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InterRail and KTZE decide closer cooperation 05.05.2014 20:17

St Gallen, 6 May 2014 The St Gallen, Switzerland, based InterRail Group and joint stock company “KTZ Express” (KTZE), a 100% daughter company of the Kazakh Railways, have now significantly strengthened their cooperation. On April 21st, KTZE President Sanzhar Yelyubayev, InterRail Holding AG CEO Howard Lamb and InterRail President Hans Reinhard signed a contract covering the promotion of international cargo flows between Western Europe and Kazakhstan. Among others, enhanced, high-quality forwarding and logistics services for multimodal traffics with Kazakhstan are to be made fully available; joint marketing and advertising activities are planned, too. As per the newly agreed contract, InterRail now acts as an agent of the national multimodal operator of Kazakhstan, KTZ Express, on EU territory and in Switzerland.

The focus of the contract between InterRail and KTZ Express lies on forwarding and logistics services for rail traffics in the Eurasian context. Both companies have been collaborating in this field for quite some time already. As agreed, the portfolio of services InterRail offers for these traffics in Western Europe ranges from the coordination of orders to the negotiating of competitive freight rates, container management, and return of containers. A special emphasis here lies on the inclusion of the container block trains Ostwind/Westwind that are operated by companies belonging to the InterRail Group. Moreover, InterRail and other corporations linked to the InterRail Group will contribute their experience, but also their offers for combined rail-sea traffics via the Baltic ports as well as for multimodal transports along the “New Silk Road” via the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea and other regions on the route from Europe to Kazakhstan. As one further option, the contract also indicates the joint development of new products in multimodal traffic.

The high emphasis on multimodal aspects and complex logistics solutions in the agreement between InterRail and KTZ Express is due to the function of this company in Kazakhstan’s transport and logistics sector. KTZE was founded in 2011 by Order of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, on the basis of the JSC “National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy / KTZ” as a national, multimodal transport logistics services provider with internationally comparable standards. The aim was to create a complex center for the provision of services in the fields of rail, road, and air freight and other transport modes in order to develop the country’s transport potential and to position Kazakh products on external markets. The company operates branch offices in China, countries of CIS, Baltic and EU.
As a national railway company, the mother company KTZ offers rail freight services, and owns and manages rolling stock on Kazakh territory and in other countries with 1520 mm gauge tracks. In the interest of the development of complex logistics services, KTZ Express was also assigned the direction of the international sea trade port Aktau on the Caspian Sea, the special economic zone “Khorgos – Eastern Gate” at the new Kazakh-Chinese railway border crossing Khorgos, and of eleven airports. The company thus integrates today rail freight, air and sea freight and road transports, the port and airport infrastructure, but also the developing network of terminals and transport logistics centers in the country. KTZ Express offers door-door transports and is directly involved in the development of logistics chains.

“All in all, owing to the comprehensive approach, conditions are good for a positive and promising development of the transport and logistics sector in Kazakhstan”, says InterRail’s Hans Reinhard,. “Kazakhstan is turning into an important hub for the whole region and for Eurasian traffics. For InterRail, Kazakhstan is therefore a significant platform for our traffics from and to Central Asia as well as for the transit flows between China and Europe that we want to promote more intensely by reliably fulfilling our contract with KTZ Express”, adds Reinhard emphasizing the meaning of the cooperation between the two parties.

InterRail Holding AG (IRHO), registered in Switzerland, offers rail freight services with a special focus on the Eurasian continent. Daughter companies, branches and offices at 29 locations in thirteen countries offer a wide range of services in the rail freight sector. IRHO is also active in marketing & sales, public relations, freight forwarding, in the development of railway products, operating container block trains. The Holding owns rolling stock and offers rolling stock management. Through close cooperation with other members of the InterRail mother corporation TransInvest, InterRail can offer the entire service portfolio of modern multimodal logistics solutions for all transport modes.