Pandemic transport via new sea route Kaliningrad-Rostock

On May the 4th, 2020, DB Cargo Eurasia GmbH received the first large delivery of masks and protective equipment at the port of Rostock – in a successful collaboration with DB Schenker and DB Procurement. A total of four containers with 7.4 million protective masks for Deutsche Bahn and six further containers with urgently needed protective equipment for Italy were transported via the new Kaliningrad-Rostock sea route under the project name of “Eurasia Railway Bridge”.

This alternative route to Malaszewicze / Brest has been served by DB Cargo Eurasia on a weekly basis since April 2020. In addition to DB Schenker, DB Procurement and DB Cargo Russia, the transport is realized with partners such as XIAN ITL, UTLC, Mannlines and Rostock Hafen.

The first pandemic transport started from the terminal in Xi’an/ China, on April the 22th, 2020 by train via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Lithuania to Kaliningrad. From Kaliningrad, the containers are shipped to Rostock, where they are unloaded and transshipped onto the rails. The entire transport takes an average of 12 days, covering distances of over 10,000 km.

From Rostock, the goods are transported by train to Duisburg or Verona or by container ship to Scandinavia. The complete door-to-door delivery including packaging, customs clearance and documentation is carried out by truck from the respective terminals to the destination.

On the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, 50 million masks are to be coming to Germany by rail among others.

For our customers, this means an uncomplicated service from a single source and represents an attractive alternative to the otherwise 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.