Ukrzaliznytsia expands the geography of international container traffic

Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian State railways) concludes negotiations for an agreement on a container transportation to Europe and Asia. This was announced by the executive director of the branch CTS “Liski” Edvins Bērzins.

The company is discussing the possibility of transit container transportation on the route China-EU through the territory of Ukraine. The operator will be CTS Liski a branch of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia.

At the final stage, negotiations on signing long-term service agreements with DHL, PKP Cargo Connect and BTLC Germany. The agreement with DHL provides for the transportation of container cargo throughout Ukraine with the provision of a set of turnkey services at the terminals of CTS Lisky.

Together with PKP Cargo Connect, container trains will be transported from/to Ukrainian railway stations at Polish stations, with subsequent transportation to recipients throughout the EU. The agreement with BTLC Germany provides for the transportation of goods in the China-Ukraine/EU connection and vice versa.

Ukraine occupies a strategically important position on the transport routes between Europe and Asia. Previously, this potential was hardly used. That is why now one of the priorities of Ukrzaliznytsia’s management is to open up the possibilities of Ukraine’s railways and together with partners from the East and the West to establish a mutually beneficial system of international container transportation.

Edvins Bērzins
Edvins Bērzins, executive director of CTS “Liski”

It is worth reminding that Ukrzaliznytsia plans to transport 1 million tons of cargo daily in 2020. This was previously announced by the Chairman of the Board of JSC “Ukrzaliznytsia” Volodymyr Zhmak. The new management of Ukrzaliznytsia has developed a plan to increase freight traffic. Despite the economic crisis and restrictions caused by the spread of COVID-19, Ukrzaliznytsia has already loaded more than 850,000 tons per day, which is almost in line with 2019.