Fifth terminal in Poland: Metrans acquires CL Europort in Małaszewicze
Czech rail freight operator Metrans will strengthen its foothold in Poland. The company has purchased CL Europort, a significant intermodal facility in the Małaszewicze Reloading Region. With the acquisition, Metrans will get the fifth terminal in Poland, which will become the company’s second intermodal hub in the country.
For years, Metrans has been operating four intermodal terminals in Poland including those in Gądki near Poznań, Pruszków near Warsaw, Dąbrowa Górnicza in Upper Silesia and Kąty Wrocławskie in Lower Silesia. The list of the company’s facilities will be extended with the fifth facility. It is the CL Europort terminal, which is located close to the Belarusian border, and that is a remarkable junction on the New Silk Road. To this end, it will be converted to the next Hub Terminal in the Metrans network on the way from China to Europe.
“CL Europort will continue to serve all clients along with the added value of Metrans IT system and the additional connections to the Metrans network, but beyond all that, we do see again that the HUB concept is a workable concept. This new relation brings us an excellent opportunity to learn from each other, to develop further synergies between the company and our clients,” the Czech company explained its decision to acquire the terminal.
The Europort Logistics Centre (or Centrum Logistyczny Europort in Polish, CL Europort) was established in 2007. It is located within the Małaszewicze Reloading Region. The facility with an area of 130,000 square metres is equipped with railway tracks of two gauges, 1,435 and 1520 millimetres, as well as with rail-mounted cranes, reach stackers and locotractors for shunting operations on both gauges. CL Europort has an annual reloading capacity of 120,000 TEU, storage yards for containers, tank containers, semi-trailers and swap bodies of 18,000 square metres. Metrans connects the terminal with its terminals in Poland (Warsaw (Pruszków), Poznań (Gądki) and Dąbrowa Górnicza), Czechia (Česká Třebová), Hungary (Budapest) and others.