Niš MBOX Terminal extends rail links to Slovenia with high potential
The intermodal MBOX Terminal in Niš, Serbia, will launch a new rail freight connection to Ljubliana, Slovenia, by the end of June. The most important feature of the new service will be the extended link to the port of Koper. With this, the Serbian terminal will have three connections with major Balkan ports.
The new service is part of a broader attempt to intensify logistical cooperation between Serbia and Slovenia. In this sense, the MBOX Terminal in Niš and the port of Koper could launch a cooperation that will not only rely on intra-Balkan traffic but also integrate cargo flows from Asia and potentially cargo flows towards the US.
Something is in the making
The importance of Serbian-Slovenian cooperation in logistics was also highlighted during a conference that took place a few days ago in Belgrade, attended, among others, by the MBOX Terminal, the Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia, Slovenian Railways, Luka Kopar Slovenian Business Club Belgrade, and the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia.
The parties discussed the potential of enhanced logistical cooperation between the two countries by using the port of Koper as the main hub for Serbian imports and exports. The president of the board of Luka Koper, Boštjan Napast, said that “the port of Koper is the first port in the Adriatic for ships coming from the Far East”, underlying that it can be used as an entry point to transport imported goods to the Serbian market by rail.
He also mentioned that the port is working to establish a connection with the US, from which Serbian exporters could benefit by utilising a rail link. In fact, he noted that Serbian exporters would be the ones who would use a deep sea connection primarily. As the MBOX Terminal’s CEO, Dejan Nikolic, has explained, Niš is located at the heart of Serbian industrial production. Consequently, launching the new service to Ljubliana could serve an increased export objective.