CoolRail has sent its first full container of fresh fruits and vegetables to Denmark, travelling by train from Almussafes, Valencia to Denmark.
After this first successfully completed test run, the goal for the short and medium term is to make this a regular route.
The itinerary chosen for this consignment started from Almussafes and reached its final destination in Denmark after a single stop in Cologne to change trains.
The main benefits of this new route are the transit time of five days, which is very competitive, and savings of more than 70 per cent in CO2 emissions compared to road transport. Moreover, the return trip is also economically feasible because the returning train carries empty pallets belonging to Euro Pool System, which together with Transfesa Logistics collaborates on CoolRail routes.
“We have made great progress by consolidating CoolRail as the most sustainable and efficient distribution network for sending fresh products to the whole of Europe. Customers in Nordic countries are pleased to see rail transport at the heart of the supply chain. They are very concerned about protecting the environment and the world in which they operate and keen to find emission-free logistics solutions to contribute to the reduction of CO2,” Pedro Ramos, the Key Account Manager, at Transfesa Logistics said.
The initiative of using rail transport as the exclusive mode of transport in the supply chain aims to meet increasing demand from customers such as Coop Trading. This company supplies the main retail cooperatives in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, all of which are involved in the project of CoolRail. The cooperative that received this first consignment to be sent 100 per cent by rail was Coop Denmark, who are very committed to environmental concerns and seek to supply products competitively but without polluting.
The project is an important opportunity to promote the use of railways for goods transport across Europe.
Since May 2019, CoolRail powered by Transfesa Logistics, the first rail connection for the transport of fresh products, has been functioning between the south and the northwest of Europe. Its aim is to carry fresh products in a more sustainable and efficient way. It is a distribution network that connects Valencia with Rotterdam and other destinations such as the United Kingdom, the Nordic countries, Germany and Poland.