Samskip Multimodal secures key approval to restart trailer transport by rail through Denmark

Expanding rail capacity along a key unitised freight route demonstrates Samskip’s commitment to enhance the competitiveness of rail services into the Danish market

09 June 2021 – A key approval from Danish authorities has paved the way for Samskip Multimodal and traction partner Hector Rail to relaunch trailer moves through Denmark, renewing a significant rail routing option for leaner, greener intermodal transport.

Samskip – Duisburg

The service relaunch, from the first week of June, follows permission from Danish authorities to increase the number of trailers allowed through Denmark by rail. The new authorization is expected to normalize Germany-Sweden rail shuttle traffic, after a brief dip in volumes moving between the Samskip rail terminal in Duisburg and North European markets via Denmark.

The first trains loaded with trailers departed after all partners implemented modified procedures for safe trailer transport by rail using criteria from Danish authorities for the rail supply chain. Initially, Samskip will retain current rerouting options, allowing customers time to consider the shift of all relevant volumes back to the rail set up via Denmark.

‘’We are very happy with this decision and with the trust shown by Danish authorities in giving Samskip approval to increase our rail services through Denmark,’’ says Johan Grootkarzijn, Head of Rail Network at Samskip. ‘’Expanding our activity on this lane makes for greater service resilience for the Germany-Nordics rail option. In contrast to road haulage, rail services avoid driver delays and allow flexibility in responding to an increased demand to have cargo transported in a sustainable way with short transit times.’’

“We are pleased and proud to be the first train operator to recommence train moves of trailers through Denmark together with our partner Samskip Multimodal”, says Anders Bellander, Commercial Director at Hector Rail. “It is of great value for the market and also for the environment that we are once again able to provide sustainable trailer transportation by train.”


About Samskip

Samskip is a global logistics company offering transport and related services by land, sea, rail and air with a particular focus on cost efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly transport. Samskip is one of the larger European transport companies, with offices in 35 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia, employing approximately 1,700 people around the world. Samskip is headquartered in the Netherlands but was originally founded in Iceland in 1990. Since then, Samskip has produced consistent organic growth complemented by strategic acquisitions. Samskip’s transportation and logistics activities focus mainly on the following sectors: European multimodal transport, North Atlantic integrated logistics, worldwide temperature controlled & ambient cargo forwarding and logistics, and finally European breakbulk and project cargo movements.


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Sen Kaya
Marketing Coordinator, Samskip
Phone: +31 88 400 1180