FESCO intensifies rail freight traffic between Asia-Pacific and Europe
Russian logistics company FESCO has extended its network of rail freight connections. The new route links the ports of the Far East and the Kaliningrad region. By combining the regular train services with the shipping lines, the company will be able to intensify container traffic between Asia-Pacific and Europe.
FESCO’s new intermodal service was branded as West Gate Bridge. It connects the Port of Vladivostok in the Far East with the Port of Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad exclave. The new service also includes the maritime legs from the Asia-Pacific countries such as China, Japan, South Korea to Vladivostok and from Baltiysk to the Port of Mukran in Germany. Such a multimodal combination allows the company to deliver containers from Asia-Pacific to Europe in 36 days instead of over 50 days via the Suez Canal.
The first train to Baltiysk departed from Vladivostok on Monday, 6 December. Initially, FESCO will provide the West Gate Bridge service from two to four times per month. The further frequency depends on the popularity among the customers. Moreover, the logistics company is planning to use the TLC East-West terminal at the Chernyakhovsk station for moving boxes to Poland and further to Germany by rail.