HHLA’s intermodal company Metrans has taken over CL Europort and its logistics centre in the Polish town of Malaszewicze, aiming to attract freight traffic within Central and Eastern Europe.
The location is 4 km from the Terespol railway crossing and 8 km from the Koroszczyn road crossing, while this stretch of rail is part of the second pan-European transport corridor (Berlin, Warsaw, Minsk, Moscow).
The Western European and Russian railway systems meet in Malaszewicze, so it is possible to change the gauge from 1,520 mm to 1,435 mm.
Rail operator Eurotrans, with which Metrans has a strategic partnership, is also active on this transport axis.
Peter Kiss, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Metrans Group, said: “Malaszewicze represents a bridge between the EU member states, Russia and even China. Our idea for the hub terminal has proven itself and the new terminal will perfectly complement our intermodal network.
“A large portion of the international rail transport that goes from here to China already goes via Malaszewicze. We also want to grow further in this segment through our strategic cooperation with Eurotrans.”
Metrans will use a part of Eurotrans’s capacity to offer new rail products to and from Brest and further east, and to guarantee the quality of existing services.
Currently, Eurotrans offers rail transport on Belarusian and Russian routes.