Each mode of transport has its specific advantages: ships are economical, railways are environmentally-friendly, aircraft are fast and trucks are flexible. But the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. By combining different modes of transport in a sensible manner, we achieve the very best for you. In the past, many goods were produced and made available locally; nowadays, the large majority of products are imported and exported. The final customer still expects a wide choice and rapid availability at all times. This means that companies have to handle ever greater distances in even shorter times – at an affordable price and without doing any damage to the environment either.
Complex logistics chains are required to fulfil these conditions. By linking railway, truck, aircraft and shipping services, we create the ideal conditions for moving goods in a clean, cost-efficient and fast manner. Our highly efficient terminals are the pivotal points when it is necessary to tranship freight from one mode of transport to another.
Most industrial and commercial products are transported in containers; they include foodstuffs, textiles, chemical products, paper and wooden items, electronics and metals. This provides ideal opportunities for our subsidiary Contargo, the leading provider of tri-modal transport for overseas containers, to offer precise solutions. Contargo is the link between European seaports and areas further inland. The Rhenus subsidiary has a network consisting of its own terminals and regular railway and inland waterway shipping services. Contargo acts as a neutral services partner and supports shipping companies, freight forwarding firms and shipping agents along the intermodal logistics chain.
Contargo tranships containers promptly using its professional equipment and expertise. A truck normally leaves our terminals in less than 30 minutes. And if the goods do not need to be moved immediately, we offer large-scale storage capacity at many business centres. In addition to providing intermediate storage, we also offer additional services like stuffing and stripping or handle the customs clearance. We stock every kind of container at our containers depots so that they are available at short notice and we ensure that goods are stored intelligently in line with the “first in – first out” principle to ensure a quick turnaround. Even dangerous goods are in safe hands with us. We have hazardous goods storage areas at Ludwigshafen, Frankfurt, Basel and Mannheim.
But Contargo is not the only Rhenus subsidiary operating in this business sector – Rhenus Intermodal Systems, our specialist for container traffic to the Community of Independent States and for exporting containerised goods around the globe from northern Europe, can support you with its intermodal transport services. Rhenus Intermodal Systems has its own container fleet consisting of standard and special units. The Rhenus subsidiary links Russia with North and South America through the Baltic States and with the Far East through Zabaykalsk and Manzhouli.
Der Central Rhineland Service links the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerps, Bonn, Koblenz, Ludwigshafen und Wörth with an average journey time of 2.5 days for export and 4 days for import. Containers for Zeebrügge can be transferred in Duisburg. Empty containers can be transferred between routes via the terminals of Duisburg, Koblenz und Ludwigshafen and thus be moved throughout the network.
The Upper Rhine Service links the ports of Antwerps, Rotterdam, Strasburg, Ottmarsheim, Weil am Rhein and Basel with an average jouriey time of 4 days for export and 5.5 days for import. On the Upper Rhine Service, containers can also be transferred in Duisburg for Zeebrügge and empty containers can be moved throughout the network.
Der Rhine-Main Service links the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerps, Emmerich, Duisburg, Bonn, Koblenz, Ludwigshafen, Frankfurt-Höchst and Aschaffenburg with an average journey time of 4 days for export and 5.5 days for import. On the Rhine-Mine Service, containers can also be transferred in Duisburg for Zeebrügge and empty containers can be moved throughout the network.
Der Rhine-Moselle Service links the ports of Antwerps, Rotterdam and Trier with an average journey time of 5 days for export and 6.5 days for import. In Koblenz the containers are transferred to the Rhine-Main Service or the Central Rhineland Service. Container for Zeebrügge can be transferred in Duisburg. Empty containers can thus, if necessary, be transferred between the routes and thus moved throughout the network.
NZ Lower Rhine-Zeebrügge Service
The Lower Rhine-Zeebrügge Service links Duisburg with Zeebrügge. All other service routes can be transferred in Duisburg, to forward containers to Zeebrügge. The average journey time is 2.5 days for export and 3.5 days for import. For containers forwarded to Zeebrügge the journey time is extended by 1.5 days.
The Duisburg-Rotterdam Service links the ports of Rotterdam und Duisburg with an average journey time of 1.5 days for export and 2.5 days for import.
The Emmerich-Rotterdam Service links the ports of Rotterdam and Emmerich with an average journey time of 1 day for export and 1.5 days for import.
The Northern France Service links the ports of Antwerps, Valenciennes, BÃ©thune und Dourges with an average journey time of 3 days for both import and export.
The Rhine-Wesphalia Service links the ports of Antwerps, Rotterdam, Duisburg, Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund with an average journey time of 4 days for export and 5 days for import. Containers for Zeebrügge can be transferred in Duisburg. Empty containers can, if necessary, be transferred in Duisburg between routes and thus moved throughout the network.
The North-West Service links the northern ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven with the western ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerps. This service is equipped for trips as required.