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With its nationwide network and capacity management expertise, Fret SNCF can meet all of your rail freight needs—even the most specialized.

Fret SNCF’s mission is to offer you high-performance rail freight solutions, delivering more of your cargo by train and working with you to protect the planet.

With 90% of its cargo volumes hauled by electric locomotives, Fret SNCF trains emit only about 8% of the CO2 generated by road transport.

Custom-tailored transport solutions

With nearly 55% market share, Fret SNCF is the rail freight leader in France, offering a range of domestic and international transport options. It operates all types of trains, designing solutions especially for your business.

Fret SNCF can meet all of your rail freight needs—no matter how specialized—with a nationwide network and capacity management expertise that delivers a transport plan with the frequency, robustness and flexibility you require. How? By linking every part of France to the rest of Europe by rail.

Fret SNCF is also France’s leading single-wagon operator. And thanks to its membership of the Xrail Alliance1, it can track shipments from end to end and offer seamless service throughout Europe.

90 %

of the volumes carried by Fret SNCF are hauled by electric locomotives

Unique operating model

Fret SNCF offers a unique operating model built on: 

  • dedicated trains for specialized requirements such as combined transport and high-volume industrial shipments, and
  • a freight consolidation plan designed around predefined capacity corridors and terminal platforms to serve outlying regions, with trains carrying a mix of wagons and a wide range of cargo types and sizes.

Map of capacity corridors

Map of capacity corridors

The graphic is entitled “Map of Fret SNCF capacity corridors.” The map is centred on France and depicts a network of circles connected by lines.

At the bottom of the map is a legend defining each symbol: 

  • Green circle for gravity shunting yards
  • Magenta circle for corridors under study
  • Dotted lines for road-rail transport plans

From east to west, the routes shown are as follows: 

  • From Dunkirk, a line runs to Somain (magenta circle). From there, one line runs to Bobigny, Le Bourget and Valenton in the Paris region, and a second line runs to Woippy (green circle) and then continues to Hausbergen (magenta circle), Mulhouse (magenta circle) and Dijon (magenta circle). 
  • From Dijon there are three lines: one to Ambérieu (magenta circle); another to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (magenta circle) and Miramas (green circle); and the third from Dijon to Sibelin (green circle) and Miramas (green circle). 
  • From Sibelin (green circle) there are lines to Dijon (magenta circle) and Miramas (green circle), plus a third line to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (magenta circle) and a fourth to Saint-Germain-des-Fossés (magenta circle), continuing to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps (magenta circle) and Nantes (magenta circle). From Saint-Pierre-des-Corps (magenta circle) a dotted line runs to Rennes (magenta circle).
  • From Miramas (green circle), a dotted line runs east towards Italy, through Ventimiglia. To the west, another line links Miramas to Narbonne (magenta circle) and continues further south to Perpignan (magenta circle). From Narbonne, a line runs westward to Saint-Jory (magenta circle) and on to Hourcade (magenta circle).
  • From Hourcade (magenta circle), one line runs southward to Bayonne (magenta circle) and Hendaye (magenta circle) and another runs northward to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps (magenta circle) and continues to Nantes (magenta circle) and the Paris Region (green circle). 
  • From the Paris region (green circle), a line runs to Châlons-en-Champagne (magenta circle) and continues to Woippy (green circle).

Staying close to customers

The Fret SNCF sales team is organized by market and industry, so you can count on your representative to: 

  • fully understand your needs and expectations
  • suggest transport solutions tailored to your market

And for each market, Fret SNCF has a specialized representative for freight forwarders.

There are four sales divisions.

Steel products and oversized transport

This division handles long and flat steel products, solid fuels, non-ferrous metals and ores, working both up- and downstream from the steel industry. It also transports special and oversized cargo, including wind turbine blades and rolling cargo such as trams, subway cars and construction vehicles.

Bulk solids

This category includes quarry products and other excavated material, ores, grains, fertilizers and sugars. 

