All aboard the "Amber train" for Baltic state rail freight

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March 12 saw a meeting of executives from all three national rail companies in the Baltic states at which where agreement was reached on the organization of an intermodal "Amber Train" container route linking the three countries.

The route is planned to go from Šestokai on Lithuania's border with Poland via Riga to Tallinn, state-owned Latvijas dzelzceļš (LDz) said.

Representatives of Latvijas dzelzceļš and its subsidiaries LDZ Cargo and LDz Logistika, as well as representatives of the Lithuanian state railway company AB Lietuvos geležinkeliai and representatives of the Estonian railway company EVR Cargo plan to join forces to streamline the operation of freight wagons along the 650 kilometer route.

The participants agreed to develop a competitive tariff offer and a container shipping timetable, as well as prepare a plan to entice freight companies who do not currently use rail infrastructure for their transport.

The participants of the meeting agreed to share the experience of organizing freight transportation in all three Baltic States, as well as consider the possibility of introducing an electronic documents system to clients.

A working group will be established involving all three parties to take matters further, with the first meeting of the working group scheduled to take place in late March.

"In the future, the new European railways infrastructure can create new opportunities, but today we can work on the existing network, providing our customers with convenient and efficient freight logistics," said LDz President Edvīns Bērziņš in a press release.

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