SBB Cargo International

SBB Cargo Nederland a new player on Dutch rail market

SBB Cargo International incorporates a new player on the Dutch rail freight market. The new company will work under the brand name SBB Cargo Nederland. It will be based in the port city of Rotterdam.

Owing to the establishing of the Dutch subsidiary, SBB Cargo International intends to enhance its service on the north-south axis especially between Italy and the Netherlands. Starting from the 2019/2020 timetable change, the company will provide the freight operations on this corridor by using its own assets. Initially, SBB Cargo Nederland will use train drivers of SBB Cargo Deutschland. Afterwards, it will hire its own personnel in the Netherlands. At the same time, SBB Cargo International will continue to cooperate with long-term partners in the area of shunting services.

Freek Hilkemeijer

Freek Hilkemeijer has been appointed as CEO of SBB Cargo Nederland. He has been working in the Dutch rail sector for 20 years. Until 2013, Freek Hilkemeijer was Manager Operation and Manager Quality, Safety & Environment at Husa Transportation Railway Services (HTRS), a Dutch logistics group. Since 2014, he is managing his own consulting firm Rail Competence. For several years, Freek Hilkemeijer was cooperating with SBB Cargo International as an independent consultant.

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Route network of SBB Cargo International, source: SBB Cargo International

Germany and Italy

Currently, SBB Cargo International is a leader in providing rail freight operations on the north-south axis through Switzerland. It controls almost 40 per cent of this market. Such a position has been reached, inter alia, by incorporating subsidiaries in Germany and Italy – SBB Cargo Deutschland and SBB Cargo Italia respectively. The German branch is based in Duisburg, a well-known logistics hub of Europe. SBB Cargo Deutschland has a staff of 142 employees. The company provides haulage operations for combined transport and block trains including first and last mile services in Germany and Northern Europe. SBB Cargo Italia is based in Milan and employs 263 people. This subsidiary is focused on railway operations in Northern Italy.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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