ÖBB RCG launches Serbian subsidiary unlocking Southeast Europe routes
Rail Cargo Carrier – Southeast doo. The name refers to Rail Cargo Group’s new subsidiary, founded in Serbia. The newly established rail transport company (EVU) will provide its own traction with staff and locomotives in the Serbian market. Additionally, it will handle traffic between Turkey and Greece to Central Europe.
The plans to launch an RCG subsidiary in Belgrade were already announced in late November by ÖBB CEO Andreas Mattha and RCG CEO Clemens Forst, along with plans for rolling stock investments to transport waste in Austria and plans to open a new branch in China.
Second alternative to Turkey and Greece
Southeastern Europe, particularly Turkey, has been a central expansion target for Rail Cargo Group for the past couple of years. RCG considers the country a key hub for both European and Eurasian transport. Turkey is transforming into an industrial powerhouse, providing substantial volumes that can find their way to Central and Western Europe by rail.
As for Greece, RCG is making small but stable steps to expand in this market. Greece is part of RCG’s TransFER network, and the company has established a joint venture in the country with the logistics provider Goldair Cargo since 2018. RCG aims to become a leading rail logistics provider in Greece, and so far, its services include single wagons, wagon groups and block trains to and from Greece.
The new Serbian subsidiary, Rail Cargo Carrier – Southeast, is set to facilitate RCG’s expansion in the region even more. “In addition to cost advantages and increased quality, own traction in 13 countries also offers greater flexibility. For example, we can now carry out transports to Turkey on two alternative routes – via Romania and Serbia – in order to be more resilient to infrastructure restrictions,” commented Clemens Forst, the head of RCG.