RCG is expanding TransNET in China and to the Balkans
ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) is expanding TransNET – in China and to the Balkans – and highlighting the system relevance of rail transport at the second RCG press conference.
During the annual RCG press conference, ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä and Clemens Först, Spokesman of the Board of Management of ÖBB Rail Cargo Group, looked back on what had been a challenging year – from drastically increased energy prices, the Ukraine war, the Corona pandemic and securing fuel supplies in Austria to dealing with the international supply chain problems in Europe. In summary: the railway is critical for both the system and for supply.
RCG's plans for expansion in the coming year were also presented:
NEW: Branch office in China
From 1 January 2023, RCG will have a branch office in Shanghai. The transport route along the middle corridor (Kazakhstan–Azerbaijan/Georgia–Black Sea–Romania–Central Europe) will be further expanded. With this, RCG can offer its customers end-to-end logistics from Europe to Asia from a single source.
NEW: Railway undertaking in Serbia
Another carrier company was also founded in Belgrade and is scheduled to start operations in the first quarter of 2023. This will make Serbia the 13th country in Europe where RCG will operate high-quality and attractively priced rail transport services with its own locomotives and personnel. This development makes it possible to offer TransFER connections heading for Turkey and Greece – where RCG is the market leader – via two alternative routes.
NEW: Investing in wagon equipment for the Waste Management Act
The RCG is preparing intensively for the changes to the Waste Management Act from 1 January 2023 by investing in new wagon equipment. This will facilitate an increasing shift of waste transports from road to rail and ÖBB will once again be making a significant contribution to climate protection.
On top of that, the world's first duty-free corridor from the Port of Trieste to the Dry Port Villach/Fürnitz will channel additional road transports onto the railways. Villach will therefore be located by the sea in the future and will serve as a gateway for goods from all over the world to enter the EU.