DB Cargo, the freight division of Deutsche Bahn, has established a new subsidiary in the Czech Republic. DB Cargo Czechia is based in Ostrava, one of the country’s most significant industrial regions.
Last year DB Cargo Czechia launched pilot trains between Poland and Slovakia, under DB Arriva licencing. The company has its own locomotives of the series 189 and uses freight wagons from DB Cargo’s rolling stock fleet.
The foundation of the new subsidiary represents DB Cargo’s response to the majority sale of its former business partner Advanced World Transport (AWT) to PKP Cargo and to changes in Czech market conditions.
Hans-Georg Werner, DB Cargo’s board member for the east region, explained that “having our own national subsidiary in Czech Republic provides us with competitive alternative routes for transit traffic between German ports and our Southeastern European companies in Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania.”