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MUNICH: June 10, 2019. A new rail link between Italy and China is planned following the signing of an MoU between Russia’s joint-stock Eurasian Rail Alliance (ERA), the Italy Consorzio ZAI Interporto Quadrante Europa logistics terminal in Verona, and the Port of Rostock, Germany.

The three organisations plan to send containers from Verona to Rostock and then ship them via a short-sea route to the Russian Baltic port of Kaliningrad where they will be transhipped onto the main ERA rail route to China.

ERA signs rail agreement in Munich“Multimodal solutions allow us to provide much sought door-to-door cargo delivery services to our clients. Besides this, they help solve the problems that arise, for example, due to bottlenecks that are caused by maintenance work on the tracks and that lead to slower train speeds,” explained Alexey Grom, ERA president.

“This new route makes it possible to offer a genuinely customer-oriented services with shorter delivery times. The port in Kaliningrad can currently process up to eight trains a day and is connected to the entire Baltic Sea region via short-sea links. As many as 40 trains passed through the port in December 2018 and we can further increase the traffic volume to help realize its full capacity,” he added.

Last year ERA transported 280,500 TEU on scheduled container trains in both directions between China and Europe via Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus on 1520 mm broad-gauge tracks. The overall yearly volume was 370,000 TEU, an increase of one third compared to 2017.

The alliance provides transport services between Europe and China along 57 routes. The new and most important hubs in Europe are Neumarkt, Barcelona, Bremerhaven and Luxembourg.

Pictured left to right in Munich wearing ties: UTLC ERA president Alexey Grom; Consorzio ZAI Interporto Quadrante Europa president Matteo Gasparato; and Rostock Port CEO Gernot Tesch.

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