Cargo from Korea to Germany? TransContainer does it also by rail
TransContainer launched a new regular multimodal service between Korea and Germany, with rail having a crucial role. The multimodal route begins from the port of Busan in Korea and ends in the port of Hamburg. It includes two sea legs while the biggest part of transport is done by rail.
From Busan, containers are transported to the Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company terminal at the Russian Far-East port of Vostochnyy. There they onboard an express train that follows the Trans-Siberian route. After crossing Russia, the train transits through Latvia and Lithuania until it reaches Kaliningrad. With a short-sea service, cargo then reaches its final destination, the port of Hamburg.
First dispatch is almost complete
The first shipment of 54 containers is already underway. Containers arrived from Busan to Vostochnyy on 10 September. After transshipping on the train, they travelled for 14 days until they reached Kaliningrad on 24 September. Currently, they are on their way to Hamburg by vessel, and the estimated arrival date is Friday, 1 October.
Kaliningrad the key
The Russian rail freight provider chose Kaliningrad as its European entry point instead of Belarus and Poland. According to Nikita Pushkarev, sales and customer service director at TransContainer, the decision was based on the increasingly growing potential of the Russian enclave when it comes to Far-East-Europe traffic.
“Kaliningrad, given its geographical position, is one of the most promising areas for the development of transit traffic logistics between the Asia-Pacific Region and Europe. With the growth of cargo traffic and the infrastructure workload on the inland western borders, the transportation service through this region ensures a competitive delivery time at a market price”, commented Pushkarev.