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International intermodal transport Spain-France for palletized merchandise

International intermodal transport Spain-France for palletized merchandise

The world is increasingly aware of the importance of reducing CO2 emissions across all sectors. Therefore, many companies are seeking methods to mitigate their impact on climate change. If there's a common scenario among various sectors, it's the need to transport merchandise nationally or internationally. One of the methods that best fits in reducing CO2 emissions is through Intermodal Transport with a mobile box. This system allows both side, top, and rear loading and adapts to different types of merchandise.

This is where Sacytrans and intermodal transportation come into play, as they are two of the most environmentally efficient and load-capacity-effective forms of transportation.

Example of the intermodal process through the Atlantic corridor

To grasp international intermodal transportation, capacity, and benefits, imagine the following scenario: you have a load that must be sent from Bilbao to Lille in northern France. If you opt for road transport, the loading order is passed to the transport company, the merchandise is placed on a semitrailer, and the journey is made. However, this process entails a significant emission of CO2 into the atmosphere.

In contrast to the traditional road option, the Spain-France railway route, known as the Atlantic corridor, offers a more sustainable alternative for merchandise transportation. Instead of loading the merchandise directly onto a semitrailer, a mobile box-type tautliner is used, which can be loaded from the rear, laterally, or from the top. Once loaded at the Bilbao factory, this box is transported to the Bayonne train station, where it is mounted on a wagon and sent to its destination via railway lines. Upon arrival at Dourges (station in northern France), a driver with a chassis awaits the train's arrival, picks up the mobile box with the merchandise, which has not undergone any handling, and completes the journey to Lille.

In summary, in this scenario, the merchandise would follow the following route and timelines

  1. Loading the pallets in the mobile box at the Bilbao factory on Monday morning. 
  2. Transport of the mobile box to the train station FR-64 Bayonne. 
  3. Separation of the mobile box from the chassis at the Bayonne station and mounting on a wagon. 
  4. The train departs from Bayonne on Monday afternoon. 
  5. The train arrived at station FR-62 Dourges (northern France) on Tuesday at approximately 10:30 a.m. 
  6. Presence of another driver with a chassis at the Dourges station waiting for the train's arrival. 
  7. Pickup of the mobile box by the driver in Dourges and transport to the customer in FR-59 Lille on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday at the earliest.

Environmental impact of intermodal transportation between Spain and Northern France

How much impact does opting for intermodal transportation have on CO2 emissions? Comparatively, less. The train journey emits less CO2 than the equivalent by road. In this example, intermodal transportation emits around 192 kg of CO2, compared to the 844 kilograms from road transportation. This represents a saving of approximately 652 kilograms of CO2.

It is important to note that while the delivery time may vary slightly on some routes, in many cases, intermodal transportation can be just as fast as the road option. By adopting this mode of transportation, companies are reducing their carbon footprint and actively contributing to environmental protection. Additionally, they address other aspects such as cargo and driver safety, avoiding situations where driving hours necessitate overnight or sudden stops or delays due to road conditions. They also reduce the impact on public infrastructure such as roads or highways, thanks to the reduction in traffic of large-volume trucks.

Sacytrans, experts in international intermodal transportation

At Sacytrans, they are committed to implementing sustainable logistics practices on the Atlantic corridor. Through intermodal transportation, they help each client meet their emissions reduction goals and contribute to building a greener and more sustainable future for all.

Sacytrans Intermodal transport Spain France

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