FORWARDNET 2017, your alternative for single wagons!

Forwardnet is a new setup rail network for single wagons with door – to door lead time commitment between the French stations and any location in Ruhr-area/Scandinavia/East Germany/ Poland and South-East of Europe.


France Express

Duisburg - Cologne - Woippy (6 roundtrips per week) with quick connection to MLMC (SNCF single wagon system) in France


2 hubs, Cologne Eifeltor and Duisburg Wedau with quick connection to / from:

- Numerous stations in Ruhr area

- Scandinavia (8 trains per week)

- East Germany and Poland (3 trains per week)

- South-Eastern Europe (3 to 5 trains per week)

- Antwerp, Rotterdam (5 trains per week)


A solution for spot block trains can also be designed within FORWARDNET.


Your advantages :

- track & tracing all along the way (door to door) – customized information sent automatically to you

- possible booking of slots for your wagons into our train + automatically into the MLMC (SNCF single wagon system) for a prioritization in France

- monthly quality reports regarding your shipments and quality improvements plan


For more info contact us:


tel. +49 69 24 00 23 17





FORWARDIS, an European leader in grain transport


Grain traffics represent almost 40% of Forwardis’ activity. Given its ISO22000 and GMP+ certification, this freight forwarder is positioned as an European leader for these traffics. In order to increase its development, it recently established an international dedicated team to help its clients with their development. This team aims at desiging and implementing end-to-end solutions to meet the clients’ needs regarding the whole agribusiness sector.


  • Forwardis handles up to 3 millions tons of grains each year using 4 modes :

Railway : It is Forwardis major activity. 2000 trains are chartered each year, from French silos to several harbours, from France to Italy via the Modane pass or Switzerland (15 trains weekly), to Germany, Belgium or the Netherlands. It also helps its clients vary their sourcing, namely departing from Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic as well as other countries of central and oriental Europe.

Rail/road combined transport : Nowadays mostly between France and Italy (almost 1500 swap bodies dispatched in 2015).

Fluvial/waterway : All national river basins (Seine, Northern Canal, Moselle, Rhine, Danube, Rhone) are served, up to 750 000 tons per year).

Road : Forwardis also deals with road haulage, as an upstream or downstream complement to bulk transport.


  • Forwardis helps its clients exporting :

Forwardis dispatches grains for export to Africa and Asia via large port hubs, namely Rouen, Dunkirk,… Forwardis is also active with land ports.


  • Forwardis helps grains actors in their development :

Forwardis monitors and looks after the execution of its clients shipments and takes full responsibility for them right up to their final destination. A single contact is at the client’s disposal to guarantee service quality throughout the relationship. Forwardis’s tracking & tracing services ensure full traceability of its clients’ cargo all along the whole transport chain.

Forwardis’s ambition is to increase its abilities and its international services offers. Therefore a dedicated committee has been created. A team of 5 members fluent in main European languages, led by Forwardis SA’s sales manager Sébastien Vacher, is in charge to design solutions able to cover all major European flows.




Forwardis’ international teams roll out inovative rail / road solutions allowing its clients to obtain economies of scale and CO2 to ship sugar to Spain, Italy, Belgium or Switzerland. That way, Forwardis has ensured a haulage of 400.000 tons of sugar in 2015 for its clients. Edible liquids (biofuel oil, alcohol and wine) are shipped over to Germany, Belgium, Italy, and even over to Russia.



Sébastien Vacher manages a team of 5 members in charge of international development. As he has been a goods transport specialist for 15 years, he explains : « the need to adopt a chameleon like behaviour : we need to adapt ourselves, we back up our clients’ projects, we do everything and beyond to come up with the right solutions. ».




A single entity for the rail freight forwarding activities of SNCF Logistics

1st of January 2016 has seen the arrival of FORWARDIS, the new entity of the SNCF Logistics group, which combines five rail freight forwarding subsidiaries: Ecorail, Ermechem, Ermefret, Captrain Solutions and Captrain UK.

This entity aims to offer simpler access to rail, finding the best solutions in continental Europe and managing all resources for the delivery of end-to-end transport services.

Building on over 15 years of experience of its transportation consulting, engineering and organisation teams, FORWARDIS will be developing tailor-made logistics solutions for industrial companies.

Thanks to the expertise of rail operators, railcar rental, and river and maritime as well as road charterers, FORWARDIS will enhance and expand the services and added value it offers its customers, creating a major new player covering the whole of the European continent, and stretching out as far as Asia.

With annual revenues of more than €200 million and about 100 employees, FORWARDIS operates in three main markets: liquid bulk and hazardous materials (chemicals, gas, petroleum products, etc.), dry bulk (agricultural and construction products, waste, etc.) and industrial and manufactured goods.

Offering 100% rail services (block trains, wagon load or isolated wagon), or multimodal offers with responsibility that can be expanded to include the entire supply chain (river transport, road, freight handling, containers, goods wagon management, administrative and customs formalities, etc.) FORWARDIS can rely on the expertise and efficiency of its group entities to develop ever more reliable solutions and facilitate the shift towards more environmentally effective modes of transport.

This entity networks with and is supported by:

  • Its Paris-based headquarters, FORWARDIS SA, created from the merger of Ecorail and Ermechem and responsible for customers in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, with the support of FORWARDIS UK in London;
  • FORWARDIS GmbH in Berlin, formed by the merger of Ermefret and Captrain Solutions and responsible for customers in Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Austria, Eastern Europe and the CIS, Russia and the Balkans.

Édouard Laverny, General Manager FORWARDIS Europe, coordinates the business of the entities along with their respective managers: Aleksandra Röhricht and Philippe Golder for FORWARDIS GmbH and Nicholas Giraud for FORWARDIS SA.

For Sylvie Charles, General Manager of SNCF Logistics’ Rail and Intermodal Business Unit, “the creation of FORWARDIS is an additional asset for increasing access to rail and capturing new markets”.