Under the terms of the agreement, ERH customers will be able to use EWG’s transhipment and storage services. In addition to rail logistics cooperation, the agreement also includes technology knowledge transfer. Since the development of the new terminal, East West Gate has build up experience with 5G networks, remote crane operation, virtual simulation and other modern logistics advancements.
The agreement was signed by Christopher Beplat, Managing Director at EGIM and board member of ERH, and János Tálosi, CEO of East-West Intermodal Logistics Ltd.
«We are very pleased to enter this partnership with EWG. Through this agreement, we are not only offering our customers access to new key markets, but we are also working to stay at the forefront of our industry with EWG’s valuable technology insights», says Christopher Beplat.
«This partnership with EUROGATE is not only important for EWG, but also for Hungarian rail logistics as a whole. With this step, we are integrating Hungary into the international rail logistics network,» explains János Tálosi.
Route through Hungary
Hungary is playing an increasingly important role in east-west trade. Import and export activity between Europe and Asia t has significantly expanded in the last few years, and EWG is further developing the attractiveness of routing via Hungary.
The EWG terminal is currently in the final testing phase with its technological equipment. The ultra-modern operations are reported to be going smoothly. The terminal’s cranes as well as its road and rail access gates are remotely controlled from an operator room by means of 5G technology. In addition, a 3D digital twin of the terminal monitors the facility’s operations in real time and alerts staff if it detects any irregularities. The terminal is expected to open in June following the necessary railway authorisation.
About the companies
Construction of the East-West Gate (EWG) terminal began in January 2021 on a 140-hectare site near the Ukrainian-Hungarian border in Fényeslítky, Hungary. Built with a private investment of more than 90 billion Hungarian forint, the facility will be located at the intersection of normal and wide gauge railway tracks and is expected to start operations in the second quarter of 2022. The terminal will have the capacity to handle up to one million 20-foot containers (TEUs) per year and will be the largest terminal of its kind in Europe, both in terms of capacity and size.
Based in Budapest, EUROGATE Rail Hungary is a Hungarian private rail transport company.
EUROGATE Rail Hungary is particularly active in rail freight transport in Hungary, Austria and Germany. EUROGATE Intermodal GmbH (EGIM) is an international service provider for container transport headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. Part of the EUROGATE Group, EGIM is one of Germany’s leading neutral providers of combined transport for containers by rail and road.