Just a week until the RailFreight Summit kicks off in Warsaw

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In a week from now, the RailFreight Summit in Poland kicks off. The programme is complete, the site tour ready and the last tickets are being sold. Here is what is happening next week in the capital of Poland, Warsaw.

The RailFreight Summit is celebrating its 5th edition this year, and for the first time it is hosted in the capital of Poland. What is more, it coincides with the inauguration of Hupac’s latest terminal, in Brinow, near Warsaw. RailFreight Summit attendees can join the site tour to the terminal on Wednesday 7 September, before the conference programme starts.

The programme

In the afternoon of Wednesday 7 September, the programme of the RailFreight Summit kicks off. We start off by setting the scene. Where do we stand today? Poland has been seen as the gateway to Europe, has anything changed? What are the challenges facing the industry? We will make up the balance, and build upon this in the following session.

The quality of the Polish network is always at the heart of the discussion, and this year as well we will look critically at the railways in Poland and its neighbouring countries. Management of rail freight transport was never an easy task, but it proves to be especially challenging in recent turbulent times, says the specialist. We will involve the perspective of a shipper too, who believes it is not easy to keep up with a modal shift policy when the quality is not up to standards.

Ukraine’s story

The current rail freight market in the CEE region cannot be discussed without taking into account the war in Ukraine, which is on the agenda for Thursday 8 September. Rail freight has been assigned with a new task; transporting export products from Ukraine that were usually shipped to Europe by sea. In order to maximise capacity, Polish railway companies work together with the Baltic seaports.

The New Silk Road, which has been the main driver of growth in recent years, has been impacted by the war in Ukraine too. How did companies deal with the challenges, and how do they look at the future of Poland on the New Silk Road?

The summit will be concluded with a session about the latest technologies and terminals. Siemens, Metrans, DB Cargo Poland CHS Container Group will share some of their projects with the international audience.

Who is coming?

The RailFreight Summit Poland is attended by attendees from 21 different countries. This year, around 300 people are expected, ranging from logistics experts, carriers, shippers, policymakers, academics, and ports.

Registrations are still open, but seats are limited at this point. You can find the programme here. You can register for the event here. Do you want to get an idea of the topic first? You can watch our recently held webinar here.

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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