PCC intermodal terminal in Kutno, source: PCC Intermodal

PCC Intermodal connects Belgium and Poland 8 times per week

By the end of January, a brand new rail freight service will be launched on the market, connecting the Belgian cities of Antwerp and Genk with almost all developed Polish regions on a daily basis. The new offer is provided by PCC Intermodal.

The intermodal operator currently runs rail freight services between its Polish network and Rotterdam and Duisburg. Via these hubs, it also connects Antwerp three times a week. But this Belgian node will now be connected directly and eight times a week. Genk is a new destination in the network of the operator.

“Daily intermodal services between Poland and the Benelux will bring more flexibility for clients and better transit time”, said PCC Intermodal. Certain urgent door-to-door deliveries can now be carried out with an intermodal solution, rather than by road.”

Map new connection PCC Intermodal

Belgium corridor

Since 2008, PCC links its Polish network with Rotterdam (CTT terminal) 8 times weekly. The services have a more than 98% punctuality rate and are a success, the company points out. The Polish network consists of Kutno, Brzeg Dolny, Gliwice, Kolbuszowa, Poznan and Gdansk.

“Next year will bring the same frequency on the Belgium corridor and it is suitable for all containerised cargo”, PCC Intermodal says. The first trains will depart in week 3 of the new year and bookings can already be made.

Polish network

PCC Intermodal operates four terminals in Poland: Kutno (Central Poland); Brzeg Dolny (Lower Silesia Region), Gliwice (Upper Silesia Region) and Kolbuszowa (Podkarpatia). This week in concluded a contract with Cargotec Poland for the delivery of 4 heavy duty forklifts (reachstackers) to these terminals.

Two new machines will be added in Kutno, one in Brzeg Dolny and one in Gliwice. The value of the contract amounts to almost 1,5 million euros, which is co-financed by EU funds under the Infrastructure and Environment Programme. These new reachstakers will support terminal operations currently provided by 20 heavy duty forklifts and empty handlers, and 5 gantry cranes.

Wider network

PCC Intermodal transports around 200 000 containers annually with almost 700 000 terminal handling operations. The company also manages Frankfurt Oder Terminal in Berlin and Brandenburg area serving west Poland on a daily basis.

In eastward directrion, PCC ensures regular rail connections to and from Brest. “Thanks to a wide network of connections and strong partnerships in the East, the link between Belgium and Japan or Korea (door-door) will be possible within less than 25 days. This is through the multimodal route, including the Trans-Siberian railway to Vladivostok and a sea leg from this Russian city to the ports of Japan and Korea.”

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Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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