Polish-Dutch Business 2 Government (B2G) meeting on Rail Transport

Bron: Netherlands Embassy in Warsaw, Poland

Donderdag, 24 september 2015

Polish-Dutch Business 2 Government (B2G) meeting on Rail Transport

On 16 September 2015 the first B2G meeting in the field of rail transport took place in Swarzędz, prior to the official opening of the new Intermodal Terminal CLIP. Representatives of Polish and Dutch Ministries responsible for transport, as well infrastructure managers met with Dutch companies active in the rail transport and logistics sector.

During the B2G meeting government’s officials presented current developments in the rail sector and shared their investment plans for the coming years. The business delegation had the opportunity to signalize the most urgent obstacles and share its opinion on improving the rail services in Poland and the Netherlands.

The meeting was organized in the framework of Partners in International Business (PIB) project, one of the export promoting instruments, supported by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( RVO.nl) in The Hague and by the Netherlands Embassy.

Polish-Dutch intermodal market
The Dutch-Polish intermodal transport market is growing. Within few years Dutch Ports gained between 15/16 new weekly direct (shuttle) rail services to different destinations in Poland. This is an enormous growth from 2-3 shuttle services in 2013 to 16 nowadays; to Swarzędz (Poznań), Kutno, Rzepin and Kąty Wrocławskie (Wroclaw). Most shuttle trains make the connection within 24 hours, which is difficult to make by truck.

More and more shippers, both Dutch and Polish, discover the intermodal transport as a good alternative to the road transport and are taking advantage of the smooth connection by rail into the port of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Seeing the huge market potential and development opportunities in Poland, all parties involved decided to continue the co-operation and explore new business opportunities.

PIB Netherlands-Poland - ‘Linked by Rail’
In May 2012 ERS Railways, one of the leading private railway companies in Europe, in cooperation with the Polish partner CLIP Terminal, initiated a direct service between the Port of Rotterdam and Swarzędz. In 2013 a consortium of Dutch companies ‘Linked by Rail’ decided to join forces to promote and improve intermodal rail services between The Netherlands and Poland within the PIB program. In June 2014 the PIB consortium met with Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands at CLIP Terminal in Swarzędz. 

In the framework of the PIB program the companies participated in several trade fairs and branch events. Trainings and missions were organized for Polish companies to increase the knowledge on possibilities of intermodal transport. Parallel to these activities, Polish and Dutch Ministries and governmental organizations cooperated on solving legal and operational obstacles in developing intermodal transport between the two countries.