Rail Cargo Hungaria successfully improved the eastbound traffics' conditions, supported by the better cooperation with the Organisation for Co-Operation between Railways (OSJD). The Main Committee of the OSJD has approved Rail Cargo Hungaria's request for accession to the "Rules for the Use of Freight Wagons in International Traffic"(PGV) Agreement. The advantages of the decision will take effect from the beginning of July. The significance of the agreement is the dynamic growth of the Hungarian market-leader rail freight transport company's traffics with wide-gauge wagons in the first two months of this year. The amount of goods in tons entering Hungary at Záhony was 50% more than in the same period of the previous year.
The accession to the agreement above enables the company to enter contractual relationship on a normative basis with all potential wide-gauge forwarders and wagon-keepers, creating a stable and predictable technical-operational and commercial terms for using wide-gauge wagons.
The accession improves our company's competitiveness, for the direct connection saves the services fees paid to brokers before, accelerates the administration and ensures the full control of the financial accounting process. With the simplification of processes, the transportation time becomes shorter as well.
The accession makes effective enforcement of interests possible for Rail Cargo Hungaria in the PGV and other workgroups of OSJD as well. Due to direct negotiation reduction of wagon repair costs and damage compensation can be reached and a more flexible access to wagons of certain amounts and types is given.
(Mándok, February 3, 2017) – An agreement supporting the convergence and the competitiveness of the region was signed on February 3rd 2017 in Mándok. With the support of the government the raw materials supply of the Danube Steel Works (Dunai Vasmű) shall be provided through Záhony. The document about the terms of cooperation between ISD DUNAFERR and Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt. guarantees the long-term development of the region.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Ilona Dávid, President and Executive Director of MÁV Zrt. by Evgeny Tankhilevich, Corporate Manager of ISD DUNAFERR Zrt., Dr. Imre Kovács, CEO of Rail Cargo Hungaria (RCH) Zrt. and Vaso Janicic, Managing Director of ISD Portolan Kft.
The terms of the signed agreement is based on the framework contract was agreed between the leaders of ISD DUNAFERR, ISD Portolan and Rail Cargo Hungaria as well as of the regional reloading companies Záhony-Port, Kelet-Trans and Transit-Speed. The reloading companies provide capacity for large amounts of iron ore, coal, ingot and other materials for Danube Steel Works (Dunai Vasmű). The partners committed themselves to reloading for an indefinite period, to transport operations for a 5-year period.
Thanks to the regional cooperation DUNAFERR will increase the volume of transported raw materials to and the end products from the steelworks in Dunaújváros through Záhony by 50% compared to last year's amounts to an expected 1.7 Million Tons. This is an increase of the 2015 year's traffic by two and half times. The enhancement of the traffic was enabled by the recent investments at DUNAFERR. Two blast furnaces are in use again for production, the replacement of the hot rolling mills' engine provides a plus capacity of rolling, enabling a growth of the monthly output up to 25%.
The long-term contractual cooperation of Rail Cargo Hungaria and DUNAFERR goes back for a decade; DUNAFERR Holding processes traffic of approximately 4 Million Tons p.a. with RCH, which is 12% of the total traffic of the latter. To ensure the safe and smooth traffic process Dr. Imre Kovács agreed with the President of the Ukrainian Railways about the extension of their contract of cooperation's validity for this year. Despite the various economic and other restrictions by the end of 2016 the incoming traffic from Ukraine to Hungary has grown by 9%.
The over-performance demand by Dunaferr might create the conditions for the catch-up of the Záhony-region by encouraging market competition among the reloading companies and guarantees the protection of hundreds of related jobs.
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According to the information from the police we hereby inform you, that the complete official inspection of incoming rail freight wagons by the authorities is planned.
On our national holiday of the 20 August the president of the National Traffic Authority, Gyula Győri has honoured dr. Imre Kovács, Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO of Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt. with the Partnership Award for the harmonious relationship between the Authority's Office for Road, Rail and Ship Traffic and for his activities to improve the professional cooperation.
At the reception held after the award ceremony Gyula Győri emphasized the significance of such relationships as with Rail Cargo Hungaria in reducing bureaucracy in his toast speech. "The attitude of managers has an important role in shaping such relationships, and dr. Imre Kovács is indeed an excellent example of a cooperative leader" - told Gyula Győri.
Dr. Imre Kovács' appointment as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rail Cargo
Hungaria Zrt as well as Managing Director of Rail Cargo Logistics - Austria has been renewed
Budapest, 19 July 2016 – Dr. Imre Kovács has once again been appointed Chairman of the Board of
Directors by the Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt's General Meeting. The appointment is until July 2019. Based
on the owner Rail Cargo Austria AG's decision, the 52 year-old's CEO appointment as CEO has also
been extended for another three years. Dr. Imre Kovács is about to start his third appointment in both
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Following the traditions Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt. organised a meeting of partners with its largest customers. The participants of the event were informed by the executives about the upcoming tasks of the company and the changes in its commercial division. Dr. Kovács Imre held a presentation about Rail Cargo Group and the increasing role of Budapest within. He laid emphasis on the fact, that the rail freight transport market in Hungary is shrinking, however the market share of Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt. grew in the first quarter of 2016. The growth may be explained by the fact, that the decrease of the total freight train performance of the rail freight transport companies in Hungary was larger than the one of Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt. The company's answer to the decrease in traffic is the transfer of labour instead of redundancies.
Józan Gábor, Head of Commerce pointed out the changes concerning the commercial department of Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt. entering into force from 1 July 2016. He presented the transition process of the product groups as well as the structure of the new Business Units.. The re-structure of the Key Account Manager system, the KAPA system, the changes in the Customs Code and the rail track control equipment installed on the network of MÁV Zrt. was also mentioned.
The presentation was concluded by Burst János, Head of Freight Wagon Operations, who has drawn attention to the positive effect of the weekly planning on the corporate operation of Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt. and on the efficiency of its partners.