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19 January 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 17:19 GMT+1

March 29, 2018

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Agreement between the Italian Mercitalia Rail and Russian UTLC for the rail shipment of container on the Europe-China axis

The understanding has the scope to develop the transport through the Kazakistan, Russia, Belarus and Italy

Mercitalia Rail, the railway society goods that takes part of Polo Mercitalia of the group Italian Railroads of the State, has signed a memorandum of understanding with United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC), consortium with center to Moscow that is constituted by railway group Russian JSC Russian Railways, by the railway society Belarussian Belarusian Railway and by the railway society public Kazakh Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) and that it is specialized in the rail shipment of container on the Europe-China axis.

The objective of the agreement is to develop to the transport integrated of container goods between China and Europe through the Kazakistan, Russia, Belarus and Italy.

The document is signed by Osvaldo Bagnasco, Intermodal responsible Trasporto of Mercitalia Rail, and Alexey Grom, president UTLC. In the specific one, UTLC will supply the services for the logistics and the transport on iron of the container goods between Kazakistan, Russia and Belarus, having used the line Dostyk/Altynkol - Brest/Kaliningrad. Mercitalia Rail will inside manage the railway service of the European Union. Priority will be given to the flows from and for Italy.

The collaboration between Mercitalia Rail and UTLC is begun in concomitanza with the signature of the memorandum of understanding.

"We are many satisfying of the agreement with UTLC - the managing director of Mercitalia Rail has explained, Gian Paolo Gotelli - because he allows us to enter in a market, that euroasiatico, in strong expansion also in the field of the goods. This project joins perfectly in our programs of more and more turned businesses to an international within, online with the pillar of the internationalization of Italian industrial plan 2017-2026 of the Group FS".

"We are happy - Alexey Grom has declared - for welcoming to the new Italian partner of UTLC. Together with Mercitalia Rail we will be able to vice versa offer not only to the organization of shipments long all the distance from China towards Europe and, but also new services and solutions of transport. This MoU evidences the common interest of the two societies for the development of the traffics goods on the Eurasiatic Corridor".

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