Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus develop rail transportation between China and Europe

ASTANA (TCA) — United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC), a Eurasian rail alliance of Russian Railways, the National Union Belarusian Railway and national railways company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Austrian company Rail Cargo Austria AG. The parties intend to develop relations in the field of organization of cargo rail transportation in containers on the route China – Europe – China on the railroads of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus.

“Execution of the Memorandum of Understanding between UTLC and Rail Cargo Austria AG continues a chain of the extension of UTLC Family. Railroads are united to create new transport products aimed at the creation of additional comfort, primarily for the cargo owner,” Aleksei Grom, the President of UTLC, commented.

The parties intend to collaborate in the development of rail transit between Europe and China providing a comprehensive transport service of new quality to customers. This agreement is especially relevant for the development of technological, informational and service cooperation and partnership between the railroads of Russia and Europe, as well as the development of Eurasian routes in general.

In accordance with the signed document, UTLC provides services on 1,520 mm gage on the section Dostyk (Kazakhstan) – Brest (Belarus), and Rail Cargo Austria AG will assume transportation of cargo by railway transport in the territory of the European Union.

UTLC also said the company and Kaliningrad Railway (branch of JSC Russian Railway) have entered into Memorandums of Strategic Cooperation with the ports of Russia’s Kaliningrad region within implementation of the project of multimodal transportations between China and Europe.

According to UTLC President Aleksei Grom, in 2018 the company plans to increase the scope of cargo transportations on the route China – Europe – China, including through Kaliningrad region. Taking into account the existing infrastructure restrictions at the intersection with the railways of the European Union, one of the most important directions in the development of transit services is the implementation of the project of multimodal container transportations through the ports of Kaliningrad region.

Joint efforts of all the participants of the project will allow the creation of a new corridor on the Eurasian transit route, as well as offering a new transport and logistics product competitive as of time and cost.

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