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f.l.t.r. Rudolf Rossenstatter (Chairman FHP), Ferdinand Schmidt (Member of the Board Rail Cargo Group).

RCG extends cooperation with Forst Holz Papier

03-May-2017

As part of a three-year package, the Rail Cargo Group and Austrian timber industry platform Forst Holz Papier (FHP) have agreed to extend their existing cooperation. In recent years, the two parties have worked hard to ensure that timber products - which are important for the Austrian forestry, timber and paper industries - have kept moving by rail.

A boost for area distribution and wagonload traffic

With a modal share of over 30 %, rail freight in Austria is one of the European Union's star performers. This is reflected in a dense network and an attractive range of services on the market, with over 400 loading points and 125 stations (both dedicated to timber or part of the core network) offering domestic and international rail services. This is the backbone underpinning single wagonload traffic, and is not only part of what makes the Rail Cargo Group unique - it is also a major factor in businesses' decision to locate in Austria.

Timber to go by rail until at least 2020

Many companies, the timber industry included, have chosen to use rail as a sustainable solution for their transport needs. The existing agreement between the Rail Cargo Group and Forst Holz Papier has now been extended for a further three years, with a number of specific details agreed. The freight rates applicable to domestic consignments, which expire on 30 June 2017, will alter slightly as of July 1st, 2017. In addition, it has been agreed that the core timber network is to be upgraded and optimised, and that a nationwide capacity management system (KAPA) will be set up between the Rail Cargo Group and FHP. The major beneficiaries of extending what is already a successful relationship until 2020 will be the environment and local populations, since the agreement will see modal shift of goods from road to rail.

The Forst Holz Papier (FHP) cooperation platform

FHP is unique in Europe in that it brings together all parties with a stake in timber, whether as a natural resource, a commodity or a raw material: from the forestry industry to timber processors such as sawmills, wood panel and paper manufacturers, and those trading timber or using it as a building material. In Austria, timber-related industries represent some 300,000 jobs at over 172,000 mostly family-owned small and medium-sized enterprises. The total value chain is worth around 12 billion euros, and annual export surpluses average approximately 3.5 billion euros. "Timber's value chain is a stable, reliable factor in the Austrian domestic economy and a growth driver in rural areas. Moving timber - itself a sustainable material - by environmentally-friendly rail is a longstanding tradition in Austria, and one we are pleased to uphold in signing this industry framework agreement", said Rudolf Maximilian Rosenstatter, Chairman of the Forst Holz Papier (FHP) cooperation platform.