Routing: Stockholm/Oslo/Trelleborg-Malmö-Copenhagen-Hamburg-Innsbruck- Verona-La Spezia /Livorno Ancona /Taranto /Augusta / Palermo

Members: BaneNOR (Norway); Trafikverket (Sweden); Øresundsbro Konsortiet (Sweden-Denmark); Banedanmark (Denmark); DB Netz (Germany); ÖBB Infrastruktur (Austria); RFI (Italy)

Legal Form: International Association under Austrian law

Registered office: Vienna (Austria)

One Stop Shop: Frankfurt (Germany)

Does not have a permanent office

Website: https://www.scanmedfreight.eu/

The countries through which the Corridor passes are Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria and Italy. The ScanMed RFC countries has a total surface area of approximately 1.6 million km2, i.e. approximately 40% of the total EU27 surface area.

The total length is 7,527 km.

Considering Europe (EU27 01-Jan-2019) has a population of 446.8 million and a GDP in 2019 of approximately 14,000 billion euros (sources: Eurostat, IMF.org), ScanMed countries account for 15% of the population of EU27 of 17% of those employed in the same area, producing one-fifth of the European Gross Domestic Product (20%). 

Considering the location of the trade relations between the countries crossed, the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Freight Corridor can be subdivided into two macro-sections: the northern one, connecting the Scandinavian countries with Germany and the main markets of Central Europe, and the southern one connecting Italy with Germany via the Brenner Pass.

According to ScanMed RFC data (2015 market study and ScanMed and CNC 2018 Work Plan), the total volumes of freight transported along the corridor amounts to approximately 70 millions of tons, with estimated growth of 25% over 10 years. Italy accounts for 23% and is second place only after Germany (48%) and followed by Austria (18%).

 

The Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor is an extremely important infrastructure supporting trade relations between Asia/North Africa and Central Europe. In fact, its Mediterranean coverage includes 9 of the 14 Italian ports belonging to the Core European TEN-T network, which have great potential for capturing trade flows coming from the Suez Strait for subsequently relaunch via rail towards continental Europe.

The diagram alongside shows a summary of the main freight traffic flows onto the Corridor (from ScanMed Market Study 2015 data) and the number of corridor trains, between the main places of departure and destination (in both directions - GGII 2013 data).

 

In terms of the corridor’s importance for the Italian market, Brenner is the first Italian pass in terms of volumes transported: in 2019, about 53.7 million tonnes of goods crossed the border with a rail modal share of about 26%.

The volumes of freight transported across the Brenner pass along the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor are as follows (Alpinfo 2018-2019):

 

2018

2019

Brenner Pass Total Freight Volume - Thousands of Tons

52,874.60

53,700.80

Brenner Pass Rail Freight Volume - Thousands of Tons

14,048.10

13,781.90

Brenner Pass modal share - Percentage

26.6%

25.7%

Brenner is the Italian pass with the most traffic also in terms of rail volumes and wide margins for growth, also in light of the increasingly pressing need for eliminating road congestion and reducing environmental externalities produced by the transit of heavy vehicles.

In 2019, the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor worked on improving the quality of services and strengthening the coordination with terminals and portals through a more systematic dialogue with them, thanks to which an increase in 33% in the number of customers compared to 2018 was observed.

During the 2019 timetable period, the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor experimented successfully with a Terminal Integrated Capacity Offer to improve general performance of the logistics chain.

Again in 2019, an agreement was reached enabling customers active in the north of the corridor to implement a single standardised contract of use (known as an SCU) in order to simplify the conditions for accessing infrastructure for railway undertakings.

The Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor was the first European Freight Corridor to apply International Contingency Management (ICM), an international emergency management process shared between all European infrastructure managers, to a real case.

The constant attention given to the market will require more extensive involvement of end logistics chain clients. For the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Freight Corridor, this includes simplifying access to the network and the services offered to transport companies and carriers, to make using rail more and more easy and convenient. In this respect, the Terminal Integrated Capacity Offer (TICO) is an important product, which from a pilot product will become an integral part of the Corridor’s business offer, involving a growing number of Terminals.

A new market study on transport modal costs will be completed in 2020 and will provide an analysis of the costs of rail and intermodal transport along specific traffic routes in order to identify key learnings to further develop the portfolio and improve market knowledge to facilitate the acquisition of new customers.

In 2020, the feasibility study of the automatic interface pilot project TIS (Train Information System) - Terminal (terminals involved Munich Riem - Verona QE) aimed at the integrated monitoring of the performance between "ramp and ramp", thus providing key data for competition with road transport.

Finally, 2020 will see the completion of the second stage of the preliminary “Longer and Heavy Trains” study, aimed at estimating, for different periods of time, the supply of capacity to be allocated to longer and heavier trains than the current setup, taking into account changes in the market and the infrastructure investments currently planned.