The Polish freight operator PKP Cargo, has announced that it has started running trains into Germany.
The announcement comes just after the company invited interest in negotiations on the purchase of a majority stake in PKP Cargo. Investors could potentially aquire a 50% share in the company in privatisation plans.
PKP Cargo stated that they had now obtained the requires independent operating license to operate in Germany. Previously, the company had used a third party to oversee its cross border freight traffic.
The agreement with the regulators states that the freight operator can run 6 trains per week each way. Currently the agreement consists of PKP transporting cars from the FIAT factory in Tychy, Poland to the logistics hub near Berlin in Germany. The 400km route will be taking the 600m long freight trains carrying 300 FIAT cars per trip, allowing over 7000 cars to be transported per month via this cross-boarder link.
PKP is the largest railway cargo carrier in Poland, and second largest in the Europe.