SNCF group announced in March 2022 their project to acquire Takargo, confirming its willingness to continue to promote rail freight in Europe and to accelerate modal shift. Takargo will be integrated into the Captrain network, a major player in rail transport and logistics in Europe, integrated into Rail Logistics Europe, the division of the SNCF Group dedicated to logistics and rail freight.

Takargo’s integration into an industry-relevant European company will accelerate its development, making the company stronger with cross-selling opportunities resulting from Captrain’s broad geographic network and broad portfolio of customers and services. The integration will also meet the needs of carbon-free logistics services in the Iberian Peninsula, which is heavily dominated by road transport. It is, therefore, a new step towards the paradigm shift that society is crying out for and for which both parties are particularly committed.

This acquisition, which remains subject to validation by the Competition Authorities, demonstrates the confidence of Rail Logistics Europe’s management in Portugal’s market potential, which is mainly based on the dynamism of its main ports. This is a strong message that echoes the Portuguese government’s efforts to support rail freight, in particular with the construction and modernization of the rail network, but also the SNCF Group’s ambitions in ecological terms.