United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance signed cooperation agreements with ZSSK Cargo and Lithuanian Railways on rail freight transport development.
With ZSSK Cargo, UTLC ERA agreed to facilitate information and technological collaboration in organizing container cargo shipments by rail on China – Slovakia – China routes. The parties have agreed upon establishing transport and logistics services through the implementation of transit technologies for Eurasian container shipments.
The two companies have signed a road map providing for an implementation plan that would include the exchange of information on the current cargo flow between Slovakia and China with route scheduling, prospective amounts of cargo export from Slovakia and neighboring countries to China and the competitive environment of railway container traffic in the region. The companies also intend to conduct a detailed analysis of their potential customer base and its needs.
Last year, UTLC ERA and ZSSK Cargo also signed an agreement for transit container traffic development, calling for the expansion of services and traffic volume increase on Europe – China – Europe routes.
This is the first time that UTLC ERA fixed in writing the intention to build a direct transit transport technology process. The operator will be solely responsible for its part of the 1520 gauge, whereas ZSSK Cargo will be in charge of the 1435 gauge.
Under the agreement signed between UTLC ERA and Lithuanian Railways, the companies agreed to arrange postal container traffic from China to Lithuania. In line with this agreement the partners intend to jointly develop the shipment of postal packages – deliveries and e-commerce goods, by cargo trains on China – Europe – China routes on a regular basis. UTLC ERA will provide containers loaded with postal items at the platforms of Dostyk and Altynkol stations operated by Kazakhstan Railways. In their turn, Lithuanian Railways will be responsible for handling container trains at the Kena border railway station near Belarus, subsequently delivering postal packages to Vaidotai railway station in Vilnius intermodal terminal, wherefrom the cargo will be distributed to the warehouses of the Lithuanian public post, Lietuvos pastas.
“I am perfectly confident that the agreements signed with our partners will contribute to the active growth of the transit transportation market, thus enabling UTLC ERA to strengthen its leading positions in cargo shipments on Europe – China – Europe routes,” UTLC ERA president Alexey Grom said.