Poland is moving to a new reality, these are the new opportunities

Source: City of Lodz during RailFreight Summit 2021Taken by City of Lodz during RailFreight Summit

Within a few months the role of Poland on the international rail freight market has changed completely. Whereas it used to be the gateway to Europe for traffic from Asia with the most heavily consumed border crossing on the New Silk Road, it needs to reinvent itself today as a result of the war in Ukraine. This new reality is at the heart of the discussion at the RailFreight Summit 2022 in Warsaw, to be held on 7 & 8 September.

This year marks the 5th edition of the RailFreight Summit Poland, an event organised every year considering the importance of the country on many corridors; the New Silk Road is just one of them. But this year, there is a completely new focus. Poland is still a gateway, but now for Ukrainian export goods that can no longer be shipped to Europe by sea. All eyes are on rail, but the capacity of the infrastructure is by far enough. What can be done to absorb theses new volumes?

Better network

When discussing this, the discussion will inevitably turn to the more frequently debated issues such as train speed, border facilities, high track access charges and competition on the market. New loading techniques for semi-cranable trailers are implemented, have they proven their value? A lot of money has been invested in the Polish network, is this being well spent?

And what happened to the Silk Road volumes? Do they still exist and to which extend? How are companies dedicated to Silk Road traffic coping with the changes? Do they anticipate a return to normal any time soon? ALso this will be discussed at the summit.

RailFreight Summit Warsaw

The Railfreight Summit will take place in Warsaw this year, capital of the country. Apart from a conference programme, there will also be site visits to interesting projects in the region.

Last year, around 250 logistics specialists attended the RailFreight Summit Poland. These included logistics providers, operators, shippers, carriers, academics, policymakers, lawyers and consultants. Participants left the conference with new contacts and business relations, and more knowledge.

Do you want to attend this year’s edition? Have a look at the website here. Registration will open soon.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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