Intermodal rail in Poland 2023: yet another decline

Intermodal rail in Poland 2023: yet another decline
© PCC Intermodal

The Polish rail transport sector witnessed a downturn in intermodal transport performance during 2023, continuing a negative trend from the previous year.


As the Polish Office of Railway Transport (UTK) reports, the total cargo weight carried through this mode totaled 24.5 million tons, marking a decrease of 6.3% from 2022. Similarly, the transport work completed measured 8.5 billion tonne-kilometers (tkm), which also fell by roughly 1.5% compared to the previous year.

The number of load units transported saw a significant reduction, dropping by 9.1% to 1.59 million, of which 1.49 million were containers. This corresponds to a 14.3% decrease in TEUs transported, with 2.431 million TEUs moved in 2023, down from 2.836 million TEUs in 2022.

Despite these challenges, the intermodal segment marginally increased its share of the total rail cargo weight, up by 0.1 percentage points to 10.6%. It also accounted for 13.7% of the total rail transport work, underlining its ongoing role in the logistics chain.

This continued decline reflects the sensitivity of intermodal transport to broader economic and geopolitical shifts, including the ongoing impacts of international conflicts and changes in global supply chains.

© LTG Cargo Polska
© LTG Cargo Polska

Key figures of intermodal by rail in Poland in 2023:

·        Total weight of transported cargo: 24.5 million tons

·        Transport work: 8.5 billion tkm

·        Total load units transported: 1.59 million units

·        Total TEUs transported: 2.431 million TEUs

·        Percentage of total rail cargo weight: 10.6%

·        Share of transport work in rail transport: 13.7%

© PKP Cargo
© PKP Cargo

List of companies with their market share in Polish intermodal rail:

1.     PKP Cargo - 19.36%

2.     PCC Intermodal - 18.18%

3.     DB Cargo Polska - 15.33%

4.     Metrans Rail - 6.48%

5.     LTE Polska - 5.55%

6.     Alza Cargo - 5.47%

7.     LTG Cargo Polska - 3.55%

8.     CTL Logistics - 2.05%

9.     PKP LHS - 3.70%

10.  Captrain Polska - 4.51%

11.  Ecco Rail - 3.10%

12.  Eurasian Railway Carrier - 3.94%

13.  Lotos Kolej - 1.31%

14.  Laude Smart Intermodal - 0.82%

15.  Silva LS - 1.01%

16.  Rail Polska - 0.47%

17.  Rail Cargo Carrier Poland - 0.54%

18.  ZIK Sandomierz - 0.41%

19.  Ost-West Logistics Poland - 0.22%

20.  Freightliner PL - 0.50%

21.  Pol-Miedź Trans - 1.59%

22.  TKP Silesia - 0.15%

23.  Eurotrans - 1.34%

24.  CD Cargo Poland - 0.12%

25.  EP Cargo - 0.16%

26.  Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka - 0.06%

27.  Barter - 0.03%

28.  Inter Cargo - 0.001%

29.  LokoTrain - 0.02%

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