LOGISTICS company Austrans and rail freight operator Pacific National have signed a 10-year rail freight contract.

A statement from Pacific National about the deal said the deal was a step forward in the longstanding relationship between the two companies.

Pacific National CEO and managing director Paul Scurrah said the contract was an excellent outcome for Austrans customers.

“Pacific National is Australia’s leading containerised rail freight provider, and it continues to invest heavily in people, rollingstock and terminal assets, and new and improved technologies,” he said.

“These investment initiatives, combined with Pacific National’s existing depth of nationwide expertise and operational capacity, provides Austrans with added scope to expand and thrive in the national supply chain. Rail freight also provides a lower emissions transport solution to both Austrans and its many end customers.”

Austrans managing director Greg O’Shea said the announcement solidifies the 37-year relationship between the two companies.

“Pacific National’s support has helped Austrans evolve from a small freight forwarder into a nationally recognised presence in Australia,” he said.