Lithuania becomes the transit gateway to China
2017-09-28 17:20 | Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office in Lithuania

  Lithuanian Railways received the historic first full wagon train from Kaliningrad, which will travel via Lithuania to China.

  In cooperation with the Kaliningrad Railways, a new direction of transportation is being opened - a container train is launched on a new route from Lodz (Poland) through Kaliningrad, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan to Chengdu (China). Route distance 9559 km, 1520 mm track gauge - 5581 km.

  "We can rejoice in the results of expanding the new transport direction. China is increasingly making use of the Silk Road to Europe, and rail freight is also gaining momentum. We are in a great geographic position and we can give our partners a unique opportunity to take advantage of the European railway corridor. We are fully prepared for this - at Kybartai and Kena frontier stations, we can ensure prompt registration of all necessary transit procedures, technical and commercial examination of the train. This is a very promising route ", comments Egidijus Lazauskas, the Head of the Freight Transportation Directorate of the Lithuanian Railways.

  The train consists of 57 conditional wagons loaded with 40-foot universal containers carrying water filters, paint, parts of equipment, textiles and other light industry products. Train partners and operators: on 1435 mm wide gauge (PKP) - Belintertrans Germany GmbH, on 1520 mm wide gauge - OTLK, in China - CRIMT.

  This year, cooperation with Kaliningrad Railways intensified. This is reflected in the results of freight transportation. In 2017 In January-August, volumes of transportation increased by 22.44% compared to the same period last year. In total, 7.42 million tons of various cargo were transported. Among the shipments, the most dominated is hard mineral oil, oil and petroleum products, ferrous metals, food industry and other products.

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