PKP Cargo launches container train between Czechia and Turkey
PKP Cargo is developing its network of intermodal connections southwards, namely to Turkey. After launching the container trains from the home market, the Polish rail freight group has linked Czechia and Turkey with reliable intermodal service organised for the customers from the automotive industry.
PKP Cargo International, Czechia-based subsidiary of PKP Cargo Group, added a new intermodal connection to its offer. It links the company’s terminal in Kolín, over 60 kilometres eastwards from Prague, with the Turkish dry port in Halkali on the outskirts of Istanbul. “This is another example of our growing North-South corridor, which figures greatly in our future strategy,” said Maciej Walczyk, CEO of PKP Cargo International.
The first train departed from Halkali on 20 June and arrived in Kolín four days later. As for the returning shipment, it was sent from Czechia on 26 June and was delivered to Turkey on 1 July. Currently, the Kolín – Halkali train runs once a week. By the end of August, the rail freight operator will increase the frequency up to three trains per week.
Partners and customers
PKP Cargo International arranged the new intermodal service together with a Turkish partner, MARS Logistics, which is focused on transport solutions for the automotive industry. The Czech city of Kolín also has a large number of customers in the automotive industry. Moreover, the products of the chemical or textile industry will be carried in 45-foot containers by the new train.
“Together with our logistics and shipping partners, we are supporting intermodal transport across Europe, which is greener than road transport, it produces less greenhouse gas emissions, and it relieves our already congested European roads and motorways,” added Maciej Walczyk.