New Kaunas – DCT Gdansk link strengthens Baltic flows

The recently established Kaunas intermodal terminal in Lithuania has a new connection. A train launched by the Lithuanian company Intermodal Container Service (ICS) connects it with the DCT Gdansk terminal. The first train arrived at the Polish port on 16 February, while the service will probably become regular.

“The main objective is to run the train regularly. I hope the new freight connection between the port of Gdansk and Kaunas will become a convenient, safe, and fast way of transporting cargo in both import and export directions,” said Gediminas Kuncevičius, CEO of ICS.

This is not the first international service for the Lithuanian intermodal operator that focuses on linking ports with the hinterland. Since 2019, it has been running the BUS train connecting Kiyv, Ukraine, with the Lithuanian Baltic port of Klaipeda. Moreover, the company is one of the operators of the Viking Train that links Ukrainian Black Sea ports with the port of Klaipeda.

A short distance expert

The Kaunas – DCT Gdansk trip lasts only two days and runs in both directions. However, ICS is an expert in running short but efficient services, including port terminals. The company’s flagship project is the Vilnius-Klaipeda shuttle that runs since 2009.

The distance between Kaunas-Gdansk might be a bit longer but is subject to the same logic. Quick-efficient and valuable links that bring different markets together. The new service aims directly there since through Gdansk it provides another gateway to the Baltic Sea and extra capacity for companies that want to export their products using sea services.

On top of that, it can be a good solution for importing cargo. DCT Gdansk is the largest deep-sea container terminal in the Baltics, making it the ideal gateway for more traffic flows. “We are proud that ICS decided to choose DCT Gdansk as its partner to create this important connection between Poland and Lithuania. This cooperation will bring added value not only to our companies but also to the economies of our countries,” said Charles Baker, CEO of DCT Gdansk.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

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

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