Sławków to Urumqi: Trans-Caspian Test Route Transport a Success!

FELB recently attended the second Railway Economic Forum in Krakow where the main topic was: Opportunities and Challenges of the Trans-Caspian Route Especially in terms of Food Export from the EU to China. We were invited by our partner PKP LHS to speak at this event where we discussed our recent project earlier this summer where we joined together with PKP LHS to organize the first transport of containers on the Trans-Caspian route. The cargo was transported from Sławków to Urumqi in Western China in an effort to test the new rail route between Asia and Europe. The cargo made its maiden journey from Sławków to Odessa in Ukraine, then to the country of Georgia and crossing into Azerbaijan and made its way to China using a combination of sea and rail connections on its way. Since the cargo was a trial of the viability of the route, the container transported remained empty to reduce costs and customs and sanitary procedures. FELB was the first rail operator to invest their own funds into exploring the possibility of transporting via the Trans-Caspian route.Transporting an empty container also had the added benefit of ensuring quality and safety for future customers.

On the 8th of August, the train arrived at Urumqi. The transit time was longer than expected due to some technical issues at the border station into Ukraine. However, in the future, block trains will be moved from the Polish border to Odessa in just 44 hours! Also, in Kazakhstan, block trains will go faster than a single container (the entire amount transported during trial transport), so we can expect a 12-13 days transit time from Poland to the border of China! This new connection will be an answer for the entire food and beverage industry in Europe especially for perishable food and goods. FELB plans to create a stable route for these types of goods that will need to be transported quickly to China, but also which are banned by Russian sanctions. Currently FELB is in development of this product and will be introducing it to the market in the next few months. Our plan is to create an entire new branch of rail logistics for our service options that offer faster transit times at better prices.

Pictured below: Wojciech Grzesiok, business developer for FELB