With an annual freight volume of around 100 billion tkm, Single Wagon Load (SWL) accounts for approximately 50% of Europe’s total rail market (Source: Xrail).
SWL transports are a crucial supply chain element for Europe’s predominantly midsized and geographically dispersed industry and agriculture. But most European Railway Undertakings are losing money with their SWL activities. Closing down this business segment does not appear to be a valid option, since SWL is connected with Full Train Load business and Intermodal traffic via operations, i.e. provides feeder and repositioning services for the latter.