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Lithuania and Ukraine Forge Ahead with New Intermodal Transport Route

Lithuania and Ukraine Forge Ahead with New Intermodal Transport Route
photo: Ukrzaliznytsia / Public domain/Ukrzaliznytsia train
07 / 05 / 2024

Lithuania's LTG Group and Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a strategic intermodal transport route from Klaipėda to Kyiv, traversing Poland.

The memorandum of understanding, signed in Vilnius by leaders from both rail companies, sets the foundation for what both countries view as a crucial step in improving their logistical frameworks and expanding economic opportunities. The route is expected to start operation with test flights this year, promising regular cargo services soon after. This collaboration aims to maximize the existing rail, port, and border capacities of Lithuania and Ukraine, enhancing the flow of goods between the two countries and potentially extending to Scandinavia.

During the signing, representatives from both nations emphasized the strategic nature of the partnership.

Source: LTG Cargo / Public domain

"We see Ukraine and Ukrainian Railways as our strategic partners in ensuring the smooth movement of cargo both between our countries and in expanding export and import opportunities through the port of Klaipėda between Ukraine and Scandinavia," said Egidijus Lazauskas, head of LTG Group. "We strongly support Ukraine in its quest to develop alternative logistics solutions and increase the business competitiveness of both countries in the region."

The deal also includes plans for both sides to conduct market analyses and develop operational solutions to ensure the route’s efficacy and competitiveness. This agreement builds on previous commitments to bring Ukrainian railway operations up to EU standards and further integrates Ukraine into the European transport network, demonstrating a continued effort to support Ukraine amidst the ongoing Russian war.