KTZ EXPRESS, a subsidiary of Kazakhstan Railways, and Klaipėda State Seaport Authority have signed an agreement to cooperate more actively in the fields of investment, transit, logistics and transportation. The document was signed in the framework of “New Silk Road – efficient land bridge between Europe and Asia” international forum, organised on the 5th & 6th of June in Klaipeda.
According to the agreement, the parties will cooperate to create a competitive environment for import, export and transit traffic on Lithuania – Kazakhstan – Lithuania route, to invest in transport and logistics infrastructure, commercial ports and freight terminals; to develop international transport logistics projects like the Free Economic Zone Khorgos – Eastern Gate and Klaipėda-Western Gate.
“Lithuania and one of its most important partners in Central Asia i.e. Kazakhstan share the common objective to strengthen the cooperation in transport and logistics. Therefore, we create the New Silk Road together by determining the projects to be implemented”, stated the Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania Rimantas Sinkevičius. He also informed that Lithuanian Railways will soon open a representative office in Kazakhstan, with the full support of Kazakhstan Railways.
In order to increase cargo traffic of Saule container train and attract potential freight traffic from China to Europe and from Europe to Kazakhstan, China and the countries of Central Asia, KTZ EXPRESS and its Lithuanian partner VPA Logistics plan to establish a joint venture company, Saule Logistics Solutions. The company will makes use of Kazakhstan Railways container fleet and VPA Logistics terminal facilities in Klaipeda Port.
VPA logistics announced the official opening of the new heterogeneous (intermodal) terminal „Klaipėda –Western Gate“ on Friday 05/06/2015. The facility will ensure favourable conditions for transit cargo from Western Europe and Scandinavian countries to Kazakhstan and other Asian countries and from there to Western Europe.