LTG and Ukrzaliznytsia to test new intermodal route

Klaipeda – Kyiv intermodal routeLTG Group and Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsia) have officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen international cooperation and develop Klaipeda – Kyiv intermodal route through Polish territory. This strategic agreement between the two rail operators stipulates that the parties will jointly coordinate the project and allocate the necessary resources to ensure its competitive implementation.

The MoU was signed in Vilnius by Yevhen Liashchenko, the CEO Ukrainian Railways, and Viacheslav Yeromin, Member of the Management Board of the company, as well as Egidijus Lazauskas, CEO of LTG Group, and Eglė Šimė, CEO of LTG Cargo, the group’s cargo transport company.

The first test runs of the Klaipeda – Kyiv intermodal route is planned for this year. In the future, cargo is expected to be transported regularly along this route. This will create an efficient transport corridor between Lithuania and Ukraine and utilise the potential of the countries’ railways, port terminals, and border crossing points.

“We see Ukraine and Ukrainian Railways as our strategic partners in ensuring smooth cargo movement both between our countries and in expanding export and import opportunities through the Port of Klaipėda between Ukraine and Scandinavia. We are consistently supporting Ukraine in its efforts to develop alternative logistics solutions and increase the competitiveness of both countries’ businesses in the region,” Egidijus Lazauskas, the CEO of LTG Group said.

The companies also agreed to analyse market potential, prepare the necessary technological and operational solutions, and develop a specific action plan to ensure the successful implementation of the project.

This is not the first MoU between Lithuanian and Ukrainian railways aimed at helping Ukraine, which is fighting against Russian aggression, integrate into the European railway network. Last year, LTG Group and Ukrainian Railways signed an agreement in Munich to cooperate in the implementation of LTG’s FREE Rail programme, which aims to create a railway operation model based on EU railway standards and best practices and harmonised with the specifics of the broad gauge (EU+). It is expected that this project will make it possible to achieve full integration with Europe – business ties, technologies and IT – and will open up more opportunities for companies, residents and the western railway industry using railway services. In addition, in 2022 the Lithuanian company launched transport service from Kaunas to Ukraine.

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