Kaliningrad railway. Photo: Dave Collier

Next week in Kaliningrad: the Eurasian Transit Forum

On 5 and 6 September the Eurasian Transit Forum takes place in Kaliningrad, Russia. The capabilities of infrastructure, logistics services, multimodal solutions, technologies and regulatory support of transit rail transportation will be discussed, with a special focus on the new route through Kaliningrad.

The event is organised by Russian Railways, while United Transport and Logistics Company Eurasian Railway Alliance (UTLC ERA) is a general partner. The forum will be attended by Anton Alikhanov, the governor of the Kaliningrad region, and Alexey Grom, UTLC ERA president.

Results test shipments

“The idea of creating the Eurasian Transit Forum in Kaliningrad appeared after the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg this year, where we had a joint meeting with Anton Alikhanov, the Kaliningrad Region Governor, and Viktor Golomolzin, the head of the Kaliningrad Railway.

“By this time, the UTLC ERA company had already carried out several pilot shipments of transit trains from China to the EU countries through the terminals of Kaliningrad. The first shipment showed very good technological results, and most importantly, the huge potential of the Kaliningrad region as a key link in the corridor of Eurasian rail transportation”, said Alexey Grom, the president of the UTLC ERA. “Therefore, one of the main tasks of the forum is to deliver this information to shippers and transport companies.”

Topics

Russia wants to increase the volume of the container traffic on Russian railways four times by 2024. In this light, the topics of the forum are very relevant, Grom pointed out. Topics to be discussed are the prospects of container transit, constraints, joint measures to overcome them and key aspects of ensuring the growth of freight traffic by rail between Russia and China, with the participation of the Kaliningrad region.

“We want to receive feedback from our Chinese and European partners and find out what needs to be done to make the service through Kaliningrad even more popular and competitive. We hope that the participants of the forum will actively support the proposed format of the event and subsequently contribute to the development of the transit corridor through the Kaliningrad region,” the UTLC president urged.

Practical information

The speakers of the forum will be representatives of regional authorities, large railway companies, port terminals of the Kaliningrad region, stevedores, transit service operators, freight forwarding and logistics companies of China and Europe.

The event will take place in Mercure Hotel, Kaliningrad and commence at 9.00 AM. More information can be found here.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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