MINSK, 14 June (BelTA) – A delegation of Belarusian Railways led by the company chief Vladimir Morozov will take part in talks with top officials of the Port of Duisburg (Germany) on 19 June, BelTA learned from the press service of Belarusian Railways.
“The parties will discuss the proposals of the German company to start freight container shipping along the China-Belarus-Germany (Port of Duisburg) route, as well as promising areas of cooperation with Belarusian Railways taking into account the plans to expand the China-Belarus Industrial Park Great Stone,” the press service informed.
The Belarusian delegation will tour the terminal railway infrastructure of the port and study its technical and technologies capacities to handle container trains.
“The relevance of this proposal can also be attributed to the capacities of the Great Stone park. Belarusian Railways is ready to cooperate with the business community of the European Union on mutually beneficial terms,” the press service noted.
Belarusian Railways is actively developing container shipping not only through the border checkpoints Brest-Terespol, but also through other Belarusian-Polish border checkpoints: Bruzgi-Kuznica Bialostocka and Svisloch-Siemianowka that handle cargo on the East-West-East route on the 1520mm and 1435mm gauge tracks. Belarusian Railways plans to resume cargo delivery through the border checkpoint Vysoko-Litovsk - Czeremcha by the end of 2018.
The Belarusian rail operator pays particular attention to the transshipment of containers on the Belarusian side. The projected growth of container traffic on the East-West-East route is 540,000 containers in TEU per year by 2020 and 1 million containers in TEU per year by 2025.
In January-May 2017 some 104,200 containers in TEU moved along the China-Europe-China route, up by 21.9% as compared to the same period a year before.
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