Hellmann and UTLC ERA extend cooperation on new silk road
In its fifth year, UTLC ERA focuses on establishing longterm relationships with European transport and logistics companies on the gauge of 1,435 millimeters. At the transport logistic 2019 trade fair, Alexey Grom, President of UTLC ERA and Matthias Magnor, Chief Operating Officer of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Road and Rail GmbH & Co KG, signed a letter of intent regarding the expansion of their cooperation.
Since April 2019, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics with the support of UTLC ERA has been transporting weekly shipments on the rail to China, including luxury vehicles for a renowned German car manufacturer. The new transport route from Bremerhaven to Chongqing has been available for these transports since Q2/2019. This cuts the delivery time on the new silk road by three weeks, compared to maritime transport.
This letter of intent signifies a strengthening of the partnership between the two companies. Their common aim is to further develop effective container transports between Europe and China, thereby increasing rail cargo capacity in the coming year. UTLC ERA will provide the terminal-to-terminal transport service between Europe and China.
“We are pleased to have found a new partner in Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. Previously, our customers in Europe had to communicate with Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia in order to organise transportation of their containers between Europe and China. Today UTLC ERA is their central contact for rail transports through all three countries,“ said Alexy Grom, President of UTLC ERA.
United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance (UTLC ERA) is a service provider for container transports on the railway between Europe and China. The venture was founded on equal terms by the Russian Railways RZhD, Byelorussian Railways and the Kazakh Railways. In 2018 UTLC ERA handled a transport volume of 280,500 TEU (up 60% compared with 2017). Every day up to 15 container trains of UTLC ERA are launched on the broad gauge railway of 1,520.