DB Schenker and TransContainer, the freight subsidiary of the Russian railways, RZD, are planning a joint container hub at the DB Schenker Logistics Park in the Latvian capital, Riga. The new transshipment center
aims to make container traffic between the economic regions in the Baltic States and Scandinavia such as Russia, central Europe and the central Asian states more effective. Both partners hope to offer their customers multimodal international transportation services via Riga and thus gradually shift more containers to rail in a targeted fashion.
Mr. Karl Nutzinger, Member of the Management Board of Schenker AG, said: "It is the first cooperation between DB Schenker Logistics and TransContainer in Eastern Europe. It will allow us to offer our customers more attractive combined services."
Containers will be transferred between rail and road. International freight will be consolidated at the Riga Terminal of the DB Schenker Company, SIA Schenker. Cooperation with TransContainer includes the use of their containers beyond the borders of Latvia. Freight will be loaded onto Russia's broad gauge.
Customs formalities will also be dealt with directly on site. In direct comparison with the transportation by truck, this reduces the wait at borders and minimizes transit times. Freight trains are able to clear the border between Latvia and Russia within hours, while trucks can take several days of waiting in traffic jams to enter Russia. Pre-declaring goods and preparing the necessary documents in advance are also designed to achieve short transit times on rail. This will also allow to reach destinations in Central Asia and western Russia faster.