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Maersk is once again extending the frequency of its intermodal service between Asia and Europe; the AE19 service that combines shortsea and rail transport. That frequency is now increasing to twice a week. The service has recently received several upgrades. Last spring the AE19 was still a monthly service.
The intermodal service is constantly being expanded as volumes skyrocketed during the corona crisis. Those volumes increased by 75 per cent in the spring, a trend that only intensified in the second half of the year, says Zsolt Katona, Maersk’s Eastern Europe Director.
The corona pandemic has created several ‘trade bottlenecks’ in Europe, says Katona. As a result, instead of booking container liner services, many shippers have turned to the intermodal route, which combines shortsea transport to and from European and Asian ports with rail transport through Russia between the ports of Vostochy and Saint Petersburg.
Author: Paul Jumelet
This article first appeared on www.railfreight.com
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