UTLC and Kaliningrad Railways arranged regular containers transit between Europe and China through Kaliningrad regionOn September 25, the first combined container train en route through Kaliningrad region from Europe to China arrived at Chernyakhovsk Station, Kaliningrad Railways, from Lodz, Poland. Transshipment of 41 40’ large-capacity containers from platforms of ‘European’ 1435 mm standard gauge to platforms of ‘Russian’ 1520 mm gauge took place here, and the train followed further to Chengdu (China).
The project is implemented jointly by Kaliningrad Railways and United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC). In this manner, a new corridor was established additionally to the default route of UTLC Dostyk / Altynkol-Brest in both directions.
During the service presentation, the Chief of Kaliningrad Railways Victor Golomolzin noted: ‘Development of such transportations through Kaliningrad region was preceded by a tremendous work which resulted in opportunity to provide a full range of transport and logistics services on competitive terms.’
According to Railways Chief, the road is actively realizing its transit potential, interacting with foreign partners. Therefore, in order to provide containers transit on the route developed by UTLC, the management of Lithuanian Railways was offered discounts to the rates for transportation of goods in container trains.
As far as Kaliningrad road is concerned, it provides the infrastructure for transshipment operations. Along with Chernyakhovsk station terminal, until the end of 2017 Dzerzhinskaya-Novaya station will be involved in containers transshipment. Currently, construction of a specialized site is about to end here, which will be equipped with crane facilities for large-capacity containers handling.
According to the President of United Transport and Logistics Company Aleksey Grom, the Company plans to increase the volume of cargo transportation en route Europe - China - Europe, including through Kaliningrad region. It is expected, that at the first stage of the project, up to 365 container trains per year will pass through the terminals of Kaliningrad Railways suitable for subsequent increase in the frequency of shipments.