Building blocks for continued strategic partnership

The Rail Cargo Group, the Port of Baku, ADY Container and Alliance Logistics have launched a working group with the aim to further improve the competitiveness of the Trans-Caspian Silk Road.

Having set up the first pilot train connection from Xi’an to Melnik via the Caspian Sea in October 2019, the Rail Cargo Group is now proceeding with its strategy of intensifying cooperation with its partners. The alliance aims to enhance the range of services on offer along the southern railway corridor and set up a high frequency intermodal container network that connects Europe and China with Central Asia.

In order to guarantee rail transport services with stable transit times, it is necessary to analyse the market situation along the Trans-Caspian Route and work on ways to deal with the current market challenges. The initiative’s primary goal is to create a platform for communication and cooperation and to work on dismantling cross-border obstacles.

The Port of Baku to become the link between Europe and Asia

As the leading European rail logistics company in Central and Eastern Europe, the Rail Cargo Group already avails of a comprehensive network on the Eurasian continent. On account of its strong position in South Eastern Europe, the RCG is now also planning to establish a high-frequent rail connection to Baku, which will provide another alternative to the existing China routes.

Thanks to its geographical location and future significance as a central logistics hub, the Port of Baku has an important role to play along the Trans-Caspian Corridor. The new Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Port of Baku and RCG in the context of the new working group enables both parties to continue building on their relationship as they set up a new Eurasian Corridor.