ÖBB supports humanitarian logistics, this time with hygiene products

ÖBB’s effort to maintain the humanitarian corridor between Austria-Ukraine flowing continues. This time the Austria based company organised and dispatched a train full of hygiene products-namely toilet paper to help those displaced by war.

The train has already arrived at the Polish-Ukrainian border carrying 38 pallets of hygiene products. Cargo will be distributed to those who fled Ukraine and sought temporary refuge in Poland. It is not the first time that ÖBB gets involved in humanitarian rail services since the company has been active there since the first days that the war in Ukraine started.

The shipment of hygiene goods was arranged for ÖBB’s freight customer Essity. The company is a global hygiene and health company owning some of the most renowned hygiene brands in the market. The company also has a clear sustainable focus when it comes to transporting its products, with its outbound transportation taking place by rail and partially road.

The Ukrainian corridor

Since March, many European companies, including DB Cargo, SBB Cargo, SNCF and PKP Cargo, have been actively involved in humanitarian rail logistics. These companies have dispatched multiple trains heading to Ukraine with all kinds of essential goods. ÖBB and its freight subsidiary Rail Cargo Group are no exception, and the latest shipment proves it.

However, ÖBB Rail Cargo Group has also been assisting Ukrainian shippers in exporting their agri-products to Europe. “RCG has always transported grain from Ukraine. Since the beginning of the war, however, transport has been increased – mainly in the direction of northern Germany. From March to April 2022, RCG organised thirty grain trains from Ukraine. In total, 60,000 tons of grain have already been transported. Since May, transport has doubled – grain trains are driving daily from Ukraine to the EU”, explained ÖBB.

The Austrian company has established a green corridor from Ukraine to Europe with the help of Austria’s Agriculture Ministry. Now, the company also envisages running dedicated export grain trains between Ukraine and Austria with a frequency of two monthly services on top of assisting in distributing grain across other European countries.

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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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