Rail Cargo
20. November 2023

LTG Cargo and Ukrainian Railways have tested a new freight route Kaunas–Kiev


Ltg Cargo, a freight transport company of the Lithuanian Railways (LTG) Group, and Ukrainian Railways, is strengthening mutual cooperation. Lithuanian and Ukrainian carriers seeking the development of new services and intermodal cargo transportation have tested a new cargo transportation route Kaunas–Kiev. Semi-trailers were delivered to Kaunas Intermodal Terminal from Klaipeda Seaport. The first train loaded with semi-trailers has already reached Kiev.  

The test drive of the new route was implemented just two months after the official meeting of LTG Cargo and Ukrainian Railways in September to develop mutually beneficial solutions for the development of international transportation.  

“Working with Ukraine, ensuring attractive cargo transportation solutions for customers between Lithuania and Ukraine, is always the focus of our attention. Together with our partners, we are constantly looking for ways to facilitate and contribute to more efficient cargo movement between countries.  Due to the extremely large car congestion on the Polish-Ukrainian border, it can take up to two weeks or more to cover this distance by road. We hope that in the future we will be able to reduce the time for transporting goods by rail by a few more days. In this way, we will be able to deliver semi-trailers with cargo to our customers up to 3 times faster than this route is overcome by road transport,” says Eglė Šimė, the Head of LTG Cargo 

At the request of customers, cargoes transported by this route will be able to be transported by rail from / to Klaipeda seaport. It is planned that at the request of customers, various types of cargoes will be able to be transported efficiently and safely from Lithuania to Ukraine on this route: fertilizers, PET pellets, salt. Grain crops, building materials, food and beverages will be able to be imported into Lithuania from Ukraine.  

“Cargoes on the Kaunas–Kiev route will be transported by LTG Cargo, poland – LTG Cargo Polska. At the medyca (Poland)-Mostyska (Ukraine) border point, semi-trailers with cargo will be transhipped from European to broad-gauge Ukrainian wagons and transported by “Ukrainian Railways” to the Liski terminal in Kiev. From here, cargoes around the country will be able to be distributed by road,” says Vyacheslav Yeromin, a Member of the Board of Ukrainian Railways 

Currently, at the request of its customers, LTG Cargo and its partners transport cargo on three international routes connecting Lithuania and Ukraine through the mostyska-Medyka and Jagodin-Darohushok and Izov-Hrubesšov border points. Among the countries, oil and agricultural products are mainly transported.  

At the request of customers, individual cargoes can also be transported to Ukraine on the regular intermodal route Kaunas–Slavkov, and from here on a wide gauge to Ukraine, since the Slavkov terminal, located near Katowice, is an important polish wide gauge node that connects railway lines between Lithuania and Poland and Ukraine and Poland. 

Original article HERE

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