Information published on 10 October 2017 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 565.

Latvia/Belarus: LDz and Belarusian Railways will develop a new offer of express train for a fast processing of cargo

On 3 October, VAS (State Joint Stock Company) “Latvijas dzelzceļš” (LDz) and Belarusian Railway agreed on closer cooperation, offering their customers faster and more favourable cargo transportation between Minsk and Riga, as well as to develop a new offer: cargo express train “Minsk-Riga”. This is provided by the cooperation memorandum between LDz and Belarusian Railway.

The memorandum was signed by the heads of both companies provides to launch the pilot project of express train “Riga-Minsk”. Considering the interest of clients in fast cargo movement between the capitals of Latvia and Belarus, the railway companies plan to offer their customers an express train that would be, upon the customers’s request, sent from Minsk to Riga or vice versa within 28 hours.

The President of LDz Edvīns Bērziņš said: “We work to satisfy the demand of our customers to transport cargo; however, our long-term goal is to ensure regular cargo movement at all the key routes. Therefore, development of a new and fast transport flow between Riga and Minsk will allow us to process our customers’ requests faster. Considering the growing significance of Belarus in the context of the joint project of Belarus and China “The Large Stone” being developed near Minsk, our offer will allow us to process cargo coming from this new point of logistics.

The signed memorandum is the next step to strengthen position of LDz in the Belarusian transit and logistics market. At the beginning of this year, a representative office of LDz was opened in Minsk, the goal of which is to foster development of business relations with Belarusian companies and organisations, gather information on the Belarusian market segments in which LDz is interested and attract cargo to the Latvian transit industry.

The memorandum was signed this week in the Belarusian capital of Minsk within the framework of the Transport Week of Belarus. At the same time, LDz and its subsidiaries took part in an international industry exhibition, and the LDz President Bērziņš presented LDz as a trustworthy service provider for cargo transport between Asia and Europe at an international conference “Connecting Belarusian Transport and Logistics System with the Silk Way”.

(Source: LDz)