Lithuanian Railways and UTLC sign agreement for China-Europe rail freight services

Lithuanian Railways and United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC) have signed an agreement for freight transport between China and Europe, via Sestokai, a transshipment hub and railway junction situated at the Lithuanian-Polish border.
“China has a huge freight potential. Market specialists estimate that the number of freight trains between China and Europe may increase several times within the next decade. Lithuania is in a good position to take a significant place on the future transport map,” Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai CEO Mantas Bartuska said.
Under the agreement, it is planned a pilot train for this summer with the possibility of launching a regular train container service on Europe-China route.
UTLC is an Eurasian railway operator, formed by Russian Railways, Belarusian Railway and Kazakhstan Temir Zholy. In the first three months of 2017, UTLC moved 30,600 TEUs along the basic route Dostyk /Altynkol/ Brest/ Dostyk, which is 2.4 times more than 12,800 TEUs in the same period in 2016.  Since the start of 2017, the company has dispatched 365 trains, including 239 west-bound trains on the U West (China-Europe) service and 126 east-bound on the U East (Europe-China) service.

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