Kaunas Public Logistics Centre

About the project

Globalization requires longer and longer routes for the transportation of goods, and that demands new solutions related to the more effective use of various modes of transport. Seeking to attain a suitable level of integration of Lithuania into the European Union's transportation network, the preconditions for the smooth interoperation of various modes of transportation are being created. For this purpose, the project "Design and construction of an intermodal terminal at the Kaunas Public Logistics Centre" will be implemented in 2015. The project is being carried out by Lithuanian Railways (AB "Lietuvos geležinkeliai"), making use of support from the EU Cohesion Fund. This project also works to achieve one of the most important goals of the EU and Lithuania: to reduce roadway usage and transfer a large part of the burden of cargo transportation to railways.

The essence of intermodal (multiple modes) transportation is to transport freight from the beginning to end of the route in one unit of cargo, but to combine at least two types of transportation for that purpose: railways, inland waterways, sea, air and roadways. Using such means, it is not necessary to handle cargo individually. Packed in containers and loaded from one vehicle or mode to another in a terminal, cargo is moved to its final destination. Construction of the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal (KIT) at the Palemonas rail yard will help to ensure the intermodality of the Kaunas Public Logistics Centre (PLC): after completion of the European-gauge Rail Baltica, the Kaunas PLC will become one of the strongest cargo transportation and logistics centres in the Baltic Sea region.

Vision and purpose

Vision – to contribute to the long-term and balanced development of logistic infrastructure and intermodal transportation, the parts of a balanced system of intermodal transportation in the Republic of Lithuania.

Mission – to integrate all transport sectors, and in this way to increase opportunities to ensure cargo mobility and the more efficient use of vehicles and to improve the quality of logistics and related services, thereby increasing the attractiveness and competitiveness of Lithuania as a transit country, making better use of the state's resources and decreasing cargo transportation expenses and the impact of heavy vehicles on the environment.

Importance

•    Integration of modes of transportation will permit greater cargo mobility and more effective use of vehicles, improve the quality of cargo transportation and customs services, reduce expenses for cargo transportation, and allow enhanced cooperation among companies operating in varied types of business.
•    Connection with international networks: Kaunas Intermodal Terminal and Kaunas PLC operations will increase the competitiveness of Lithuania's transportation and logistics system in the international market.
•    More flexible, efficient business processes, reducing air pollution, accidents, and noise.

Benefits

 

Project development

Stage I – An intermodal terminal with all necessary infrastructure is built using 1435 mm and 1520 mm railway track. The terminal's capacity is 1,120 TEU, and there is access from the Vilnius-Kaunas-Klaipėda motorway. Stage II – Having built the Rail Baltica track, it will become possible to service freight trains (goods trains) of different gauges, both European and Russian. Having established the logistics park in the former Kaunas industrial zone (Palemonas, Naujasodis) and the Kaunas FEZ, there will be the necessary preconditions for efficient development of companies providing transportation, logistics and other commercial services. Stage III – Having reached a loading volume of 100,000 TEU/year, the container warehousing yard will be expanded in the territory of the terminal and the Kaunas PLC.

Location

Palemonas in Kaunas District was selected as a convenient location in the country's geographic centre. The railway infrastructure here is well-developed, there is convenient access to the country's main roads (the A1 and A6 motorways and others), nearby are the I and IX transport corridors and the Kaunas International Airport, and the seaports of Klaipėda and Kaliningrad are relatively close, opening up routes to Western and Eastern European markets and CIS countries.

Services

•    container warehousing
•    container loading
•    container unloading
•    repair
•    rental
•    sales
•    sustoms services.

For investors

•    plots of land are leased for a period of 99 years
•    plots of land are to be occupied with the buildings necessary in order to carry out transport and logistics operations within a period of three years without any opportunity to sub-let the plots of land at a higher price (except for adding inflation calculated from the beginning of the lease transaction)
•    each client is offered a levelled plot of land with all necessary engineering infrastructure (water supply, sewage system, electricity, natural gas), installed up to the border of the plot of land
•    the fee for sub-rental of the plot of land must be paid immediately for the entire period of the rental.

Contacts:

 

JSC Lithuanian Railways (AB "Lietuvos geležinkeliai")
 
Terminal management center of the Railway Infrastructure Directorate
Mindaugo g. 12, LT-03603 Vilnius, Lietuva
 
Arūnas Urbonas
Head of the Terminal management center
 
Tel.: +370 (5) 202 1202
Mob.: +370 626 86721
 

Updated on 2017-08-21