UTLC and Forwardis concluded a MoU for the transport of containers by rail between Europe and China

On November 14th, 2017, was held in Paris, the signature of a MoU for the strategic cooperation between JSC «United Transport and Logistics Company» (UTLC) - branch of JSC «Russian Railways», the National Union Belarusian Railway and JSC «National Company «Kazakhstan Temir Zholy» - and Forwardis, belonging to SNCF Logistics. The document was signed by Alexey Grom, CEO of UTLC, and Edouard Laverny, General Director of the freight forwarding activities “Forwardis” for the SNCF business unit “Rail Freight and Multimodal Transportation”.


The stakeholders will cooperate in the field of intermodal transportation between Europe and China, by offering to their clients a steady, complete and competitive range of services. This agreement fits as well implementing partnerships between Russian Railways Group (RZD Group) and French National Railways Group (SNCF Group), and, from a broader perspective, aims at the development of Eurasian freight corridors.

According to this MoU, UTLC will provide its services between Dostyk (Kazakhstan) and Brest (Belarus), along the 1520 mm gauge rail network, while Forwardis will be in charge of the operations within European Union states.

The collaboration provides for a platform for information exchanges in the field of logistics and international trade, further development projects regarding container trains on the Eurasian network, as well as developing and implementing joint marketing actions for this project.

About Forwardis

Forwardis is a leading freight forwarder in Europe specialized in bulk logistics (liquid bulk, dry bulk, solid bulk and breakbulk). Also acting on container transport, thanks to its expertise in international rail logistics, Forwardis operates and combines different transport modes (rail, waterway, road and multimodal). Forwardis, born in 2016, resulted from the merging of the historical activities of former freight forwarding companies Ecorail, Ermechem, Ermefret, Captrain Solutions, and Captrain UK.

Forwardis benefits from a long-lasting experience in international bulk transport operations and a strong know-how thanks to our team of specialists, both mastering transport modes and specific industrial knowledge. Our capacity to assemble different transport modes and providers represent the core of our expertise. With our operational and sales hubs located in Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, and London, as well as our team of about 100 employees (collectively speaking 16 languages), Forwardis is able to manage consistent flows throughout the European continent, from the Iberian Peninsula to Asia.