Throughput of Kaliningrad port to grow by 8% to 15 million tonnes this year
In 2018, throughput of port Kaliningrad is expected to total 15 million tonnes, which is more than a 8-pct increase year-on-year, Andrey Moshkov, Deputy Director of the Kaliningrad Department of FSUE Rosmorport’s North-Western Basin Branch, said at the X Baltic Transport Forum in Kaliningrad.
When speaking at the Forum, Aleksey Pavlov, General Director of Baltic Stevedoring Company, said that the ports of the Kaliningrad Region have got a unique opportunity to build up their container throughput, particularly due to organization of a multimodal cargo flow by a railway route between China and Europe.
Chinese container transit route earlier ran across Belarus. New railway corridor was launched in autumn 2017 to avoid the busy border crossing between Poland and Belarus. The transit route between Chóngqìng (China) and Duisburg (Germany) is now crossing the Kaliningrad Region. On 23 June 2018, the United Transport and Logistics Company Eurasian Railway Alliance welcomed the 1000th train on its transit corridor between China and Europe.
According to Aleksey Pavlov, this transit cargo flow has a huge potential and presents a powerful stimulus for further development of container terminals in the Kaliningrad region.