Samskip and LTG launch regular intermodal Duisburg-Kaunas service

Image: Lithuanian Railways

After a successful testing period, Samskip and LTG cargo are launching a regular intermodal service linking the Kaunas intermodal terminal with the Ziel Terminal in the Logport III area of duisport. The service will run four times per week.

Samskip mentioned that the new service will be incorporated into their Baltic Sea trade services, offering further connections to the UK, Ireland, Norway, the Ruhr area in Germany, and the Benelux. The company also underlined that the expected transit times will be quite efficient, indicating, for instance, that the service between Lithuania and the UK would take nine to ten days to complete.

Both parties experienced

Both LTG Cargo and Samskip have some experience in the Kaunas-Duisburg route. Samskip used to run another service between the two locations, albeit quite slower than the new one, as the company underlined.

On the other hand, LTG Cargo started serving the route a year ago, in April 2022, as a supply chain diversification project in response to the geopolitical situation in Eastern Europe with the war in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russia.

This was LTG Cargo’s first international route to Western Europe, also involving its Polish subsidiary LTG Cargo Polska. Later, in November 2022, the Lithuanian company decided also to test an extended version of this service, offering its customers the possibility to continue transit from Duisburg to the Italian port of Trieste via an existing service running between the two hubs.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

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

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