FRANCE: Bourgogne Fret Service has been launched to serve freight customers in the Bourgogne region. It is owned by Eurotunnel rail freight subsidiary Europorte (67%) and the Cérévia agricultural co-operative (33%).

The partners have co-operated since 2010, when Cérévia awarded Europorte a contract to transport 390 000 tonnes of wheat and barley to Fos-sur-Mer from locations in Bourgogne and on the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

BFS aims to pool traffic flows to attract business from customers in the food industry and other sectors such as timber and metals. 'The creation of Bourgogne Fret Service should enable us to make our cereals even more competitive by optimising logistics flows', according to Cérévia director Robert Bilbot.

Europorte's Development Director, François Coart, said the new operator would 'enhance the economic fabric of the regions and offer companies that put their trust in us the service quality, punctuality and reliability that they need.'