FESCO and DB Cargo plan to launch joint transit shipments from China to Europe via Kaliningrad
FESCO Transportation Group and DB Cargo Russija Co.Ltd., a 100% subsidiary of DB Cargo AG, Europe's leading rail freight carrier) has agreed to carry out joint multimodal container transportation between dry ports in China and Europe via ports of Kaliningrad region. The agreement was signed by German Maslov, Executive Director of FESCO Integrated Transport LLC (FIT LLC, part of the FESCO Group) and Uwe Loyshner, General Director of DB CARGO RUSSIA LLC.
The agreement provides for joint development of the transportation scheme, agreement on conditions and organization of transportation. The intermodal scheme includes transportation by regular trains from China (Chengdu, Chongqing, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Suzhou) to Kaliningrad region, sea transportation to German ports (Rostock and Hamburg) and railway transportation to the destination point in Europe. The parties agreed on the joint use of containers and rolling stock required for transportation. FESCO will operate on a track of 1520 mm and DB Cargo-on a track of 1435 mm.
The launch of the service is scheduled for the beginning of 2019. The delivery time will be 15-18 days.
The new service will be the first in the range of FESCO's intermodal services via Kaliningrad region. It will complement the route through land border crossings and allow to keep the delivery time and the cost of transit through the territory of Russia unchanged in the conditions of growth of cargo traffic from China to Europe and border crossings limited capacity.