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Experts discussed their experiences in the intermodal trial transport on the open day

Budapest, 23 April 2014 Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt. (RCH) and Association of Hungarian Logistics Service Centres (MLSZKSZ) jointly organised the Green Intermodal Freight Transport (GIFT) project 's open day in the Csepeli Szabadkikötő (Csepel Free Harbour). The experts have reviewed the results of the implemented intermodal trial transport and discussed the unexploited possibilities of extending green freight transport. The aim of the project is to determine an innovative and integrated route map covering the whole of the South-East Europe in order to establish efficient green transport corridors.

As the first presenter of the open day, Koppány Ajtony Bíró, secretary general of MLSZKSZ reviewed the characteristics of the Hungarian intermodal transport and developments of the year 2013. Following this, Ágnes Zarándy, representing Ex Ante Tanácsadó Iroda Kft. presented the results of the trial transport in the Pan-European Corridor IV. The trip was carried out by Rail Cargo Hungaria. Summarising the experiences, the railway company concluded that between Budapest and Ploiesti intermodal transport has advantage over public road transport in the freight of heavy or dangerous goods, as well as in the area of just-in-time (JIT) services.

János Mondovics of Iparfejlesztési Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft. summarised the experiences from the trial freight transports conducted in the Pan-European Corridor V. The presentations were followed by professional dialogues, the central topic of which was to review the opportunities offered by mixed cargo inland waterways, i.e. joint freight of container and conventional goods. At the end of the open day, the experts called for organisation of additional forums regarding the project.

About the background of the project

The project is funded by South-East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme. The Hungarian Government is financing 10% of the costs of the Hungarian partners. Members from 10 countries are working on the successful implementation of the GIFT project. Hungary is represented by Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt, Iparfejlesztési Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft. and Bajai Országos Közforgalmú Kikötőműködtető Kft.

More information: www.gift-project.eu


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