With a complete portfolio of intermodal options, we connect our local terminals to global trade. We offer full-service solutions with a single point of contact, increasing the simplicity and reliability of your supply chain from end to end. By offering various modes of transport, we add flexibility and resilience to your supply chain, ensuring your shipments arrive safely and on schedule.
With a low fuel consumption and a high carrying capacity, barge is one of the most environmentally friendly, economical modes of inland transport. We offer frequent barge connections between our terminals and Europe’s largest container ports, helping you flexibly design your business’s supply chain flows.
Swissterminal’s barge service connects key industrial regions in Switzerland and France with Europe’s largest container ports.
Kleinhuenigen / Birsfelden / Ottmarsheim «» Rotterdam / Antwerp
Our barge service regularly links Basel-Kleinhuenigen and terminal Basel-Birsfelden in Switzerland as well as Ottmarsheim in France with deepsea terminals in the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp. Our connections run via the German hub Germersheim, which is operated by our partner DP World.
By using a hub system, customers can take advantage from DP World’s service network.
Sustainable and eco-friendly solution
Barge is the most environmentally friendly form of inland transportation. Low fuel consumption and high-volume capacities translate to fewer emissions and help your company to reduce its carbon footprint. In addition, barges have low noise pollution and minimal impact on surrounding nature.
High transport capacity
Barges are able to carry more cargo than any other mode of inland transport. With a capacity of 96 TEU, our barges not only ensure there is always space for your cargo today, but also room for your business to grow tomorrow.
Due to its high carrying capacity and low fuel consumption, barges are one of the most economical forms of intermodal transport.
Barge customers receive four free days of complimentary storage at any Swissterminal facility prior or post departure.
As an individual service between seaport and inland terminal or as part of a multi-modal solution for the first or last mile, Schweizerzug combines efficiency, cost advantage and sustainability. Our customers benefit from frequent departures, flexibility and short transit times. Wherever your cargo is headed, you can rely on Schweizerzug’s rail services and connections with key regions throughout Europe and Asia to ensure your goods arrive safely and on time.
Schweizerzug’s product portfolio connects the largest industrial regions in Switzerland with Europe and Asia by rail.
Rotterdam / Antwerp «» Frenkendorf / Niederglatt
We offer regular connections to Europe’s most important container ports in Rotterdam and Antwerp from our terminals in Frenkendorf near Basel and Niederglatt near Zurich. Our transport hub is Neuss (Germany).
Hefei / Xian «» Frenkendorf / Niederglatt
Twice as fast as ocean freight, our weekly connection to the Chinese industrial locations of Hefei and Xian is offered in partnership with RTSB Schweiz AG. With this rail link, we provide a reliable and cost-effective alternative to air freight for urgent or valuable cargo.
Reduced supply chain costs
With single trains able to carry 50 truckloads worth of cargo, rail reduces the number of people needed to manage transport, lowering costs and improving efficiency. At Schweizerzug, no Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF) is added to our tariffs – our customers do not have to pay any surcharges to compensate for exchange rate fluctuations.
Sustainable and eco-friendly solution
Rail transport has a much lower environmental footprint than road transport or air freight. In addition, we’re doing our utmost to consolidate freight to reduce empty trips during combined transport, lowering greenhouse gas emissions from end to end.
Reliability and flexibility
Able to avoid bottlenecks and operate even during times of crises, our rail services offer reliable point-to-point connections. No intersections, traffic jams or time losses. For maximum flexibility, we offer same-day booking and departure for export cargo. Any container booked by 12 pm can start its export journey on the same day, provided there is still capacity.
Time to market
For shipping between China and Europe, rail reduces transit times by 10-15 days.
Schweizerzug customers receive four free days of storage at any Swissterminal facility prior or post-departure.
Trucks provide flexible point-to-point service. At Swissterminal, our trucking service is used for first and last-mile logistics. By embracing this combined transport approach, we prevent harmful emissions while ensuring your shipment arrives in the right place, right on time.
Our comprehensive intermodal network is the result of our network of strong partnerships. To connect your cargo globally, we work with a number of reliable partners:
Our services to China are made possible by a joint venture with RTSB Schweiz AG, part of the international RTSB Group.
Connections between Niederglatt/Zurich and Melzo/Milan are operated by intermodal provider Hannibal, which belongs to the Contship Italia Group.
For connections to the Italian port of Genoa, we partner with PSA, one of the world’s largest port operators.
Connections between Frenkendorf and Wolfurt, Austria, are operated by The Rail Cargo Group, a leading logistics specialist in Austria.