Black Sea to Baltic trade route

Port of Gdansk Port of Gdansk is working with Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority on the ‘Black Sea to the Baltic’ trade route. Photo: Port of Gdansk

A new ports trade route deal will open up an alternative transport corridor between the Black Sea and the Baltic.

Poland’s Port of Gdansk has signed a letter of intent with the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority for the ‘Black Sea to the Baltic’ trade route deal. Port of Gdansk president Lukasz Greinke said a working group has been established to promote the new ‘Black Sea to the Baltic’ route with a focus on transporting container cargo by rail between Gdansk and primarily Odessa, Ukraine’s biggest port.

The Port of Gdansk and the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority will act as coordinators for the new route’s logistics chain. The route will be supported by freight forwarding companies.

“We have two prime objectives with the new ‘Black Sea to the Baltic’ intermodal corridor,” Mr Greinke said. “First, we want to provide an alternative route to Western Europe for trade coming from major inland Chinese cities like Xian along the Silk Road through Kazakhstan over the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan and Georgia and over the Black Sea to Ukraine.

“Second, we want to offer a new route for Ukrainian and Turkish companies wanting to transport cargo, such as ro-ro, to Central and Western Europe and on to Scandinavia via Gdansk. We are already speaking with Turkish ship owners and freight forwarders about the benefits of the new corridor in terms of speed and efficiency. We see this new route as an exciting element of our plans to grow tonnage through the port to 50million tonnes in 2021 rising to 60million in five years.”

Mr Greinke confirmed the planned train route is: Port Gdańsk - Warsaw - (Terminal Sławków - Hrubieszów) - Dorohusk or Medyka - Kiev – Ukrainian ports (Odessa, Czernomorsk, Yuzhnyj). He said the aim initially is to run the service once a week with a train departing from Gdansk to Ukraine with a separate service departing weekly from Ukrainian ports to Gdansk.

The Polish Government’s Minister for Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk said the agreement fits with the concept of the Three Seas Initiative and the Trans-Caspian Corridor.

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