Direct China-Europe trains to Lithuania stopped in September, transit trains stay stable
(Photo: LTG Cargo)

The political relationship between China and Lithuania has recently been in trouble, which has caused some people to worry about the operation of Eurasian freight train. Nowadays, more and more freight trains choose Kaliningrad, Russia as the alternative route to Europe, and Lithuania is the only way through this route.

Although the China-Europe freight trains passing through Lithuania are still unaffected, according to LTG Cargo, direct trains from China to Lithuania stopped in September this year.

However, the China-Europe rail transportation that transits Lithuania still shows stability. Spokesperson of LTG Cargo responded to New Silkroad Discovery that in 2019, the number of China-Europe transshipment trains passing through Lithuania was 120, and the number of transit trains in 2020 has increased to 600. In the first half of the year 2021, on average, three block trains from China pass through Lithuania a day. Since August, the number of transit trains has increased to an average of 5 to 6 per day.

It reflects the strong demand for freight transportation from Asia to Europe.

The direct train from China to Lithuania had good prospects, but as the relationship between the two countries was overshadowed, the development of the direct train came to an abrupt halt.

Though, LTG Cargo strives to adapt to ever-changing business environment and ensure reliable services to clients.

LTG Cargo is currently working to expand and diversify its activities in order to continue to offer customers efficient, sustainable cargo transportation solutions both in Lithuania and abroad. Representative offices are operating in such foreign countries as China, Poland, Ukraine, and others. The company develops intermodal cargo transportation to Western Europe as well.

Geographically, Lithuania located at the crossroads between Asia, Western Europe, and Scandinavia. Kaunas intermodal terminal, which started operations earlier this year, is one of the farthest eastern points in Europe, where railways of two different standards (1520 mm and 1435 mm) intersect. That’s the reason why LTG Cargo can ensure uninterrupted movement of goods in the directions mentioned above.

Intermodal freight flows are currently growing and are projected to continue to grow, as is trade between Europe and Asia. The freight route from Kaunas to Tilburg (the Netherlands), introduced earlier this year, is also becoming increasingly popular, according to LTG Cargo.


Reporter: Raphael Zhang