Bulk liquids

This division handles products for the automotive and nuclear industries and the military, as well as bulk agrifood products, gases, petroleum products and non-ferrous metals.

Combined transport and consumer products

This category covers all palletized products.

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Fret SNCF’s Expertise

Fret SNCF never stops working to improve the quality of its service and the availability and reliability of its locomotives. 

As part of this commitment, the company created Technifret, a network of facilities dedicated to managing and maintaining locomotives throughout France, on its borders and along its rail freight paths. 

The Technifret facilities are coordinated and responsive, carrying out maintenance operations around the clock and using their advanced rail expertise to give you a better shipping experience.

Safety and security

Safety and security are paramount at Fret SNCF. Its uncompromising commitment to these fundamentals, along with its high SQAS2 score, make it the partner of choice for customers in the chemicals industry.

Fret SNCF values

  • Effectiveness

  • Openness

  • Commitment


Saving the planet means choosing the greenest transport option—making it more vital than ever to expand rail freight in France and Europe. 

And because Fret SNCF believes that the best way to achieve this goal is to join forces with its French and European counterparts, it is a member of three key alliances.

The 4F Alliance

This coalition, which includes all of the players in the French rail freight sector, has developed a growth and preservation plan to meet the core challenges of environmental protection, climate change, public health and economic recovery. After the 4F Alliance presented its plan to the French government in June 2020, key features were incorporated into the French State’s rail freight recovery plan.

Rail Freight Forward

This coalition of 18 European rail freight companies is committed to drastically reducing freight transport’s negative impact on the climate, through innovation and a more intelligent transport mix. Its aim is to increase the modal share of rail freight in Europe from 18% to 30% by 2030. 

Learn more about Rail Freight Forward

Xrail Alliance

Xrail is a group of seven European rail freight companies working towards a new model for single-wagon operations and oversight governed by a common standard. Members cooperate with each other through an innovative technical platform, meeting customers’ needs for reliability and integrated information. Over the long term, the Xrail Alliance aims to make single-wagon freight a sustainable, competitive alternative to road transport in Europe. 

Learn more about Xrail

18 bn

tonne/kilometres in France and internationally for Fret SNCF

Nationwide network

Fret SNCF stays close to customers through a network of 9 regional operations centres in France, each with its own maintenance depots and shunting yards3. Each centre manages its own region, and operating resources are organized into teams, with a nationwide total of 25 teams at single-site shunting yards and 10 teams managing line traffic.

9 regional operations centres

9 regional operations centres

This map of France shows Fret SNCF’s 9 regional operations centres and the areas they manage, using a network of lines, circles and diamonds.

In the lower left corner of the map is a legend defining each symbol.

  • White circle: regional operations centre
  • Magenta diamond: line operations centre

From north to south, the regions and operations centres are shown as follows: 

  • Nord region, operations centre in Lille (white circle)
  • Norif (Normandy-Paris) region, operations centre in Le Bourget (white circle)
  • Long-distance lines, operations centre in Clichy (magenta diamond)
  • Grand Est region, operations centre in Metz (white circle)
  • Alsace Burgundy Franche-Comté region, operations centre in Gevrey (white circle)
  • Eastern Mediterranean Lines, operations centre in Saint Priest (white circle)
  • Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region, operations centre in Lyon (magenta diamond)
  • Mediterranean region, operations centre in Miramas (white circle)
  • Atlantic region, operations centre in Bordeaux (white circle)

1 The Xrail Alliance is built around an innovative technical platform that enables members to cooperate, meeting customer demand for reliability and integrated information. Over the long term, Xrail aims to make single-wagon freight a sustainable, competitive alternative to road transport in Europe.

2 Safety and Quality Assessment Systems (SQAS) is a tool for uniform assessment of the quality-management, safety and environmental systems of logistics service providers.

3 A shunting station or yard is a specialized rail facility where freight wagons are separated from their original trainsets and sorted into new freight trains.