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DP World links new location in Romania with Ukrainian grain lifeline

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DP World in Romania is working to facilitate grain exports from Ukraine via Romania while keeping a low profile. That being said, the global logistics player will utilise a recently authorised terminal in Dornesti, near the Romania-Ukraine border, to bring more grain flows towards the port of Constanta by rail.

The new rail link that could commence anytime soon will connect Vadul-Siret in Ukraine with the company’s hub terminal in the Port of Constanta via Dornesti. The latter was developed into a functioning terminal by DP World swiftly to alleviate congestion in Constanta and serve the company’s multimodal expansion in Romania.

Cosmin Carstea, CEO of DP World Romania, commented on the news website The Loadstar that the new rail service could run with up to five roundtrips per week, and trains could carry up to 50 containers per time.

Investment with future

Understandably, a global player like DP World also sees a long-term benefit in such commitments. Apart from helping Ukrainian grain to find new rail routes toward Romania, the Dornesti terminal will also boost the company’s presence in the country. Apart from its hub terminal in the port of Constanta and Dornesti, DP World is also working in another location.

Specifically, in early May, the company kicked off the construction of a new multimodal logistics terminal in Aiud, in the region of Transylvania. As the company commented, “with over 50 per cent of Romania’s industrial GDP coming from the wider Transylvania region, the Aiud terminal will perform a key role in expanding the country’s global trade while providing robust infrastructure in a region that traditionally lacked it”. Additionally, DP World stressed that the terminal will “sit directly on the train line linking Europe to China via Central Asia”.

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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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