Details are given of developments in the intermodal market as 1992 approaches. Shipping lines have been reluctant to rationalise ports and integrate European transport operations, ships are increasing in size and they risk losing cargo. Several ship operators are becoming interested in pan-European trucking organisations including CMB who plan to provide an integrated European network by 1992. With the open border policy it is anticipated that trucks will move at an average of 60 kph as compared to 20 kph at present largely due to customs delays. Details are given of the acquisitions made by some of the larger companies such as CMB and Nedlloyd in seeking to provide integrated European transport systems. The main emphasis has been on road haulage but pressure is growing in the Netherlands, West Germany, Austria and Switzerland to restrict road traffic and transfer to rail. Both CMB and Nedlloyd are prepared to accommodate any changes in taxes or regulations. The main hindrance in transfer to rail is coordination of the various state rail authorities. Container transport by barge is significant and between Rotterdam and West Germany accounts for 25% of traffic. It is suggested that this will not be reduced but road traffic will suffer most from transfer to rail.


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  • Accession Number: 00606547
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM