The deputy general director of the State Railway Administration (Ukrzaliznytsia), Petro Naumenko, said at a meeting on November 20 that Ukrzaliznytsia was ready for the practical launch of a railway container route from the Greater Odessa port to Freight Village Kaluga (Russia), the Kontekst-Prychernomorie publication reports.
"All of us have long had the dream of activating this route. As of today, we are only talking, but, unfortunately, our container trains are not loaded with the volumes that we would like. We have already organized several routes to Moscow, the Baltic States, and Belarus from the port of Odessa in Ukraine,” he said.
"As of today, Ukrzaliznytsia is ready to consider any proposals. The timetables of our container trains are very tight. Those trains that are traveling from Europe and the Russian Federation have a speed of 1,300 kilometers per day (54 kilometers per hour). That is, we have tightened our belts as much as we can, and we are ready to continue to offer such pleasant speeds. We are willing to consider any additional scheduling, and we are ready to start the implementation of these projects in a very short time with the help of Freight Village Kaluga," said Naumenko.
Freight Village Kaluga is Russia's largest multimodal logistics center of the international “freight village” format that fully covers the entire logistics chain: from the arrival of raw materials at the factory to the delivery of finished goods to the buyer's door. The railway container route between the ports of Greater Odessa and Freight Village Kaluga is scheduled to launch in the near future.