This week in RailFreight Live: new rail freight markets

Container train runs along Lake Baikal, source: Russian Railways (RZD)RZD

Rail freight’s transport share has been growing immensely during the last few years. As a result, new opportunities arise, new routes make their way between various destinations, and more customers turn their attention towards rail. As all of this takes place, we also observe new trends and countries emerging worldwide, claiming their role as rail freight hubs. Two instances are South Africa and Turkey, countries with much potential but also space for improvements. Today in RailFreight Live, we will explore these two destinations. 

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Our guests this week

In today’s show, we have an exclusive video interview with Mesela Nhlapo, CEO of the African Railway Industry Association (ARIA). She will discuss the latest developments in South African rail freight, like the introduction of third parties in the country’s railway network, and how this could transform the local market.

Moreover, we will have an online discussion with Renzo Capanni, Director Shuttle Net South-East Europe at Hupac and Rafi Papo, Division Manager Intermodal Turkey and Prokurist at Rail Cargo Group. They will provide insights into the potential Turkey has as a Eurasian rail freight hub and how European rail freight companies experience their expansion there.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

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

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