RailFreight Webinar: How can combined transport help during the coronavirus pandemic?

How can combined transport help during the coronavirus pandemic? Which measures should be taken to ensure its continuance? And what can we learn in Europe from China, which is seeing its rail freight sector revive after two months of coronavirus crisis? These questions and more will be answered during the RailFreight Webinar on Friday 20 March.

Following the previous RailFreight Webinars ‘The impact of Wuhan’s closure on the New Silk Road‘ and ‘China closure update‘, RailFreight.com in cooperation with UIRR will be giving you another update on the effects of the COVID-19 virus on the rail freight industry in Europe. This webinar takes place on Friday the 20th March at 13.00 CET. Participation is free of charge and from the comfort of your own home.

Up and running

The logistics sector and their customers can be assured that intermodal transport operations remain up and running and transshipment terminals remain open. This was the commitment made when the virus broke out in Italy, and it is still valid today, when Europe is the epicentre of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Intermodal operators across Europe have taken measures to ensure this continuance. Terminals are as much as possible ‘contactless’, and the journey involves very little human interaction. During this webinar experts from the combined transport industry will speak about:

  • Prevention measures taken to upkeep business continuity;
  • Disruption and problems experienced so far;
  • How the intermodal sector serves the European economy during the coronavirus crisis;
  • What the European industry can learn from China, which has been dealing with the coronavirus since the beginning of this year.


Promedia journalist Tobias Pieffers will have a live conversation with experts to give you an update on the situation. The following speakers are confirmed:

  • Akos Ersek, Chief Policy Advisor at UIRR (from Brussels)
  • Dennis de Roo, Managing Director at Van Donge en de Roo (from Rotterdam)
  • Jacky Yan, Vice President, Head of Rail and Intermodal BU at Chinatrans International (from China)
  • Francesco Russo, Head of Customer and Customs Services at Hupac (from Italy)

Registration for the webinar is still open and can be done here.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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