The CEO of PKP Cargo, Czesław Warsewicz, and Egidijus Lazauskas, the Deputy Director General of Lithuanian Railways (LG), signed an agreement to strengthen the cooperation in transport field, and to improve cargo handling process at the border crossing between the two countries.
Under the agreement, LG’s locomotives will hire PKP Cargo trains at the border area, from the Lithuanian-Polish state border to the Trakiškių railway station located on the territory of Poland.
“The new agreement will strengthen our cooperation with our long-term partner. For us, this is an important milestone, as we are entering into one of our strategic foreign markets with a new service. We are constantly looking for opportunities to grow in new markets – this year we opened our representative office in Poland, which will help to develop more efficiently transit transit to other European Union markets, “said LG Head of the Freight Transport Department of Lithuanian Railways.
The representatives of the two companies discussed about the needed cooperation in the field of international rail freight transport through the Polish – Lithuanian state border and the possibilities of using the potential of the Lithuanian station Mockawa and Kaunas intermodal terminal in handling container trains from China via Lithuania to Poland. The two directors also held talks on transport digitalisation of shipping documents and the use of the CIM consignment note for the carriage of cargo destined for the territory of the EU.
“Our cooperation with Lithuanian partners is well proceeding. Maintaining the operational contacts makes easier to solve diagnosed problems and improves the quality of our work while handling loads at the interface between 1520 and 1435 mm rail systems. I am convinced that together we will be able to successfully carry out the planned tasks,” Czesław Warsewicz said.
The new agreement complements the agreement signed on December 31, 2013, in which the companies cooperate in the transport of international cargo by rail through the Polish-Lithuanian border. On the basis of it, international cargo is transported, transferring it from one carrier to another at the nearest frontier station.