This week in RailFreight Live: why take the train to Moscow?


Last week, a new train left for Moscow. It was from the RSC terminal in the port of Rotterdam. In the same month, a new office was opened in Moscow by New Silk Road specialist RTSB. Moscow is clearly on the map. This is why the role of Russia on the New Silk Road is the main topic of this week’s RailFreight Live.

The new service between Rotterdam and Moscow is organised by Smart Container, Ruscon and GVT Logistics. The parties celebrated the departure at RSC terminal last week, and RailFreight Live was there to witness the moment. You can see the report in this week’s show.

Studio guests 

We also talk to Alexander Baskakov, the brand new manager of the brand new RTSB subsidiary. Why an office in Moscow? we ask. And, what else is the company working on? It is currently developing its routes through Ukraine even further, and some big changes next year will help, Baskakov will explain.

Last but not least, we will look at an interview with Alexey Grom, CEO of UTLC ERA. This operator handles the bulk of all Eurasian traffic through the CIS countries. Nathalie van Herk from our sister publication Nieuwsblad Transport spoke to the chief in length, and we have some excerpts of this interview, where he elaborates on the new terminal in Kaliningrad.

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