New multimodal services link Europe with Asia
A Russia-Germany joint venture called Trans Eurasia Logistics (TEL) is now operating the “Ostwind” container block trains that run from Berlin via Moscow to Baku in Azerbaijan and finally, Vladivostok.
TEL has established a common operations platform with IRS InterRail Services. IRS previously marketed this service via a joint venture with ICF Intercontainer-Interfrigo that went into liquidation in November.
Containers are sent from 12 terminals throughout Germany as well as Antwerp and Rotterdam to Berlin, where they are consolidated for the twice-weekly service via the trans-Siberian route that includes Mongolia and China.
In a related move, DHL Freight has extended its Euroconnect less-than-truckload road service to Georgia via gateways in Vienna and Frankfurt. Georgia also serves as the gateway to Armenia and Azerbaijan, which are connected through Tbilisi.
Thomas George, CEO of DHL Freight, commented: "Expanding into Georgia allows us to serve international companies transporting goods to and from these regions and accompany them as they strengthen their commercial ties there."
DHL Euroconnect provides international all-in-one road groupage product for palletized and non-palletized general cargo as well as products requiring special care and compliance such as hazardous, temperature-sensitive and high-value shipments. The company also provides CO2 emission reports.