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New Service: InterRail offers temperature-controlled rail transports between Europe and Asia

St. Gallen, 25 January 2024. The Swiss InterRail Group successfully carried out its first reefer container transports between Asia and Europe last year. This year, the transport company has added temperature-controlled rail transport to its regular range of services.

InterRail uses diesel-powered 45-foot pallet wide reefer containers on the route between Europe and Asia, which can cool or heat independently of the infrastructure on different modes of transport. The performance and internal temperature of the containers are monitored around the clock. Customers receive at least one detailed report per day with all relevant information about their goods. The refrigerated containers each hold up to 33 euro-pallets, the use of which allows for good air circulation within the container. Temperature-controlled rail transport offers a number of advantages over other modes of transport: it reaches its destination faster than by sea, is cheaper than air freight, and no transshipment of goods is necessary along the route.

Successful implementation

In late summer last year, InterRail transported 13.5 tonnes of high-quality Swiss chocolate from the Basel region to Shanghai. The reefer was operated at a set point of 12°C and proved its worth even under extreme outside temperatures of up to 42°C.  Another example of its successful use is the transport of miso ramen soups from Shanghai to Hamburg. The reefer container successfully protected the goods from the cold at a set point of 10 °C and a lowest outside temperature of -27 °C.

“Especially given the current situation in the Red Sea, our new product is an interesting option for certain sensitive/perishable goods that won’t stand the additional transit time caused by the alternative sea route via the Cape of Good Hope. In addition to the Europe – China route, we can also offer this service to and from Central Asia as well as within Europe,” says Stefaniea Klermund, Business Development Manager at InterRail Holding AG.


Five questions for Hamdi Süslü

Hamdi Süslü, started to work as the new business development manager at InterRail Uluslararası Nakliyat ve Lojistik Hizmetler T.A.Ş., Istanbul, in December 2023. Welcome to the team. We asked Hamdi some personal questions.

Where did you start your career?
In 2010, I started my professional career and worked in many sectors. I started my logistics career at Pasifik Eurasia. Before that, I worked as an International Sales Manager in various companies.

I consider a working day successful when …
…I use my time efficiently, successfully finalize the items in my daily plan, and successfully complete pending tasks.

What impresses me most about my job…
… is the successful completion of a job I have started. I am impressed by the dialogues I have with customers and my teammates while finalizing the job and preparing the ground for another job.

If I could go on a trip around the world, these would be my destinations…
It would be the Far Eastern countries because of their cultural differences and rich street flavors. If I need to name a country, I would like to go to South Korea. Apart from that, I would like to visit the northern countries because of their different climates and lifestyles. Again, if I need to name a country, I would love to see Finland.

I have always wanted to ….
… work in a job where I can both spare time for myself and see the results of the work I have started and be motivated by this situation. I have also always wanted to work in an international company with a team of colleagues from all over the world.