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Constructing the corridor
Corridor IX is a key construction plan, with which the Chinese company Shandong Hi Speed Group has been tasked. However, with its local logistics services provider Transagent, which has also been a contractual cooperation partner since 2014, further plans have been implemented in the meantime, for instance for a power plant in Bosnia.
Corridor IX is one of the transport routes with which the infrastructure across Europe is to be brought up to speed in order to ensure a close interconnection of the regions. The project execution was won in a bidding process by China’s Shandong Hi Speed Group, along with other companies. The logistical challenge posed by this shipper from the Far East was a novelty, at least for the Serbian market, because the entire logistics chain all the way from the plant in China to the destination was unusually long. The Transagent branch in Serbia landed the contract, amongst other things thanks to its strong multimodal track record. After all, it must be remembered that the group handles approximately 15% of all rail transport in Croatia and 20% of transhipment volumes in the port of Rijeka.
Koper and new customers
The conclusion of a cooperation agreement by the two partners in July 2014 marked the starting gun to the three-year project called E763. The first transport operation of project freight was carried out in September 2014 via the port of Koper in Slovenia. The 17 oversized construction machines were followed by further equipment from China. On this basis, Transagent laid the foundations for Chinese Shandong Hi Speed Group to complete the sections of corridor XI between Obrenovac and Ub as well as Lajkovac and Ljig.
Within the framework of its multimodal approach, Transagent also expanded, in addition to its project logistics, for instance in the recent delivery of Chinese modules for an e-plant in Bosnia, its general cargo business. On top of charter projects in the port of Bar, this includes a fresh transport operation between Ukraine and Serbia running via Hungary, which started in September via the border crossing of Zahony with deliveries of 50,000 t of iron ore and is set to amount to 300,000 t annually. This also involves the handling of 80 t broad gauge railcars on 55 t normal gauge railcars with shortened trains. This transport partly offsets the latest volume reductions of Czech and Serbian steel plants.