Resumption of container traffic by rail from China and the Baltic Sea

After the outbreak of the corona epidemic in China, DB Cargo Eurasia GmbH started again container traffic by rail  to and from China and across the Baltic Sea between Kaliningrad and Rostock.

The first train will leave the terminal in Xi’an / China on March the 25th, 2020 to transport 50 containers via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and then via the Baltic Sea route from Kaliningrad to Rostock. For the entire transport, DB Cargo Eurasia as the operator takes approx. 12 days to the destination in Duisburg, from where on April the 2th, the first train in the opposite direction to Xi’an starts. Some of the goods will be transferred to other modes of transport in Rostock. For example, some containers will be transported to Verona by train, other containers will be shipped to Sweden by container ship. The first train includes goods from the sectors of automotive, industrial goods and medical products.

Container traffic between Kaliningrad and Rostock will initially run on a weekly basis from April. The future aim is to implement an increase and regularity of up to six trains per week, with an average of 41 to 50 containers being transported per train. The transport is carried out together with our partners DB Schenker, DB Cargo Russia, XIAN ITL, UTLC, Mannlines and Rostock Hafen.

The route via Kaliningrad-Rostock represents an attractive alternative for customers to the continuous rail traffic between China and Europe via the Belarusian-Polish border Brest-Malaszewicze, where there is currently a lack of capacity due to construction work.

DB Cargo Eurasia forms the network of DB Cargo structures on the eastern EU external border and fills rail traffic within the DB Cargo network with volume from and to China. The transcontinental connections between China and Europe provide various customers with powerful and competitive alternatives to time-consuming ship connections and cost-intensive air freight.

Image Source: DB Schenker / Manthey