The best out of two worlds

A Combined Transport combines the flexibility of trucking with the efficiency of rail.

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Efficiency

of rail

Kombinierter Verkehr: Lkw in Landschaft

Flexibility

of trucking

What does "Combined Transport" mean?

Combined transport (CT) is a special type of freight transport that combines several modes of transport for one shipment.

The loading units (containers, swap bodies or semi-trailers) are transported over longer distances by rail or waterway. The truck is only used on the shortest possible route to cover the first and last mile.

We distinguish two segments in CT

Seaport hinterland traffic

Seaport hinterland transportation is the inbound and outbound carriage of goods between seaports and the surrounding hinterland, usually using standard ISO containers.

67 %

Share of Combined Transport via Rail

Continental traffic

Continental traffic includes freight transport within the same continent, where containers, swap bodies or semi-trailers are transported by rail in the main run.

33 %

Share of Combined Transport via Rail

Seaport hinterland traffic

Seaport hinterland transportation is the inbound and outbound carriage of goods between seaports and the surrounding hinterland, usually using standard ISO containers.

67 %

Share of Combined Transport via Rail

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Continental traffic

Continental traffic includes freight transport within the same continent, where containers, swap bodies or semi-trailers are transported by rail in the main run.

33 %

Share of Combined Transport via Rail

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You can find a useful overview on the idea and how CT works at the Association for Combined Transport (SGKV).

RoLa? RoRo? Trimodal?

You can find out about all the important terms, procedures and players in CT in the SYSLOG WIKI.

Have a look at the advantages of Combined Transport

10 percent higher maximum weight

Trucks may carry a maximum total weight of 44 tons in the pre- or on-carriage leg of a Combined Transport, which is 4 tons more than in road-only freight transport. This means that up to one in eleven truck journeys is saved.

Up to 80 percent less CO2 emissions

Rail is not only efficient, but also sustainable. Door-to-door CT by rail can save up to 80 percent of CO2 emissions compared with road-only transportation. The longer the main leg distance, the greater the savings potential.

Cost savings on long-haul routes

No vehicle tax, less truck toll and lower fuel consumption. At a distance of 600 kilometers, CT is already cheaper than road transport for four out of five connections when including external costs. Above 1,000 kilometers, the ratio is almost 95 percent.

More staff and car capacities

CT means that resources can be used even more efficiently, because personnel and vehicles are less likely to be tied up on long truck journeys across Europe. Instead, they can be used flexibly for pre- and on-carriage to the next CT terminal as well as for other transport services.

I would like to book, but...

Spediteur ist überfordert bei der Buchung eines Kombinierten Verkehrs

For many forwarders and their customers, CT is an attractive trucking alternative.

They would like to take advantage of the benefits and book. But how? And where?

They lack a one-stop shop for information on providers, routes, prices and available capacity.

We developed modility to simplify access to the market and facilitate the booking of intermodal transportation.

KV-Angebote in der Ergebnisliste im modility-Portal

You want to benefit from the advantages of CT and make them your strengths?