JSC “Ukrzaliznytsya” and state enterprise “Railways of Moldova” in July 2019 intend to launch a new container train between Ukraine and Moldova.

As reported the press service of “Ukrzaliznytsia” on Wednesday, a Memorandum was signed by the heads of the rail carriers of the two countries in Odessa on may 28.

The train will operate on the route Odessa (port)-Kuchurgan/novosavitskaya-Chisinau and return.

“The last time “Ukrzaliznytsia” actively develops international container transportation, and we are interested in the establishment of such a route to Moldova. We have already developed a timetable of container trains on the territory of Ukraine”, – the press service quoted the head of “Railways” Evgeny Kravtsov.

He added that according to the graph distance from Odessa to Kuchurgan train will be overcome in 10 hours, given the time for technical operations at the station Kuchurgan. However, according to Kravtsov, the journey time is not satisfied customers of the carrier.

The head of “Ukrzaliznytsia” said that the company intends to reduce the time of transportation through the optimization of the checkpoints together with “Railway of Moldova”. In particular, till July of the current year the Moldovan railway should resolve the issue of acceleration of handling the train station to Chisinau, the availability of container platforms and mechanisms for loading and unloading of containers and delivery to the recipient.

The initiator of the organization of container trains from the port of Odessa to Chisinau was SE “Railway of Moldova” in 2017. Now the carriage of containers on the specified route by road. In 2018 from the Odessa sea port by road were transported to Chisinau 6.8 thousand containers.

As reported, the heads of the railway carriers of Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus on may 28 announced the launch of the project on launching the container train on the route Klaipeda/klaipėda-Kena-slovechne-Kiev/Odessa port and back.

Container transportation of “Ukrzaliznytsia” in 2018 amounted to 334 963 TEU, which is 13% more volume in 2017. The increase occurred in all types of messages: transit – 24%, export – by 17%, inland 11% and imports by 8%.