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Logistics assoc conference focuses on intermodal freight

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The Association of Hungarian Logistics Service Centres (MLSZKSZ) addressed benefits and challenges of intermodal freight transport at a two-day conference that started in the capital on Thursday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

MLSZKSZ chairman Zsolt Fülöp told the conference that European Green Deal targets cannot be met without a "rapid expansion" of intermodal freight. Although the share of intermodal freight in Hungary's logistics mix is slowly growing, it accounted for just 1.8% of the 188 million tonnes of goods transported last year, according to MLSZKSZ data, he said.

Ákos Érsek, a consultant for the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR), said developing combined transport is the "simplest, most apparent solution" to achieving climate goals. He added that the share of intermodal freight must triple by 2020 in order to reach environmental targets.

Gábor Dittel, managing secretary of hauliers association NIT-Hungary, said the 13,000 microbusinesses and small enterprises on Hungary's haulier market are "highly vulnerable" and in a "precarious position" because of their reliance on contracted jobs. They can only begin to head in the direction of intermodal freight with the supportive cooperation of the haulier and rail cargo industries, he added.

Participants at the congress agreed that increasing the share of intermodal freight could ease the shortage of lorry drivers.

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