Maersk offers eco-friendly rail solution for Spanish reefer container exports – alleviating supply chain bottlenecks


Madrid – Sealand – A Maersk company, a subsidiary of Maersk and specializing in intra-European logistics, is launching a new rail product from Spain to the UK specially designed for temperature-sensitive goods such as fruit and vegetables. The new transport option is suitable for fresh Spanish produce, has a flexible capacity and will initially have three weekly departures from the Valencia terminal to Barking terminal in east London. The trains will also carry unrefrigerated goods on their journey south from the UK to Spain.

After successful trials in September with positive customer feedback, regular departures will begin at the end of October, just in time for Spain’s high season for fruit and vegetable exports. Over 90% of these exports are northbound, resulting in up to 1,400 trucks crossing Spain’s northern border daily to key markets in the UK, France, Benelux, Germany and Scandinavia.

Our new product solves several challenges that our refrigerated customers in Spain face when exporting: First, many large retailers want to reduce the carbon footprint of the products they sell. Second, we have a shortage of truck drivers, which means that currently cross-border road transport is often limited and unreliable. Third, the capacity and quality of main roads are limited, resulting in traffic jams. Our rail transport makes Spanish exporters independent of driver shortages and road bottlenecks, and offers more than 90% lower CO2 emissions than a truck on the road.

Diego Perdones Montero

Regional Director France, Iberia and Maghreb


Other destinations could follow, he adds, including integrated sea and rail solutions: “Large customers – importers, producers and retailers – operate with both sea and land freight flows. By offering them our reliable inland distribution network via rail, we will help create faster, greener and more efficient routes, regardless of the origin and destination of sensitive goods. »

In addition, Maersk simplifies and optimizes its customers’ supply chains with a comprehensive offer of additional logistics services. These range from customs brokerage or cold storage to Captain Peter, technology that ensures full data transparency of the status of the cargo inside a reefer container throughout its journey.

About AP Moller – Maersk

AP Moller – Maersk is an integrated container logistics company that strives to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As a global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs over 100,000 people.

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