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            december 13, 2019

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UTLC ERA sends first train from China to Germany via rail and ferry


On Tuesday 12th November, the first goods train from China will arrive on the island of Rügen. The destination at this stage of the journey is the Baltic Sea port of Mukran.
From there, the container wagons containing both consumer goods and industrial goods will continue by rail to Hamburg. What is special about this journey is that the train, which started out from Xi’an in Central China at the beginning of November, is the first ever of its kind to have been en route with a single CIM/SMGS waybill – even though this was a multimodal journey. The journey proceeded by rail to Baltysk in the Kaliningrad region of Russia; thereafter the wagons were transported across the Baltic Sea by ferry to the port of Mukran on Rügen.  
This stage of the journey across the Baltic Sea means that the Chinese initiative of the New Silk Road now has a new corridor from Kaliningrad (formerly Königsberg) direct to Germany, in addition to the existing one via Belarus/Poland (Brest/Malaschewitschi). The new rail link to Baltysk is being used by the multinational railway company UTLC ERA, which is responsible for the entire door-to-door transport service on the 1520 mm broad-gauge tracks. 
In using a single CIM/SMGS waybill in multimodal, transcontinental transport by rail and sea for the first time, UTLC ERA has found a new way to reduce transit times and increase transport volumes on the New Silk Road. Moreover, this new CIM/SMGS waybill is being used for the first time not only for two internationally different legal
systems but also for two different modes of transport.  
The new, multimodal transport route aims to support the strategy of ULTC ERA to build long-term relations with European transport and logistics companies and to further develop rail logistics along the Eurasian corridor.  
The port of Kaliningrad is linked with the entire Baltic Sea area via short ferry routes. For this reason, the multimodal corridor of Kaliningrad-Mukran can successfully complement the traditional routes across the land borders of Belarus and Poland. As Alexey Grom, CEO of UTLC ERA, explains, “The first deliveries of goods via this short sea route already show that there is huge potential. However, the success of this new route depends on the degree of integration and interaction between all transport partners. So, we look forward to the further development of our joint project and to opening scheduled services very soon.”
 The United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance (UTLC ERA) is a provider of container transport by rail between Europe and China. UTLC ERA was founded by the Russian Railways RZhD, the Belarusian Railways and the Kazakhstan Railway Company, with each of the three founding partners holding an equal share in the company. In 2018, the volume of goods transported by UTLC ERA amounted to 280,000 TEU (an increase of 60% compared to 2017). Every day, up to 15 container trains belonging to UTLC ERA start their journey on the 1520 mm broad gauge track. 

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