METRANS: stable operations in Malaszewicze pay off the investment
METRANS’ hub terminal in Malaszewicze is doing great despite the hick-ups noted in 2022, with all the geopolitical shifts and Silk Road ups and downs. Martin Koubek, director of Silk Road and CIS in METRANS, explained that the company is now very satisfied with how things work in the terminal, especially concerning the increased capacity.
METRANS acquired CL Europort and its logistics centre near the Brest-Malaszewicze border crossing in early January 2022. The acquisition looked logical since METRANS is one of the most active companies along the Eurasian corridor, with an increased presence in Malaszewicze.
Consequently, a company-owned terminal in the region would work as a stepping stone for further expansion and better coordination of services. However, no one considered a p[ossible war that could break out in the meantime.
“When we started, business was still booming”, recalls Koubek. However, it wasn’t long before things became turbulent, he says. “We started implementing our IT systems, and then the war came. In this sense, we were lucky because, as you can imagine, implementing a new system takes some time”, adds Koubek.
Currently, operations in METRANS’ Malaszewicze hub terminal are very stable. “Now we are very satisfied with how the terminal works in Malaszewicze. The situation is stable there ”, says Koubek. He continues that the new IT system contributes the most to stability. “From what we hear from truck drivers, they find it the best regarding container releases because the IT system is very effective. When we came here, we saw much queueing, but now there are no queues anymore in Malaszewicze. I am proud of the team that they could make it happen”, he adds.
On top of that, the new IT system has contributed to increasing the terminal’s capacity considerably. “Whether the terminal capacity can increase, I would say that we have done it already”, explains Koubek. Specifically, in terms of better control and management of the terminal, capacity has increased by 15 per cent. At the same time, this year, METRANS plans to also increase the capacity of the container storage area by 40 per cent on top of the current 6,000 TEUs.
You can also watch Martin Koubek’s interview to RailFreight.com in the video below:
The sixth edition of the RailFreight Summit will bring something new and exciting! This year we are happy to announce that the event will travel to Malaszewicze, the most popular border crossing on the New Silk Road. This full-day site visit takes place on 20 April, from 09:00-19:00 and includes transportation from the event venue to Malaszewicze and back. The visit will include an exclusive tour of the terminals, presentations, discussions and much more.
Are you interested in exploring METRANS’ hub terminal and other facilities in Malaszewicze? You can add the site visit to your registration directly in the registration form. Additionally, you can take a look at the event’s full programme here and register here.
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