Hannibal, the Contship Italia Group's multimodal transport operator, is launching a second rail link to Switzerland on 2 July 2018. The new daily connection to Zurich (Niederglatt) complements the existing link to Basel (Frenkendorf), which also has a daily frequency
With the additional link to Zurich (Niederglatt), Contship Italia doubles its services covering the Swiss market. The new link between Melzo and Niederglatt features a three-day transit time (A-C with arrival in the morning ) from main Italian Gateways and an A-B transit time to/from intermodal hubs in Melzo and Padova. By expanding its service offering dedicated to continental volumes between Italy and Switzerland, Contship continues to transform the Southern Gateway into a competitive and reliable option for cargo owners, freight forwarders and shipping lines. Hannibal's first link to Basel (Frenkendorf) started in 2013 and has recorded growing demand since then.
Shipping lines offer competitive transit times to La Spezia and other Southern Gateway ports served by Hannibal, saving shippers both transit times and inventory costs. With its new connection to Niederglatt, Contship Italia underlines its goal to offer solutions that go “hand in hand” with market demand. At the same time, the Group contributes to more resilient and value added supply chain solutions, thus customers benefit from an improved risk management for import and export cargo.
Furthermore, the Group contributes to more resilient and value added supply chain solutions, allowing the customer to benefit from improved risk management for their import and export cargo. Daniele Testi, Contship Italia's Marketing & Corporate Communication Director, explains: "It is crucial for shippers to have a choice between different transport options in case of need, as demonstrated by the rail line closure near Rastatt last year. Being in control of the supply chain ensures that customers can select the transport mode that fits the respective cargo best, which does not only improve risk management but also saves costs."
For more information on the service please do not hesitate to contact Hannibal's commercial team at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Connectivity Tool and ask for a quote on intermodal maritime and continental connections.