Maersk revamps Middle Corridor service and calls customers to use open capacity

Maersk train getting loaded. ©Maersk.

Maersk has also joined the Middle Corridor game with a new, improved rail freight service. The global logistics company implements a rail solution that bundles cargo from multiple Chinese locations and dispatches them to Europe through Poti in Georgia and Constanta in Romania.

“After passing the border of Khorgos between China and Kazakhstan, containers arrive by rail to the station of Aktau, where they are loaded on a barge to Baku in Azerbaijan. From there, containers are railed to APM Terminals Poti, Georgia, where they are being loaded on a feeder vessel to Constanta, Romania. Then the cargo is railed to various destinations across European countries”, explained Maersk.

Capacity for everyone

In March, Maersk started developing this new route and already had the first departure from China in April, serving customers from “the lifestyle, automotive, and household appliances industries”. Now, the company concretes its position in the Middle Corridor by making the service stable in the timetables.

“We have listened to our customers and developed a solution that provides them with an alternative and eco-friendly intermodal connection between Asia and Europe. Over 90 per cent of the Middle Corridor rail service is electrified”, said Maia Parlagashvili, global product manager for intercontinental rail at Maersk. What is more, though, the company makes an open call to all interested customers to choose rail and the Middle Corridor over other options. “The Corridor has sufficient open capacity, allowing our customers to strengthen their supply chain resilience”, stressed Parlagashvili.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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