Germany: Europe's logistics hub

11. 02. 2019

Whether automobiles, cellulose, rails, products for the chemical or mineral oil industry - if you are travelling from or to Germany, then you should travel by rail with the Rail Cargo Group. Because they all demand precise logistics solutions. And absolute reliability.

Germany is regarded as the stronghold of the automotive industry. More than five million passenger cars are produced annually. More than four million change their destination country. Whether within Europe or overseas to Asia - the railways play a central role in transporting the vehicles, and with them we are a reliable logistics partner. Our optimally synchronized logistics solutions supply the automotive industry with raw materials, semi-finished and finished products. But it is not only for the automotive industry that we put high-performance products on rail; paper products such as pulp, various steel products, products for the chemical industry or the mineral oil industry also travel to and from Germany by rail.

Transhipment hub

As a leading rail logistics provider, we develop markets in Central, Southern and Eastern Europe and support our customers in growth markets from Russia and Turkey to China. For us, Germany is one of the most important transport hubs. With our TransFER connections, we not only supply extensive industrial areas such as the Rhine-Ruhr region, but also create a direct link to the northern and western ports of Bremerhaven and Hamburg, the transshipment hubs for intercontinental flows of goods, which provides a direct link to economic centres and conurbations throughout Central and South-Eastern Europe. This is because examples of our efficient services are scheduled train products and daily train products throughout Europe. And in many cases in continuous self-traction. Our own German carrier also secures us a place among the top ten rail transport companies in Germany. This gives our customers a decisive competitive advantage in the market - nationwide and seamlessly at competitive prices.

Gateway for overseas transports to and from China

Duisburg also plays a leading role in international rail traffic and is one of our most important destinations due to its advantageous geographical location. After Hamburg, Duisburg is the most important European port for overseas transports and above all for transports to and from China. Last but not least, it is one of the largest ports in the world. With a perfectly developed track infrastructure, Duisburg also enables environmentally friendly rail transport directly to and from China by land and direct rail links to the northern Silk Road. But also the southern ports and thus the connection of the maritime Silk Road to Asia do not go unnoticed. With our TransFER connections, we also link Germany directly to Trieste - one of Italy's most important and largest ports - or Koper in Slovenia.

Fact box

Number of RCG employees in Germany: 127

Railway undertakings in Germany: 2

Locations in Germany: 7

RCG companies: 4