At the beginning of January, Trans Eurasia Logistics (TEL) took over transport services for the “Ostwind” container block trains which run between Germany and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The company has established a common operations platform with IRS InterRail Services, a Transinvest Group St. Gallen company. IRS previously marketed this service via a joint venture with ICF Intercontainer-Interfrigo SA. Shareholders voted to place ICF in liquidation at the end of November 2010 and some of its transport services have since been taken over by other companies.
Thanks to TEL’s involvement with “Ostwind”, there will be no interruption to the service provided to customers. Containers can be sent from twelve container terminals throughout Germany directly to Berlin-Großbeeren. The service is also available from Antwerp and Rotterdam. Trains run at least twice a week from the Berlin-Großbeeren freight terminal to the CIS and Mongolia. Within the CIS, destinations served include Moscow, Baku in Azerbaijan and Vladivostok. The range of services also includes direct TEL container trains between Duisburg and Moscow. The transport route runs via Frankfurt (Oder)–Malaszewicze/Brest–Bekasovo to the CIS countries. The Moscow-Vladivostok Trans-Siberian route is the main transport route to the Far East, Mongolia and China.
Trans Eurasia Logistics was founded in 2008 by Deutsche Bahn AG and Russian Railways (RZD), as well as their partners Polzug, Kombiverkehr and Transcontainer. The joint venture headquartered in Berlin specializes in logistics services for container transport between Western Europe and Russia. TEL provides through services from Germany to Russia via the operators Polzug and Kombiverkehr. Shuttle trains from Germany’s economic centers are combined into block trains which regularly run to Moscow.
As well as core transport services, delivery services are also provided for pre- and onward carriage, as well as tracking and tracing and customs clearance. In the long-term, there are also plans to develop additional services such as storage at terminals.