The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) and Global Ocean Link, which is a Ukrainian logistics operator, have launched a container train on its maiden trip from Ukraine to Rotterdam, the CFTS portal reports, citing Logist.Today.

"The Global Ocean Link company, together with JSC Ukrzaliznytsia, has successfully launched a train with 40- and 20-foot containers on its first trip from the Nikel-Pobuzhskyi station to the CTT Rotterdam station,” Global Ocean Link said.

It takes about nine days to cover the route’s distance of 2,200 kilometers. "The total travel time can reduce to 5-7 days in the future, which will seriously compete with road transport and become an alternative type of logistics in this direction," the company said.

Global Ocean Link plans to launch container trains to Poland, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands in the future.

As the CFTS portal reported earlier, a China-EU container train has passed through Ukraine without transshipment at the border for the first time. The train traveled on a broad-gauge railway line that reaches almost 400 kilometers into Poland.