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UTLC sees massive volume growth on Brest-Altynkol railway line

The JSC United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC) witnessed a year-on-year growth of 84 per cent of rail freight volumes on the Brest-Altynkol corridor in the first nine months of this year. The corridor is the main route connecting Poland and Kazakhstan on the broader Eurasian railway network.

According to UTLC, the company facilitated rail freight traffic on the vital railway corridor amounting to 118.5 thousand TEU in the period January-September this year, while volumes reached 64,4 thousand TEU last year. In September 2017, the volume of traffic on UTLC’s services exceeded 16,4 thousand TEU – a record figure since the start of its operations.

New routes

“In September there were many important events in the company’s activities. Together with our partners and clients we set a new record for the volume of transit traffic – almost 16.5 thousand TEU. This happened despite the difficulties associated with the temporary closure of a section of the Polish railway at the border with Brest”, said Alexey Grom, president of UTLC.

A joint company of JSC Russian Railways, the National Union Belarusian Railway and JSC National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, UTLC aims to increase the throughput of railway border crossings between Poland and Belarus. In addition to the main route through the Polish-Belarus border crossing Terespol-Brest, it developed alternative routes through the Kuznitsa-Bruzgi border crossing between Poland and Belarus and through the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. UTLC wants to boost its rail freight transportation numbers ten-fold over the next few years, with the aim of reaching one million TEUs by 2025.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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