The EC entered into a contract for the RETRACK consortium to research, develop and implement a rail freight corridor from Rotterdam to Constanza.  In the RETRACK Consortium, new and upcoming European rail freight operators, experienced IT and training specialists and leading European research and development organisations designed, developed and implemented a new and innovative trans-European rail freight service concept, starting with the rail corridor Rotterdam to Constanza (Romania) and on to the Black Sea area and Turkey.

The chosen trans-European corridor for RETRACK was an ambitious one, with a high potential for a modal shift of cargo from road to rail, creating an effective and scalable freight corridor between high growth areas in Western and Eastern Europe.