Since the beginning of this week Germany has experienced the longest rail strike. One week both freight and passenger rail transport are very limited or even cancelled completely. The union of the engine drivers did give a notice so among others the manufacturing companies had a chance to secure their supply chain and move their goods from rail to road. The automobile manufacturer BMW declared a reorganization of their logistic due to the upcoming strike. A BMW spokesman explained to the “Dow Jones Newswires” that they are in contact with planners.
One company in particular experiences an even positive outcome from the strike: The TimoCom freight exchange. TimoCom’s transport barometer shows the effect of the strike. The freight share has increased continuously from the beginning of the week. At the moment, the ratio from freight to vehicle space of German domestic transports is 80:20. In other words: per empty lorry there are four loads needing transport.