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Saving Time for Austrian companies: New DB Schenker train connection reduces lead time from Asia by ten days

Unique rail shuttle between Enns and Koper offers importers and exporters new opportunities • Lenzing AG is already using the time-saving and environmentally friendly rail link

DB Schenker Logistics recently began offering a unique transport solution from Upper Austria to the Adriatic Sea. The innovative “Istra Express” rail connection enables goods to be transported between Enns and the Slovenian port of Koper in just one day. This not only lowers costs and CO2 emissions; it also reduces transport times between Asia and Europe by up to ten days. The trains, which can accommodate all types of containers, operate on the Enns-Koper route two times per week with fixed departure times in both directions.

The new solution offers numerous benefits, especially for companies in Upper Austria, but also for firms in the neighboring states of Salzburg and Lower Austria, and in the Czech Republic. It takes about 40 days to ship a container from Asia to Upper Austria using the normal and longer sea route that ends in a northern port in Europe, after which the containers have to be transported by rail all the way through Germany. DB Schenker’s innovative block train solution reduces this transport time to less than 30 days. Lenzing AG, a global company headquartered in Upper Austria, is already using the efficient rail solution. “DB Schenker’s new container train connection to Koper saves us valuable time and, above all, costs — and that makes us happy and benefits our customers as well,” says Ralf Hammer, Global Transport Manager at Lenzing AG.

New transport solution reduces CO2 emissions by 20 tons per trip

“DB Schenker is currently the only company that offers a block train solution in both directions for containers along this route,” says Alexander Winter, member of the DB Schenker Management Board for Austria and South East Europe. He adds: “With this new rail link, we can not only offer our customers more than a week in time savings. The connection also reduces CO2 emissions by around 24 percent.” The new connection is less expensive than the sea route via northern Europe and it also lowers CO2 emissions by approximately 20 tons as compared to the previous route to Asia, assuming transport of 40 containers weighing ten tons each.

DB Schenker plans to launch a third weekly round-trip rail link at the beginning of 2016 in order to accommodate the growing demand for the new rail shuttle, which is already moving products from various industries such as the raw materials, automotive, and electronics sectors.

DB Schenker in Austria and South East Europe

DB Schenker is an international logistics services provider that employs more than 95,000 people at 2,000 locations. Schenker & Co AG in Vienna serves as the Regional Head Office for South East Europe. DB Schenker currently employs more than 5,300 men and women at 80 locations in the Region’s 14 countries. DB Schenker in Austria — and by extension in South East Europe — is thus one of the largest national subsidiaries in the DB Schenker global network. The DB Climate Protection 2020 program is designed to reduce DB Schenker’s specific CO2 emissions (transport-related) by 20 percent worldwide between 2006 and 2020.

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DB Schenker Zug zwischen Koper und Enns

DB Schenker Zug zwischen Koper und Enns

DB Schenker Güterzug

DB Schenker Güterzug in Südosteuropa

DB Schenker Umschlagterminal

DB Schenker Umschlagterminal

DB Umschlagbahnhof

DB Umschlagbahnhof

Mag. Alexander Winter

Mag. Alexander Winter, Mitglied des Vorstands von DB Schenker in Österreich und Südosteuropa

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