Ukrzaliznytsia is completing negotiations on the signing of agreements on container shipments to Europe and Asia. This was announced by the Liski Transport Service Center’s Executive Director Edwin Berzins.

According to him, the company is discussing the possibility of container transportation along the China-EU route on transit through Ukraine. The Liski Transport Service Center will be the operator.

In addition, according to him, negotiations on the signing of long-term agreements on provision of services with DHL, PKP Cargo Connect, and BTLC Germany are in the final stage.

"The agreement with DHL provides for transportation of containerized cargo throughout Ukraine, together with provision of a range of turnkey services at the Liski Transport Service Center’s terminals," he said.

Together with PKP Cargo Connect, containers will be transported from/to Ukrainian railway stations to Polish railway stations and subsequently transported to recipients throughout the European Union.

The agreement with BTLC Germany provides for transportation of goods on the China-Ukraine/EU route and vice versa.

"Ukraine occupies a strategically important position on the transport routes between Europe and Asia. Previously, this potential was almost never realized. Therefore, one of the priorities of the Ukrzaliznytsia management is now to open up the possibilities of Ukraine’s rail transport routes and establish a mutually beneficial system of international container transportation together with partners from the East and the West," said Berzins.

As the CFTS portal reported earlier, Ukrzaliznytsia intends to reach the figure of 1 million tons of freight transportation per day by the end of 2020. According to Ukrzaliznytsia’s Board Chairman Volodymyr Zhmak, there has been a revival of the freight market in recent months. "Ukrzaliznytsia has already loaded 814,000 tons per day, which is almost the same as in 2019, despite the economic crisis and restrictions that were imposed due to the spread of Covid-19," he said.