italy-Switzerland-Germany-Belgium-England Road-rail-SSS-road Container General cargo Long
Ewals Cargo Care Belgium Road-rail-road Container Rice, agrobulk Short
Biard Somadem France Road-rail-road Swap bodies Removal Middle
Grimaldi
(Shipper’s name undisclosed)
Spain - Italy Road-SSS-road Container Various Long
Kombisztar/Philips Hungary-Croatia-Slovenia Rail-road Container Components, furniture, facet marble slabs, cold tiler substances, chemicals Middle
OKD CzechRep-Germany Road-rail - Foundry coke Long
Mepavex Logistics Belgium IWW-road Container Food Short
Metrans Czech/Slovakia-Germany Road-rail Container Various Middle
Les Rapides Bleus France Road-rail-road Swap bodies Office equipment Middle
Renault France - Spain Road-rail-road Swap bodies Engines Long
Soufflet France - Spain Road-IWW Container Cereals Middle
Tang Freres France IWW-road Container Food Middle
Trans Italia Italy - Spain Road-SSS-road RoRo Household appliances, Pulp, Glass, various materials Long
Volvic France Road-IWW Containers Water Middle
Whirlpool Europe Italy - Switzerland - Germany - Denmark - Sweden Road-rail-road Swap bodies Household appliances Long

As concerns the modes of transport we therefore have gathered :

  • 9 "chain" best practices focused on IWW
  • 9 "chain" best practices focused on rail
  • 3 "chain" best practices focused on both rail and SSS
  • 3 "chain" best practices focused on SSS

A big input on IWW comes from Benelux, where barge transport is the most widely represented in the intermodal chain.

A further detail on the collection of best practices comes from the analysis of the loading units involved in the different cases; since IWW is the most used mode, the container stands out as the most common ILU:

  • 15 "chain" best practices involve containers
  • 5 "chain" best practices involve swap bodies (mainly they are the ones focusing on rail)
  • 1 "chain" best practice involve the RoRo system
  • other three involve various type of ILU’s