RailFreight Connects 2023
Ports embracing rail

The European port is nowhere without good hinterland connections by rail. Rail is nowhere without efficient terminals, for the last mile or connecting rail services elsewhere. At RailFreight Connects the different players in the supply chain met. On 6 & 7 September 2023 in the German harbour city of Bremen, we made the connection. Thank you for joining us!

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Two days full of content, networking and knowledge exchange made RailFreight Connects 2023 an important meeting place for the entire logistics industry. Rail professionals, terminal operators and port people met to discuss the burning issues:

  • What is the impact of economies of scale on the supply chain?
  • How is the German railway network expanding amidst the growing pressure on rail?
  • What does efficiency mean for a port? For a terminal? Or for a railway operator?
  • How are railway fleets adjusting to the need for efficiency?
  • What does the Greening Freight Package from the EU Commission mean for the logistics industry?

What was unique about RailFreight Connects, is that it was hosted simultaneously with Project Cargo Summit, an industry event catered towards the project cargo and break bulk industry. Participants of both events met on several occasions and could attend breakout sessions of both events.

For whom?

RailFreight Connects brought together around 100 international rail freight professionals and port operators for a crucial moment to discuss challenges and opportunities as well as to bridge the gap between the two.

At RailFreight Connects 2023 you could meet:

  • Rail operators
  • Port operators
  • Carriers
  • Academics
  • Policymakers
  • Terminal operators
  • Consultants
  • Shippers
  • Logistic service providers
  • Freight forwarders
  • Shipping lines
  • Shipbrokers
  • Ports and terminals
  • Heavy lift specialists

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Topics discussed

During the programme of RailFreight Connects 2023, the following topics were discussed:

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  • The European ports and rail
  • Rolling stock
  • Terminal efficiency
  • Sanctions
  • Port congestion
  • Cranability of trailers
  • The emergence of the giants

Infographic: Latest facts & figures on railway transport in Germany

Over the past 20 years, rail’s overall share in German freight transport has grown by only 2.5 percent. For the past five years, the modal share has more or less stagnated. What is the current share of rail freight in Germany? How many million tonnes of goods were transported in the German railways in 2022? How many million containers are transported on rail through Bremerhaven?

In the run-up to RailFreight Connects 2023, we gathered some of the latest facts & figures on railway transport in Germany into a free downloadable infographic.

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