Alcohol and cars on the train between Italy and Russia


ÖBB’s Rail Cargo Group, together with its Russian logistics partner the Novik Group, launches a new weekly connection between Italy and Russia. The two-way service connects Milan with the Russian cities of Chernyakhovsk in Kaliningrad and Moscow in ten to twelve days, once per week.

While Moscow is an established hub for international rail freight traffic, Chernyakhovsk is home to the brand new terminal that was recently opened in Kaliningrad. It lies close to the Russian-Polish border point Zheleznodorozhny-Skandawa, and it specialises in import and export transport and the handling of transit containers between Europe and Asia. Thus, the new service offers another transit link for Italy on the New Silk Road.

Alcohol, cars and heavy goods

All types of goods can be transported, including heavy goods. In addition, special transport solutions for car transport and beverage and alcohol loads are also offered, including the delivery of thermal blankets on request to protect the load from temperature fluctuations.

The service comprises end-to-end solutions from the first to the last mile, which also cover complex storage and distribution requirements, including labeling and customs clearance services for goods in accordance with Russian legislation, explains Rail Cargo Group (RCG).


The new line is also labelled a TransFER connection by the Austrian operator, which operates a wide network of such TransFER connections. “With the direct and fast block train service including loading and unloading options via the Chernyakhovsk Border Crossing Terminal (near Kaliningrad), the TransFER creates further options with the connection to the comprehensive RCG network for transport to and from surrounding European countries along the route”, it comments.

“With over 50 networks and numerous individual TransFER connections, the ÖBB Rail Cargo Group transports goods across the entire Eurasian continent. The transport units vary from full wagon loads to intermodal transports to individual overall solutions. Depending on the place of departure or destination, additional forwarding services such as transshipment, warehouse logistics or customs services can be booked. The RCG takes care of every detail – from the first to the last mile.”


RCG has also recently launched TransNET, a new digital map. Users have the choice of three options to find their desired connection: Either they choose the start and destination of their goods using the input fields “Go” and “Thanks”, find their connection in a clear list view or simply click on a location in the map.

Then, all TransFER connections and combinations open up, which you can connect to suit your needs. After selecting the appropriate route, it is graphically displayed on the map and shows which services are available at the selected locations.


In addition, the group has launched the link, which links to the digital RCG and thus to its entire range of services. “SmartLINK not only enables easy access to the rail system, but also a clear overview of all possible components that are required for rail freight transport.

“As an entry into the digital world of rail logistics, SmartLINK guides you through four areas: Customers choose scheduled or individual TransFER connections, they find out about the equipment available as well as the services and additional services (add-ons) that are relevant to them. The customer journey ends when you contact the customer service representative, who works with the customer to create an individual offer.”

Rail Cargo Group

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