Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum by Intercontainer-Interfrigo (ICF) s.c. (CHT17)

CHANNEL TUNNEL RAIL FREIGHT AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

  1.  ICF is a pan-Europen intermodal network operator based in Basel. It operates more than 50 trains a day all over Europe and the CIS with a turnover of 330 million EUROS in 2000.

  2.  ACI is ICF's operational and Customer Service representative in the UK; it is based in rail freight terminals at Daventry, Birmingham, Hams Hall, Manchester Trafford Park and Mossend, Scotland.

  3.  We are working together closely with the Rail Freight Group and we support the comments contained in his notice sent to you on the 17 May.

  4.  ICF, on behalf of our subsidiary ACI, already introduced a claim to the French "Directeur des Transports Terrestres, Sous-Direction des Strate«gies et Politiques Intermodales, Ministe"re de l"Equipement, des Transports et du logement" for a total amount of 1.2 million EUROS for the period between 1 November 2001 and 28 February 2002.

  5.  The major impact for ICF was the obligation to re-define fundamentally our presence in the UK (subsidiary ACI, number of employment contracts was reduced from 24 to seven) and to directly involve our company in the cost of operating trains until the end of February.

  6.  We estimate the financial disbenefits to ICF "s on going—business for the period March until May 2002 at least at a level equal to the amount incurred by ACI (restructuring costs not included) for the period 1 November 2001 until 28 February, ie 760,000 EUROS.

Piet Lamon

Intercontainer-Interfrigo (ICF) s.c.

31 May 2002


 
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