Belarus Transport Ministry, DHL Global Forwarding sign memorandum of cooperation

12 August 2015

MINSK (BelTA) – The Ministry of Transport and Communications of Belarus and DHL Global Forwarding (China) signed a memorandum of understating and cooperation, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Ministry of Transport and Communications following the meeting of Minister of Transport and Communications Anatoly Sivak with representatives of the company.

“The major goal of the document is the establishment of strategic partnership to develop cargo transportation by rail, air and other transport means along the routes China-Asia-EEU and Europe,” specialists said.

The meeting focused on the opportunities to use the transport and logistics infrastructure of Brest, Grodno and Minsk in the organization of cargo transportation to the European part of Russia, the Baltic states and Scandinavia by DHL Global Forwarding.

According to the ministry, the projects suggested for implementation include transportation by Chinese container trains in the eastern direction (with the cargo consolidation in Brest and Minsk) and the countries of Northern Europe as well as transportation from China in the western direction (with cargo deconsolidation in Brest and further direct transportation to Western Europe). There are also plans to develop Brest and Minsk as logistic hubs for cargo transportation to the European part of the Russian Federation, northern and southern oblasts of Ukraine and the Baltic states (including with the use of Viking and Zubr trains).

The Ministry of Transport and Communications and DHL Global Forwarding (China) are planning to hold consultations to discuss the development of comfortable and economically sound transport conditions. The Belarusian ministry, within the limits of its competence, will assist in establishing direct links between the domestic transport organizations affiliated with the Minsitry of Transport and Communications.

The memorandum also says that the parties will share the best practices and information on the development of various modes of transport, logistics and infrastructure.

"We expect that as a result of the negotiations the demand for the transit potential of our country will increase," the press service of the ministry noted.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL, an international group of companies providing postal services and logistics (operates the infrastructure networks in more than 220 countries). DHL provides worldwide express shipping by air, sea, road and rail.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus