Samskip Multimodal and its traction partner Hector Rail have received approval from Danish authorities to recommence trailer moves through Denmark.

The service relaunch, from the first week of June, follows permission from Danish authorities to increase the number of trailers allowed through Denmark by rail.

The new authorisation is expected to normalise Germany-Sweden rail shuttle traffic, after a brief dip in volumes moving between the Samskip rail terminal in Duisburg and North European markets via Denmark.

Samskip said the first trains loaded with trailers departed after all partners implemented modified procedures for safe trailer transport by rail using criteria from Danish authorities for the rail supply chain.

Initially, Samskip will retain current rerouting options, allowing customers time to consider the shift of all relevant volumes back to the rail set up via Denmark.

“Expanding our activity on this lane makes for greater service resilience for the Germany-Nordics rail option,” said Johan Grootkarzijn, Head of Rail Network at Samskip, and went on to add, “In contrast to road haulage, rail services avoid driver delays and allow flexibility in responding to an increased demand to have cargo transported in a sustainable way with short transit times.”

This rail shipping option is available to all shippers in Europe and the UK, according to Samskip’s announcement.