China – Europe cargo transit terminal opened in Kaliningrad
A cargo terminal has been opened in Chernyakhovsk, Kaliningrad Region, for handling container transit traffic between China and Europe.
The East-West terminal is located near the border crossing between Zheleznodorozhny in Russia and Skandava in Poland and has a throughput of 450,000 TEU per year with transshipment capabilities between 1520 and 1435 mm gauge.
This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to the Railway Gazette.
Russian Railways General Director Oleg Belorozov said that the volume of Eurasian rail traffic has increased sevenfold, and the terminal will provide additional capacity at a time when other border crossings, especially between Belarus and Poland, are running at their capacity.
The joint venture for transit cargo transportation UTLA ERA of the national railways of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus predicts that in the medium term this section will become one of the most important junctions on the New Silk Road.
Speaking at the official opening on October 1, UTLA ERA CEO Alexei Grom said that 3% of rail freight traffic between Europe and China was handled in Kaliningrad in 2019, but in 2020 this figure increased to 8% and further growth is expected.
Grom explained that speed is becoming increasingly important in the freight market, and it is not only a matter of train traffic, but also quick decisions about servicing new directions and applying new technologies on the railroad.
“In August, we agreed on how we will work together with the new terminal,” he said. “And today, in just a month or so, we are serving the first two transit trains from China and Europe.”
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