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CMA CGM launches a new train service connecting the Port of Rotterdam with the German hinterland

    The CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce the introduction of RHINE VALLEY RAIL, a new rail service connecting the Port of Rotterdam with the German hinterland.


    • Six weekly train departures connecting Rotterdam with three important German inland hubs
    • Departures perfectly synchronized with CMA CGM’s ship schedules in Rotterdam for a seamless connection to the main Group’s deep-sea services.
    • A reliable alternative to truck and barge transport, in line with the Group’s strategy to offer end-to-end environmentally friendly solutions.

    Operation of the RHINE VALLEY RAIL service will be in cooperation with railway operator TFG. TGF is the market leader in containerized seaport hinterland transport for German ports. The service will officially start from Dortmund on October 18th.

    “With this new service, the CMA CGM Group reasserts its ambition to offer our customers flexible intermodal solutions, including land transport. With our partner TFG, we have a rail expert at our side with whom we will reliably connect the largest European port with the German hinterland.”
    Peter Wolf, Managing Director, CMA CGM Germany

    A total of six departures per week between the Port of Rotterdam and the German inland hubs of Dortmund, Duisburg, and Ludwigshafen will enhance CMA CGM’s intermodal offer and provide customers with a reliable and fast rail connection between Germany and Europe’s busiest port.

    Competitive and environmentally friendly

    The train schedules are synchronized with the arrivals and departures of the CMA CGM Group’s vessels, providing customers with a seamless connection to the Group’s deep-sea services.

    Flexible intermodal solutions

    The RHINE VALLEY RAIL service allows customers to lower their carbon impact. It is in line with CMA CGM’s strategy to offer reliable intermodal end-to-end transport solutions to its customers. As an alternative to road and water transport, this new service is independent of the road and barge congestion and Rhine river water levels, resulting in more planning certainty for the customers.

    Linking the Port of Rotterdam with Dortmund (CTD), Duisburg (D3T) and Ludwigshafen (KTL).
    • Six weekly departures:
    o Rotterdam – Duisburg: Twice per week
    o Rotterdam – Dortmund: Once per week
    o Duisburg – Rotterdam: Once per week
    o Dortmund – Rotterdam: Once per week
    o Ludwigshafen – Rotterdam: Once per week

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