Port Wings News Network:
JSC UTLC (a subsidiary of JSC Russian Railways) and Belintertrans-Germany GmbH (BIT-Germany) are implementing joint end-to-end regular multimodal service along the route Altynkol (border with China) – Kaliningrad – Hamburg that will ensure timely and reliable transportation containers by rail and sea.
To test the service, the first pilot shipments were sent in August and September 2020. Their transit time from Chongqing to Hamburg was 12 and 14 days. This service will operate on a regular basis starting October 2020. Intentions to ship on the new multimodal route have already been confirmed by ITLG for goods from Xi’an; CDIRS for goods from Chengdu; and DHL, the world’s largest courier.
The end-to-end container-transportation technology used on this new multimodal route through the ports of Kaliningrad and Hamburg will significantly reduce shipping times and eliminate unnecessary operations. The cooperation of these companies has made it possible to synchronize the movement of trains with the fixed schedule of the sea line and vessels chartered for a specific volume of cargo. The transshipment at the docking points is carried out according to this schedule. At the first stage, it is planned to send up to two trains per day to Hamburg.
UTLC ERA organizes container rail transportation between Altynkol and ports in the Kaliningrad region as part of regular container trains. BIT-Germany organizes regular sea container delivery service between ports in Kaliningrad Oblast and the Port of Hamburg. Their cooperation provides clients with a single package of shipping and documentation for the uninterrupted movement of containers throughout the entire route.
A comprehensive price for end-to-end traffic on a new multimodal route through the ports of Kaliningrad and Hamburg will ensure efficiency, availability, and clarity of service for cargo owners and transportation companies.