DSV has launched an intermodal service between Turkey and the UK.
One service offers departures three times a week direct by rail from Halkali train terminal in Istanbul to Zeebrugge or Rotterdam. It also offers service using by short-sea shipping from Istanbul to Trieste in Italy and then by rail to Zeebrugge or Rotterdam, depending on final UK destination. The 45-pallet wide, hi-cube containers are then shipped across to the UK, either direct to the customer or into the DSV hub at Purfleet.
The service is a joint venture between two divisions of the DSV Group — DSV Air & Sea and DSV Road, the third-largest logistics operator in Europe.
“We have seen an increasing interest in intermodal services as
shippers seek more cost-effective ways of sending their goods,” says
Morten Joergensen, Managing Director DSV Road, Turkey. “As rail services
between Turkey and the UK become more efficient and reliable, transit
times are improving, and the service becomes a real alternative to both
road and shortsea.