Railway transportation is not only particularly sustainable, but is also faster than shipping and cheaper than air operations. But it is not always possible to use rail transport for the complete journey. We therefore handle the pick-up and final delivery runs for you and combine several means of transport to form multi-modal transport chains. We have tri-modal rail ports available at several locations for this purpose.
The liberalisation of the European railway markets has opened up a wide variety of prospects. As a result, we operate individual wagon and block train services between all the countries in Western and Eastern Europe – and beyond the European Union too. Railway transport is often the most sensible solution outside the EU. Shipments can often be handled faster by rail because customs clearance takes place during the journey; as a result, there are no waiting times at border crossings.
We have the necessary equipment to tranship your goods from ship to rail or from railway wagons to trucks, for example, and can lift even the heaviest loads. Rhenus has a customs broker licence for the most important export nations. But that is not all: we can also easily handle the transhipment of your goods from the normal gauge used in Europe, North America and China to the larger broad gauge. We have our own office at Malaszewicze in Poland where the gauge changes and it monitors transhipment operations involving the reloading of wagons.
Our railway specialist, Rhenus Rail Logistics, develops and handles rail logistics concepts with you for freight forwarding, systems traffic, supply chain management and traction. As a result of cooperation and freight agreements with other Europe railway companies, we pool flows of goods and offer the best solution and favourable conditions. You can follow the data related to your railway shipments through our IT interfaces and our consignment tracking system at any time.
Based on the expertise that has been available at the Rhenus Rail St. Ingbert company, which was founded in 1996, we are in a position to handle trains across Germany.
The major focus of our own railway operations is in the south/south-west region of Germany where Rhenus Rail not only has its headquarters in St. Ingbert/Saar, but also has its own operating bases in Mannheim, Worms and Freiburg. Rhenus has established a leading market position in cross-border traffic between Germany and France using close contacts and cooperation arrangements with French railway operators.
The company hauls trains consisting of all types of commodities like mined goods, coal/steel, foodstuffs, automobiles, chemical goods and containers. Rhenus Rail not only handles long-distance traffic, but also offers “last mile” and shunting services at industrial sites. The company transported approx. 2.5 million tonnes of freight in 2013.
Since 2017 Rhenus is the sole shareholder of Crossrail Benelux NV.
Crossrail Benelux NV is a dynamic company located in Antwerp/Belgium and Aachen/Germany that is offering tailor made cross-border freight transportation services on a regular and spot basis in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Together with reliable partners, Crossrail Benelux NV also successfully operates traction services to Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Hungary and Romania.
Rhenus Rail operates 21 diesel locos, long-distance and shunting locomotives with various power ratings and 3 electric locos. Some of these are also licenced to operate on the French network and can be adapted to customers’ requirements quickly through flexible leasing arrangements.
The company’s regular customers include industrial firms, railway operators, freight forwarders and private or state railway companies.
Moving people comfortably from place to place by rail
In addition to goods traffic solutions, our subsidiary Rhenus Veniro is a reliable partner for states and local authorities and provides attractive local passenger services. We are the only owner-managed local public transport services group and we have eased the pressure on public coffers in many German states with our local and regional transport services. Rhenus Veniro is, for example, a majority shareholder in Niederrheinische Verkehrsbetriebe Aktiengesellschaft (NIAG), a public/private partnership company. NIAG provides both local public transport services in the Lower Rhine area and transports and tranships bulk commodities too.