The Executive Boards of PKP CARGO S.A., the largest Polish transport group, and of Hamburger Hafen
und Logistik AG (HHLA) have agreed to further intensify their cooperation in the field of
intermodal services. The construction of joint cargo handling terminals for inland combined traffic
is one of the issues to be examined.
The Executive Boards of PKP CARGO S.A., the largest Polish transport group and the second largest
rail traffic concern in Europe, and of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), one of the leading
port logistics groups in the European North Range, have agreed to further intensify their
cooperation in the field of intermodal services. For instance, the construction of joint cargo
handling terminals for inland combined traffic is to be examined. This would improve onward
distribution of goods transported from the seaports into the hinterland of Central Europe. In
particular, the rail link between the Port of Hamburg and Poland would be faster and more
effectively organized so that this ecologically and economically advantageous form of transport
should thrive in competition with trucking and feederships.
At a meeting in Hamburg on 12 March, the two companies set up working groups that will make firm
proposals for investments and acquisitions. As part of the cooperation, in a joint programme
various business models are to be implemented. Through their Polzug affiliate, PKP CARGO S.A. and
HHLA have been organizing rail traffic between seaports in Germany and the Netherlands, and Poland,
Russia and the Ukraine ever since 1992. Also running its own inland terminals at the Polish
locations of Gadki, Pruszkow, Slawkow and Wroclaw, in this field the Polzug rail company is
meanwhile market leader.
The future cooperation aims to further enhance service quality, to boost customer satisfaction and
to realize competitive advantages. The cooperation between these strategic partners will thus also
have repercussions on the Polish market for transport, forwarding and logistics.