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UTLC ERA has sent the pilot trains


United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Railway Alliance (UTLC ERA JSC), “Kaliningrad Railway” – a branch of “Russian Railways” JSC, “Kaliningrad Sea Trade Port” JSC (KSTP JSC) and “Belintertrans-Germany” LLC have sent the pilot trains from Kaliningrad to Chengdu as a part of the multimodal transportation development project through the ports of the Kaliningrad region in China – Europe communication.
Two full trains with containers arrived by sea from Rotterdam were sent from the Kaliningrad port through Dostyk to Chengdu on November 7, 2018.
“The results of the pilot shipment are yet to be analyzed. We would like to thank our partners – Kaliningrad Railway and Kaliningrad Sea Trade Port. It is worth mentioning that the technology of container trains combining has been applied and has been confirmed by our colleagues. UTLC ERA has been using the combined trains (XL-train) since 2017, which make it possible to use the railways capacity in an optimal way, to reduce costs, to increase efficiency and profitability for the carriers in the first place,” Alexey Grom, the President of UTLC ERA, notes. “In general, the cooperation of the EEU rail carriers, the ports of Kaliningrad and Baltiysk, the container shipping lines and UTLC ERA as a container trains operator on the 1520 mm gauge is aimed at offering customers a new transport and logistics service which will be competitive by optimal transit time and cost.”
“We believe that the multimodal transportation in the context of the container transit transportation increase has great prospects and can serve as a good complement to the basic land routes. We are yet to improve the technology, to analyze the readiness of the transport and logistics service, – Alexey Grom says. – The first multimodal container transportation through the Kaliningrad port is the completion of a large amount of work on a new service launching. Nowadays, transit trains through the overland terminals of Kaliningrad along the route China – Europe – China are regularly running. “Kaliningrad” Universal Transport and Logistics Center works at the Dzerzhinskaya-Novaya station, and starting from November 2018 we receive and send three pairs of trains a week at this station.”

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