Croatia’s Rijeka Port has launched an intermodal service connecting a wood producer to ICTSI-operated Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT) amid an increase in Croatian wood exports.
Beech wood products supplier Cedar Limited and Freight solutions provider AGIT have partnered with the terminal on wood exports.
AGCT’s partnership is set to export beech wood products from Cedar’s production facility in Vrbovsko, Croatia, using a recently inaugurated an intermodal facility with rail links to the terminal.
Most of Cedar’s wood transports are transported by freight solutions provider AGIT, a company of state-owned rail operator HŽ Cargo Group.
After leaving the Rijeka port, the products are exported to North Africa, Middle East, India and the Far East region via sea.
Rijeka Port has seen higher container traffic due to wood export growth, with volume for the first eight months in 2017 exceeding the overall volume in 2016.
Wojciech Szymulewich, AGCT CEO said: “The collaboration of Cedar, AGIT, and AGCT is a perfect example of how intermodal solutions are supporting the success of large scale production projects.
“We are very pleased that with increased share of intermodal transport at the Port of Rijeka, road traffic is reduced while more efficient and environmental friendly transport by railway and sea is increased.”
Darko Prodan, Cedar Director said: “Part of the project was to build an intermodal container yard on our land connected to the Vrbovsko rail tracks and purchase container handling equipment such as reach stackers and automated container stuffing machines.
“The new and direct intermodal link with AGCT via rail enables sustainable and cost-effective logistics. I am very happy with the results and fruitful efforts of involved business partners.”