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New US-Russia-China transport corridor through Estonia

Logisticians developing new US-Russia-China transport corridor through Estonia

The delegation of Estonian logistics enterprises held business meetings with the representatives of Halifax Harbour and Canadian National Railway (CN) in Nova Scotia on 19 and 20 September. The goal of the Estonian Logistics Cluster mission to US and Canada is to develop an extensive intermodal transport corridor connecting US and Canadian hinterlands with Russia, CIS, Central Asia, Afghanistan and Northern China through the Port of Halifax and the Port of Tallinn.

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“The reasons for singling out the Port of Halifax and CN as our prospective strategic co-operation partners were not only their excellent logistic premises, but also their business models that are comparable to the respective business models in Estonia,” Mr. Illimar Paul, the Development Manager of Estonian Logistics Cluster, elaborated.

The Port of Halifax is situated in Nova Scotia that similar to Estonia can be considered a transit operator in essence and by way of thinking, is predominantly providing services to US and Canadian transport departing for or originating from Europe. "Transit operators dependent on external capacities are generally thinking and acting following similar patterns. It can be deemed realistic that the partnership with Halifax and CN will help the Estonian Logistics Cluster to achieve breakthrough to US market remarkably faster and more forcefully than the Cluster would be able to achieve on its own,” Mr. Paul explained further.

The Cluster-developed strategy for North America is based on strategic co-operation with the Port of Halifax and CN jointly operating an intermodal transportation system that would ensure the fastest connection times between the main distribution centres and industrial regions in Europe and North America.

The Port of Halifax is the deepest on the East Coast North America and 10 out of the 15 major container lines in the world are making regular calls to the port. Besides, Halifax is also an important port for frozen goods. Since the opening of border checkpoint Koidula between Estonia and Russia, frozen food has risen to more serious focus in Estonian logistics sector as after the forced temporary halt that lasted for 7 years, we now again have a chance to service the trade flows of frozen food.

The intermodal transport corridor under development by the Cluster has been named Transatlantic Horseshoe and the name has been inspired by the arc formed on the map when drawing a line between Memphis, Chicago, Halifax, Tallinn, and Urumqi.

The Estonian business mission to Canada and US is composed of representatives of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonian Railways, EVR Cargo, the Port of Tallinn, CF&S Estonia, Alecon Cargo, ESTEVE Terminal, State Resources Centre, and the Estonian Logistics Cluster.

 

21.09.2011

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