LTG Cargo has carried out the first test launch of its new rail freight service between the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal and the Port of Trieste via Duisburg. The new service is expected to connect Lithuania with Turkey and other countries in the region via an Italian port. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to RailFreight.

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Two routes, Kaunas-Duisburg and Duisburg-Trieste, have already worked before. However, now customers can combine them to transport their goods from Lithuania to Italy.

Once the service is activated, trains will run twice a week to the port of Trieste and the container terminal of Cervignano, located less than 60 kilometers from the port. Trieste will be the destination of the goods that need to be sent onward. Cargoes for the north of Italy will be transported to the intermodal terminal of Cervignano.

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During the first trial run, the semi-trailers were transported from Lithuania to Germany, and from there they were sent to Italy. The test run was launched two months after the Italian and Lithuanian ministries of transport signed a memorandum of understanding on 6 September. At the meeting in September, the parties also discussed the possibility of a direct link between Kaunas and Trieste and stressed the difficulties involved in completing such a project.

The connection between Kaunas and Trieste is part of a larger rail network that aims to link northern and southern Europe. The continuation of this route will be the Amber Train project connecting Kaunas and Tallinn. As previously reported in the news, the Amber Train resumed operations in mid-September and aims to facilitate the transition to rail transport in the Baltic and Scandinavian countries. The service has been restored to compensate for the losses of the Baltic countries due to a significant reduction in traffic to and from Russia.

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