Poland-Ukraine train to depart 3 times per week in 2021
PCC Intermodal plans to level up its rail connection between Poland and Ukraine to three times per week this year. It announced these plans while celebrating the first anniversary of the service, which connects several cities in Poland to the border city of Mostyska. The response of the market has been great, and Ukraine is back on the map, if you ask the Poland-based company.
“The customers are satisfied and have easy access to this alternative logistics solution. This encourages us to continue developing the intermodal services to Ukraine. We have already booked the new platforms for this connection and are happy to welcome everyone onboard our regular trains”, PCC Intermodal says.
Together with the Ukraine-based Global Ocean Link (GOL), PCC Intermodal set up a regular direct rail connection between Poland and Ukraine in April 2020. In the first two months more than 300 TEUs of cargo was delivered at the final destinations. Despite the outbreak of the coronavirus, the service continued and saw regular, weekly departures.
Although this was the start of a regular service, the first journeys were already carried out in 2011, when the company started testing the route. “Those first steps and understanding how to cross the Polish-Ukrainian border with an intermodal train, they were a big experiment and a valid lesson. The economical and political situation in Ukraine put a stop to this project, until last year. In spring 2020 we successfully came back with the Ukrainian project.”
On the other side of the border, GOL takes over the operation. From Mostyska, it is able to link to any destination in Ukraine within seven days, the company says. “The ambition is to schedule daily departures, with at least 70 TEUS per train. The main motivation is the already existing cargo volumes between Europe and Ukraine, that are now transported by road, the big competitor.”
From Mostyska to Poland, PCC offers connections to Gdańsk, Gdynia, Central Poland, Upper Silesia, Lower Silesia, Berlin and Brandenburg Region, Hamburg, Duisburg, Rotterdam and Antwerp. The most common goods transported to and from Ukraine at the moment are chemical products, polymers, fertillizers and ferroalloys.
Watch a video about Ukraine
Do you want to watch a video about Ukraine, and its connection with Poland? For the European Silk Road Summit 2020, a short film was made. You can watch it here.