Girteka’s Expanded Intermodal Services from Sweden to Germany

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The logistics industry is at a pivotal moment. As businesses, governments, and consumers increasingly prioritize sustainability, companies must adapt and innovate. One such development is the expansion of intermodal transport services by Girteka in partnership with Samskip. This expansion signifies a step toward a decarbonized, efficient, and customer-centric logistics ecosystem.

Starting from December 2023, the intermodal solutions enable cargo transportation from Nassjo/Katrineholm in Sweden to Duisburg in Germany. The services are available seven days per week, providing full flexibility and increased capacity. One of the strongest customer-centric aspects of this initiative is the enabling of decarbonized supply chains. With the constant pressure from both governmental bodies and consumers for companies to adopt greener practices, Girteka’s expanded services are a direct response to this demand. By shifting towards railway-based transportation solutions, businesses can actively decrease their carbon footprint and third-scope emissions.

The newly expanded services are targeting a concerning issue in road transportation – decarbonization. While specific numbers will depend on various factors such as load capacity, this initiative is expected to result in a tangible drop in CO2 emissions per ton-mile up to almost four times less, thereby enabling customers to have a decarbonized supply chain. Following recently announced EU plans to increase focus on intermodal solutions within the Greener Freight Package, Girteka is incorporating the plans already into business cases, beneficial for companies, logistics providers, and communities.

Collaborating with Samskip signifies a collective commitment to both present needs and future challenges. With digital tracking, route optimization, and other technological advancements, the expanded services set an industry standard. And what can be already stated customers have shifted into the services utilizing the opportunities to decarbonize the supply chains that come from intermodal solutions.

Since the introduction of intermodal services six years ago, Girteka has grown into the largest reefer carrier by intermodal transport in Europe. This expertise is backed by data: in 2021 alone, the Group saved over 14.4m kg of CO2 emissions, and in 2022, it was already more than 16.7m kg. This represents a 16% increase in CO2 savings year over year. Moreover, the services cover more than 16m km across the EU, involving more than 16,100 fully loaded trailers on rail tracks.

Source: Girteka Logistics