A Tallinn-Kyiv container train has been launched in a joint venture between Estonian Railways subsidiary EVR Cargo and Citodat Invest OÜ and cooperation with national rail authorities.
Starting from February 24, when the first train departed, a number of clients are using the service to ship goods through the Port of Tallinn's Muuga container terminal to Kyiv and Dnepropetrovsk.
Spokesperson for the infrastructure company, Urmas Glase said that the train, the Zubr, has increased the port volumes by 1,500-2,000 twenty-foot equivalent units a month. Glase said he hoped the train would draw interest from northern Europe and in Asia.
Citodat Invest OÜ management board member Oleksandr Gogol said the project would now set its sights southward to the shores of the Black Sea and said he hoped the Zubr would become the main railway link between the Baltic and Black Sea.
The project was three years in the making.
Estonian Railways has previously launched rail routes to Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Kazakhstan and elsewhere in Central Asia.