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Lithuanian Railways to sign four agreements for expansion of shuttle train Viking service

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Lithuania ’s state-owned railway operator Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) intends to sign four agreements, which will make it possible to extend the route of the shuttle container train Viking up to Turkey and to attract extra cargo.

Lietuvos Geležinkeliai would sign two forwarding agreements with Turkey’s Yegenler Logistic and LAM-Lyonel A.Makzume Vapur Acentaligi, the company said in a press release.

Moreover, two memoranda on cooperation in transport and logistics would be signed – one of them would be signed by Lietuvos Geležinkeliai, the port of Klaipėda and the Turkish railways and Haydarpasa port administration, and the other one by Ukraine’s companies Plaske and Arkas Ukraine.

Contribution of US Justice Department

A unit of US Justice Department will contribute to the development of Lithuania’s Viking shuttle train service.

Algirdas Sakalys, president of East-West Transport Corridor Association, and Gregory Ducot, deputy assistant director at the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program of the US Justice Department, signed a cooperation agreement in Istanbul on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

The parties will seek to improve the terms of international trade and enhance the security in transport corridors between European and Asian countries, the press release said. Moreover, the parties will also seek to encourage the use of electronic seals when shipping cargo and the use of electronic declaration, which was tried out last year during the trial run of the train from Turkey to Lithuania.

Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) and Lithuania’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Transportation are holding a conference on Wednesday in Istanbul with the aim to assess the possibilities to extend the train’s service to the Middle East up to the ports of Istanbul, Samsun and other Turkish ports.

The railway project Viking, which is implemented by Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine, involves transportation of freight via the intermodal train service, which shuttles on the 1,734 kilometers route between the Baltic and Black Seas.

The train service was launched in 2003. Last year the project was joined by Georgia and Moldova.

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