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Rail Cargo Group and TransContainer together on track


  • MoU signed at "Strategic Partnership 1520" broad gauge conference in Vienna 
  • Cooperation increases rail traffic between Europe and Asia
  • Customers benefit from through transportation from a single source and shorter shipping times

The Chinese market offers enormous potential for freight transport to and from Europe, so the Rail Cargo Group (RCG) is continuously expanding its long-distance connections. These expansion activities at RCG are now entering the next round. With the signing of a joint memorandum of understanding (MoU), RCG and Russian logistics specialist TransContainer are taking a significant step towards intensifying freight transport operations on the Silk Road route. The aims of this cooperation include implementing regular intermodal transport operations between China and Europe.

RCG and TransContainer combine their expertise

The Rail Cargo Group is already running two round trips per week in cooperation with TransContainer, Russia's largest intermodal container transport and logistics provider. In order to further encourage the development of relationships between China and Europe and increase the frequency of round trips, RCG and TransContainer are not only combining their networks, but also their expertise.

Customers benefit from through transport along the entire corridor from the Chinese-Russian border from a single source, shorter shipping times and even better quality. In this process, TransContainer is acting as a partner for rail freight shipments and operator services between Europe and China. The intention is to increase the current two round trips per week to ten weekly round trips by 2020.

Thomas Kargl, Chairman of the Rail Cargo Group, and Peter Baskakov, CEO of TransContainer, signed a memorandum of understanding to this end during the course of the well-attended "Strategic Partnership 1520" International Rail Business Forum in Vienna.

"This step unites two experts in the railway logistics sector, thereby offering our Chinese customers a real and, above all, high-quality alternative to other routes and production methods," says a convinced Thomas Kargl.

“The transit-transport between China and Europe is one of the fastest growing segments in the container market. Regarding the broad gauge, we are convinced that TransContainer´s technologies and competences combined with the know-how and abilities of the Rail Cargo Group in the European rail transport – especially in Central- and South-East Europe – will create an additional impulse. This concerns in particular East-West container transports by rail. Thus, we are able to offer our customers a reliable and competitive service”, says Peter Baskakov, CEO of TransContainer.

Doubling of intermodal shipments

At 30 to 40%, annual growth rates on the European corridor are more than impressive. Above all, rail transport operations to and from Asia via the new Silk Road are booming. For this reason, RCG has been constantly expanding its transport activities on the Chinese-European axis since last year, thereby providing end-to-end logistics services between the two continents.

With its growing range of rail logistics services aimed at the Far East and Central Asia, RCG is substantiating its strategy of internationalisation beyond the borders of Europe. The intention in coming years is to expand Euro-Asian relationships, to increase capacities at the borders and thereby double intermodal transport volumes to two million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) by 2025.

PJSC TransContainer

PJSC TransContainer is the leading intermodal container transporter in Russia. The company has a market share of approximately 47% in railbound container traffic and approximately 19% in container terminals in Russia. TransContainer has 42 rail terminals in Russia's largest industrial centres. Furthermore, the company operates the container terminal in Dobra on the Slovakian-Ukrainian border and has a 50% stake in JSC Kedentranservice. In addition, TransContainer is the largest rolling stock provider in Russia, the CIS states and the Baltic countries – with more than 24,000 wagons and 70,000 ISO containers.