Currently, intermodal freight can be shipped to Duisburg in Germany and Slavkov in Poland, and from these terminals to other European countries. In this way, not only raw materials for industry, but also various types of equipment, furniture, car parts, industrial, household and other everyday goods can be conveniently transported by rail between Lithuania and the Western countries.
"In the few years that we have been organising intermodal rail freight transport in Lithuania, we have already seen the special potential of this type of transport. Shifting freight from road to rail over long distances can be more sustainable and safer," says Eglė Šimė, CEO of LTG Cargo.
It is estimated that each container or trailer transported by rail from Kaunas to Duisburg saves almost 4,000 kg of CO2.
"In addition, individual customer containers can also be transported by rail in this way. Moreover, from now on we will be able to calculate in a clear and certified way how much our customers have contributed to environmental protection by transporting their goods intermodally," adds Eglė Šimė.
According to Povilas Drižas, head of the International Transport and Logistics Alliance (ITLA), the direct connection of the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal to the European rail network will speed up regular services between Lithuania and the main European industrial centres when truck trailers are transported by train.
"Multimodal freight transport opens up huge opportunities for the development of smart logistics hubs and for increasing the country's competitive advantage in the international transport market. Increasing competition in the global freight transport market and stricter environmental requirements are prompting major transport and logistics companies to invest in sustainable infrastructure," says Povilas Drižas.
In Western Europe, the intermodal freight segment has been growing rapidly for more than a decade. Lithuania will join the intermodal rail freight network in the summer of 2021 with the opening of the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal. LTG Cargo has developed a methodology to determine the CO2 savings of intermodal freight in order to identify and assess its customers' contribution to the environmental sustainability of this type of freight. In 2022, around 150 companies will be awarded certificates confirming their customers' environmental performance. Intermodal transport helps customers to balance their logistics chains, manage inflation and transport goods with a CO2 footprint up to 90% lower.